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Important Considerations for When You Get a Traffic Ticket

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Getting a traffic ticket is more than a nuisance. Besides the obvious fees and fines, a traffic ticket can result in higher insurance premiums and even the revocation of your license. Your life without the use of a car is likely to be more difficult.

While it’s not mandatory, legal counsel can help you get your ticket reduced or even dismissed in traffic court.

Types of Traffic Violations

Probably the most common traffic violation is speeding. Two types of speed restrictions exist — those that restrict your speed based on the setting, such as a residential street or a school zone, and those that restrict your speed according to driving conditions, such as rain or snow.

Another common traffic violation is running a red light or a stop sign, and this violation is considered a particularly dangerous one. So is distracted driving, such as texting or even looking at your smartphone map. These often result in stiffer penalties and fines.

Reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident are even more serious violations. Reckless driving is subjective, but it comes down to whether the police officer thinks you were driving with a disregard for the safety of others.

Caught Trespassing: What Will Happen Next?

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Many people don’t think twice when they see a “No Trespassing” sign on an old fence or out in the middle of nowhere. Trespassing does not really seem to be a crime that people think much about because no one is hurt and no property is actually damaged.

As a result, a trespassing charge can come as a surprise to first-time offenders. If you’ve been caught trespassing or have been accused of or charged with trespassing, here’s what you need to know about this crime.

Understanding Trespassing

In simple terms, trespassing is when you enter private property without invitation. However, this definition can be extended to include:

Guilty or Not Guilty: How Should You Plead?

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If you have committed any crime, you have the right to claim your own innocence before the court. The way you plead will direct the rest of your case, including whether or not your case will go to trial by a jury. How you should plead depends entirely on your own personal circumstances, the nature of the crime and the details or your arrest.

If you are wondering how a plea will affect you, and what it means for your case and your future, here is some information that can help.

Types of Pleas

There are essentially only two types of pleas: guilty and not guilty. However, each of these pleas require some explanation. For example, you might have committed the crime, but you also might not have fully understood your actions because of mental illness. Therefore, you could enter a “not guilty” plea on the basis of insanity.

7 Things You Need To Know About Posting Bail in Minnesota

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If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a criminal offense in Minnesota, it helps to understand a little bit about bail and the bail bonds process. Here’s an overview of what you need to know.

1. Bail Acts as an Assurance That You Will Show Up for Your Trial

If you have been arrested, you may have to post bail to get out of jail. The bail is basically a financial promise to the courts that you will show up for your trial. If you don’t show up, you lose that money.

2. Bail Usually Gets Set at an Arraignment Hearing

3 Myths Regarding a DUI Charge – Debunked

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While it is never okay, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a common charge in the United States. An estimated 1.5 million people are arrested for drunk driving each year.  Whether under the influence of prescription pain medications, alcohol, or another drug, you should never get behind the wheel. With the proper understanding of a DUI charge, you may finally be able to learn the physical, emotional, and financial dangers of driving under the influence. By debunking these common myths, you will have a better understanding of a DUI charge.

DUI Is a Minor Offense

One of the most common misconceptions about a DUI charge is that it is a minor offense. In the past, paying a small fee would get you out of a DUI charge. This penalty punished you slightly, allowing you to continue driving without any worry of the charge affecting your criminal record.

4 Long-Term Consequences Of A Domestic Violence Conviction

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Domestic violence is a grave concern in this country, and a domestic violence conviction can have long-term repercussions in a person’s life. It is estimated that 10 million Americans are victims of domestic violence annually, which is why the court system takes domestic violence cases very seriously.

If a person has been arrested for a domestic violence offense, it is in his or her best interest to immediately hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help prevent a conviction. Some of the main consequences of a domestic violence conviction include:

I’m Getting Pulled Over! How to Act During a Traffic Stop

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Nothing strikes more fear into the heart of a driver than seeing the flashing red and blue lights in their rearview mirror. If you’ve ever been pulled over by the police in the past, you know that the way in which you interact with the office can have a huge impact on whether you drive away with a warning, or get a ticket.

When it comes to dealing with an officer during a traffic stops, there are several do’s and don’ts you should follow to ensure the interaction goes smoothly. Keep reading to find out what to do.

Juvenile Offenses: Will Your Child Be Tried As an Adult?

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Many parents are shocked and dismayed at the arrest of their teenaged child, but they may also feel some fear. Parents with no experience in criminal legal matters might worry about the type of punishment or sentence their teen might get.

Most juvenile crimes are tried in juvenile court. Typically, children and teens have less severe sentences, with a greater focus on correction and rehabilitation for the future. However, in some cases, juvenile rights are waived, allowing the teen in question to be tried as an adult.

The Many Effects an Underage DUI Arrest Can Have on Your Future

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If you have a DUI (driving under the influence) arrest, it’s important to talk to an attorney who can explain your options before you enter a final plea to the charge. How you decide to handle the situation can have a lasting impact on your continuing education and future employment opportunities. Even a misdemeanor, or first offense, drunk driving conviction can have far-reaching consequences. Here’s a look at just some of them.

Answers You’ll Want If Your Teen Is Facing Statutory Rape Charges

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As a parent, this may be a scenario you never imagined occurring. Your child, a teenage high school student, has been dating another student a couple of years their junior. Your child is a good kid, gets good grades, and has never been in trouble with the law. Then out of the blue, the police knock on your door and place your child under arrest for the statutory rape of a minor.

After the initial shock and disbelief, you finally get a chance to talk to your child. They admit that sexual intercourse did take place with their partner but insist that it was consensual. This is confirmed by your child’s partner. However, under many state laws, engaging in sexual conduct with a minor who is under the age of consent is considered a criminal act.

If you’ve found yourself in this scenario, then you may be feeling bewildered and frightened for your child. You may be struggling to comprehend how a teenager, who isn’t even a legal adult, can be facing charges like this. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions regarding statutory rape charges, which will help you to understand the situation more clearly.

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