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.

Police Interrogation and Arrest: Know Your Rights

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The majority of people only know about arresting rights because of law enforcement television shows, the most famous being the right to remain silent. However, many people are unaware of what their rights are during the arrest and interrogation process, especially if they have never had trouble with the law before. 

It’s important to understand that you are still protected in the legal system, even if you’ve been accused of a crime. Here is what you should know about your rights, and what it means for your case if those rights are ignored. 

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.

5 Steps to Make a Good Impression in the Courtroom

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You can’t control everything that happens during your court case. You can’t control how the opposition handles the case or what the judge or jury decides. However, you can control your own behavior.

Good behavior in the courtroom sends the message that you are a responsible, trustworthy person. Making a good impression can influence how you’re treated in the courtroom and can even affect the outcome the judge or jury reaches.

Here are a few steps you can take to put your best foot forward during your trial.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Social Media After an Arrest

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captureIf you are arrested for any crime, the first thing that you need to do is to contact a criminal defense attorney who can work in your best interests. Whether you are innocent or guilty, this is an essential step to protect yourself. You then need to consider your next actions very carefully since mistakes can cost you dearly.
With social media’s increasing presence in everyone’s daily life, it may seem like posting on social media is a good idea in such a situation, but it rarely is. Live tweeting an arrest won’t do you any favors! Neither will long, angry rants. Keep in mind these do’s and don’ts for using social media if you have been arrested.

Do Keep in Mind That Private Profiles Aren’t Truly Private

You may feel safe posting on Facebook if your posts all have the privacy setting of “friends only.” However, no social media profile is truly private. You don’t really know how safe your information is even among friends who appear to truly care, and it is easy for people with nefarious intentions to send you a friend request under the pretense of being someone else. Consider anything you post to be public.

What to expect at court in Misdemeanor Charges

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The defendant is formally notified of the charges filed, advised of his or her rights, and bail is set. If the defendant cannot afford an attorney, a public defender is appointed by the court to represent the defendant. The pre-trial and trial dates are set. If the defendant pleads guilty, he or she will proceed directly to sentencing.

 Pre-Trial

At this hearing, a judge decides if there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial. If the defendant pleads guilty, he or she will proceed directly to sentencing. If the defendant pleads not guilty, the case proceeds to trial. Often a plea agreement is discussed at this time.

 Trial

At the trial, both the prosecutor and the defense attorney present their case to a judge or a jury. Both sides may call witnesses to testify. At the end of a criminal case, the prosecutor must prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 Sentencing

If the defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty following a trial, a judge may proceed directly to sentencing or schedule a separate sentencing hearing. A pre-sentence investigation (PSI) is not automatically ordered, but one may be requested.

 Note: This is the standard process. Additional hearings may be scheduled at the request of either party.

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