What to Expect When You’re Caught Driving With a Suspended License

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Driving is a critical part of adult life. From work to school, it’s vital you can drive to the places you need to be. If your license is suspended due to a DWI conviction, unpaid citations or child-support payments, or an excessive number of traffic violations, then you know firsthand the consequences of a license suspension.

However, the effects of these challenges should never cause you to disregard this suspension and get behind the wheel. If you’re caught driving with a suspended license, you will only face a more challenging road ahead.

Driving During a Suspension Is a Crime

When the court suspends, revokes, or cancels your license, this is a legal judgment. When you ignore this and drive anyway, you are committing a crime and will be charged accordingly. If your license is suspended, meaning you only lose your ability to legally drive temporarily, then you could face up to a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail.

If your license is canceled, meaning the decision is permanent, you face a larger fine and up to one year behind bars.

You Weren’t Aware Teens Were Drinking Under Your Roof: What Can Happen Next?

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Underage drinking is not only prevalent (around 11% of 8th graders have reported taking part in binge drinking), it’s also very dangerous. Around 5,000 people under the drinking age succumb to an alcohol-related death every year.

You’ve recently discovered teenagers have been drinking under your roof. While you’re incensed at the activity, you’re also relieved: nobody was apparently hurt and hopefully the teens involved have learned their lesson from the foolish act. There are many reasons you should be concerned about underage drinking in your home, even if it wasn’t approved by you or you weren’t even aware of what happened until after the fact.

You Are Liable As the Social Host

If one of the teenager’s parents find out that their child was drinking alcohol under your roof, they can press charges. Even if you didn’t serve any of the teens alcohol or didn’t know they were drinking in the first place, you are considered the Social Host of the occurrence.

What’s the Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?

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Most people know that a felony is a punishment for a serious crime that can affect the perpetrator for years after conviction. But if you set up a list of crimes and asked the average person which ones were felonies and which ones were less serious, they probably wouldn’t be able to tell you.

What are felonies, and how do they differ from misdemeanors and other less serious crimes? In this blog, we discuss the differences between a felony and a misdemeanor.

Types of Crimes

The law provides classifications for different degrees of crime. That way, serious crimes come with serious punishments, while lesser crimes are punished more leniently.

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

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.

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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