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Your defense strategy can affect the outcome of your DUI case

The outcome of a DUI case is largely dependent upon how you handle your defense strategy. You might find it interesting that your defense strategy actually begins when you first come into contact with the law enforcement officers who suspect you are driving under the influence of alcohol. At that point, you should do your best to exercise the rights that you have been given through the United States Constitution.

One of the rights that you have is to have an attorney represent you. This is an option that you should exercise as soon as you are arrested. We can help you to make sure that your interests are protected while you are going through the court process. This includes making sure that your right to avoid self-incrimination is upheld.

Fatal accident leads to criminal charges for teen accused of DUI

A Gaithersburg teen has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges that stem from an alleged drunk driving accident that injured one person and killed two people in June of 2015. That teen, who is now 19 years old, was preparing for an upcoming jury trial when he decided to plead guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter. The other charges against him have been dropped.

The teen was facing a host of other charges. These included two counts of homicide by a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, as well as one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing a life-threatening injury. With his guilty plea, those charges were dropped and only the two counts of vehicular manslaughter remain.

Burglary charge defenses can include affirmation or denial

Burglary charges have several elements that must be present in order for the case to be proven. As part of a defense strategy in Maryland and around the country, it is often necessary to challenge at least one of the elements that the prosecution must prove. Doing so can mean that you have to decide on the type of defense strategy that you are going to use for your case.

There are two basic defense strategy types for burglary cases. One of these is the affirmative defense. The other is the denial or claim of total innocence. It is very important that you consider how each will apply to the case against you.

Mistakes could lead to life-long consequences

Drunk driving charges are often the direct result of failing to think things through when you should. If you are going to a party that you know will include alcohol, you should make sure that you have a plan for getting home. If you don't plan ahead and end up driving home, you might end up facing criminal charges.

We understand that many drunk driving charges stem from a mistake. You mistakenly think that you are sober enough to drive. You mistakenly drank one too many drinks. In these cases, you might feel bad about your actions but you don't want those actions to leave you with serious penalties that will last for a long time.

Domestic violence allegations have lasting impacts

Whether or not you are convicted, domestic violence allegations can have a lasting impact on your entire life. If you are convicted, those impacts can be especially exacerbated. A history of domestic violence can impact your employment, relationships with children and others, the ability to rent an apartment, credit and professional standing.

According to reports, both landlords and mortgage lenders are wary of dealing with individuals who have a domestic violence conviction on the books. This is due in part to some states having laws regarding how a landlord can enforce lease agreements in the presence of a domestic violence conviction and the fact that lenders have seen a history of defaults among people with certain criminal backgrounds. Is it fair? It really isn't, because your situation is unique. But these things are possible if you have a conviction on your record.

Aspects of your life might change with drug charges

When you are facing drug charges, there are several aspects of your life that are on the line. One of these is your freedom. Many drug charges come with the possibility of time in jail or prison. That is often the primary factor that people worry about when they are facing criminal charges in Maryland. We know that most people who are facing drug charges want to minimize the penalties they face. This is possible in some cases. We can help you learn about the options that you have in your case that might minimize the penalties you face.

Another aspect of your life that might change is your financial status. Drug convictions often come with fines, court costs and other fees that can put a damper on your financial status. If you end up being convicted and sentenced to incarceration, that means that you will lose your income. You might end up losing your job since many employers won't hold a job for a person who is incarcerated on drug charges.

Why are scientific and forensic evidence important?

Evidence in a trial is the backbone of the prosecution's case. It is also usually the backbone of the defense's case. Much of the evidence that is used in criminal trial is scientific evidence or forensic evidence. Both of these play a crucial role in the criminal justice system.

Why is scientific evidence important?

Probation and parole come with strict rules and consequences

Probation and parole are very important aspects of the criminal justice system. These programs help to hold people who have been convicted of crimes accountable for their actions. While these programs serve the same purpose, they are actually two different programs.

We understand that you might have some questions about probation and parole, especially if this is your first time in the criminal justice system. No matter where you are in the criminal justice process, you should understand some basic points.

How are penalties for theft charges decided in Maryland?

Theft charges in Maryland mean that you are facing considerable time in prison. The length of the prison sentence you are facing is dependent upon the classification of the charges against you, which depend in part on the value of the theft. If you are facing theft charges, you should understand some basic points about these charges and the possible penalties before deciding on a defense strategy.

Are all theft charges felony charges?

Probation terms often depend on the conviction

Some criminal defense attorneys are able to resolve their clients' cases with sentences of probation. For many people, this is a preferable outcome since the alternative is usually prison or jail. If you have been sentenced to probation, you should make sure that you familiarize yourself with the requirements of the probationary terms, as they often vary from one conviction or court to another.

Those who are convicted of drug crimes might have to go through a rehab program or take drug tests as part of their probation. Those were convicted of other crimes might have additional requirements. Convictions for driving under the influence can bring special conditions like being monitored for alcohol use.

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