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Carefully consider your plea in a drunk driving case

When you are facing a drunk driving charge, one of the choices you have to make is how you are going to plead to the charge. You can choose to plead guilty or not guilty. While many people will automatically want to plead not guilty, others may consider a guilty plea. There are several reasons for this.

If you know that you were driving drunk, you might think about a guilty plea. It is important for you to remember that pleading guilty is an admission of guilt, so you shouldn't plead guilty if you didn't actually drive drunk.

Try to minimize the consequences of domestic violence accusations

Think about all the aspects of your life that are affected by an accusation of domestic violence. You might have to face criminal charges. You might face the end of the relationship. You could be prevented from seeing your children or other people because of court orders that were handed down because of the accusations. You might also face the social scrutiny and other life effects of this type of accusation.

We know that you are probably worried about everything that an accusation like this has associated with it. We can't promise you that the social stigma and other life effects will stop. We can't promise that your relationship will go back to how it was. We focus on helping you with the legal aspect of your case so that we can minimize the collateral damages that you will have to endure.

Domestic violence charges can be devastating

When you and your significant other get into an argument, you probably don't expect that it will end with you facing domestic violence charges. Sadly, that is one possibility that can occur. In some cases, these charges are based on actual physical violence. In others, they are based on spurious allegations made by one spouse. In either case, you should make sure that you are ready to fight the charges, because they can adversely affect your entire life.

There are three factors that can affect the severity of the charges you are facing regarding an incident of domestic violence. These include whether there was a restraining order in effect at the time of the alleged event, the severity of the other person's injuries and whether there was a minor present at the scene.

Fight all aspects of a drunk driving case

Being arrested for drunk driving starts two proceedings. One of these is the criminal justice proceeding. The other is the administrative proceeding. These proceedings are both crucial for you to fight against because each can impact your life in different ways. We can help you fight against the administrative and criminal justice components of a drunk driving incident.

The administrative proceeding that you will go through has to do with the suspension or revocation of your driver's license. This is something that you should fight against so that you can keep your driving privileges. If you can't drive, you might find it hard to get to work and make money or go shopping to get the things you need. Running regular errands might be very difficult because you will have to rely on friends and public transportation to get you where you need to go. In some cases, restricted driving privileges might be an option that helps you avoid losing your license by allowing you to still drive under certain circumstances.

There are many possible ways to fight drug charges

When it comes to drug charges, possession is one of the lesser charges you can face. Even though these charges might not seem as bad as trafficking charges or even selling charges, you must still work on getting a defense together if you plan to fight against them. The strategy you use for your defense should be based on the circumstances of the case and the points that you need to call into question.

One of the most common defenses for drug possession charges is making a claim that the drugs aren't your drugs. This wouldn't likely be a good option if the drugs were found on your person; however, if the drugs were merely found near you, it might be a good defense strategy. This is one defense that might be difficult, but not impossible.

Civil rights violations subject of Department of Justice probe

After the death of Freddie Gray, the Department of Justice began a probe into the city of Baltimore, Maryland. This probe was recently released and shows that the police department in that city routinely violated citizens' rights. Those violations, which included conducting unlawful stops, are a point that some defendants might be able to use in their defense strategies.

An interesting finding of the probe was that white citizens were more likely to have contraband like drugs and illegal guns when searched during pedestrian or traffic stops, yet black residents were stopped and then searched with more frequency.

What trends are common with drunk driving cases?

Drunk driving cases often follow certain trends. Law enforcement officers usually consider the trends when they are trying to decide how they are going to stop drunk drivers. While the best course of action for avoiding a drunk driving charge is to not drive drunk, knowing the current trends might help you to avoid having to face drunk driving charges since you might better understand what police officers are looking for.

Are police officers only looking for drivers who are drunk?

Stay on track with your probation or face the consequences

When you are on probation, you have very specific guidelines that you have to follow. Even if you don't think that these rules are necessary, you still have to follow them. They can include a host of measures that include staying out of legal trouble, remaining drug free and meeting with your probation officer. If you fail to do any of these, you might end up facing new criminal charges.

If you recall, when you were placed on probation, you received a suspended sentence from the court. That suspended sentence means that you can still have to complete that sentence if you don't follow the rules of probation. If you do successfully complete probation, you won't have to complete the suspended sentence.

White collar crimes are often thefts based on fraud

White collar crimes often involve very complex plots that involve fraud and end in theft. These crimes aren't victimless, even though it can be corporations or other entities that suffer the loss. People who commit white collar crimes often find themselves facing very serious charges that require very complex defense strategies.

There are several different types of crimes that are considered white collar crimes, each of which varies at least slightly from the others. Tax evastion, insurance fraud, securities fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering are examples of white collar crimes. In each of these crimes, deceitful practices are at the heart of the matter.

Adults who allow minors to drink can be held accountable

A rather interesting trend is occurring in Maryland that involves parents allowing people who are under the legal drinking age to have parties at their homes. In this state, doing that comes with the possibility of criminal penalties because of a Maryland law that forbids adults from allowing underage drinking. A new ruling by the highest court in Maryland now adds another possible penalty that adults who allow underage drinking might have to face -- civil penalties.

The Court of Appeals noted that children aren't able to handle the effects of alcohol. With that note, the court ruled that adults who allow children to consume alcohol can be held liable in civil court. The court's opinion is a marked difference from the usual reluctance that it has shown for holding third parties liable for the actions of people who are drunk.

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