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Alcohol Education Program for drunk driving offenses

Some people who are convicted of a drunk driving charge might have to go through a 12-hour course known as the Alcohol Education Program. The AEP is required for people who are trying to get a driver's license after a revocation for an alcohol-related offense. Some people will have to take the course if they were referred by an Administrative Law Judge or a District Court judge. Anyone who has to take the course will get a notice from the Motor Vehicle Administration letting them know they have been referred.

When you get the referral letter, there will be a date on the top right corner of the paper. You must start your program by that date, so make sure that you start looking for a program as soon as you get the letter. When you show up for the course, you will need to bring the referral letter.

Probation violations can lead to time in jail or prison

In our previous blog post, we discussed parole plans. If you recall, those plans are used if you are being released from prison with the condition of parole. There are some criminal cases that are resolved with the person being put on probation instead of being sent to prison. The terms parole and probation aren't interchangeable. They are two different programs, but they do have some similar elements.

We know that facing a criminal conviction might bring up certain questions. If you are being told that you will be sentenced to probation, you might wonder what that means. When you are placed on probation, you will have to report to a probation officer. That officer will go over some rules with you. In order to stay in compliance with the probation program, you have to follow those rules. If you don't follow the rules, you will likely face a probation violation.

What is included in a parole plan?

When you are up for parole, you will have to make a parole plan. This plan outlines how you plan on living once you get out of prison. You must ensure that the plans you make are viable plans that will help you to live a productive life away from anything illegal. There are some important points for you to consider as you try to come up with your parole plan.

What should I do to help me overcome an addiction?

Criminal and civil cases can stem from domestic violence

Domestic violence cases pit you against your loved one. That is a horrible feeling for anyone to have to go through. On top of the issues with your loved one, you are also facing the possibility of penalties in the criminal justice system. We know that when you think about the state of your personal life and the possible criminal case, you might begin to worry. While we can't take that worry from you, we can help you to work through the legal aspects of your issues.

When you are being accused of domestic violence, you might be facing two different types of cases. You might be facing a criminal case that can lead to fines, probation, incarceration and other penalties. You might also be facing a civil case that can lead to you having a restraining order placed against you.

Domestic violence: Victims can't drop criminal charges

Facing domestic violence charges is one of the most personal experiences a person in the criminal justice system will experience. These charges often call your relationship into question, which brings a horrible element into the situation. When the domestic violence charges come out, there is often an order of protection issued. This means that if you are served with one of these orders, you won't be able to return to your home if it was with the person who is listed as protected on the order. That, however, is only one problem that you will face.

One thing that some people who are facing domestic violence charges don't realize is that if you are facing criminal charges, even reconciling with the person whom you allegedly abused won't necessarily stop the criminal charges. Once the prosecuting attorney decides that you will face charges, it is up to the prosecuting attorney or the court system to decide whether the charges will be dropped or not.

Proposal could impact drug treatment programs

We have often mentioned how a big problem with the criminal justice system's method for dealing with drug charges is that many people who are facing drug charges have an addiction problem. That means that without proper help, those defendants are likely going to re-offend. A recent proposal about how drug treatment payments are made through the Medicaid reimbursement system could have a significant impact on how many drug addicts are able to get the help they need to overcome the addiction and avoid having to face criminal charges.

As it stands now, the Medicaid payment for methadone treatment is $80 per week. If the proposal becomes the new norm, that amount will be reduced to $42 per week. At the same time, the amount of reimbursement for counseling programs might increase.

Probation and parole are different programs

We recently discussed the difficulties that some people who are on parole might have when they are trying to find a job. Interestingly, even people who are on probation might have the same difficulties just because of the felony mark on their criminal record. We know that the thought of being placed on probation or having to deal with parole might be worrisome. We can help you learn the differences and determine how your case might be affected by probation or parole.

It is vital that you understand the difference between probation and parole. Probation is community supervision that you are sentenced to instead of having to go to prison. Generally, a prison sentence is ordered but then suspended. This means that if you complete probation, you won't have to go to prison. We can help fight for you to get probation if your case qualifies for this sentencing possibility.

How can I meet job requirements for probation or parole?

When you are on probation or parole, one of the requirements you have to meet might be to find suitable employment. That might not be as easy as you think because of your criminal record. In fact, finding a job is often one of the most frustrating terms of probation or parole. While you can't force an employer to hire you, there are some ways that you can improve your chances of being hired.

Is it really possible to find jobs if you have a criminal record?

Robbery versus armed robbery: One big difference

In our previous blog post, we discussed the case of the preacher who is facing criminal charges in connection with his actions involving escorts. If you recall, he is facing criminal charges for armed robbery and a host of other charges. Let's discuss some of the aspects that are necessary for an armed robbery charge verses a robbery charge.

A robbery occurs when a person takes another person's property without permission. The act must occur in the victim's presence and must be done with the intent to steal the item. There must be an element of threat by violence, force or intimidation. The threat can be a very small threat or a considerable threat and can still make the incident fall under the classification of a robbery.

Preacher facing several criminal charges after meeting escorts

It seems as though new horror stories about in-person meetings of people who met online make the news on a daily basis. When these meetings go bad, criminal charges are sometimes filed against the party who is accused of illegal actions.

One Maryland preacher is now facing serious charges for his alleged actions when meeting up with escorts he met online. The 33-year-old man is charged with armed robbery, assault, attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment and theft.

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