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Drug overdose death leads to criminal charges

A person who thinks about drug charges will likely think of ones like possession or selling the drug. What many people might not realize is that selling drugs can lead to charges that are even more serious than those. A prime example is the case of a Gaithersburg man who was charged in connection with the death of a person that was attributed to drugs.

The man was a supplier for a drug dealer who sold fentanyl and cocaine to the person who died. He pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to the death of the overdose victim.

Theft crimes can't be viewed as minor matters

Theft crime charges are serious matters that demand immediate attention. These matters are sometimes viewed as minor because there usually isn't any physical harm to the alleged victims in the case. Unfortunately, this misconception might lead to a defendant being unprepared for the court hearings.

We realize that you might need help with these cases. We are here to help you work through them so that you have an idea of the possible options for your case. When you are facing theft charges, there is often evidence that needs to be considered as you try to plan your defense.

Remember to use a designated driver for the 4th of July

If you are going to head out to a fireworks display or barbecue for the 4th of July holiday and plan on drinking, make sure that you plan to have a designated driver or a similar way home after. This can help you to avoid having to end the festivities in a jail cell. Of course, you can't predict the future so there might not be a way that you will know that you are going to head out for drinks.

We realize that it is easy to get into trouble after having a few to drink with your buddies. If you are facing a drunk driving charge, you need to look into a few different things. One of these is that you will have to face the administrative penalties that come with this charge. If you plan on fighting against these, including the driver's license suspension, you need to get started right away. There are very short time limits for handling these matters.

Domestic violence cases might look into the history of abuse

Facing domestic violence charges is a harrowing experience that can be compounded by the potentially personal aspects of these charges. When there is proof of physical violence, such as photos of bruising or doctor's reports, it might seem like your case is hopeless -- but this might not be the case.

There are often ways that you can refute the claims that are being made against you. In some cases, you might be able to note that the incident was an accident, but this claim can only be made if it is factual.

Make a plan for your drug crime defense

Drug charges can range from possession to drug trafficking. These cases can be handled in state court or federal court, depending on the circumstances of the case. You have to think carefully about what is going on with your case so that you can decide what you are going to do.

There are two primary options that might occur in these cases. One of these is that you might opt to pursue a plea deal. This can put you in partial control of what happens with the outcome of the case. You might be able to do some damage control in these cases. For some, being able to accept drug court or a plea deal for a lesser charge might be enticing.

Drug selling or dealing charges are serious matters

Drug charges are always serious matters, but if you are accused of dealing drugs or selling drugs, these are a bit more serious than possession charges. Oftentimes, a person who is accused of possession might be able to enter into the drug court program to try to get assistance for the addiction. This usually isn't possible for a person who is facing a charge for selling or dealing drugs.

When you are charged with a drug crime, one factor that you have to consider is whether you are facing state or federal charges. These are very different matters because of the specific points in the laws on each of the levels.

Probation violations require careful defense strategy planning

One of the possible outcomes of a criminal case is that you will be placed on probation. This means that you might avoid time in prison, but you will still have your liberties severely restricted during the terms of the probation. While it might seem like this is a much easier sentence than incarceration, some probationers find that it is difficult to comply with the terms.

If you don't abide by all the terms your probation officer outlines, you can face a violation. This means that you could face time in jail because of the issue. It is imperative that you build a good relationship with your probation officer so that he or she is more likely to thoughtfully advise you and help you through the program.

Coming home isn't always an easy adjustment after prison

The time that a person is in prison changes him or her considerably. The same is usually true for the people on the outside who are waiting on them to get out. This poses some challenges when they are released. Everyone who has to deal with this situation should make plans for when it happens.

One thing that everyone has to remember is that it is going to take time get back into the swing of things. This is partially because there are many restrictions for a person who is on parole. They must comply with these or they risk having to go back to prison due to a parole violation.

Drunk driving charges can ruin your summer fun

With the warmer months of the year here, you are likely ready to enjoy time outdoors. Sometimes, adults might attend functions that involve alcohol. If you are planning to head out to barbecues, bonfires or other events that will have adult beverages, you need to make sure that you are making plans to make it home afterward.

We know that you can't always make plans for these situations, but we don't want your summer fun to be cut short by criminal charges. Your good time will be quickly ruined if you are placed in handcuffs and taken to jail for drunk driving.

Drugs of all sorts can lead to impaired driving charges

Impaired driving charges can come from a host of situations. It is imperative that anyone who is going to drive understands exactly what it means to be driving while impaired. The truth here is that even people who haven't had any alcohol might face this type of criminal charge.

Drugged driving is the reason this is possible. When you take any type of medication or drugs, you run the risk of having your ability to drive safely affected. The type doesn't really matter in these cases as long as the impairment is present.

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