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Drunk driving is common during the winter holiday season

Now that the holiday season is here, people are going to start attending parties to celebrate. If you are planning on doing this, make sure that you don't have to drive home after having a few adult beverages. This could save you time and money because you won't have to worry about facing drunk driving charges.

Thanksgiving ranks fifth on the list of days when drunk driving is most prevalent. New Year's is at the top of this list. Since both of those days are coming up fast, any driver must ensure that they are either avoiding alcohol or avoiding driving. This not only helps prevent criminal matters, but it can also help to keep others on the roads safer.

Domestic violence defense options vary greatly

Domestic violence charges can come from a variety of situations in a relationship, but the long-term impacts of them are fairly universal. A person who faces these charges often has some very serious life consequences to deal with, many of which manifest before the person is convicted. Unfortunately, this is just because of society's perceptions of this type of situation.

When you are facing a domestic abuse charge, you need to think carefully about your defense strategy. It is so easy to try to point out the faults of the victim, but this isn't usually perceived well by a jury. This could mean that you end up making it more difficult to have them sympathize with your defense.

Drug use may lead to other criminal activities

Drug charges are serious matters that are often the result of an addiction. What many people don't realize is that these charges can also lead to other legal issues. There is a relationship between drugs and criminal acts of all sorts. This makes it difficult to curb the issue because there are deeper things going on than what the criminal court system can address in many cases.

There are two primary issues that come with drugs. The first is that people often turn to illegal means to obtain the funds to get them. They might prostitute themselves or steal to get the cash they need for their next hit. The need to get their hands on the substance trumps anything else, so they will even turn to things that are uncharacteristic for them.

Know your probation or parole terms to avoid violating them

There are many conditions that people on probation and parole have to meet. Some people think that these terms are interchangeable, but they aren't. Probation is a criminal sentence that enables a person to remain in the community. Parole is an early release from a prison sentence that comes with specific conditions.

Both of these programs are based on meeting with a supervising officer who works to ensure that the person is meeting the terms. There are many conditions that are universal between the two, including remaining out of legal trouble, holding a steady job and staying away from other convicted felons.

The many consequences of drunk driving cases

Many different consequences can come from driving while you are drunk that may have far-reaching implications for your future. Before you make the decision to drive after drinking, think about all the trouble you could be bringing on yourself.

For example, one thing that you are going to have to deal with if you are caught driving drunk is the financial repercussions. You are naturally going to have legal fees, but your financial liability doesn't end there. You may also have to pay fines and the cost to repair or replace damaged property. There is a chance that you will pay for damages in a civil case.

Impacts of domestic violence accusations

Being accused of domestic violence is a serious matter. You can't just ignore the accusations, but it is difficult to figure out how to address all the life changes that will come just because of it. Some of the things you will have to handle might seem a bit ridiculous since you aren't convicted yet.

Make sure that you start working on your defense right away. You need as much time as possible to figure out how you are going to answer these complaints. Simply ignoring them isn't an option. Neither is trying to have the alleged victim drop the charges. Once the prosecutor picks up the charges, the victim doesn't have a say in what happens with the case.

Penalties and defense options for motor vehicle theft

Maryland Criminal Code Section 7-105 covers motor vehicle thefts. It sets the penalties for a conviction at up to five years in prison. If the vehicle is damaged or totaled, the law says that the defendant must pay the value of the car or the restoration cost to the owner. If you think about this, you can imagine how expensive this can become.

For a person who is facing this charge, setting a defense strategy is a priority. There are a few that might be possible. You have to consider the circumstances of the case to determine which ones might work for your case.

Crashes can put you under scrutiny for drunk driving

Several things can lead to a person facing drunk driving charges. While most people think about traffic stops due to hazardous driving, that is far from the only way that this can happen. For some individuals, the reason they are told to take a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test is that they were in a motor vehicle accident.

A car wreck automatically meets the standard of reasonable suspicion for investigating the possibility of drunk driving. The officer is going to ask you questions about what you've had to drink and whether you are under the influence of any impairing substances or not. The officer can also look into the vehicle and see if there are any signs that you've been drinking. This could be an open container in the vehicle, or it might be drug paraphernalia in the console.

Know how drug courts can benefit your life

The Maryland court system has programs open to specifically address some of the more common underlying issues that plague defendants. For people who are facing drug charges, that problem might be drug addiction or another mental health condition. Treating these can help the person to live a life free of crime while still addressing their criminal charges.

There are 36 drug courts across the state. The law here notes that judges can require an evaluation for services before or after sentencing. The outcome of that evaluation determines what needs to happen.

Types of domestic violence vary greatly

Many different actions constitute domestic violence. In the broadest sense, it is anything that enables one partner to have control over the other. Some people think about physical abuse, but that isn't the only type of domestic violence that can occur in close relationships.

One of the reasons for this is due to the outwardly visible injuries like bruising and other marks that the physical abuse leaves. Other forms don't leave these, so they are often harder for people to accept. Some victims won't report the situation because they don't think people will believe them.

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