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Know the purpose of restitution in some criminal matters

When you're facing a criminal charge for destroying or stealing someone's property, you might have several sentence components handed down upon a conviction. These may include incarceration or probation, fines, court costs and restitution. While most of these are common in all criminal cases, restitution isn't something that is associated with every criminal charge.

Breath-testing for marijuana impairment is controversial

Not all cases of impaired driving have to do with alcohol. In some cases, drugs are the culprit. One of these, marijuana, is causing a stir more than some of the others. With the increase in people who are using marijuana and its derivatives, the rate of drivers who are using it and then driving is probably increasing.

Drug addiction can lead to repeated criminal activity

People who are facing a drug charge often need to get help for an underlying addiction -- but the criminal justice system in the United States isn't really equipped to handle that. Instead, the courts focus heavily on punishments. While this does impose consequences for breaking the law, it does very little to help the person avoid getting back into legal trouble again.

Probation and parole aren't serving their intended purpose

Many people see probation as a suitable alternative to incarceration, but they don't realize just how difficult it is to meet the requirements of the program. In many cases, individuals will use plea deals to work out an arrangement that enables them to be placed on probation. When they attend their first meeting with the probation officer, they're provided with a lot of information about what's acceptable and what isn't for probationers.

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