In general, it's best to hire a private attorney to represent you when you are charged with a DUI. If you are unable to afford one, however, the court may appoint a public defender to represent you during trial. Here's more information about this issue. At the Arraignment The first time you may be provided with a public defender is at your arraignment. This is a hearing where the court clarifies the charges against you, hears how you choose to plea (e.
27 February 2017
Federal law prohibits people convicted of domestic violence from owning firearms. However, it's generally believed that only those who intentionally harm others would have their gun rights revoked. In June 2016, the Supreme Court clarified that those convicted of reckless domestic violence are also subjected to the ban. Here's more information about this decision and what you can do to protect your gun privileges. Closing the Loophole The Supreme Court decision was the resolution to the Volsine vs.
23 November 2016
Most people think of DUI convictions as the result of too much partying and poor decisions, but DUI charges can extend far beyond the usual suspects of alcohol, cannabis, and illegal drugs. Prescription medications can land you in the same legal trouble as recreational drugs, even if you weren't aware of the DUI laws covering them. Any medications that impair your ability to operate machinery should never be combined with driving, but if you have been charged with a DUI over a prescription drug, you may feel that you have been treated unjustly or that the testing methods used were inadequate.
23 September 2016
With the number of cases of autism and Asperger's growing in the U.S., and the number of kids, teens, and adults who are tased, shot, or arrested because officers do not have enough training in this area, you may be wondering if you can do something to help your family member with cognitive challenges. If your family member has been charged with criminal assault, criminal battery, or some other crime that was a direct result of his or her disability, there may be hope.
12 June 2016
While you may have been pulled over for any one of several reasons, you may not have deserved a DWI ticket. There are actually some common hygiene or medication items that can cause false positive results on a DWI/DUI test. If you think that something of this sort applies to your situation, be sure to discuss the following with your DWI attorney. Under these circumstances, you should fight the ticket, charges and other potential punishments.
11 June 2016
Charlie Sheen is certainly no stranger to the news, but the latest stories on him have taken a dark turn—the actor is facing a criminal investigation for intentionally hiding his HIV-positive status from a former lover. A lot of people may be reluctant to discuss their health, especially if they have a serious disease, like HIV, but keeping a secret like that can absolutely be criminal. If you're HIV positive, this is what you should know.
13 April 2016
Being charged with a drug offense is no laughing matter. This is a serious offense with serious consequences. You need to take command of the situation and start working on your defense right away to prevent paying a hefty fine or spending a lot of time in jail. Oftentimes, people think they can beat the charges on their own and forgo hiring a lawyer. By making one of the mistakes below, you could end up jeopardizing your case and spending a lot of time behind bars.
22 February 2016
In the United States, if you've been charged with a crime, you have the right to a defense attorney. If you can't afford one, a public defender (an attorney paid for by the government), will be appointed to represent you. What happens, however, if you feel like the public defender isn't doing a good job? You can't change public defenders easily. If you have a private defense attorney, you can usually fire him or her and hire a new one without much trouble.
4 December 2015
When you are brought in as a potential suspect related to an ongoing criminal investigation, you may be asked to be part of a criminal lineup. You should avoid being a part of one when possible due to the potential things that can go wrong. Here is what you should know about being involved in a criminal lineup. External Factors Can Cause Inaccurate Identification Anybody that has watched a crime movie or television show is well aware of what a criminal lineup is.
19 October 2015
If you have recently found yourself facing drug charges, it is imperative that you begin to think about your next step. While you do have the option to represent yourself, you might have the best chances of success, both legally and personally, if you hire a drug defense attorney. To help understand how this could be, you will want to take a few minutes to review the following points. Can Help Negotiate A More Productive Deal
15 October 2015