Is A Plea Deal Possible In A DUI Case?

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The prospect of having a DUI on their driving record can leave a driver worried. People have plenty of reasons to try to argue such charges down, if possible. You might wonder, though, whether you'll be able to enter a plea agreement. Let's look at this issue the way a DUI lawyer might. First-Time Offender Generally, the folks with the best chances of bargaining a case down to a lesser charge are first-time offenders.

20 October 2020

Consent As A Defense Against Sex Crimes

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If you have been charged with a sex crime, one of your first defenses might be to opt for consent as a criminal defense. Are you interested in using consent as a defense? This guide will help you determine your next steps. What Is Consent? First, you need to understand the basic premise of consent. When somebody consents to something, they agree to it. If somebody consents to legal sexual activity, it is not a crime.

15 July 2020

When (If Ever) Should You Refuse A Breathalyzer Test?

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Many states have enacted laws that treat a driver's refusal to submit to a breath or blood alcohol test as the equivalent of driving while intoxicated. These laws are designed to encourage compliance with law enforcement; after all, if you're going to be subject to the same penalties and fines for failing to take a breathalyzer test as you would be if you failed this test, why refuse?   But despite these laws, there are some situations in which it just doesn't make sense to submit to a breathalyzer test.

19 February 2020

The Best Way To Handle A First Time DUI Charge In Court

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While driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol should never occur, it does happen frequently all over the country. Fortunately, getting pulled over for a DUI or DWI does not have to be a repeated offense.  By taking responsibility for the crime you have committed, you may find the punishment is not as severe as you had expected. This is the best way to handle a first time DUI charge in court.

22 November 2019

Real Estate Law Concepts Everyone Should Know

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The field of real estate law is full of concepts that are important to handling transactions and other issues involving property. If you're getting ready to talk with an attorney at a real estate law services firm, it's a good idea to learn a bit of the terminology they often use. Let's take a moment to explore four of the biggest ideas. The County Register Keeping tabs on all the properties in a region is a tough task.

7 August 2019

Preparing For A DMV Hearing? 4 Steps To Help Ensure A Successful Outcome

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If your license was suspended due to a driving citation and you're headed to a DMV hearing, you'll want to take precautions. The first thing you need to know is that your court hearing was a separate event from your DMV hearing. The same tactics that can work in court aren't going to work in your DMV hearing. During your hearing, you'll be trying to undo the damage that was done in court; specifically, you'll be trying to get your suspension reversed.

2 May 2019

Underage And Driving Under The Influence

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Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense regardless of the age of the perpetrator. If the offender is underage, however, both the standards and the punishments are different than for those age 21 and up. Read on to learn more about underage drinking and driving offenses. Blood Alcohol Concentrations Those who get stopped and tested for the presence of alcohol in their system that are age 21 and over must not demonstrate a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .

14 December 2018

What Happens When You Can't Afford to Hire an Attorney?

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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

Supreme Court Decides Reckless Domestic Violence Also Triggers Gun Ban

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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

Defending Yourself Legally After Receiving A DUI For A Prescribed Medication

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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