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What are Sweat Ankle Monitors for DUI Defendants (SCRAM)?

  December 6, 2011     By Falk & Ross, PA
SCRAM ankle monitors after a DUI are common forms of supervision. These monitors and other forms of supervision can be avoided by speaking with a criminal attorney.

Seeking Traffic Defense Help When You are Caught by a Speed Trap

  December 6, 2011     By Falk & Ross, PA
Learning how speed traps work and the different ways you can address a speeding ticket is a valuable defense. Also, contacting a traffic lawyer if you are facing significant charges is in your best interest.

Going to the DMV after Your First DUI

  December 6, 2011     By Falk & Ross, PA
After your first DUI, going the DMV can be confusing and intimidating. Contacting a defense lawyer for legal guidance so you can be sure you complete everything correctly may be in your best interest.

When a Sobriety Checkpoint Leads to DUI Charges, Get Legal Help

  December 6, 2011     By Falk & Ross, PA
If you’ve been stopped at a Florida sobriety checkpoint, contact a Miami DUI defense attorney who will protect your rights.

Know Your Rights! Understanding the Miranda Rights

  December 6, 2011     By Falk & Ross, PA
Being made aware of your Miranda rights can help you in difficult situations that you may have found yourself in. Knowing your Miranda rights will help you if you believe they may be violated.

Facing a DUI Charge When You Are on Vacation

  December 6, 2011     By Falk & Ross, PA
If you received a Florida DUI charge while on vacation, contact an attorney who can represent you in your DUI defense in Florida. This may help you to avoid some court dates.

Hefty Costs Associated with a DUI Arrest

  December 6, 2011     By Falk & Ross, PA
Be prepared to face the steep costs of a DUI arrest. Even if it is your first DUI, the monetary penalties that come along with a DUI arrest can be hard on your wallet.

Your Rights after an Arrest for Prostitution or Solicitation

  December 6, 2011     By Falk & Ross, PA
Charges for prostitution in can lead to many different kinds of penalties. It is very helpful to be made aware of your rights if you have been charged with prostitution or solicitation.

Challenging Breath and Blood Tests in a DUI Case

  December 6, 2011     By Falk & Ross, PA
The defense for your DUI case can be affected by challenging a blood test or challenging a breath test. If you did either one of these, speak with a lawyer who can explain your decision to the court.

Fighting Charges of Fraud

  December 6, 2011     By Falk & Ross, PA
Fraud charges are not uncommon and are committed for different reasons.

Does an Arrest for a DUI Equal Automatic Guilt?

  December 6, 2011     By Falk & Ross, PA
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI it doesn’t mean you’re automatically guilty. Many factors can make or break a DUI case that has been brought up against you.

Conviction for Accessory to Shoplifting and Burglary Has Lesson for Those Defending Such Charges

  December 5, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Raymond Mooney and his girlfriend, Janna Lorette, drove together to a San Bernardino Stater Brothers grocery store. Mooney and his two small children entered first. About twenty seconds later, Ms. Lorette entered with an empty purse.

California Federal Court Errs in Imposing Residency Restriction on Man Who Has Illegal Sex Overseas

  December 5, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
In both state and federal court, it is common for courts to impose probation conditions that prohibit sex offenders from living near certain areas that might cause the offender to relapse and endanger the public. In sex offender cases involving an adult and a child victim, courts can impose rather tough residency requirements.

Impact of Hiring a Former Prosecutor to Defend a Virginia DUI

  December 3, 2011     By Robinson Law, PLLC
Consequences that can come from a Virginia DUI conviction can be steep and long lasting. Hiring a Defense Attorney that has experience on the other side of the bench as a Commonwealth Attorney can make all of the difference in your case.

Stand Your Ground: Not Guilty to the Charge of Murder in the Second Degree

  December 2, 2011     By Ferrer Shane, P.L.
Ferrer Shane Attorney Diana Gonzalez Wins Homicide Acquittal for Client - You may think that the police will take you at your word if you kill someone in self-defense. Unfortunately, that rarely happens. The police will investigate. Charges against you might be filed. Whether or not that happens will depend on the facts of the case.

Suspect’s Fifth Amendment Rights not Violated when He Volunteered Statements about His Killing Another

  December 1, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Thomas Kemp kidnapped Hector Juarez, used Juarez’s ATM card to withdraw $200 from Juarez’s bank account and then used a .380 handgun to shoot Juarez twice in the head, killing him. Kemp then made two more attempts to use Juarez’s ATM card, but could not remember the PIN number.

Women in the Workplace: What is the Primary Cause of Fatal Injury?

  December 1, 2011     By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, Inc
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2010 that homicidal violence is the fourth leading cause of workplace death in the country. Moreover homicide is the leading cause of death for female employees, the incidence of which rose by 13 percent that year. A series of violent acts against female employees resulting in injuries and fatalities in Orange County and other California areas illustrate the severity of the problem, explains an attorney.

Technology and Surveillance: The Increasing Impact on Investigations into Excessive Force

  December 1, 2011     By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, Inc
In a time and a society in which it would be difficult to find an individual who does not have continuous access to communications equipment, police departments are relying on the public to assist with investigations. In Los Angeles, the LAPD initiated a service that allows citizens to anonymously text tips about crimes in their neighborhoods. In Orange County, the 151 witness statements and videos concerning the fatal beating of a homeless man led to criminal charges for two officers.

False Accusations of Rape in Florida and Nationwide

  December 1, 2011     By Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys
A Florida rape attorney will look at all the possibilities, including DNA evidence and the possible of a mistaken eyewitness identification, to prove that you did not commit the crime you didn’t commit.

False Accusations of Child Abuse in Georgia

  November 30, 2011     By The Margolis Legal Group, Inc
It’s something no one wants to think about, even in the most contested and ugly of Georgia child custody battles the idea that one partner might falsely accuse another of child abuse in order to obtain child custody. Fortunately, false accusations of child abuse are rather rare: under 10 percent of accusations of child abuse are false. However, of that 10 percent, the majority do not originate with the child, but instead with an adult bringing accusations on behalf of the child.

When Can the Use of a Taser Be Considered Excessive Force?

  November 30, 2011     By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, Inc
In November of 2011, a California appellate court ruled that the use of a taser stun gun could, in cases involving personal injury, qualify as excessive force in violation of the US Constitution. However, other court decisions have varied, suggesting that the law on the use of the taser is still evolving. Given that police departments, counties, and officers have been found liable in lawsuits brought by those who have suffered trauma from the devices, they should use them with caution.

Cocaine Courier’s Sentence Not Reduced Due to Large Quantity Seized

  November 29, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Under Federal sentencing guidelines, a drug courier is often eligible for a sentencing reduction due to his or her minor role and limited involvement. The courier may not be aware of even the type of drug transported, the sender’s name or the actual recipient of the delivery.

Drug Evidence Suppressed When Police Improperly Stop Vehicle

  November 29, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
La Habra police officer Nick Wilson observed Defendant Paul Carmona make a right turn without using his turn signals. Wilson was about 40 yards away and traveling in the opposite direction, so he was unaffected by Carmona’s turn. There was no other traffic nearby. Wilson, however, believed the turn violated California Vehicle Code § 22107 and stopped Carmona.

SEC Rules Affecting Shell Companies

  November 28, 2011     By Hamilton & Associates, P.A.
What is a Shell Company? Securities Act Rule 405 and Exchange Act Rule 12b-2 define a Shell Company as a company, other than an asset-backed issuer, with no or nominal operations; and either: • no or nominal assets; • assets consisting of cash and cash equivalents; or • assets consisting of any amount of cash and cash equivalents and nominal other assets. By: Brenda Lee Hamilton, Attorney Hamilton & Associates Law Group

Anyone Can Be Arrested for DUI

  November 23, 2011     By The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson
It seems that almost every day there is a new story about a DUI accident or arrest. However, the newest tale has a spin that many others do not; in Morrow, Georgia a 45-year old police chief was recently arrested for drinking and driving.

Co-Owner Of Computer Can Consent To Search Of Computer That Incriminated Owner Of Child Pornography Charges

  November 23, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Kevin Stanley and his girlfriend, Tiana Stockbridge, lived together until the two broke up in 2004. While they were together, they co-owned a computer, which they each used. Stanley had a password to his “half” of the computer and his files.

Lifetime Requirement to Register as Sex Offender not Eliminated when Felony Conviction Reduced to Misdemeanor

  November 22, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Over about a one month period in late 2006, Defendant Brian Roger Kennedy engaged in a sexually explicit Internet conversation with an undercover San Jose police officer who Kennedy believed was 13 years old and named “Tiffany.” Kennedy sent “Tiffany” a picture of his erect penis, as well as videos and webcams of himself masturbating. He also communicated with her via instant messaging and e-mail.

First DUI Penalty in Las Vegas

  November 21, 2011     By Potter Law Criminal Defense
If you or a loved one has a DUI conviction in Las Vegas, having credible and qualified legal help is an absolute necessity. Knowing the facts and the risks to your finances and freedom is a quintessential part of the assessment process for the accused.

Court Rules that Driving Includes Being Stopped at Red Light while Using Cell Phone

  November 21, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
On December 28, 2009, a Richmond, California motorcycle officer pulled up at a red light alongside Mr. Carl Nelson. The officer watched Nelson, who was sitting behind the wheel of his car, open his flip-style cell phone, dial a number and put the phone to his ear while holding the phone in his left hand.

In Counterfeit DVD and CD Case, Victim Cannot Recover Potential Economic Loss

  November 21, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
California Penal Code § 1202.4(r) governs the method for calculating restitution in fraudulent DVD and CD cases.

Hiring a Kansas City Criminal Defense Lawyer - What You Should Expect

  November 20, 2011     By The Sandage Law Firm, P.C.
If you have been charged with or accused of a crime, it is important that you consult with a talented Kansas City criminal defense lawyer right away. An effective, skilled attorney can have a substantial impact on the outcome of your case.

The Different Levels of DUI

  November 17, 2011     By Baker, Lewis, Schwisow & Laws, PLLC
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law in the state of Washington, along with all other areas in the United States. Nationally, the legal limit is .08%, but each state has their own laws governing the degree of each drunk driving charge.

Multiple Convictions for Embezzlement (Grand Theft) from Employer Proper When Takings Distinguishable

  November 16, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Joyce Jaska was the secretary and treasurer of Barstow Truck Parts and Equipment, Inc., a family business that had survived since the 1950’s. The president of the company fully trusted Jaska, who did the company’s accounting.

Common Flaws Associated with DUI Testing

  November 16, 2011     By Katz & Phillips P.A. - Criminal Law
In any given DUI case, it is likely that the prosecution will have considerable evidence being held against you. Many people can view this as the final nail in a case’s coffin, but the truth is that there are ways in which this evidence can be challenged based on these test’s common flaws.

Life in Prison Without Possibility of Parole Unconstitutional for Juvenile Non Homicide Offender

  November 15, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
In 2010, citing the Eight Amendment’s bar against cruel and unusual punishment, the United States Supreme Court determined that the immature and potentially malleable nature of juveniles precludes a judgment that a non homicide juvenile offender will never to be fit to reenter society (Graham v. Florida (2010) __ U.S. __, 130 S.Ct. 2011).

Pandering Conviction Upheld Even When Victim is Already a Prostitute

  November 15, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
While it may seem counterintuitive to some, one can be convicted of pandering in violation of California Penal Code § 266i(a)(2) even when the “victim” is already a prostitute, or at least represents herself to be one. Indeed, section 266i(a)(2) reads: Any person who by promises, threats, violence, or by any device or scheme, causes, induces, persuades or encourages another to become a prostitute is guilty of pandering.

When an Arrestee is Detained, it is Unconstitutional to Search a Car Without a Warrant

  November 15, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Under most circumstances of an arrest, police are able to validly search a vehicle because the vehicle is considered an area within the arrestee’s immediate control. Officer safety and evidence preservation are implicated in such situations. Such a search is usually limited to the passenger compartment.

Conviction Overturned for Lewd Acts Upon a Child

  November 15, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
In 2010, Lee Cottone was convicted in Orange County of four counts of committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of fourteen (California Penal Code § 288(a)).

Is Being Unconscious While DUI a Defense to Second Degree Murder Charge? Appellate Court Says No

  November 15, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
On Friday evening, February 22, 2008, Elijah Ferguson crashed into the rear of a car stopped at a red light and carrying Michael and Grace Stein. The accident happened at the corner of MacArthur and Jamboree Boulevards. Post-accident analysis of Ferguson’s car revealed he was traveling 75 miles per hour and accelerating, only to decelerate 0.1 second before impact. Ferguson’s BAC, taken two hours after the crash, was 0.12.

Conviction Overturned for Felon in Possession of Firearm – Constructive Possession Not Proven

  November 15, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
In May, 2007, Costa Mesa Police learned that Reno Sifuentes, a convicted felon, was renting a room in a Santa Ana motel. The motel was notorious for drug dealing and prostitution on its premises. Since police knew there was an “outstanding no bail” parole arrest warrant, police requested and received a master key from the motel to Sifuentes’ room.

When An Arrestee is Detained, it is Unconstitutional to Search a Car Without a Warrant

  November 11, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Under most circumstances of an arrest, police are able to validly search a vehicle because the vehicle is considered an area within the arrestee’s immediate control. Officer safety and evidence preservation are implicated in such situations. Such a search is usually limited to the passenger compartment.

Taking Audio and Video Recordings in Secret

  November 11, 2011     By Barlas Uyar Eraslan Law Firm
As is known, there have been numerous situations where audio and video recordings are taken in secret. Therefore, legal aspect of taking audio and video recordings in secret shall be examined.

Shoplifting

  November 9, 2011     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Have you ever been in a store and had someone follow you around watching your every move? That usually is because shoplifting is big business and, during a recession, it typically grows.

Beware of Pickpockets

  November 9, 2011     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
The holiday shopping season seems to start earlier and earlier every year, and with that so do the pickpockets.

Regulatory Compliance for a Medical Practice

  November 8, 2011     By Matt Dickstein, Business Attorney
In this article, I give you a quick overview of the major regulatory compliance areas for physicians and medical practices, namely: Referral Laws -- Anti-Kickback and Stark Self-Referrals; Billing Medicare and Other Payers; HIPAA; and Supervision of Staff.

When Do You Need a Kansas City Federal Crimes Attorney?

  November 8, 2011     By The Sandage Law Firm, P.C.
At what point in time should you consider hiring a Kansas City federal crimes attorney? Some people assume that they should wait until they are formally charged, while others feel that it is okay to wait until the trial is about to begin.

Important Evidence for Your Michigan Driver’s License Appeal

  November 4, 2011     By Mark Langschied Law
It is critical to submit evidence to support your Michigan driver’s license appeal. If you fail to do so, the consequences may be severe because you may lose your Michigan driver’s license appeal.

Children & Drunk Driving

  November 3, 2011     By Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC
Driving under the influence becomes more serious when there are children involved. Aggravated DUI and endangerment can result in very severe penalties.

Arrested and Released for DUI? Think Again – The Police May Have Your Saliva DNA to Legally Re-arrest You

  November 3, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Troy Thomas was a suspect in six unsolved residential burglaries from 2006 to 2008. In five of the burglaries, genetic material from the suspect was collected at the home. In the sixth burglary, an eyewitness identified Thomas as the burglar.

What to Do if You Are Charged with Spousal Rape – Advice from Florida Rape Attorneys

  November 2, 2011     By Florida Sex Crimes Attorneys
Many people believe that it is not possible to rape your spouse. In fact, as recently as 20 years ago, it was impossible to rape a person whom you were married to, and some states still have legislation which puts marital rape in a separate category than non-marital rape (such as harsher reporting requirements or not allowing certain categories of rape to apply to marital rape).

An Atlanta Criminal Lawyer Explains Search and Seizure

  November 2, 2011     By The Margolis Legal Group, Inc
Search and seizure law protects one of the fundamental rights for Americans. In fact, the Founding Fathers thought that search and seizure was so important that they put it in the Bill of Rights: the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution says that the police are not allowed to do unreasonable searches and seizures.

Warrantless Search of FedEx Package Containing Marijuana Held Improper and Case Dismissed

  October 31, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Kewhan Robey put 450 grams of marijuana in a FedEx box and attempted to mail it from California to Illinois. A FedEx employee noticed “a strong odor” of marijuana, however, held the package back and called the Santa Maria Police Department.

Know Your Legal Rights in the Criminal Process

  October 31, 2011     By Hochheiser & Hochheiser LLP
Failure to understand one’s legal rights can lead to self-incrimination, false confessions, eyewitness misidentification and wrongful convictions. Having an attorney can avoid the above negative consequences, all the while protecting your legal rights throughout the criminal process.

Underage DUI Is Not Similar to a Juvenile Offense for Sentencing in a Later Drug Case

  October 27, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Baldemar Landa was sentenced in U.S. District Court to a minimum term of five years in state prison for violating the federal Controlled Substances Act. He pled guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to sell, as well as two other related charges.

Every Question About an I.I.D. that You had, but were Scared to Ask

  October 25, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
We at Greg Hill & Associates understand that an ignition interlock device is a mysterious and often misunderstood device. The requirements surrounding its installation, use and maintenance are also clouded in myths and many anecdotal inaccuracies. Therefore, to hopefully clear up the confusion once and for all, we prepared the following memorandum.

Criminal Liability for Animal Cruelty Was Vague Until Now

  October 24, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Under California Penal Code § 597, one can be charged with either felony or misdemeanor animal cruelty or neglect. There is no standard jury instruction on this offense, so in each trial, counsel must devise their own instruction, which can lead to confusion. Nowhere was this epitomized more clearly than in the case of Manuchehr Rizati.

Police Sniff Dog Found Reliable to Court Despite Signaling the Presence of Narcotics that Did Not Exist

  October 21, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Darla Stillwell and Robin Briggs were stopped by Marysville Police in May, 2009 while driving through downtown Marysville California. The stated reason for the stop was that the rear license plate on their pickup truck was blocked by the bumper.

Explaining DUI Expungements

  October 20, 2011     By Gold & Witham
A DUI conviction is a charge that could follow you for years to come. The typical consequences that accompany drunk driving charges won’t last a lifetime but the mark on your record could remain with you for the rest of your life if you don’t get it expunged.

Possible Reprieve for Ponzi Scheme Innocent Net Winners

  October 20, 2011     By Assouline & Berlowe, P.A.
The Ninth Circuit Rules that 523(a)(19) of the Bankruptcy Code does not apply to innocent wrongdoers who are the recipients of ill-gotten gains through securities fraud.

Beware: Living with a Prostitute Can Be Illegal and Land You in Prison

  October 19, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
In Solano County, California, Defendant Sean ali Grant was convicted of pimping under Penal Code § 266h(a), as well as assault with a deadly weapon (§ 245(a)(1), corporal injury to a cohabitant (§ 273.5(a)) and false imprisonment by violence (§ 236). He was sentenced to five years in state prison.

Prison Sentence? It May Be Served in County Jail under a New California Law

  October 18, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
A prison sentence often not only means a long period of incarceration, but also a long distance away from loved ones. While California does have thirty-three prisons statewide, the convenience of family visits is not considered in determining where one will serve their prison sentence.

An Phoenix DUI Trial from the Inside

  October 17, 2011     By Law Office of Vladimir Gagic, PLLC
What are some of odd rulings that a judge can make in an Arizona DUI case?

Store Security Video Evidence, Without Any In-Person Identification, Can Be Used to Convict You

  October 14, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
Over a twenty-one month period in 2008 and 2009, Defendant Randy Alan Larkins allegedly broke into over a dozen gym lockers at Southern California Bally’s, 24 Hour Fitness, and L.A. Fitness. When arrested, he was found in possession of twelve membership cards that were not issued to him for Bally’s and 24 Hour Fitness, mail that was not his own, driver’s licenses that were not his and dozens of credit cards that were not his own.

List of Problems with the Sex Crime / Offender System

  October 13, 2011     By The Law Offices of Thomas A. Pavlinic
There are so many problems with the current sex crime/offender system that it is overwhelming to think about it. You can't truly understand how dark life can be until you've been charged with a sex crime.

Introduction to South Carolina Criminal Domestic Violence

  October 11, 2011     By Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr. LLC
South Carolina Criminal Domestic Violence, or CDV law, is a serious criminal offense. Men and women from all backgrounds can find themselves the subject of a criminal arrest and prosecution for either a misdemeanor or felony level domestic violence charge. This article provides a brief introduction to the CDV law including the legal standard and possible penalties.

DWI in the State of Texas

  October 11, 2011     By Law Offices of Chris S. Barnett
The state of Texas is tough on crime, and DWI charges are treated no differently than other crimes.

Violent Crimes in the State of Florida

  October 11, 2011     By The Miller Law Firm, PA
Violent crimes are considered crimes against humanity. A conviction can result in a lengthy prison sentence, fines, victim restitution and much more for the accused.

The Importance of a DMV Hearing

  October 10, 2011     By Law Offices of Loren M. Merlin
A driver has just 10 days to schedule a DMV hearing upon a DUI arrest. This hearing is essential if the driver wishes to retain their driving privileges after being arrested for drinking and driving.

If Visiting One in Jail, Be Careful What You Bring With You!

  October 10, 2011     By Greg Hill & Associates
When one enters the jail, there is a sign that states: “Warning: persons entering this area are subject to the laws affecting a custody facility. You and your possessions are subject to search at any time.” A sign was also posted by the lockers for visitors, saying that no cameras, cell phones, recording devices or purses were allowed inside the visitor’s center.

The Sex Crime of Voyeurism

  October 10, 2011     By The Law Office of Randolph D. Toscano, PLLC
In today’s digital age, people have instant access to recording devices that can capture people in various states of undress without their knowledge. Voyeurism is a sex crime that can be punishable by jail.

The Legal Consequences of Refusing a Chemical Test

  October 10, 2011     By The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson
Refusing to submit to a blood, breath, or urine test after a DUI stop can incur serious penalties. If you refused a chemical test, it will be essential to hire a DUI attorney if you want to save your driving privileges.

Explaining Vehicular Homicide in Georgia

  October 10, 2011     By The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson
The law perceives an automobile as a deadly weapon. If a person kills another human being with their vehicle, they will face serious criminal consequences.

The Zero Tolerance Law and Underage DUI

  October 10, 2011     By Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP
The state of California is one of the harshest states when it comes to penalties for an underage DUI. If you were arrested for an underage DUI, a DUI attorney will be essential for fighting your charges.

False and Coerced Confessions

  October 10, 2011     By Hochheiser & Hochheiser LLP
False and coerced confessions are made by innocent individuals during police interrogations. There are documented cases where innocent people were sent to prison based on a false confession.

Drugs and the Law in Dubai

  October 10, 2011     By Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy
Know your Rights: 5 laws that expats should know

Right To Confrontation in Sexual Abuse Cases

  October 9, 2011     By The Law Offices of Thomas A. Pavlinic
Right To Confrontation in Sexual Abuse Cases

Defense of Sexual Assault Allegations in Texas

  October 9, 2011     By Daniel & Hudson
Unfortunately, false accusations of sexual assault are not an uncommon occurrence. Facing a false allegation of sexual assault is a horrible experience. You will go through emotions such as embarrassment, anger, and fear. These are common questions that you may have: "Why is this happening to me?" "What should I do?" “Why would they accuse me of this?”

Criminal Threats in California

  October 7, 2011     By Tyler & Wilson, LLP
Criminal threats are threats that place a person in fear of impending bodily harm. A person charged with criminal threats can face either misdemeanor or felony charges in the state of California.

Drug Possession Charges and Penalties

  October 7, 2011     By The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger
Illegal possession of a controlled substance can result in serious criminal penalties for the accused. However, skilled legal counsel may help reduce or eliminate the penalties that an individual faces.

DUI Plea Bargains

  October 7, 2011     By The Law Offices of Jason K. S. Porter, P.A.
DUI plea bargains can be powerful bargaining tools, especially when the evidence against a suspect is unquestionable. An experienced DUI attorney will be crucial when negotiating this type of bargain.

Understanding Blood and Breath Tests

  October 7, 2011     By The Law Offices of Scott C. Nolan
Blood and breath tests are used by law enforcement to determine a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Contrary to popular belief, these tests are not 100% accurate all of the time.

DUI Consequences in Chicago

  October 7, 2011     By Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates
A DUI conviction can affect numerous aspects of a person’s life. At times, challenging a DUI arrest can result in reduced or dropped charges for the suspect, allowing them to retain their driving privileges.

Lifting a Restraining Order

  October 7, 2011     By Law Offices of Adam L. Pearlman
Restraining orders are taken out against someone in domestic violence or civil harassment situations. At times, this type of restraint is abused and it can be taken out against an innocent person.

Juvenile Crimes and the Criminal Justice System

  October 6, 2011     By The Law Office of Randolph D. Toscano, PLLC
Juvenile offenders are typically handled in the juvenile justice system; however, when they commit certain violent crimes they may be diverted to the adult courts. If a minor is tried as an adult, then they face adult penalties.

Criminal Mischief Charges in Utah

  October 6, 2011     By The Zabriskie Law Firm
When a person intentionally destroys someone else’s property, or when they disrupt a public utility they can be charged with criminal mischief. Criminal mischief can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony.

Domestic Violence Charges: Felony or Misdemeanor

  October 6, 2011     By Hager & Schwartz, PA
Domestic violence is taken very seriously in the state of Florida. Depending on the facts surrounding the case, the severity of the injuries and any prior history of domestic violence, it can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident: Felony or Misdemeanor

  October 6, 2011     By Hager & Schwartz, PA
When a driver is involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, they are supposed to stop and exchange information and provide medical assistance. When a driver fails to stop and flees the scene, they can be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the circumstances of the case.

Weapons Charges and Enhanced Criminal Penalties

  October 6, 2011     By Law Offices of Paul Grech
Weapons charges are frequently charged in connection with another crime. If you were found to be using a deadly weapon during the commission of another crime, you face significant sentence enhancements in addition to your original sentencing.

Understanding and Disputing Disorderly Conduct Charges

  October 6, 2011     By Law Offices of Paul Grech
A person can be charged with disorderly conduct by an exasperated police officer when they have nothing else to charge the person with. Often times these types of criminal charges are unwarranted and should be disputed by an attorney.

What Is An Unlawful Police Stop?

  October 6, 2011     By The Law Office of Nors Davidson
In order for a police officer to pull you over on suspicion of DUI, they must first have probable cause to do so. If an unlawful police stop lead to your DUI arrest, you may have the ability to fight your charges in court.

Public Intoxication Is a Crime

  October 6, 2011     By Okabe & Haushalter
It may be legal to consume alcoholic drinks, but it is unlawful to be guilty of public drunkenness. If you are arrested for being drunk in public, you can be charged with a misdemeanor and face criminal consequences.

Speeding Tickets in Durham: Far Greater Cost than What's on the Ticket.

  October 6, 2011     By The Law Office of John C. Fitzpatrick
Good drivers get speeding tickets. The cost on the ticket is not what you will pay. If you are found guilty of speeding, you will see huge increases in your car insurances. This article explains how North Carolina points system works and how it affects your insurance cots.

Are You Facing Assault & Battery Charges?

  October 6, 2011     By Fagan, Fagan & Davis
Assault and battery charges are not to be taken lightly and can have life-changing consequences upon conviction. There are always two sides to every story, if you have been charged with assault & battery, you should secure legal representation right away if you want to have the best chances of avoiding a conviction.

DUI: Field Sobriety Tests

  October 6, 2011     By Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP Ventura
One of the ways law enforcement determines if you have been driving under the influence is through the administration of field sobriety tests. But just how accurate are they?

DWI in North Carolina

  October 6, 2011     By The Law Office of John C. Fitzpatrick
DWI is technically a misdemeanor in North Carolina, but the aftermath of a drunk driving conviction will dramatically change the future quality of your life. Those charge with DWI in Durham, Raleigh, Hillsborough or Chapel Hill will need an experience DWI lawyer to defend their rights. Understanding the foundations of DWI in North Carolina can help you make a confident choice of attorneys.

The Dangers of Boating Under the Influence

  October 6, 2011     By Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP
Most people are aware of the dangers that accompany drinking and driving. Generally, the number of DUI cases and accident fatalities related to drinking and driving are well known by the public. What is less often discussed but just as significant a problem is that of boating under the influence.

Protect Your Rights Against Restraining Orders

  October 6, 2011     By The Zabriskie Law Firm
Restraining orders are an important instrument in serious domestic violence situations; however, they can be taken out against someone based on false allegations. If a restraining order was taken out against you, it’s important that you act quickly to dispute the allegations.

Domestic Violence and Actual Injuries

  October 6, 2011     By Tyler & Wilson, LLP
Domestic conflicts can easily take a turn for the worse and get out of hand. When somebody gets hurt and the alleged attacker was a spouse, or partner, then they can face serious domestic violence charges.

Boating under the Influence in California

  October 6, 2011     By Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP
Boating under the influence is nearly identical to a drunk driving charge. If you are convicted of BUI, you face serious criminal consequences including jail or prison sentencing, heavy fines and driver’s license suspension.

How DUI Checkpoints Work

  October 6, 2011     By The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson
Most states, including the state of Georgia allow for DUI checkpoints. DUI checkpoints are established by law enforcement with the intention of arresting people for DUI and deterring drivers from driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.