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Dos and Don’ts after Being Arrested

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Some of the most critical mistakes in a criminal case occur after a suspect is arrested. Here is a list of things to do and not to do if you...

When Do I Need a Lawyer?

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With a variety of self-help forms and resources available to individuals today, it may be tempting to attempt to do legal work yourself and...

New Scam from Phone Number (425) 206-5635 Regarding Government Grants $9,000

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We just received a phone call from a scammer informing us that we were entitled to $9,000 of Government Grants.

Should I Hire a DUI Lawyer?

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Although some individuals may opt not to hire an attorney to handle their DUI case, there are several situations in which a defendant can...

Robbery Law in Washington - Things you Must Know

Know the real meaning of robbery as per law in Washington. Also, know the categories of robbery, and discover how it differs from burglary.

What Happens When a Person is Charged with Illegal Reentry?

Returning to the United States after being deported or removed is a violation of federal law. Alleged offenders could be sentenced to prison...

Sex Crime Cases in Texas: How They are Prosecuted, Defended, and Carried Out

Texas has unique sex crime laws, and each case can "go federal" for different reasons.

Scammed by Someone from Another Country, What are My Legal Options?

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They are a routine part of our modern, online world: Internet scams are a daily annoyance for many. Often found in annoying emails, website...

Preliminary Screening for DUI

Traffic stops by law enforcement are serious business. More often than not, motorists are pulled over because of driving infractions and/or...

Appealing Criminal Convictions for Unfair Trial

Eddie Ray Routh was recently convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the killing of Navy Seal, Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield.

New York DWI FAQs

If you’ve violated DWI in NY, the repercussions can be staggering; a negative impact on your career, increased insurance premium costs, personal...

Ban the Box Law and Criminal Convictions' Effect on Employment

For decades, virtually every employment application included the common question, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” It did not matter...

How Do Subpoenas Work?

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While a summons may require another party in the case to appear, a subpoena can require that a particular person appear in court or for other...

What Conditions Apply to Probation?

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Probation is a conditional sentence, meaning that if the defendant does not comply with the conditions, the probation can be revoked and the...

My Dog Just Bit Someone, What Do I Do?

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Most people see their pets in a light similar to their own children. So, when a dog misbehaves it may be easy for an owner to overlook the bad...

An Experienced Attorney Can Help Protect Your Rights When Charged

It's not easy being charged with a crime. If you're innocent, of course, it's a complete shock; if you're guilty, perhaps you've known this has...

Why You Need a DUI Attorney When Pulled Over for Suspicion of Driving Under the Influence

Have you recently been pulled over for suspicion of DUI? Have you been charged with DWI or DUI? If so, it's imperative that you retain the...

Three Giant Steps Forward for Federal Criminal Law

While the country has been focused on ISIS and issues with domestic espionage, the current administration under United States Attorney General...

What Can I Do About My Noisy Neighbors?

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It is late at night, you have to work in the morning, but all you can hear is the thumping of your neighbor's stereo next door. You have asked...

Major Changes to DUI Laws in New Jersey

A proposed bill that will drastically change current DUI penalties has passed New Jersey’s state Senate and needs only to be approved by...

What Are the Rules Regarding Miranda?

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Anyone who has seen a cop show has probably memorized a person’s “rights.” The common warnings regarding the right to remain silent and the...

Someone Is Trying to Blackmail Me, What Can I Do?

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Blackmail is a term often thrown around somewhat loosely. Often it is used to mean that someone is making you do something you would prefer not...

Scam Using HG.org Logo and name of Lawyer Ramon Pérez Lucena in Portugal

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Updated March 2015 - If you received a letter from this scammer, please contact HG.org at http://www.hg.org/contactus.asp. We are gathering...

New Rules for UVA Frat Parties Aim to Boost Campus Safety

The University of Virginia has issued strict guidelines to its fraternities in effort to improve safety at parties. The move was made following...

New Jersey Statute of Limitations for Criminal Charges

Each state has its own statute of limitations in which to formally charge an individual with a crime.

The Law of Self Defense

Most Americans believe that they can legally use force to protect themselves in the event of an attack, or the threat of death or bodily injury...

Bill Cosby's Latest Sexual Assault Accusations

Comedian and actor, Bill Cosby, is no stranger to the spotlight, but his recent media attention has not been favorable.

If My State Has Legalized Marijuana, Can I Smoke it in Federal Housing?

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Although some states permit marijuana use for medical or recreational reasons, federal housing is based on federal laws. At the time of...

Your Rights When Stopped by Police

When an individual is stopped by the police it can be an overwhelming experience, especially when there is the possibility of criminal charges.

Collateral Consequences Continue to Impact Individuals

Everyone makes mistakes. Those of us who have made impulsive or uniformed decisions in our lives may have suffered severe consequences for them,...

Colorado's Felony DUI Bill

Under Colorado law a DUI or DWAI offense is a misdemeanor. Circumstance surrounding the offense could lead for felony changes; but the drunken...

What is the Fundamental Attribution Error?

The fundamental attribution error is a term, which refers to the common human error in which people tend to underestimate situational influences...

Warratless Blood Draw in DUI Investigation

In Missouri v. McNeely, the United States Supreme Court decided that a blood draw is a search which is protected under the Fourth Amendment.

What Privileges Do I Have that Will Prevent People from Testifying against Me?

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While many individuals are aware of their right not to incriminate themselves, they may also be able to prevent another person from testifying...

How Do I Present Evidence If I Am Pro Se?

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Even though you do not have a legal education, a pro se plaintiff or defendant is still expected to comply with the same rules of evidence as...

When Can I Assert My Fifth Amendment Right?

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The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides individuals the right not to serve as a witness against themselves. Through this...

How to Avoid Trouble During a Traffic Stop

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Millions of Americans fear what can happen during a traffic stop. The names “Ferguson” and “Rodney King” have taken on a significance in the...

New Illinois Eavesdropping Bill

Following the deaths of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Mike Brown, Americans began to start asking more critical questions about transparency in...

Is Marijuana Really Legal? What Should I Know?

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Marijuana has made headlines for the last few years in a new and, to some, unexpected way. Rather than reports of massive drug busts and...

How do I Get Witnesses to Testify in my Case?

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Many individuals are hesitant to appear in court out of fear or a lack of familiarity with the court system. There are several ways that you can...

What are the Penalties for a First Offense DUI in Columbus, Ohio?

A DUI charge (called "OVI" in Ohio) is a serious offense. Although charged as a first degree misdemeanor, a first DUI conviction in Ohio...

Federal Sentencing: Follow the Yellow Brick Road

When I think of a judge imposing a federal sentence, my mind often drifts to the Wizard Of Oz and that little masked man standing behind the...

NJ Senate Approves Change to DWI Law and Require Interlock Machine on Car

New law permits DWI defendants to drive after having the machine installed. NJ Senate on February 5 voted 29-4 to change the DWI Law to require...

Differences Between Assault and Aggravated Assault

Assault and aggravated assault charges in Florida differ based on a variety of factors, including if a deadly weapon was involved in the offense...

Prescription Drugs Without a Prescription

Possession of prescription drugs without a prescription and/or obtaining them by fraud crimes are rapidly becoming some of the most frequently...

Methadone Treatment During Pregnancy: A Health Choice not Child Abuse

Women addicted to drugs are faced with very few options towards sobriety upon learning they are pregnant. With no inpatient facilities in the...

Accidental Shooting in New Jersey Involving Police Officer

A 23 year old Pine Beach police officer has been suspended without pay, arrested for drunk driving, and could face criminal charges for a...

Social Host Liability Laws in New Jersey

Under New Jersey’s social host liability laws, people who serve alcohol to guests in their homes are liable for any injuries that a guest may...

Anonymous Tips and Informants

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In some situations, an arrest may be made after information is provided by an anonymous tip or through the use of a confidential informant....

Sexual Assault on College Campuses

The rape trial of two Vanderbilt ex-football players has brought national attention to the growing epidemic of sexual assault on college...

What is the Statute of Limitations for Rape?

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For those states that have a statute of limitations for rape, some period between three to thirty years is common. However, not all states have...

Reasonable Suspicion to Stop a Vehicle

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The terms “probable cause” and “reasonable suspicion” are sometimes used interchangeably. However, these are two different standards, with...

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

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Individuals who are involved in an automotive accident may react negatively due to fear, confusion or guilt. This is especially true if the...

Youthful Offender Status in Alabama

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Criminal penalties tend to be harsh so that the state can accomplish its goals, including deterring similar future conduct from the defendant...

Was the Shooting of Jessica Hernandez Justified?

Over the recent past both police departments nationally as well as the Denver police department have been increasingly in the public eye for...

Alcohol and Mind Wandering

Alcohol has been shown to be one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents; around 58% of drivers involved in fatal crashes were found to be...

Downloading Adult Porn in Bulk Can Get You in Trouble with Child Porn

Searching for, viewing and downloading adult pornography is not illegal. But, there is a problem when sexually explicit images of children sneak...

Fraud in the UAE

Fraud is defined as taking or gaining from another, property, money, vouchers or anything of value by deception or lying or trickery which is...

Overview of Business Crime in Latin America

While several Latin American countries have vowed to combat corrupt practices and have enacted legislation to formalise their intentions,...

How to Seal a Juvenile Record

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Because courts and legislators recognize that minors sometimes lack judgment skills and may have indiscretions in their youth, juveniles are...

What Does the Fifth Amendment Protect?

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While many people associate the Fifth Amendment with not incriminating themselves, there are other important aspects of this Amendment to the...

What Does the Fourth Amendment Protect?

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The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures by agents of the government....

What Is a Summons?

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A summons provides legal notice to a party about a lawsuit. It is the first official notice that a defendant receives to notify him or her that...

Military Sexual Assault Issues

The U.S. Defense Department released its findings about the incidence of sexual assault and rape in our nation’s military. The report includes...

Displaced Aggression Theory - Road Rage

Displaced aggression can occur when someone cannot aggress towards the source of incitement or provocation, so instead takes it out on something...

Reduction in Federal Drug Penalties: “Just Say No”

Attorney General Eric Holder “gets it.” He understands that the federal prisons are full of non-violent drug offenders. During his...

New Laws to Help Sexual Abuse Victims and Their Lawyers in California

As a result of changes to sexual abuse laws in California and a more liberal statute of limitations, attorneys in California now have a greater...

What Police are Looking for in a DUI Driver

Under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, police are not allowed to simply stop any car in order to investigate the driver...

What Are the Rules Regarding Warrants Based on Informant Tips?

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Dealing with informants is a controversial aspect of criminal law. Several Supreme Court cases have helped to mold this area of the law. States...

Do You Need a DUI Lawyer? You Just Might

Many people don't really believe they should go to the expense of hiring a DUI lawyer when arrested for a drunken driving offense. Do you really...

How a Drug Possession Attorney Defends Clients

When accused of possessing marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, “molly,” or other illegal drugs or narcotics, the prosecutors have the burden of...

How Can a Felony Conviction Affect My Career?

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If you are facing a felony conviction, the lasting effects on your career can endure for much longer than any time that you receive. Being...

When Do I Need a Private Investigator?

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In certain cases, a lawyer may recommend hiring a private investigator. He or she may have existing contacts or may recommend that you find your...

Drug Trafficking: Not All Charges Are Equal

There are often completely different outcomes in similar criminal cases depending on the statute an individual is charged with. Prosecution must...

Psychopathy and Altruism Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

Psychopathy is a personality disorder believed to be affecting 1-2% of the world's population. Those afflicted have certain personality...

Risk Factors for Criminal Behavior Peer Rejection

It has been continually shown over the years by developmental psychologists that a child’s peer relationships are essential in proper emotional...

Confessions: Police Interrogation

A confession is probably the most damaging kind of evidence that you can give to the police, and will surely be presented in court in front of a...

Legally Insane: The Insanity Defense

The insanity defense is one of the least successful defenses in a criminal case. The determination of the suspect’s mental state at the time of...

Most Common DUI Question Answered

Most Common DUI Question Answered: What Do I Do If I Am Pulled Over?

What Is Service of Process?

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In order for a plaintiff to proceed with a case, he or she must notify the defendant of a pending action against him or her. Through service of...

How Can I Serve Someone if I Don’t Know Where They Live?

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Before a court can have jurisdiction over a defendant, the plaintiff must serve him or her with the legal documents that show that a legal...

Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (DWLSR) Offenses in Florida

Driving with a suspended or revoked license can be as benign as a civil traffic violation or as serious as a third degree felony, depending on...

Drug Conspiracy Law in Florida – Hampton v. State

A conspiracy is defined in law as an agreement between two or more individuals to commit a crime. Although this may seem like a pretty...

Can You be Stopped for a Law that Does Not Exist?

The Supreme Court recently decided you can be stopped for breaking a law that does not exist.

Pleading No Contest to DUI

When a person is charged criminally with a DUI offense there are several different pleas that he or she can enter in court.

What Constitutes Probable Cause for a DUI Stop?

Many people are surprised to learn that law enforcement officers are not simply allowed to stop any vehicle they see on the road.

Domestic Violence: A Heavy Accusation

Domestic violence is a serious accusation and can have devastating effects on the life of those accused.

What is Retrograde Extrapolation?

Retrograde extrapolation is the scientific and mathematical process used by chemists and toxicologists to estimate what a person’s blood alcohol...

The Danger of Medical Marijuana on Illinois Roads

Illinois joined the growing group of states to allow the use of medical marijuana.

Denied an Interview Because of Past Mistakes? The Law Can Protect Your Rights

Earlier this year, HB5701, the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, was passed and signed into law in Illinois. This law is more...

Can I Represent Myself in a Criminal Case?

Explaining the process of representing oneself in a criminal case, and outlining the risks involved with doing so.

How Will A DWI Affect My Job?

The implications that a DWI charge can have on your employment.

My Kid Got Arrested, What Now? Choosing a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Designed to provide parents with specific things to consider before choosing a criminal defense lawyer to represent his/her child who has been...

DUI Defenses

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If you were pulled over during a holiday or any other time of year, you may have been arrested for DUI. However, there are several defenses that...

Suspension and Deferral of Deportations: A Band-Aid Covering the Tumor

Congress and President Obama have both taken recent steps in passing two measures that move in the right direction to solve the immigration...

What Are the Rules Regarding Unconstitutional Searches?

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The United States Constitution provides protection for individuals from illegal searches and seizures. Whether a search is constitutional...

My Kid Got Arrested, What Now? The Pennsylvania Criminal Process For Parents

Designed to provide parents with general information about the Pennsylvania criminal process in the event that their child has been charged with...

The Exclusionary Rule in Thai Criminal Procedure

Section 226 of the Thai Criminal Procedure Code of B.E. 2477 (1934) prohibits, in a criminal case, the admission of evidence that is obtained by...

Drug Crimes in Colorado

Colorado law widely regulates the use of medicinal drugs and outright bans the use of most harmful non-medicinal drugs.

How Can I Get a Criminal Conviction off My Record?

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Criminal convictions are often discovered by potential employers and landlords upon completing a background check. A conviction can follow a...


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