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Criminal Defense for Vehicular Manslaughter Charges

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One of the most egregious criminal charges a person may face involving a vehicle is the traffic violation of vehicular manslaughter. This crime...

History of Plea Bargains

  By HG.org
A plea bargain is a negotiated agreement for a criminal defendant whereby he or she agrees to plead guilty in exchange for a more favorable...

Plea Bargaining Basics

  By HG.org
A criminal defense lawyer may be able to negotiate an agreement between a criminal defendant and a prosecutor. This agreement is referred to as...

Constitutional Rights of Criminal Defendants

  By HG.org
Individuals who are facing criminal charges have a number of key rights that must be honored throughout the process. By being aware of this...

Impounded Vehicles Explained

  By HG.org
A vehicle is impounded often when tickets issued by law enforcement officers go unpaid or other crimes such as driving under the influence of...

Stages of Criminal Defense

  By HG.org
The American criminal justice system is one of the most complex, making it difficult for many criminal defendants to navigate this system alone.

Reasons to Expunge a Criminal Record

  By HG.org
When a person has been convicted of a crime, he or she usually acquires a criminal record which can be accessed by landlords, potential...

Need for Experienced Lawyer in Drug Trafficking Case

  By HG.org
Drug trafficking charges are extremely serious with the potential to carry some of the stiffest penalties in the country. For this reason, it is...

How Assault and Aggravated Assault Differ

  By HG.org
Assault charges and aggravated assault charges differ in a number of important ways. An assault charge may be elevated to an aggravated assault...

Facing Assault and Battery Charges? What You Need to Know

  By HG.org
Assault and battery charges are very serious in nature. Being convicted of a crime of this nature corresponds with potentially life-altering...

Explanation of Violent Crimes

  By HG.org
Individuals who have been charged with a violent crime may wish to seek immediate legal counsel in order to help combat the potential...

Is Domestic Violence a Felony or Misdemeanor?

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is taken seriously in jurisdictions throughout the country. In some areas, domestic violence is considered a felony. In...

Domestic Battery Laws

  By HG.org
Domestic violence instances continue to run rampant throughout the country. Learning about the laws related to domestic battery and the...

Repercussions of Domestic Violence Accusations

  By HG.org
When domestic violence ensues, the person that perpetrates the acts and is convicted may find himself or herself on the receiving end of many...

Right to Confront Accuser in Sex Abuse Cases

  By HG.org
Individuals accused of crimes of sexual abuse often face serious consequences when the allegations become public. Various areas of their lives...

Choking as a Felony

  By HG.org
Many states are taking proactive steps to make choking a more serious offense by elevating it to a felony charge. Choking is a criminal act that...

An Overview of Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is an act that has been difficult to categorize legally in some states, but it has been increasing in occurrence throughout...

Constitutional Right to a Fair Trial

  By HG.org
When a person is accused of a crime, the consequences at stake are significant. A conviction can mean the loss of freedom with years behind...

Constitutional Right to Legal Counsel

  By HG.org
Any citizen in the United States who is facing criminal charges is guaranteed the right to legal counsel. If he or she cannot afford his or her...

Federal Criminal Appeals Process

  By HG.org
If a defendant is convicted of a crime in a trial court, he or she has the right to appeal this decision to the appellate court. In order to...

Discovery in Criminal Cases

  By HG.org
The discovery process involves the parties sharing information about the case so that a proper counter-argument can be presented. In a civil...

Self Defense Laws

  By HG.org
Many individuals believe that they have the legal right to protect themselves. However, there are times when self-defense laws do not apply. If...

Common Defenses in Criminal Cases

  By HG.org
When a person is facing serious criminal charges, he or she needs to develop a strong defense. A criminal defense lawyer can advise a defendant...

Potential Defenses to Crimes

  By HG.org
In order to avoid a conviction, it is necessary to build a defensive strategy in a criminal case. This strategy is based on the particular...

What Are My Rights If Stopped on the Street?

  By HG.org
It is not uncommon for a person to happen upon a law enforcement officer. He or she may be stopped by the law enforcement officer and asked...

Combating Felony Charges

  By HG.org
Criminal offenses are typically classified into categories: misdemeanors or felonies. Felony charges are considered more serious than...

Resisting Arrest without the Presence of Violence

  By HG.org
When someone imagines someone else resisting arrest, they often have a mental image of a person violently thrashing around and physically...

Dangers of Stop and Frisk

  By HG.org
The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures. Despite this important...

Laws Regarding Stop and Frisk

  By HG.org
The term “stop and frisk” refers to a law enforcement officer’s limited right to detain a person momentarily and inspect him or her for weapons....

Pedestrian Stop Laws

  By HG.org
While many people are aware of the frequency of being pulled over by law enforcement when driving, fewer individuals may be aware of law...

Retrieving Personal Property when No Contact Order Is in Place

  By HG.org
A no contact order is a civil order that instructs a person not to have contact with another person, often because the other person has alleged...

Criminal Charges vs. Civil Complaints

  By HG.org
Criminal law and civil law are two different types of law that vary based on their purpose, potential punishments and the process in which cases...

Battery: Civil and Criminal Consequences

  By HG.org
When a person is the aggressor in a battery case, he or she may be subject to criminal charges. He or she may also be subject to a civil...

Domestic Violence against Men

  By HG.org
When people think of domestic violence, they often visualize the image of a distressed woman who has been mistreated by her boyfriend or...

Fighting Restraining Order Petitions

  By HG.org
Restraining orders are an important tool for victims of domestic violence. They limit the interactions that the victim is subjected to when...

Evidence Necessary for a Protective Order Involving Family Violence

  By HG.org
When attempting to get a protective order when family violence is involved, victims are often confronting a complex issue. However, it is...

Abuse Inflicted on Elderly Women

  By HG.org
Although abuse may be inflicted on anyone, young or old, male or female, there is a disproportionate number of incidences involving elderly...

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

  By HG.org
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act is an extension of the Violence Against Women Act, which was passed in 1994. This important law...

No Contact Orders in Family Law

  By HG.org
In some family law cases, a no contact order may be issued. This order prohibits the defendant from having any contact with the alleged victim....

Are Pennsylvania Judges and Court Administrators Required to Provide Interpreters?

The number of United States residents who are deemed to be Limited English Proficient (LEP) has substantially increased in the recent decades. A...

False Allegations Regarding Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Domestic violence affects every socioeconomic level, culture and race in the United States. Due to the prevalence of domestic violence in the...

When Protection Orders Are Misused

  By HG.org
Victims of domestic violence can secure a protection order so that the alleged abuser cannot be around them. This is a court order that...

When You Need a Protective Order

  By HG.org
Every year, victims of domestic violence are seriously injured and some are even killed. Victims of domestic violence can take a step toward...

What You Should Know About Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is a serious problem in the United States. It often affects every segment of society. Whether you are a victim of domestic...

Can the Indiana Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund Help You or Your Clients?

What is the Victim Compensation Fund and can it help you or your clients? Many people have no idea the Victim’s Compensation Fund exists, nor do...

Assault and Battery in Personal Injury Claims

  By HG.org
Along with the criminal charge of assault and battery, the person affected may have a personal injury claim. It is important to know which...

Domestic Violence Process Explained

  By HG.org
Domestic violence is a serious violent crime with aggressive behavior from one person often injuring another. Bodily harm to various degrees is...

DUI and Child Endangerment

  By HG.org
When a child’s safety, health or wellbeing is in danger of being compromised while, a person causing this danger may be prosecuted for child...

DUI Penalties are Greater with Child Involvement

  By HG.org
When a person is convicted of multiple drunk driving offenses, they are typically subject to greater penalties. When a child under sixteen is...

DUI and Traffic Events Regarding Commercial Driver’s License Laws

  By HG.org
When a commercial driver is convicted of a DUI, he or she may face a one year disqualification from driving a commercial vehicle per the Federal...

Violation of Probation

Probation In Colorado In the state of Colorado, after a defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty of an offense, they are often placed on...

Immigration Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction

  By HG.org
Individuals who are not United States citizens risk being removed from the country if they are convicted of certain crimes. A conviction for a...

If the Witness Refuses to Testify, Are the Charges Dropped?

  By HG.org
A common question that prosecutors are asked is if a case will be dismissed if the victim decides not to testify against the alleged abuser. The...

Drunk Driving Involving Children

  By HG.org
When children are involved with a driver that has been drinking, the crime becomes more serious than normal DUI offenses. These crimes may end...

Relationship between Alcohol and Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Unfortunately, it is all too common for a link to exist between alcohol intake and domestic violence. In most situations, a person who commits...

Step-By-Step Guide to Defending DUI Vehicular Manslaughter Cases

  By HG.org
Vehicular manslaughter cases can result in the defendant being sentenced to years behind bars. An effective defensive legal strategy may be able...

Federal BAC for Pilots

  By HG.org
While most individuals associate drinking and transportation with drunk drivers of passenger vehicles, other people responsible for...

The Consequences of Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Tragically, domestic violence is far too common. According to the United States Department of Justice, one in three victims of violent crimes...

Going to Trial or Accepting a Plea Bargain in a Vehicular Manslaughter Case

  By HG.org
When a person drives drunk and causes an accident that results in death, he or she may be charged with vehicular manslaughter. The major...

Can I Be Held Responsible for Letting My Friend Drive Drunk?

  By HG.org
Due to an increasing number of drunk driving accidents, many states have cracked down on situations involving drunk drivers. This includes...

Why a DUI Fatality Should Result in a First Degree Murder Charge

  By HG.org
Although advocacy groups like MADD have made great strides in educating the public about the dangers of drinking and driving, the act continues...

Consequences of Committing Vehicular Manslaughter While Impaired

  By HG.org
Vehicular manslaughter charges may follow when someone drinks and drives and causes an accident due to his or her impaired state. When a person...

Defenses to DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases

  By HG.org
Vehicular homicide is a serious criminal offense that is charged when a car accident results in the loss of someone’s life. Some extenuating...

Commercial Vehicle DUI Penalties

  By HG.org
Due to the potential for catastrophic accidents involving commercial trucks, federal and state laws are tougher on commercial vehicle drivers...

Avoid a Commercial DUI and its Negative Consequences

  By HG.org
Drinking and driving is a serious offense in any situation. However, it is even more so when the defendant is a commercial truck driver. A...

DUI Process in Court

  By HG.org
In some states, more than one case may occur with the same driving offense. Laws in different states allow both administrative and potentially...

Deciding Whether or Not to Take DUI Tests

  By HG.org
When a person is pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving, he or she may be asked to take part in a number of different tests. Whether or not...

Dispelling Misconceptions about DUI

  By HG.org
DUI charges are some of the most common in the United States. Due to this prevalence, there is a lot of inaccurate information regarding...

Three Potential Defenses to DUI Charges

  By HG.org
If convicted of DUI, a person may face serious consequences including jail time, fines, community service and probation. In order to avoid these...

Phases of a DUI Arrest

  By HG.org
Although the process of a DUI arrest may vary in each jurisdiction, the general procedures are similar. They usually consist of the following...

Attacking the Charges against a DUI Defendant

  By HG.org
Individuals who are facing serious criminal charges such as DUI want to avoid the negative ramifications of a conviction. For a DUI offense,...

DUI Strategy for Traffic Stops

  By HG.org
One of the most common questions that a criminal defense lawyer is asked is what to do if pulled over for DUI. This is an important question...

A DUI Process Guide

  By HG.org
Every day people are stopped for suspicion of drunk driving. Being convicted of DUI often leads to significant consequences even for first time...

General Rules for DUI Cases

  By HG.org
Many individuals are stopped for suspicion of DUI. Knowing what to do in the situation and the rules associated with such stops can help a...

Prom Season and Dram Shop Liability

  By HG.org
Prom is one of the most festive times of the year for high school students. For many, it is the first time that they dress up to a formal event...

Save Time, Energy and Money by Hiring a Lawyer for a DUI

  By HG.org
Many individuals make the mistake of not hiring a lawyer after they have been arrested for DUI. They mistakenly believe that they can handle the...

Sobriety Checkpoints and DUI, Obtain a Lawyer

  By HG.org
One way that many people ultimately confront DUI charges is after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint. If someone is stopped a checkpoint of...

DUI Guide for Lawyers

  By HG.org
Many criminal defense lawyers will handle a DUI case at some point during their career. This is one of the charges that is most often brought...

Process of Criminal Charges in New Jersey

When charged with a crime in New Jersey, it is important for the defendant to understand their rights and the procedures that they must go...

More than Freedom on the Line for Sex Crime Defendants

Facing criminal charges is always daunting, but some crimes carry harsher consequences than others. A conviction for insurance fraud or simple...

Differences Between DUI and BUI

  By HG.org
A DUI is a crime that someone may face when operating a motor vehicle in an impaired state. Some states, especially those with lake and ocean...

Boating Under the Influence Defenses

  By HG.org
Individuals who are arrested for boating under the influence charges are often confused. Often, they are not even aware that this is a crime....

BUI Questions Answered

  By HG.org
Individuals who live or visit areas where there are multiple waterways often enjoy taking part in water excursions including boating. Many...

Boats and Drinks Do Not Mix

  By HG.org
While many people are aware of the illegality of drinking while driving, fewer people are aware of similar prohibitions against boating and...

New Motorist Threat: Drugged Drivers

  By HG.org
Driving under the influence of drugs is a factor that leads to personal injury, property damage and sometimes death. When driving through...

DUI in the Day is Increasing

  By HG.org
The instances of driving under the influence during the day have been increasing. It is becoming a major problem that needs to be remedied....

DUI Case Expectations

  By HG.org
When arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, defendants may be scared of the process ahead. Being faced with criminal...

DUI Lawyer Needed?

  By HG.org
When a DUI offense occurs, many accused individuals may not feel the need for a lawyer, but these legal representatives may save time and money....

Boating Under the Influence Dangers and Consequences

  By HG.org
Many individuals are well aware of the risks associated with drinking and driving, including the possibility of being involved in a fatal or...

DUI Lawyers are Needed when DUI Suspicion Arises

  By HG.org
It is important to obtain a lawyer when suspicion of DUI is possible. If charges for a DUI or DWI are a likely outcome, it is imperative to...

Vehicular Homicide Cases and DUI Defenses

  By HG.org
It is imperative to defend a client no matter which state or law is involved. A defense strategy should be implemented as soon as possible when...

Data for DUI

  By HG.org
Driving under the influence is a preventable type of offense. Accidents involving alcohol-related incidents are increasing, but the statistics...

Texting Potentially Worse than DUI

  By HG.org
When a driver is texting, they are not paying attention to the road or traffic. This may lead to severe injury through negligence. Because all...

Can DUI Make You Deportable?

  By HG.org
When a person is not a citizen, his or her immigration status may be conditioned on following the laws of the land. If a person commits a crime,...

DUI Consequences and Immigration

  By HG.org
Individuals who are not citizens of the United States must undergo extensive background checks before they are admitted, while they are applying...

DUI Costs Are Often Severe

  By HG.org
When a person makes the decision to drive after drinking, he or she may not fully factor in the potential costs associated with drinking and...

DUI Expungements Explained

  By HG.org
Individuals who are convicted of a DUI offense often face a number of penalties. While expungement does not take away these penalties, it can...

DUI and Consequences on Inadmissibility and Deportation

  By HG.org
When a person who is not a citizen is convicted of DUI, this conviction can have a serious effect on his or her ability to be admitted to the...

DUI Case and Aggravating Factors

  By HG.org
While the potential penalties for DUI are severe, having certain aggravating factors present can implicate even harsher possibilities....

DUI Coping Mechanisms

  By HG.org
When a person is arrested for DUI, they are often humiliated, anxious and afraid. They may not know how to get through the difficult time...


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