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explaining the different aspects of Criminal Law.


Confessions to Police

I always advise my clients not to speak with the police or any law enforcement authority without an attorney present. This is common sense to an...

New Jersey Legalizing and Decriminalization of Marijuana

New Jersey was a leader in the fight to decriminalize marijuana in 2010 by being one of the first states to make it legal for treatment centers...

Life Without Parole For Juvenile Offenders

On March 23, 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided to once again consider arguments in a case concerning life sentences for juvenile...

Criminal Sexual Conduct And Other Sex Crime Allegations - What Does It Mean?

Sex crime allegations are some of the most serious criminal charges a person can be accused of committing either in state or federal court. In...

European Parliament Approves ‘International Standards of Combatting Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism and Proliferation’

On the 20th of May 2015, two years after the European Commission first proposed the 4th AML Directive, the European Parliament approved the...

Criminal Mischief Offenses in Florida

Criminal Mischief is, for all intents and purposes, "vandalism". In Florida, this property crime may be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a...

Used Car Does Not Run, What Can You Do?

  By HG.org
Attorneys frequently receive questions regarding defective used cars. All too often, people purchase a used vehicle with verbal assurances that...

Tips for Handling an Illinois Traffic Stop

We’ve all been there: felt the panic rise over us when we see flashing lights in our rearview mirror; felt the anxiety of getting pulled over...

10 Ways Your Driving While Intoxicated Blood Test Result Can Be Wrong

You just got your blood test results from your DWI arrest. You were expecting to see a number below the legal limit of .08. But, the number you...

How To Overcome Driving While Intoxicated Blood Test Results Obtained Without Your Consent

Does a police officer have to have a person’s consent to draw their DWI Blood Test Without Consent if they are being arrested for DWI.

Driving While Intoxicated Education Programs

If a person is convicted of a DWI they are “required” to take a DWI education program.

Do I Have to Have an Interlock Device if Convicted of Driving While Intoxicated

Maybe. Whether or not you have to have an interlock device if you are convicted of a DWI, Interlock Device depends on whether you are a first...

Three Advantages to Being Sentenced to Jail Instead of Probation for DWI

If you and your attorney have analyzed your case and determined that it is not one that is suitable for pleading not guilty and going to trial...

Three Steps to Shorten Your Driving While Intoxicated Driver's License Suspension

When you are convicted of a DWI one of the things that is restricted is your ability to drive on a valid driver’s license. This can create a big...

What to Do if You Cannot Afford to Pay Your Driving While Intoxicated Surcharge

A DWI conviction is one of the most expensive offenses that a person can be charged with. One of the things that makes it so expensive is the...

Yes, You Can Get A Dallas Driving While Intoxicated Arrest Expunged

If you are arrested for a DWI it is public record. Anybody can go to the court clerk’s office and request a copy of a person’s court records. It...

Recent DUI Statistics Reveal Ongoing Problem

DUI accidents are the most preventable type of car accidents; however statistics for DUI accidents remains shocking.

Juvenile Weapons Possession

All states throughout the country have their own specific gun control laws that coincide with a set of penalties.

Are There Any Special Laws Regarding Homeless People

  By HG.org
The gap between the richest and poorest people in the United States is bigger than in any other country in the world. As a result, homelessness...

Challenging DUI Test Results

  By HG.org
In addition to the testimony of the arresting officer’s observations, the prosecution may introduce evidence during a DUI trial regarding test...

After a Riot, Who Pays for the Damage?

  By HG.org
Riots have erupted all over the United States in recent years, often in the wake of racial tensions created by police activities. Often...

A Website Published Embarrassing Content About Me, What Can I Do?

  By HG.org
The Internet has brought many benefits to modern civilization. Unfortunately, just as with any technology, it also has a dark side. So, when a...

More DUI Defenses

  By HG.org
Consequences for DUI convictions, especially subsequent convictions, can be quite serious, resulting in a loss of freedom, hefty fines, loss of...

What Does “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree” Mean in Criminal Proceedings?

  By HG.org
The fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine prevents the prosecution from admitting certain evidence into a criminal case after it has been tainted...

I Have No Money, How Can I Hire an Attorney?

  By HG.org
Frequently, the people who need an attorney the most are also the ones who can least afford to pay for one. Whether accused of a crime, injured...

Fact: Ketosis Can Cause You to Fail a Breath Test

Ketosis is where the body starts breaking down “fat” for energy, instead of the regular “glucose”. This happens when a person is on a...

Are Bars and Clubs Responsible if Their Customers Get a DUI?

  By HG.org
People injured in DUI cases often sustain life-changing injuries. Frequently, these injuries mean the victims will require expensive medical...

The Federal Sentencing Battle

The overhaul of federal sentencing law with the enactment of the United States Sentencing Guidelines, (U.S.S.G.) , had a noble but flawed goal...

Victims of Human Trafficking Charged with Prostitution

Too often women are charged and convicted of prostitution, when they could more accurately be described as victims of human trafficking.

Illinois' New Photo Lineup Law

Wrongful convictions can destroy lives. Being convicted of a crime one did not commit can land an innocent person in prison, saddle him or her...

Civil Claims Contrasted to Criminal Proceedings in Fraud Cases

If a fraud has been committed against your company there may be general desire to get justice by seeing the perpetrator sentenced for their...

Data Thief Falciani is Closing a Deal with India’s Government Officials

The Indian government suspects millions of untaxed money from Indian High Net Worth Individuals in Switzerland. That’s why they made a lucrative...

Underage Drinking Liability: Illinois House Bill 4745

Minor in possession. Open container violations. Driving under the influence. Minors are particularly susceptible to committing these...

Can a Minor Be Charged with Statutory Rape?

  By HG.org
Children seem to grow up faster today than ever before. As a result, many teens feel the pressure to enter into sexual relationships with their...

Sexual Assault Prevention on College Campuses

For high school seniors and their parents, Spring can mean the excitement of learning which colleges and universities they have been offered...

What Do I Do If Attacked In A Public Place?

  By HG.org
Many find it surprising to know that violence has actually been on a steady decline for decades. Unfortunately, it does still happen. Often,...

What Are the Rules for Police Lineups?

  By HG.org
Having an eyewitness testify that he or she saw the suspect commit the crime or some act associated with the crime can be powerful evidence for...

Couple Uses Tax Payer Money to Fund Dream Wedding

A married couple have been convicted of benefit theft after it was revealed that they had used the overpayments to pay for their wedding abroad.

Where Is It Legal to Put Surveillance Cameras?

  By HG.org
In an increasingly surveillance-based society, it may seem that cameras are everywhere around us. If you look around, you may find cameras in...

Someone Hacked My Phone or Computer, What Can I Do?

  By HG.org
There are few things that feel more violating than finding that someone has hacked into your phone or computer. When this happens, the first...

How to Stop Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Black eyes, broken bones, missed days from school or work. For some, these may seem familiar. Whether they are occurring to you or someone you...

What Can I Do About a Stalker?

  By HG.org
Sometimes, infatuation can turn into something more dangerous. A person may have such a strong connection in their mind to someone else, even if...

What is an Involuntary Civil Commitment?

  By HG.org
Most people are familiar with the concept of a criminal commitment (i.e. a prison or jail sentence). But not everyone has heard of the concept...

Is Graffiti Art Legal Under the First Amendment?

  By HG.org
Many cities around the US deal with the problem of graffiti art everyday. Sometimes it may be a name, a threat, an image, a symbol, or a...

Jail Populations

A recent study by the Vera Institute of Justice, in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, reports that there are over 3,000 jails in the...

Wisconsin Marijuana Laws and Penalties

Wisconsin Marijuana Laws and Penalties for Possession, Paraphernalia, Growing and Intent to Deliver/Sell/Distribute

Defenses to Eyewitness Testimony in Criminal Cases

  By HG.org
Hearing that there is an eyewitness to a crime can cause a great degree of apprehension in a criminal case. However, there are several ways that...

How to Avoid Fraud Adopting a Child from the Ukraine

The procedure of adoption of a child from Ukraine is complicated, expensive and long. Ukrainian legislation makes the process of adoption...

Virginia Credit Card Theft Forgery Fraud Penalties Laws

The following are the different laws regarding credit card crimes in Virginia.

MD vs. VA Child Pornography Solicitation Of Minor Laws & Federal Court

Two of the most commonly prosecuted computer sex crimes laws in the US are child pornography sex crimes and solicitation of minor sex crimes....

When Is It Okay to Shoot Someone?

  By HG.org
The use of deadly force is an extremely sobering event. Despite dozens of expressions that joke about shooting somebody, choosing whether or not...

Are Cults Legal?

  By HG.org
It seems like every year another cult ends up in the media, having amassed weapons, engaged in child sex crimes, or after killing or abducting...

What Are Miranda Rights?

  By HG.org
Anyone who has watched an American crime show (and even some in other countries) probably have heard someone “read their rights.” But, what are...

Dos and Don’ts after Being Arrested

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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.

How Do I Present Evidence If I Am Pro Se?

  By HG.org
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...

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

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

When Can I Assert My Fifth Amendment Right?

  By HG.org
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

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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?

  By HG.org
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...


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