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Drunk Driving Cases and Consequences

Drunk Driving Cases and Consequences

It is a common belief that a drunk driving arrest is not much different than a traffic citation. A case in point: Most traffic offenses are civil infractions which carry no significant penalty other than a fine and a possible driver’s license suspension. A conviction for a drunk driving offense will result in a criminal record, and can potentially result in significant fines and a jail sentence or term of probation. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) There are many types of driving offenses with varying penalties and consequences, but one of the most serious offenses is that of impaired driving. This criminal offense is known by various labels such as Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”), Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”), and Operating Under the Influence (“OUI”), among others. The labels and… […]

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Immigrant Charged With A Crime

Immigrant Charged With A Crime

Being arrested or convicted of a crime can certainly affect your current immigration status. It can reduce the chances of obtaining a work visa or citizenship, and can increase the risk of deportation, especially for those currently in the U.S. without any legal documentation. Individuals attempting to immigrate to the United States may be denied entrance if they have been arrested or convicted of a crime. All arrests and convictions in the U.S. are entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), a federal database containing criminal records. An arrest will appear in the NCIC computer if the person was fingerprinted and photographed by a law enforcement officer, or a law enforcement officer ordered the person to accompany him or her against the suspect’s will. Even if the arrest did… […]

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DUI Cases, Florida Accident Report Privilege and Hardship License

DUI Cases, Florida Accident Report Privilege and Hardship License

If you or your family member were involved in an car accident and subsequently arrested for DUI or any other charge, know this: The most important thing in DUI/DWI cases is early intervention by your attorney. This preliminary involvement will help you avoid the consequences of a conviction, which are very serious in Florida. There are defenses in DUI accident cases, which an experienced and capable lawyer can use. Even if you made a statement to police during your arrest, lawyers at Andrew D. Stine law firm can usually get that evidence thrown out of court. Any statement you give officers cannot be used against you due to the Florida accident report privilege. Accident Report Privilege Drivers who are involved in reported or alleged motor vehicle accidents have a legal… […]

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Specific and General Intent Crimes

Specific and General Intent Crimes

Intent can be defined as a guiding motive. Criminal intent, therefore, refers to an unlawful guiding motive. When someone commits an act that is driven by unlawful motives, he is usually guilty of a crime. It is possible, however, for someone to commit the same act, but due to lack of criminal intent, be deemed innocent. In law there is a Latin term, mens rea, which refers to a guilty mind. Mens rea is very important in criminal law because when a crime is outlined, a person’s mental state is usually considered. As a result, a person’s mental state plays a role in whether or not he can be convicted of a particular crime. Criminal intent is one of the reasons it is important for law enforcement officials to work… […]

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When Do You Need A Lawyer

When Do You Need A Lawyer

Sometimes the need for a lawyer is a no-brainer: when you’ve been served with a lawsuit, or when you’re arrested or charged with a crime. But keep in mind that people hire lawyers for advice and expertise all of the time, in all kinds of situations. While you may be able to get through a legal problem without hiring a lawyer, you should always remember that when you represent yourself, you might have a “fool for a client,” as the saying goes. Many problems have a legal dimension and require a lawyer’s help. The following questions and answers can serve as a guidance when searching for legal advise, provided by American Bar organization. Are There Specific Cases When I Should See a Lawyer? Yes, some matters are best handled by… […]

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How To Choose An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

How To Choose An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

Since 1992, the likelihood of an arrest leading to a conviction has generally risen. Although some defendants think that they can “beat the system” on their own, having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side is the best way to prevent becoming another statistic. If you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, your reputation, your immigration status, and your job may be at stake. The outcome you receive in the criminal justice system depends upon the experience and knowledge of the defense attorney you choose to represent you. Important Considerations When Choosing Your Defense Attorney source: Publications – If attorneys publish articles, books, or treatises (legal reference guides), they are already subjected to the toughest critics of all (other attorneys) and they are often regarded as… […]

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Applying For a Job With a Criminal Record

Applying For a Job With a Criminal Record

A criminal record, or “rap sheet” as it is sometimes called, is a document which provides information about someone’s history of contacts with law enforcement and the legal system. The type of information in a criminal record can vary, depending on the age of the person in question and the country. Such records are utilized for background checks and a variety of other tasks in which someone’s criminal history may be relevant. A very basic criminal record will just contain a list of the crimes that someone has been convicted of. More detailed records include all arrests and their outcomes along with any crimes which have not been expunged from the record. The criminal record can also note down identifying information, such as height and weight, and other information which… […]

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DUI Convictions, Driving Record and Expungement Procedure

DUI Convictions, Driving Record and Expungement Procedure

If you’re like most people facing DUI charges, you don’t know a lot about the workings of the criminal court system and are unsure what to expect. DUI charges can’t be taken lightly. Many states have imposed mandatory jail time for even first-time offenders, and the additional costs and penalties associated with a DUI conviction can be serious as well: probation, mandatory drug and alcohol counseling, installation of an ignition interlock device on your car, expensive high-risk insurance requirements and much more. To learn more about the possible penalties for a DUI in your state and how you may be able to protect yourself, talk to a local DUI lawyer. DUI Convictions A driving under the influence (DUI) conviction can have long-term significant impacts on a person’s life. Everything from… […]

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Due Process, Criminal Justice and Criminal Defense Attorney

Due Process, Criminal Justice and Criminal Defense Attorney

Our criminal justice system can be overwhelming and frightening. The incarceration rate in the United States is much higher than that of other industrialized countries. Prison sentences are getting longer and more frequent. If you face the possibility of being accused of a crime, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as early in the process as possible, preferably even before questioning or investigation by the police. A skilled attorney can fight for your legal and constitutional rights. Due Process Our criminal justice system is complex, both conceptually and procedurally. To ensure the fairness of the proceedings, each court system has its own rules of criminal procedure that govern the actions of all players: police, defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges and juries. The US Constitution requires that criminal defendants be accorded due… […]

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Consult With DUI Lawyer About Your DUI Charges

Consult With DUI Lawyer About Your DUI Charges

Drinking and driving charges may result in either DUI misdemeanors or DUI felonies. Typically, a person receives a DUI misdemeanor for their first, second or third DUI offense. Felony charges typically result after a person’s third DUI offense or if they were involved in a car accident that caused bodily injury or property damage. Penalties for DUI misdemeanors are generally lesser than felony DUI penalties, but they vary state-by-state. The severity of the charges usually depend on whether a person has had any prior DUI misdemeanor charges: monetary fines probation mandatory alcohol counseling license suspension and/or restricted driving privileges jail time. Aggravated DUI Drunk driving laws are not limited to just alcohol impairment in automobiles, while different circumstances and past criminal convictions affect how each DUI defendant is charged. The… […]

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