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Being Proactive In Criminal Cases: Contact A Criminal Defense Attorney For A Consultation

Being Proactive In Criminal Cases: Contact A Criminal Defense Attorney For A Consultation

In many cases you may be able to solve your problem without an attorney’s help but sometimes a lawyer’s advice can be well worth the money. A lawyer can help ensure that proper steps are taken not to hurt your case later. If you’ve been accused of a crime or find yourself the defendant in a legal suit, contact a lawyer immediately. Here are a few of the reasons to consult with an attorney (source) Get the facts. Talk to a currently licensed attorney in your state that practices in the area of the law where you have questions. Get current knowledge. What was the law 20 years ago, might not be the law today. It reduces stress and is empowering. Most people are scared and don’t know what to… […]

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The Best Solution To Your Legal Issue Is An Experienced Criminal Attorney

The Best Solution To Your Legal Issue Is An Experienced Criminal Attorney

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. Take charge in hiring a good lawyer to defend your case. An experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney will work hard to find you the best solution to your legal issue. If you were accused of a crime, DUI, or other violation you should consider talking with several lawyers before choosing one. Many… […]

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How You Choose a Lawyer To Represent You

How You Choose a Lawyer To Represent You

Sooner or later, everyone will need a law firm for something. 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. Outlined below you will find a few simple rules that will help you make an informed decision in selecting the right lawyer to represent you, provided by (LegalHelp) Finding the Right Lawyer The first thing you need to realize here is that you aren’t looking for a best friend, you’re looking for a lawyer. The qualities you’d want in a friend, are certainly not those you need in your lawyer. You need… […]

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Refusing A Breathalyzer Test During DUI Stop

Refusing A Breathalyzer Test During DUI Stop

In every state, refusing to take a breathalyzer is allowed, but it’s also grounds for punishment. That’s because of “implied consent” laws (source). All states have adopted this law in some form and with varying penalties. In essence, the law forces drivers to consent to all field sobriety and chemical tests as a condition to being given a driver’s license. There’s no way to get around it. If you want to be a licensed driver, you have to consent. The penalties for refusing differ across the country. Typically though, drivers can be fined around $500 and/or even jailed. In most states, refusal results in an automatic license suspension for generally about six months. But the fun doesn’t end there. As with most crimes, the punishment tends to create a ripple… […]

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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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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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