10 November 2016
A victim impact statement is a written or verbal statement made by the victim of a crime, typically during the sentencing process. Sometimes these statements serve a crucial role in a criminal proceeding, and, other times, they don't serve a purpose at all, as far as the case goes. Here's what you need to know about victim impact statements. What the Impact Statement Accomplishes for the Victim The victim impact statement is very personal.
5 October 2016
Most of the time, child and spousal support enforcement measures are civil in nature. That means that the courts generally go after your money or any assets that you have in order to fulfill your legal obligation to your children. However, there has been a lot of focus in recent years on "deadbeat parents," and the courts are beginning to use a variety of laws to pursue criminal charges against those parents that won't pay up.
5 October 2016
Most veterans have heard some kind of horror story about dealing with Veterans Affairs before getting out of the military. There's no shortage of advice about having your paperwork in exact order, being prepared to wait, and expecting a routine denial as some sort of initiation. Things are not the same for everyone, but with strict anti-fraud policies, it's understandable that a veteran's claim may be denied on the first review because of clerical errors.
28 September 2016
As the U.S. moves closer to its next Presidential election, allegations of election fraud are surfacing again. While there is a lot of dispute over how much of it actually happens, it's important to realize exactly what is considered voter fraud—and what can happen if you commit it. This is what you should know. What exactly is voter fraud and when does it happen? One of the most common times for voter fraud to occur is during registration.
27 September 2016
If you are currently being charged with the possession of marijuana and are going to trial, here are two defense strategies you should discuss with your criminal defense attorney that may help you beat the charges. #1 Illegal Stop Or Search One of the best and most basic defenses is to have your attorney argue that the stop and search that resulted in marijuana being found in your possession was not legal.
26 September 2016
When charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you may be tempted to plead guilty and "get done with the case." However, there are several dangers to making such a rush decision. Here are three examples of the dangers of entering a guilty plea for your DUI charges: It Gives You a Criminal Record Entering a guilty plea leaves no doubt in anybody's mind that you committed the offense you have been charged with.
26 September 2016
Have you recently received a traffic ticket that you feel was unjust? Do you want to fight the ticket so that you can avoid points on your license or other penalties, but you're not sure how to find a good lawyer? Finding and hiring a good traffic lawyer doesn't have to be difficult, but there are a few questions that you should ask your potential attorney before hiring him or her. Some of these questions include:
21 September 2016
If you have recently been accused of or arrested for a crime, choosing the most appropriate criminal defense attorney for your needs as soon as possible is essential. However, if you have never experienced any legal difficulties before now, it is not always easy to be sure that you have selected the right lawyer for your current issue. Therefore, it is a good idea to consider asking the following questions of any criminal defense attorney that you might hire.
20 September 2016
If you are charged with a DUI, or driving under the influence, it is always wise to consult with a DUI defense lawyer. They may be able to defend you against the charges, getting them reduced or dismissed. There are many common defenses to DUI, such as arguing you were illegally pulled over and that blood was improperly drawn. However, there are other defenses that can be used in a case that aren't as well known.
19 September 2016
In December 2015, a Maryland police officer was killed when a drunk driver ran into him while he was standing on the side of the road after making a traffic stop. Since then, the state government passed a billed called Noah's Law that requires anyone convicted of a DUI to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in their vehicles. Here's more information about this development and what it means for defendants in DUI cases.