The first time my son got into some legal trouble, I didn't hire an attorney. I figured that he would just get a slap on the wrist and that he should accept his punishment, and that's what happened. The second time he got into trouble, I had to hire an attorney. I knew that since he had a record, the judge would not be so lenient about his punishment and he could suffer some serious consequences that could haunt him for his entire life. If you have a troubled child, my blog could help you understand the value of hiring an attorney for him or her.
15 August 2015
No matter how you feel about mandatory minimums, they're still a reality. If you don't know what they are and how they work, they can come as quite the surprise if you're facing a criminal charge. What Mandatory Minimums Mean For You A mandatory minimum is a sentencing technique whereby you receive a prison term of set length. The key to mandatory minimum sentencing is the word "mandatory." That means even if the crime seems petty or exists on the lower end of the spectrum, you will still receive at least what the minimum sentence is.
12 August 2015
In the war against drunk driving, the breath test is oftentimes used to determine if a driver is under the influence of alcohol. Although this tool can be effective, it can also provide the law enforcement officer with an inaccurate reading, causing an innocent driver to be arrested and charged with a DUI. So, what can cause a false positive breath test result? Equipment Maintenance Breathalyzer machines are required to be maintained and calibrated regularly.
8 August 2015
Recent events have demonstrated that misunderstandings about traffic stops are leading to serious confrontations. Most law enforcement officers are caring professionals who will treat you with respect and courtesy. You should respond in kind, even if you feel you have been stopped in error. If you are pulled over by a police officer for any reason, you need to keep your cool and follow a few guidelines. Pull Over Quickly When you see a police car with lights flashing behind you, pull over as fast as you safely can.
5 August 2015
If your teen has been accused of sexually harassing someone and you aren't sure what the alleged victim is going to do, you need to talk with a juvenile lawyer right away. You want to have a defense ready if the victim decides to press charges. There are many forms of sexual harassment, and your child could get in trouble for indicating sexual activity through a text message, or sending an indecent picture of themselves.
5 August 2015
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) laws are meant to keep people safe on the road and to deter senseless levels of intoxication or other mentally-impairing substances. Unfortunately, stricter interpretations of the law may put many people looking for a small drink after work, taking much needed medication or heading out for an emergency under undue inconvenience. If you're sure you were under legal influence levels or not under the influence at all, keep a few ideas in mind.