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Where recipients of traffic violations can turn

The legal process associated with a traffic ticket or traffic violation can be surprisingly challenging to navigate and may even feel overwhelming. Because individuals facing traffic violations are facing fines, increased insurance rates and other serious possible penalties associated with a traffic violation.

Though traffic violations may sometimes not be taken as seriously as they should be, they should not be taken lightly and can result in excessive fines; points on the recipient's driver's license; license suspension; increased insurance rates; a driving record; and a possible warrant for the recipient's arrest. When an individual receives a traffic violation, it can disrupt the daily life of the recipient.

What to do about white collar crime charges

White collar crime refers to a variety of different types of Virginia fraud crimes which are characterized by deceit, concealment and a violation of trust. White collar crimes are generally considered to be motivated by a desire for financial gain including money, property, services or avoidance of losing money.

Types of white collar crimes includes public corruption; corporate fraud; securities and commodities fraud; mortgage fraud; money laundering; financial institution fraud; bank fraud and embezzlement; fraud against the government; health care fraud; as well as other types of fraud as well. Embezzlement is another common type of white collar crime and identity theft is another type of fraud accused individuals may find themselves facing.

Should you worry about lies on your mortgage application?

Lying and manipulating other people are unethical behaviors. They are also against the law. Fraud is the formal legal term for when one person tricks, manipulates or lies to another. People engage in fraud for reasons that range from financial to personal gain. Regardless of one's intentions, committing fraud for personal gain could lead to serious repercussions.

Sometimes, people engage in serious forms of fraud without realizing that they are breaking the law. This may be true of some individuals accused of mortgage fraud. Mortgage fraud sounds like such an official and frightening term that many people could assume their little mortgage application fibs don't really matter. That inaccurate belief could have a lasting impact on some people.

What are my 4th Amendment rights and how do I protect them?

There are a variety of important criminal defense rights and protections that accused individuals should be familiar with. One such protection accused individuals may be familiar with, but may also have questions concerning, includes their 4th Amendment search and seizure rights which protect them from unlawful searches and seizures.

It is important to note right away that when an accused individual's 4th Amendment search and seizure rights have been violated, such as in circumstances that lead to drug charges, it may be possible for the charges to be dropped. Any violation of 4th Amendment rights is significant and should be taken seriously. Search and seizure laws are important safeguards that should never be ignored.

Criminal defense protections for DUI charges

Drunk driving charges can alter the daily life of an accused individual in a dramatic way. DUI charges can leave the accused individual facing the inability to drive and may even result in threats to their freedom and possibly significant fines.

The list of potential penalties and consequences associated with DUI charges can be significant such as potential jail time; potential license suspension up to one year; fines; increased insurance rates and costs; the requirement that the accused individual install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle; required attendance at an alcohol or substance abuse program; as well as other potential penalties and consequences depending on the situation and circumstances.

Felony charges and the criminal defenses to them

Felony charges are some of the most serious charges an accused individual can face. One way of understanding how serious felony charges are is by understanding how they differ from misdemeanor criminal charges.

All criminal charges are serious and carry potentially serious penalties and consequences for accused individuals. Criminal charges can result in incarceration, fines and other potential penalties and consequences. Felony charges are usually considered the most serious criminal charges an accused individual can face and involve violent crimes and other types of criminal offenses. Some examples can include murder, rape and robbery charges.

Legal help with drug charges

Drug-related crimes can lead to significant potential penalties and consequences for accused individuals. As a result, accused individuals have to be familiar with their criminal defense protections and rights and how to develop a criminal defense strategy.

Drug possession charges can result in accused individuals spending long periods of time incarcerating which can rob them of their lives and futures. Drug charges can include possession charges; possession with intent to distribute charges; cocaine possession charges; heroin possession charges; methamphetamine charges; charges for marijuana possession; charges for synthetic drug charges; and prescription drug fraud charges. Additional charges can include drug trafficking charges or charges with the intent to sell.

Do you know what happens at a DUI checkpoint?

Some people go their entire life without ever driving through a DUI checkpoint. Others, however, seem to encounter these all too often.

Knowing what to expect at a DUI checkpoint in Virginia can go a long way in helping you avoid trouble. There's no way of knowing exactly what an officer will say or do, but there are some basics that typically come into play. Here's what you need to know:

  • Police are watching as you pull up to the checkpoint: Don't assume that police are ignoring you until an officer approaches your window. They're watching drivers as they get closer, paying attention to how they act and whether or not they break any other laws. It's important to slow down, stay in your lane and keep your focus on the task at hand.
  • The face-to-face conversation: The officer will typically start by asking for your driver's license, registration and insurance card. Other questions are common, such as those regarding where you're coming from or where you're headed. Also, it's common to ask if you've been drinking.
  • Looking for signs of impairment: The officer is trained in pinpointing signs of impairment, including but not limited to flushed face, slurred speech, smell of alcohol and bloodshot eyes.
  • Field sobriety test: If there is any reason to believe you have alcohol in your system, the officer may ask you to take a field sobriety test. These include: one leg stand, walk and turn, nystagmus, counting and finger to nose.
  • Breathalyzer test: If you fail a field sobriety test, the officer will then ask you to take a Breathalyzer test. This provides instant information in regard to whether or not you're blood alcohol concentration level is above the legal limit.

Methods of fighting a traffic ticket

Alleged traffic violations ranging from speeding to running a red light can result in serious negative consequences for everyday drivers who have been pulled over and cited. In an attempt to avoid these penalties, it is helpful for individuals facing a traffic ticket to be familiar with strategies available for fighting traffic violations.

One method of disputing a traffic citation is to dispute the police officer's personal opinion and the subjective conclusion they reach when they cite a driver for a certain alleged violation of the law such as unsafe driving or making an unsafe turn or unsafe lane change. In addition, it may also be possible to dispute the evidence and facts as alleged by the police officer. Some types of evidence that may refute a police officer's version of events include eyewitness statements, diagrams, and photos. There are a variety of methods available for doing this, with which ticketed drivers should be familiar.

Understanding sex offender registries and what they involve

Sex offender registries are important for any accused individual facing sex crimes charges, accusations and allegations to understand. Sex offender registries have significant consequences for individuals accused of sex offenses and violent crimes which is why accused individuals should be familiar with what they do and the ongoing impact they may have on them.

Sex offender registries are data bases that include personal information related to convicted sex offenders that law enforcement can use to track and monitor convicted sex offenders. Registration with a sex offender registry requires information including address information that must be updated on an ongoing basis. It is important to note that failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements can be considered a separate offense and can lead to additional penalties and consequences for the accused individual.

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