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The many phases of a DUI charge

Have you been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs? If so, you're probably aware that this could change your life in a number of ways.

If convicted, you'll soon find that the penalties can be quite severe. Not only can this impact your personal life, but it can also have a negative effect on your finances and professional goals.

What Maryland residents should know about marijuana paraphernalia

It is common knowledge that some lawmakers in our nation have recently relaxed their views about the use and possession of marijuana. However, possession of drug paraphernalia related to marijuana could still land you in hot water. To put it in simple terms, you should understand that the new stance on marijuana does not mean the laws regarding this substance have simply disappeared.

Marijuana paraphernalia is still largely a gray area in the eyes of the law. As such, people who use marijuana for recreational purposes are advised not to look at paraphernalia as a non-issue. Common examples of paraphernalia related to marijuana use include bongs, pipes and roach clips. Paraphernalia items related to distribution and cultivation include scales, plastic bags and some gardening supplies.

Your rights under the Sixth Amendment

The Sixth Amendment is crucial to you if you're accused of a crime and going to trial to face the charges. It helps to shape your rights in the courtroom, and there are cases in which violations of this amendment can get the charges dismissed.

The first thing that the Sixth does is to guarantee you the right to legal representation. You can represent yourself if you want, but you don't have to on any grounds. This has been done to make sure that everyone has representation and the same fair shot in court.

Know what to do during a DUI stop

If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence, it's imperative to know your rights as a motorist.

The first thing you should do is have your registration card and insurance information readily accessible. This way, you don't have to search your entire vehicle when the information is requested of you.

Charged with money laundering? Here's what you need to know

When it comes to white collar crimes, many people overlook the seriousness of money laundering. In short, anti-money laundering laws are in place to fight against the transfer of money that comes from criminal activity, such as drug transactions, terrorism and organized crime.

There is a lot of gray area in regards to money laundering laws, due largely to the fact that these have not been in existence very long. Generally speaking, many of the laws that are in place today were first passed in the 1970's as a means of combating organized crime.

Is a traffic ticket really worth fighting in court?

As a driver, you never want to find yourself in trouble on the road. This means many things. First off, you never want to be involved in an accident. Not only can this cause personal injury, but it can have a major impact on your finances.

Secondly, you never want to receive a traffic ticket. If this happens, you could soon find yourself in trouble with the law. Furthermore, it may have an impact on your financial future.

Criminal defense and traffic violations

It doesn't matter who you are, if you spend any time behind the wheel, you know that you could break the law at some point. Even if you don't mean to do so, it's possible you could find yourself in this position.

Did you know that more than 34 million people receive a traffic citation every year in the United States? While some of these are minor, others have a major impact on the life of the driver.

What are the types of credit card fraud?

As a consumer, you realize just how important it is to keep your debit and credit card information safe at all times. If you don't, there's a chance that it could end up in the wrong person's hands.

The phrase credit card fraud encompasses a variety of crimes. Some of the most common types include the following:

Reasonable suspicion and a DUI stop

At times, it seems that police go overboard in terms of hunting for drunk drivers. For this reason, they often make a mistake in regards to who they pull over and charge with this serious crime.

A DUI checkpoint is one situation in which police don't need reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle. Instead, they check every driver who goes through the stop in an attempt to find those who are drunk.

Are you familiar with the common types of drug crimes?

If you aren't familiar with the most common types of drug crimes, it's possible that you could find yourself in trouble with the law without ever really knowing what you did wrong. Is this a risk you want to take?

There are both state and federal laws that cover all types of drug crimes. With this in mind, it's easy to see just how complicated things can become if you are charged with a crime.

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