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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.

Questions to answer regarding effective DUI defense

Imagine this: You've been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You immediately begin to research the law, just to find that you could be faced with serious consequences.

At some point, you should also consider this: The right DUI defense strategy will put you in a much better spot.

DUI defense: What you need to think about

If you are charged in Maryland with driving under the influence of alcohol, you'll soon begin to worry about what this will mean to your future. Will it impact your personal life? How about your career?

With so many questions to address, you don't want to hesitate as you seek answers and implement a defense strategy.

Some crimes are more serious than others

It goes without saying that every crime is extremely serious. Even if it appears minor, you know that it will change your life in a number of ways. Of course, your goal is simple: to put this situation in the past as quickly as possible.

Some crimes are far more serious than others. This holds true with felonies, as a conviction could land you in prison for many years.

Police will try to talk you into a confession

The police want you to confess. It makes their jobs a lot easier. As such, they'll often fish for confessions by asking simple questions and trying to catch you off guard. They hope that you'll be flustered and simply tell them what you did so they don't have to figure it out for themselves.

For example, at the beginning of most traffic stops, the officer will ask if you know why he or she pulled you over. It sounds like the beginning to a casual conversation, but it's not. It's their first step to getting you to simply admit what you did, perhaps as you try to make an excuse and hope you get out of a ticket.

Alleged drunk driver hits police car on I-270

A Maryland State trooper pulled over a Honda Odyssey on I-270, carrying out a routine traffic stop. It was early, about 6:40 in the morning. They were near Montrose Road when the stop took place, and the trooper and the Odyssey pulled over to the side of the road.

That's when another vehicle, a Ford Fusion, slammed into the back of the police car and the Odyssey. Pictures show a silver vehicle flipped up on its side with the front window smashed out.

Paper trails are now huge and complicated

Paper trails have always been a part of white collar crime investigations. If someone is stealing money from the company, for example, he or she may also be leaving a lot of altered paperwork behind to cover up the crime. If multiple people are involved, there could be communication between the parties that can be read and investigated later on.

In the past, before the electronic age, paper trails were a lot shorter. If there was a court case that was tied to 300,000 different documents or pieces of paper, that was thought of as an incredible amount. Many cases were far smaller.

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