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DUI defense: Three things you need to think about

Any charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious criminal violation, as a conviction can result in penalties ranging from a fine to a license suspension to jail time.

Since a conviction can change your life in many ways, it's important to learn more about your legal rights and the type of DUI defense strategy that best suits your situation.

What rights do you lose when you become a convicted felon?

Convictions for federal crimes, any other type of felony or even some misdemeanors can result in your civil rights being greatly restricted not just in the short term, but for the rest of your life.

Most convicted felons are restricted from applying for or receiving state or federal grants and benefits including food stamps, Social Security Income or public housing.

An arrest is made after several Subway robberies in Dunkirk

Officers with the Calvert County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a Dunkirk, Maryland, Subway restaurant on Jan. 14 after receiving calls of an armed robbery that had just occurred there. Another robbery a short distance away at a King George, Virginia, Subway had happened the week before.

In the weeks following the Dunkirk robbery, several other Subway restaurants were robbed. Secondary ones occurred at two previously robbed locations and another happened at the Anne Arundel County Subway. Two other occurred at Subways in Charles County. An additional robbery alos happened at a Shell gas station in Prince Frederick.

Do you know the types of credit card fraud?

From where you sit right now, it's hard to imagine a situation in which you will be charged with the crime of credit card fraud.

However, many people find themselves dealing with the aftermath of this crime. And if you're one of them in the future, it's imperative to understand what went wrong and the things you can do to escape the most serious punishment.

What is a felony DUI charge?

Any charge of driving under the influence of alcohol can lead to consequences that you never want to face. Unfortunately, many people find themselves in this position every year.

While most DUI charges are classified as misdemeanors, this is not always the case. There are times when a person is charged with a felony DUI. Due to the increased severity of this crime, a conviction could result in more serious consequences.

What constitutes copyright infringement and how is it penalized?

Nowadays in most schools, at least some portion of the curriculum is dedicated to teaching students about what types of written works are covered by copyright protections. Teachers are keen to emphasize that just because information is found online, its author is still afforded the same copyright protections that any other writer would enjoy.

As such, students are often taught that anyone who violates an author's exclusive rights to his or her material may be criminally prosecuted for copyright infringement.

How long can drug tests really work?

You're facing charges after failing a drug test, and you start wondering just how accurate those tests are. Can they really be trusted in such a serious case? How long do they work for, anyway?

It all depends what type of test was used. There are five main ones, each with their own useful time frames.

Is marijuana still federally banned?

The seat of the federal government is in Washington, D.C. Within the district, residents can grow and use their own recreational marijuana. They can also use medical marijuana.

That's why people feel like the situation is rather complex and potentially controversial. Though those actions are allowed under state law in Maryland and in D.C., marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. That means that the very government that refuses to allow full legalization is run out of a local area that has allowed it, to some degree.

What is a plea bargain and why would you use one?

A plea bargain is a tactic that the authorities use to keep trials from getting to court. The advantage for the government is that the process is faster and cheaper when settling criminal charges this way.

In the plea bargain, the defendant has to plead guilty to at least one charge and perhaps more. This will usually be a lesser charge than the person would have faced if the case had gone to trial.

Do you understand the details of an aggravated DUI?

It's easy to believe that one type of DUI is the same as the rest, but this is not exactly true.

As you know, a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol can carry a severe penalty, including a large fine and/or time in jail. However, things can get even worse in the event of a conviction for an aggravated DUI.

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