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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.

Woman charged with GoFundMe fraud

After a homicide in Maryland, a woman opened up a GoFundMe campaign that was intended to help the family of the victim. However, she is now facing first-degree fraud charges after allegations that she kept some of the money for herself.

Technically, the report claims that police said she "intentionally withheld collected proceeds from the account." They do not indicate if she kept all of the money that was raised or if she only kept a portion, while passing the rest on to the family.

Penalties issued for failing to take a breath test in Maryland

If you have ever been stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence in Maryland, you likely know that it's best to submit to a breath test. Failure to submit to a breath test can make matters much worse for your situation. Today, we will discuss the penalties issued for failing to take a breath test in Maryland.

The law of implied consent in Maryland says that if you are ever pulled over driving while intoxicated, and the officer had probable cause for the traffic stop, you then consent submit to a blood, breath or urine test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). This test, whichever is administered, must be done so soon after the last time you were driving so that you do not sober up first.

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