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Domestic violence cases can be complex

Many people focus on domestic violence as something that impact spouses; however, this issue is much more widespread. The legal definition of domestic violence involves people who live in the same household, as well as dating partners and even exes who share children.

Another common misconception is that only women are victims of domestic violence. Men can also be victims of this crime; it just depends on the circumstances. On the flip side, it is also possible for men or women alike to face criminal charges for this crime.

Learn your options for handling felony charges

Having to face a felony charge can dramatically change your life. There is a chance that you will be convicted of a crime and be branded a felon. With this in mind, you should be able to see how important it is to get started on your defense strategy. We realize that you have a lot on your mind right now. We are here to help you with your defense.

The type of defense you will use depends on the type of charge you are facing, as well as the specific circumstances that were involved. By taking a good look at all the factors, you can make a determination about what you think you need to include in your defense.

An alleged drunk driver involved in a crash faces a tough road

Drunk driving is a serious criminal charge, even when nothing else happens before you get stopped. If you are involved in an accident and are found to be intoxicated, you are likely going to face more serious charges. There are several things that happen when you are involved in a wreck when you've been drinking and driving.

The police officer who shows up at the scene of the crash is going to be paying attention to various things. If they think that you are impaired at all, they will try to determine if this is the case. You might be asked to take a breath test at the scene. The officer may tell you to take a field sobriety test.

Your actions prior to arrest might impact your defense options

Many people don't realize that their defense options are impacted by every aspect of their case. Even before they are formally charged, people need to be aware of their rights and how their actions might affect what happens in the future. We know that this isn't always an easy realization but thinking carefully about what you are doing can be beneficial.

One of the most important things to remember is that you can refuse to speak to police. Invoking the right can't be construed as an admittance of guilt. It is often best to speak to your attorney and find out what your options are. Getting some advice might help you better understand how making a statement or signing something might alter the course of the case.

Immigration status might be impacted by felony convictions

The classification of a criminal charge can have a big impact on how it affects the rest of your life. When you are facing a felony, you run the risk of having a lifetime of consequences if you are convicted. These impacts are far-reaching and can impact every aspect of your life. You should make sure that you consider these as you plan your defense strategy.

One of the most notable consequences is being labeled a felon, which includes being stripped of some of your rights. It can also make it difficult for you to find a job or housing because many people won't hire or rent to felons.

Many factors impact criminal sentencing

Defendants who have been convicted of a crime and those who plead guilty will have to go through the sentencing phase of the criminal justice system. For many, the unknown surrounding this component of the process is troubling. They don't know what they are going to have to deal with and they might be very worried about it.

There are many things that are considered when the court is trying to determine the person's sentence. All of these can either shorten or lengthen the sentence the person will have to serve. These include:

  • The person's criminal history
  • The presence or lack of regret or remorse
  • The status of the person during the commission of the crime (accessory or main offender)
  • Any injuries due to the crime
  • The presence of cruelty or vindictive or destructive behavior
  • Personal duress or stress at the time of the crime

Address the personal issues at the heart of domestic violence

There are times when a family member might push your buttons and get you so upset that you can't think straight. If this anger turns physical, there is a chance that you might end up facing charges for domestic violence. Some people think that this is a minor charge; however, domestic violence is classified as a violent crime.

You need to work on your defense right away. In the case of domestic violence, starting the defense planning immediately can benefit you since you might be able to remember small details that may help you. As time goes on, those very minor details might fade from your memory. We can work with you to get your strategy started.

Homicide cases can lead to 2 types of charges

Homicide detectives have a serious job to do when they are working to determine whether there was a criminal element to a killing or not. Many people don't realize that not all homicides are the same thing. In fact, there are some homicides that aren't criminal matters at all.

The homicides that are criminal matters are divided into two large categories with classifications beneath each one. Murder and manslaughter charges are the two primary categories. Under murder, there are degrees of the crime with first degree being the most serious. Involuntary and voluntary are the two classifications of manslaughter.

Prepare for social events that will involve alcohol

The hot summer days and warm nights are going to give way to cooler air soon. This means that it is the perfect weather for bonfires. For many adults, these social gatherings come with the presence of alcoholic beverages, such as beer. If you are planning on enjoying a drink or two when you are by the fire, make sure that you have a plan to make it home.

Drunk driving charges carry serious penalties. We discussed some of these in our previous blog post. It is necessary to think about these so that you have the motivation to make suitable arrangements for getting home. We know that this might not be easy, especially if you have a last-minute invitation to the event.

Drunk driving penalties are serious in Kentucky

Driving after consuming alcohol is illegal in Kentucky. All drivers should be aware of this already, but it is sometimes tempting to think that you aren't impaired enough for it to impact your ability to drive. What you might not think about is that being caught driving drunk can lead to some very serious legal penalties, even if you think you are able to drive safely.

There are different rules for drivers who can legally drink and those who can't. For example, the legal limit is .08 percent for those who are 21 or older, but it is only .02 percent for underage drivers. The penalties are also different.

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