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Criminal defense matters sometimes require critical thinking

Your thought process during a criminal justice process has to take the facts of the case into account. For defendants, critical thinking must be part of the strategy creation. While you are thinking about what defense to use, you have to be able to look at the situation from the outside. A large portion of what you need to do is to think about how things appear to people who don't have any prior knowledge of the issue at hand.

We know that this isn't easy since you know what happened. It is important to remember that how you present facts and call things into question can have a big impact on the way that your side of the case is perceived.

Car impounding is possible after a DUI arrest

Being stopped for the suspicion of drunk driving is a difficult situation. One point that you might not be prepared for is that your vehicle might be impounded due to the traffic stop. When your vehicle is impounded, you will have more costs associated with the DUI.

The issue that often comes up in these cases is that the car might not be in a place where it is safe to leave it until someone can come get it. In those cases, the officer might contact a tow company to come get the vehicle. The car might then be held at a yard until you can pay the tow fees and the cost of keeping the vehicle there.

Pounce on your drunk driving defense quickly

Evening bonfires and other summer fun is upon us. This is a time when friends and family members can come together to enjoy the lovely weather. The one thing that you don't want is to end your fun on a sour note when you are arrested for drunk driving.

There are many reasons why a police officer might think that a driver is drunk. Signs like weaving between lanes or stopping suddenly might lead to the cop stopping you. If you can't successfully complete the field sobriety test, you might be assumed to be impaired. Even if you pass a breath test, you might still be considered to be too impaired to drive.

What do people need to know about the criminal justice system?

There are many misconceptions about the criminal justice system that seem to circulate around. For the men and women who are facing charges, making sure that they have their facts straight is imperative.

Some of the biggest misunderstandings have to do with the process itself. If you are facing criminal charges, here are some important points for you to know:

The severity of a felony convictions can't be ignored

When a person is charged with a criminal matter, the charge is either a felony or a misdemeanor. This distinction is a huge deal because it can change what your life will be like after a conviction. When you are dealing with any criminal charge, you need to proceed with defense planning even if you think that you won't be found guilty.

If you are facing a felony charge, you need to think very carefully about what you are going to do. Unlike a misdemeanor, a felony conviction can lead to your being sent to prison instead of the local jail. A felony also comes with a lifelong branding as a felon, which can impact everything from your freedoms and rights to your employment and housing options.

Frequently asked questions about felonies and child custody

Some experts note that one out of every 15 adults in the United States will spend time behind bars due to a felony conviction. It's a slightly stunning total when you look at it in that light, and it shows how common incarceration really is.

It also brings up questions about child custody rights. With the sheer amount of adults serving time, there are thousands and thousands who are also parents. What rights do they retain? Can they still have a relationship with their kids?

Plan for a trial, even if you are trying to plea bargain

There are very real challenges that can come with a felony conviction. These challenges are often very serious matters that can change the rest of your life. You have to keep all of these potential consequences in mind when you are trying to work on your defense.

In order to have even the smallest measure of control over their fate, some defendants opt to try to come to an agreement with the prosecutor to resolve their case. These plea deals have some benefits, but they also have some drawbacks.

Criminal convictions make job hunting a challenge

Finding a job when you have a criminal history isn't something that is easy. You have to determine exactly what you are supposed to divulge and what you don't have to say anything about. This is something that isn't the same in all cases. Your potential employer might depend on what's in your criminal history and how it pertains to the job you are applying for.

Typically, you will have to divulge convictions, but possibly not arrests. This is because you are innocent until you are proven guilty from a legal standpoint. The employer can't hold an arrest against you because you haven't been convicted. Even if you are charged with a crime, it shouldn't be held against you.

Wrongfully charged with a DUI? Start fighting the charge today

Many people don't think about the consequences they are facing if they are caught driving drunk. Some people might think that they can handle their alcohol and fail to make suitable plans for getting home after a night of partying. This can prove to be a life-altering situation, but it isn't the only one that might lead to drunk driving charges.

There are times when these charges are levied incorrectly. If you know that you weren't under the influence of alcohol or drugs when you were pulled over, you need to get ready for a battle. You are going to have to fight to prove your innocence. We are here to help you learn the possibilities that you have for doing this. Once we decide on a strategy, we will work with you to put the plan in motion.

Kentucky ranks third in the country for binge drinkers

A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. It cites Kentucky as having the third highest binge-drinking rate in the country. It's estimated that the average binge drinker annually consumes 652 drinks per person.

The only states with a higher rate are Arkansas, at 841, and Mississippi, at 831. Hawaii ranks fourth at 611. The national average is 467. Washington, D.C. has the lowest binge-drinking rate of 316.

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