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Holidays in prison are rough on inmates and families

Having to face a criminal charge when you think you will be found guilty of it is difficult. You likely go through the trial trying to figure out what is going to happen or the sentence you might face. Unfortunately, a conviction sometimes means time in jail or prison. If you are facing a prison sentence, try to find out what to expect ahead of time so you can prepare.

During the holiday season, prisoners will have a rough time. This is especially true if it is their first year behind bars. Finding a way to make the season meaningful can be challenging for the inmate and the family members they left on the outside.

Combating criminal charges using the truth

Criminal charges can sometimes stem from questionable circumstances. Police officers have to make decisions about what they are going to do about certain things based solely on how they appear and what likely happened. In these cases, they do need to have probable cause to conduct an arrest, but this doesn't mean that they have all the evidence necessary to prove to a jury that you did commit a crime.

We know that it is hard to try to combat criminal charges that seem to have ample evidence. In these cases, we need to look for the small bits of information that are questionable. These are sometimes the key to finding a defense strategy. You can't always wait for the "smoking gun" evidence that is going to show you aren't guilty.

Don't let holiday partying get you arrested for drunk driving

Many police departments focus their efforts on stopping drunk driving during the holiday season. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that they will be conducting the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign starting on Dec. 13 and continuing through the end of the year.

It is imperative that all drivers avoid driving after drinking this holiday season. There isn't any reason to drive while you are impaired. You want to be able to make it home to your family and so does everyone else on the roads. This is why there are such strict laws against driving drunk – it is a huge safety risk. The laws set penalties like the loss of your driver's license, fines and time in jail to try to deter people from driving drunk.

Plan for the unexpected impacts of a domestic violence accusation

Domestic violence accusations can take a toll on your emotions. You have to think carefully about how you are going to handle these because they can impact so many areas of your life. We know that you might have questions right now, and we are here to answer those.

One thing that you might not realize is that you might not be able to go home after the accusation is made. There is a chance that the court is going to issue an order that requires you to remain away from the alleged victim. This includes physical contact, but it also includes other forms of communication such as phone calls, emails and direct messages.

What are acts of terrorism and terroristic threatening?

Terrorism isn't something new in this country, but it is something that seems to have become more prevalent. Crimes that fall under this umbrella are taken very seriously and are usually prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

There are federal and state laws that address terrorist acts. These usually cover actual acts, as well as terroristic threats. Understanding some basic information about these matters can help people avoid criminal charges and might also help them address charges if they are accused of these actions.

You must participate in your defense planning

All criminal charges must be based on proof that a person violated specific points of the criminal laws in the applicable jurisdiction. When you begin to plan your defense, you need to look at each specific point that must be present for the charges you are facing. Starting here might provide you with some aspects of a defense to focus on.

We know that you might not be prepared to handle this. You may not know what points you need to look for. We are here to help you do this so that you can have an idea of what you may include in your defense. Once we find these, we might also find springboards to other facets that we can include in your defense. We need to ensure we are touching on all points possible.

Police officers watch for signs of impaired driving

The holiday season is here, which means that there will be parties everywhere. It is imperative that anyone who is going to go out and consume alcohol takes steps to ensure they are able to make it home safely. This means not driving themselves to the party since drunk driving is illegal and can lead to criminal charges.

One thing to remember is that you don't have to do something illegal to get pulled over. The standard for a drunk driving stop is actually very low. The offer only has to have reasonable suspicion to believe that you've done something illegal.

Domestic violence accusations filter into all areas of your life

People who are facing domestic violence accusations often have a long road ahead of them. These allegations sometimes come down to your word against the alleged victim's word. This puts you in a difficult situation because that person is likely your loved one. We understand that things between couples sometimes get out of hand, but the legal system still holds you accountable.

When you are facing domestic violence charges, the consequences can filter into every area of your life. If a restraining order is granted, you might not be able to return home. You might be unable to see your children alone for the duration of your case. In some situations, only supervised visits of a couple of hours at a time will be allowed.

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.

Michael J. Thompson, Attorney at Law

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