The stakes of driving under the influence (DUI) are high. A person convicted of this offense has to pay penalties and even serve a jail term. Most often, the driver’s license of the person convicted of a DUI offense is suspended. Getting the license back requires fulfilling certain requirements that are set by the state…

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The large automobile injury settlement occurred after three years of litigation.  The Law Office of Jordan B. Rickards has secured a $165,000 settlement, stemming from an automobile accident which occurred in December, 2013. The defendant driver had been drinking heavily in the twenty hours leading up to the accident, and had not slept during that…

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Most state laws give the benefit of the doubt to a person who has acted in self-defense. If someone breaks into your house, and you shoot that person out of fear of being harmed, then the court will generally rule in your favor. However, this does not mean that no questions will be asked about…

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Domestic violence is all too common in the US. Statistics compiled by the National Coalition against Domestic Violence (NCAD) show that every year an average of one million individuals are abused by an intimate partner. Moreover, more than 20,000 phone calls are made every day to hotlines nationwide regarding domestic violence. Unfortunately, many victims of…

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Most people think that driving after drinking will result in a DUI charge. This is not necessarily the case as you will be only charged when you operate a vehicle when your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is more than 0.08 percent. Police officers follow standard guidelines established by the National Highway Transportation and Safety…

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Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of more than 0.08 can result in serious charges. Generally, a DUI is considered a misdemeanor. However, if the drunk driver causes an accident that results in the loss of property or life, it can become a felony instead of a misdemeanor….

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The criminal process in the US begins when a person commits a crime by performing an illegal activity.  Criminal assault and injury cases follow through a process of arrest, accusation, public trial, and defense plea. There is no one criminal court process in the country. Each state has its own laws that affect the judicial…

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A private criminal prosecution is a criminal proceeding that is filed by an individual or an organization rather than the public prosecutor that represents the state. In the past, private prosecutions were allowed in most states under common law. However, this is not the case today. Almost all criminal prosecutions today are initiated by public…

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