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WHY WOULD BAIL BE DENIED?

Many people who are facing criminal accusations, even serious ones, are offered the chance to pay bail. When they do so, they are allowed to spend their time at home, rather than in jail, as they wait for the trial. Considering how long the legal system can take to even start a trial, this is very preferable for…

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HOW HAVING AN ESTATE PLAN CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY

Discussing what happens in the event of your death is often thought of as a morbid subject. However, this is a damaging misconception rather than reality. The truth is, having a sound estate plan is positive both for you and your loved ones. Any asset that you have is worth protecting, and any final wishes that you have…

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WHAT ARE MANDATORY MINIMUMS, AND WHY DO THEY MATTER?

If you get into trouble with the law and face a state or federal felony offense, you need to know that you could face mandatory minimum sentencing. Mandatory minimum sentencing is difficult to deal with because it means that there is a set sentence that must be served upon conviction. The only way to avoid it would be…

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WHAT DEBTS NEED TO BE PAID DURING PROBATE PROCEEDINGS?

Serving as the executor of someone’s estate is a big responsibility. You have to submit their estate plan to the probate court and distribute their property to their family members and loved ones, among other responsibilities. However, before you can take the step of distributing the deceased person’s assets, you will first need to settle the outstanding accounts…

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HOW CAN I CHALLENGE MY BREATHALYZER TEST RESULT?

Let’s make this clear: driving under the influence (DUI) is a very serious offense no matter where you live. A DUI conviction can result in the suspension of your driver’s license, a fine or a jail term. In other words, if you are convicted of DUI, your life is likely to change for a very long time.  But,…

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WHICH ESTATE PLANNING DOCUMENTS SHOULD I UPDATE AFTER DIVORCE?

Divorce can be a long and exhausting experience. While you may have moved on emotionally, certain legal aspects of your life may not move on until the court finalizes the divorce process.  Once you have received the long-awaited divorce decree, updating your estate plan should be among your top priorities. Your divorce may be entitled to your estate as you…

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WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOUR HEIR IS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE?

Writing a will allows you to select people who should receive your assets. When you pass away, your assets are all gathered, debts are paid, and then what is left goes to the people named in the will. If all of your heirs are adults, this may feel like an easy and natural process. You hand them the…

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YOU DON’T NEED TO TAKE MONEY TO FACE EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES

The company that employs you trusts you enough to give you access to their facilities and their assets. You probably do your best to uphold that trust while also wanting to maximize the benefits that you reap from your employment. Some people will use creative methods to increase what they take home from their job. For example, those…

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HOW DRUG ADDICTION OFTEN LEADS TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

Addiction issues often start out small. Someone starts taking a medication prescribed by their doctor and then becomes dependent on it. Their dependence means that they feel like they need to continue using the medication even after their doctor ends the prescription. They may start buying it on the unregulated market or could even transition to more dangerous…

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TYPES OF CHARGES THAT COULD ARISE FROM DRUGS

The “War on Drugs” has armed law enforcement with a variety of charges at their disposal. Stepping into chewed bubblegum on the sidewalk is a lot like drug charges. Once stuck, it is hard to unstick. By proactively self-educating on the variety of drug charges you can help to ensure that your rights are protected. With marijuana laws…

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