If you're facing DUI charges, you may be wondering how to start presenting a defense. With the support of an attorney, you may be able to bring the following four concerns to the attention of the court. Was the Traffic Stop Valid? The police have to have a reasonable basis for conducting a traffic stop, a concept known as probable cause. For example, if a driver hasn't crossed the centerline repeatedly or wasn't speeding, the cops do not have grounds to conduct a stop in the first place. [Read More]
When The Knock Comes: Who Can Allow A Search?
Most people appreciate the comfort and privacy a home provides, and when something happens to shatter that perception, it's quite alarming. Law enforcement has certain rights to visit, enter, and search your home or other private spaces, but those rights must be tempered with your own rights. If you were not actually at home when that knock at the door occurred, the search may or may not have been legal. Read on to learn more about who can allow searches of private spaces. [Read More]
Understanding Wobbler Laws And DWI Charges
In a criminal case, there are some offenses that are known as "wobblers." That means a charge can be prosecuted either as a serious felony or as a relatively milder misdemeanor. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, driving while intoxicated can end up being a wobbler charge — even for a first offense. What sort of things can make driving while intoxicated (DWI) a "wobbler" that the prosecution can turn into a more serious charge? [Read More]
Can A Criminal Record Hurt Your Workers' Comp Claim?
Workers' comp claims increase employers' costs of doing business and cuts into the insurance company's profits. Thus, you can expect that both your company and the workers' comp agency will look for ways to avoid paying your claim. One thing that may be used against you in your case is any criminal record you may have. Here' what you need to know about this possibility and how to guard against it. [Read More]