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]
Taking Legal Responsibility For A DUI Crime
Getting drunk and operating a motor vehicle before sobering up is one of the biggest mistakes that many people make on a daily basis. Sometimes people neglect to realize just how drunk they actually are and end up causing accidents while driving their vehicles. If you collided with another person's vehicle and caused one or more injuries in the process, you must prepare to face the legal consequences for your actions. [Read More]
Two Options For Defending Yourself Against Assault Charges
Although assault is typically charged as a misdemeanor, being convicted of the crime can still mean jail time, fines, and other problems. To get the case off his or her desk, the prosecutor will likely offer a plea deal, but here are two defenses you can use that may help you avoid a conviction altogether. Show the Threat Wasn't Credible Assault is defined as a verbal or non-verbal threat that causes the recipient to fear he or she will be harmed in some way. [Read More]