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The serious nature of drug trafficking charges

Violations of drug trafficking laws can carry serious potential penalties and consequences. As a result, individuals facing drug trafficking accusations and charges must be familiar with the legal options available to protect them. Criminal defense options range from challenging the facts as alleged by police to challenging police conduct or procedure.

Drug trafficking charges penalize transporting, selling or illegally importing unlawful controlled substances including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs as well. The penalties for drug trafficking can be harsh and depend on the amount and types of drugs allegedly trafficking, where the drug trafficking allegedly took place and if children were involved. Penalties for drug trafficking include possible incarceration which can range from 3 to 5 years to life in prison. Additional penalties, such as fines and others, may also be possible in addition to a possible criminal record.

Drunk driving charges cannot be taken lightly

Drunk driving charges can spell serious disruption for the lives of accused individuals. The potential penalties and consequences, even for a first-time DUI, can be serious. Individuals accused of driving under the influence must know how to respond.

In Kansas, a conviction for a first DUI requires that an individual serve time before any probation period can begin. Additionally, steep fines are possible as well as license suspension and the possible requirement that the accused individual install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. The accused individual can also be left with a criminal record which may impact education and employment opportunities down the road.

What is a misdemeanor charge and what can I do about one?

If you are facing a misdemeanor charge, you may wonder what that means for you and for your future. Misdemeanor charges are a category of criminal charges that are generally less serious than felony charges but should not be taken lightly because they can still result in serious penalties and consequences for the accused individual.

Misdemeanor charges may be considered less serious than felony charges but they are also more serious than infractions. While misdemeanors may be punished by a year or less in jail, a felony charge can be punished by a year or greater in prison. Infractions do not result in jail time. All criminal charges can carry the potential for fees and may result in a criminal record and criminal history that can significantly impact the accused individual.

As a driver, what types of tickets are you at risk of receiving?

Driving your vehicle may be one of your favorite activities. You may volunteer to drive whenever you and your friends go out for the evening, or you may simply enjoy going for drives on your own to pass the time. Because you often find yourself on the road, you may also be aware of the possibility of traffic tickets that could come your way.

You may not intentionally set out to commit an act that warrants a traffic ticket or that could put other travelers in harm's way. Still, even the most conscientious drivers can end up facing a ticket for one reason or another. As you consider this possibility, you may want to gain information on the different types of violations.

Possible defenses to drunk driving charges

Drunk driving charges can be particularly serious and can rob accused individuals of their freedom and future. There are a variety of different options when defending against drunk driving charges and accused individuals should be familiar with all of them and which options may be able to help them in their situation and circumstances.

Some types of defenses are considered affirmative defenses, while others focus on procedures that are designed to protect the rights of accused individuals and challenge the charges if those procedures were violated in any way. In some circumstances, it may be possible to challenge the accuracy of a breath test or argue that a more accurate result could have been obtained by a breath test at the police station or that the accused individual's blood alcohol content level rose between the time of the stop and the time of breath test. The accuracy of breath test results can also be interfered with if the accused individual vomits during the tests or in some other situations.

What can I do about shoplifting charges?

Shoplifting charges are serious charges which can result in serious penalties, consequences and a criminal record. Though shoplifting charges are usually misdemeanor charges, they should never be taken lightly and any accused individual facing them should understand what to do in response.

In general, shoplifting refers to the theft of merchandise from a store or business. According to the law, larceny, or theft, is the intentional taking of property of another without their permission and with the intent to permanently deprive that party of the property. Shoplifting may be charged according to a theft statute or specifically according to a shoplifting statute, depending on the state, which is why you should be familiar with the laws in your state if you are facing shoplifting charges or have questions about how shoplifting is defined in your state.

Why felony charges are so serious

Felony charges are serious criminal charges possible and should never be taken or treated lightly. This is because they are the most serious type of criminal charge an accused individual can face and carry the stiffest potential penalties and consequences. Unlike misdemeanor charges which can be punished by a year or less in jail, felony charges can carry harsh penalties of a year or greater in prison. Individuals accused of committing a felony can also face significant fines and other potential penalties and consequences.

It is important to develop a strong criminal defense strategy early on in response to felony charges. Criminal defense strategies may be based on disputing the facts as alleged by authorities, challenging witness statements or pointing out violations of the accused individual's rights committed by authorities who failed to follow procedures required to protect the rights of the accused individual.

Two men arrested on drug charges in store parking lot

According to reports to men from the greater Kansas City area have accused of selling drugs and also face other drug charges. Police also discovered allegedly stolen property from a nearby store in the possession of these men.

One of the men was also charged with some traffic-related offenses, but neither man was accused of driving under the influence of drugs. Additional charges may be filed since the police continue to investigate.

How ADD medication can ruin your child's future

When summer holidays are over, it's time to prepare for the upcoming school year. For you, this means more than buying notebooks and new shoes if your child is going off to Kansas State University or another institute of higher learning. You may need to purchase supplies for your child's dorm room, get a tune-up for your child's car and schedule a checkup for your child at the doctor.

One item about which you may want to ask the doctor is the Ritalin or Adderall your child has been taking since middle school for attention deficit disorder. While the drug may have done wonders to help your child succeed in school, you should be aware of the risks your child faces when arriving on campus with a prescription for a drug that is greatly in demand.

What are the potential penalties for driving without a license?

For most people, instances of driving without a license aren't going to affect your everyday life. However, for those who never took the license test or whose license was suspended or revoked, this could become an issue if they are caught driving without a valid license. There are sometimes instances in which a person is pulled over and accused of driving without their actual license -- for example, forgetting it at home. This is different than driving with a revoked or suspended license.

For those who forgot their license somewhere, it is fairly easy to get that accusation taken care of. Failure to present this evidence typically leads to fines or other penalties associated with misdemeanor charges. It may only be paperwork, but it's important to get it taken care of to avoid unnecessary issues.


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