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October 2016 Archives

Understanding underage drinking DUI laws

The legal standard for underage drinking and driving is different for those over the age of 21 and underage drivers have stricter restrictions. It is important to understand these standards if you have been charged with underage drinking and driving. Being found guilty of these charges could lead to severe consequences for you.

Drug paraphernalia laws in the U.S

A drug paraphernalia charge is applied when someone is caught with special items that may be used to manufacture drugs. Although drugs like methamphetamine and heroin are illegal, they are still being manufactured. The government uses the drug paraphernalia law to make sure people do not carry the equipment required to produce illegal substances.

Understanding felony DUI charges

A felony DUI is the most serious type of drug charge. Although most states recognize DUI charges as misdemeanors, there are cases in which prosecution pushes for felony charges. Felony DUI charges could lead to severe consequences for the defendant. Charging someone with a felony DUI is not simple. There are certain regulations regarding the felony charge and they must be fulfilled.

Dealing with tax evasion charges

When an enterprise intentionally underpays its due taxes, the act may be categorized as tax evasion.  While the tax code is complex, tax procedures are relatively easier. Every citizen fills data forms based on income, family size, and expenses. From this information, IRS calculates deductions, which is the income after subtracting expenses. These deductions are used to conclude the adjusted gross income (AGI) of every family. The service calculates the tax you owe the state based on the previous information.

Registering as a sex offender

Each state has a sex offender registry by which they keep track of convicted sex offenders in the district. The registry is a database that is open to public view and contains information about the convicted offenders. The requirement that places one in the registry differs between states. Some regions follow Sex Offender Registration and Notification act's (SORNA) standards, whereas others have implemented entirely different laws.

Defending yourself against involuntary manslaughter charges

The U.S law has several definitions for all kinds of murder and homicide offenses. Some of them are more serious than others. Involuntary manslaughter is the unintentional killing of another person due to negligence or any other unlawful act. The perpetrator does not have the intention to kill the victim.

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The U.S law has different statutes that deal with murder and homicide. Though the law is fairly strict when it comes to taking another person's life, there are different degrees of murders that have been established. First degree murder is the worst kind, with the most gruesome sentencing. Second degree murder proceeds first degree murder. It is the killing of another person that has not been previously planned or premeditated. Instead it is carried out in the heat of the moment. Second degree murder can be placed in-between first degree murder and manslaughter.

Paying restitution for your crimes

The justice system depends greatly on making people pay for their crimes. Restitution is a way to make people for their crimes in a more literal form. People who commit a certain crime that brings financial loss towards another person must pay it back. The judge might ask them to pay off the financial loss they caused to the victim. Medical expenses and compensation are a type of restitution paid by the defendant to the victim.

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