Archive, June 2018.

Facing a criminal charge can be one of the most stressful situations you ever encounter. Additionally, if you are convicted, your stress level may only increase as you wait for your final sentence. Your lawyer can help you prepare for your sentencing, but it may be difficult to completely eliminate the stress that it carries. If you are sentenced to probation, it can initially feel like weight has been lifted off your shoulders. After all, being sentenced to probation means you will not go to jail, right? Yes, but only if you comply with all the terms of …
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Many are familiar with the terms “probation” and “parole,” but they cannot articulate the difference between the two unless they have experienced one or both. Probation and parole are both supervised alternatives to incarceration, but they are not the same thing. Nor are they really related to each other. If you are facing a criminal charge, your criminal defense lawyer can help you understand the differences between probation and parole as well as answer any questions you have about the criminal justice process and what you can expect from your case. 
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Say you are involved in a car accident, and at the scene of the accident you are accused of driving drunk. You may be charged with DUI. You may additionally face a personal injury lawsuit from the other party involved in the accident alleging that you caused the collision by driving drunk.
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If you have been charged with a crime, one of the steps in the criminal justice process is the discovery process. Discovery is when both parties involved in a case collect information from each other about their perspectives on the case and their evidence. One way to do this is with a deposition, an interview conducted under oath. Often, witnesses are required to undergo depositions. Sometimes, the defendant is required to undergo one as well. If you are asked to complete a deposition, your criminal defense lawyer can help you prepare for it. Expect the following from your deposition:
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When you have an arrest or conviction on your criminal record, the thought of having to disclose the details about the arrest or conviction can be mortifying. With casual acquaintances, you can choose not to answer questions about your criminal past — although information about your criminal record is publicly available, most people will not take the time to seek yours out. Whether you should be honest about your criminal record with friends and acquaintances or not is your personal choice. 
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