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Don't think that you are alone when you are facing drug charges

Drug charges are often the result of other issues that are going on in a person's life. For the men and women who find themselves in the criminal justice system, the fear of penalties of the system might seem overwhelming. This comes at a time when they might need help instead of being looked down upon.

We understand that things happen in life that can make it difficult for you to do what you know is the right thing to do. When the need for money or an addiction pull you toward drugs, you are running the risk of getting caught and facing criminal charges. In these cases, we might be able to help you determine if there are ways that the court can help you address the issues while still handing down a punishment for the crimes.

Know what to consider when you are working on a DUI defense

A drunk driving charge is one that is often thought of as a minor inconvenience. This mode of thinking might lead you to think that you can just throw together your defense at the last minute, which could do more harm than good.

We understand that your inclination might be to just try to forget that you have the case pending. Even though this is super tempting, you shouldn't do this. It could be a recipe for disaster that has lifelong impacts on your life.

The difference between contested and uncontested divorce

Though couples may intend to live happily ever after together, sometimes it is best they be apart. If you are beginning your divorce proceedings, you want to be aware of your options.

There are two types of divorce processes: contested and uncontested. It is imperative you understand the differences between the two.

Counting backwards isn't a standard field sobriety test

There are many different ways that police officers can try to determine if a driver is intoxicated. Anyone who is being evaluated should know that only some of the methods are admissible in court.

When it comes to field sobriety tests, there are three tests that are part of the standardized field sobriety test battery. These include the walk-and-turn, one-leg stand and horizontal gaze nystagmus tests. Any other test isn't standardized and likely won't be admissible in court.

Find ways to help your friend stay sober and away from drugs

People who are facing drug issues might need help to get off the drugs. For some people, the wake-up call comes when they are arrested for criminal charges. If you know someone in this position, you might want to do what you can to help that person out.

One thing that you can do is to let your friend know that you are there for him or her. Let them know that you care, but that you aren't going to support their habit. This is something that is very important because you don't want to be the person who gives him or her money to score drugs.

Plan your life carefully when you are on parole or probation

There are things that you have to think about when you are on probation or parole that don't matter in other cases. When you are sentenced to probation upon conviction or released from prison on parole, you must ensure that you comply with all of the conditions that you are being held to. If you don't follow these, you can face a violation that might land you right back in front of the judge.

One thing that is very important when you are on probation or parole is that you show your supervision officer that you are working to improve your life. The relationship that you have with this officer should be a professional relationship that is build on trust and mutual respect.

How estate plans can help your children

If you think that the sole purpose of having estate plans in New Hampshire is to preserve your wealth so you can pass it down to your loved ones, think again. Estate planning is a very useful tool that you can use to protect your children and loved ones and improve their quality of life. 

Here are some ways that carefully made estate plans can benefit your kids. 

Process for moving out-of-state when on probation or parole

For people who are being monitored on parole or probation, the need to move out of state for something comes with an addition consideration that most people don't have to think about. You will have to get your probation or parole moved from one state to another. This is done through the Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System.

This compact is a web-based method that enables you to apply to have your monitoring transferred from one state to another, but doing this requires that you have a good reason to move. You must apply through this compact if you are going to be in another state for 45 days or longer. It also requires that the state where you are currently monitored and the state where you are moving to approve the transfer of your case.

Drunk and drugged driving charges are very serious

Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when you aren't in your right mind is a bad idea, no matter the cause of why you aren't in your right mind. Our previous blog post discussed how you can face criminal charges because of drugged driving. This is a similar charge to drunk driving.

When you know that you are impaired in any manner, seeing the cruiser behind you might make your heart drop into your stomach. It is important that you don't do anything at this point that will harm your defense. We need to be able to work through your defense options with you, so make sure that you are thinking about this when you are pulled over.

Drugged driving can lead to criminal charges

When you drive, you must be in your right mind so that you can drive safely. If you have been drinking or have taken any medications or drugs, you might not be able to legally drive. Some people don't realize that they can face criminal charges for driving under the influence of drugs.

Driving under the influence of drugs is something that is very serious. You should realize that you can face these charges even if you are using legal or over-the-counter drugs. The deciding factor here is that the drug or medication impairs your mind. It doesn't matter if the medication is a narcotic, a prescription, a supplement, or an over-the-counter drug. As long as it impacts your mind, you can face criminal charges if you drive while taking it.

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