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Pay attention to small details in a drug crime defense case

Being charged with a drug crime means that you have a lot of work to do. There are many things that you might be able to focus on in your defense planning. The circumstances of your case will determine what possibilities that you have. In many cases, it can take someone familiar with the unthought-of points to come up with a defense strategy for you.

One thing to remember when you are reviewing your options is what the prosecution is likely going to focus on. For some smaller cases, they might not want to have to pursue a trial. You may have a good chance at getting a plea deal in these cases.

How a DUI can derail your employment prospects

The holidays mean lots of cheer, shopping and traffic on the streets. It also means social events and drinking. Whether or not you plan to indulge in libations, you might want to keep in mind how a DUI can impact your future, especially employment.

Even an arrest can have far-reaching employment consequences. Once you have paid the fines and completed all other sentencing requirements, you still have to deal with the impact a conviction can have on your job opportunities. Consider the following information on DUIs, employment and expungements.

Criminal charge annulments aren't quick

Many people want to know what they can do about a criminal conviction after they have served their sentence. For some, there is the possibility of expungement, but these cases are limited. In New Hampshire, an expungement is known as an annulment. When you apply for this here, you can only ask the court to remove records from New Hampshire. Convictions and charges from other states will remain on your record.

You must complete a petition to have your records annulled. There is a waiting period for some cases. If you were convicted, you must wait for one to three years, depending on the type of charge. Violation level offenses have a one-year waiting period, Class B misdemeanors have a two-year wait and Class A misdemeanors have a three-year waiting period. The time doesn't start until you have successfully completed your sentence.

Don't let holiday stress lead to domestic violence

The winter holidays are very tense times for some families. The stress level is increased over what is common during other parts of the year. There are a few reasons for this. People might get upset that the finances are so tight right now. Having to plan for family gatherings might be intense. Things might be even more insane than usual at work. All of these can come together to make you feel irritable. We understand, but try to find ways to keep your cool.

One thing that you don't need to happen this holiday season is to end up in jail on charges of domestic violence. Your home is your safe space, but don't take out your anger and frustrations on the people who love you the most. Even if you are feeling upset at a family gathering, remember that nobody is worth having a criminal record.

Know your rights during a drunk driving traffic stop

When you are pulled over for suspected drunk driving, you need to ensure that you aren't doing anything that is going to work against you. Making sure that you are keeping your rights protected is one of the most important ways you can do this.

The first thing to know is that the officer will need reasonable suspicion to pull you over. This can come from you exhibiting behavior that suggests you might be intoxicated, but it can also mean that the officer observed something illegal about your vehicle, such as a burned-out tail light.

Drug paraphernalia can impact your future

There are many charges that a person who is using drugs might face if they are pulled over during a traffic stop. One of these is a drug paraphernalia charge. You might think of this as a minor charge; however, you can still face serious penalties for it. Still, it is likely better to only be charged with paraphernalia than with actual drugs.

We know that you might be ready to get this case over and done with. There are several reasons for this. Maybe you have to miss work to go to your court hearings or maybe you want to know what the outcome is. It is imperative that you think carefully about your steps during the case. You need to do everything you can to protect your interests.

Making a valid will in New Hampshire

Estate planning happens to be one of the tasks many people tend to put off. However, devoting some attention to this matter long before you think it will become necessary can ensure that, when the time does come, there will be a solid plan in place for your beneficiaries.

If you do not make a will, New Hampshire intestacy laws will apply. These provisions may vary significantly from the outcome you actually want. Making a proper will can allow you to distribute your estate specifically the way you want to.

4 tips for probationers and parolees to avoid alcohol

The holiday season is one that is synonymous with parties of all sorts. Many of these will include adult beverages. For people who are on probation or parole, alcohol is often off limits due to the random drug and alcohol tests, as well as the terms of the programs.

There are many alternatives to consuming alcohol at these parties or during any social events. Finding the avoidance techniques that work for you might take some trial and error. Just remember that compliance with the program terms will help you stay out of new legal trouble.

Job hunt challenges after a domestic violence conviction

Many life impacts come after a domestic violence conviction. One of the most profound for most people is that they have trouble finding a job. Many employers do background checks on potential employees. Since domestic violence is considered a violent crime, many types of jobs are off limits to someone with this type of conviction.

When you start your job search, look for jobs that aren't going to put you around people who are considered vulnerable. These include the elderly, children and those who are disabled. You also won't be able to do a job that requires you to carry a weapon. You may not be able to do a job that requires you to have a trade or professional license.

Find out if you are eligible for expunging your criminal record

One of the most disheartening things that a person can experience is having a criminal record impact them for the rest of their life. Unfortunately, this is a real possibility now that so many employers, landlords and others do routine background checks. When you think about it, there isn't a good reason why old mistakes should haunt you for decades.

Some people who have criminal records might be eligible for expungement. This process seals the criminal record so that it doesn't show up on background searches. Getting the case expunged is akin to it never happening. The only time that the record would come up would be in very limited law enforcement applications, but these don't occur often.

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