If you've recently been convicted of a crime that is likely to have a major negative impact on your future employability or even affect where you can live, you may be considering your appeal options. Those who are certain their conviction was due to their defense attorney's poor performance (or lack of performance) at trial may opt to pursue a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel -- that is, if it were not for your attorney's mismanagement of the case, you would not have been convicted.
As the weather begins to warm up, so do plans for fun spring parties. Cocktail parties in the garden and backyard barbecues are full of fun and excitement, and are often accented with different alcoholic beverages. This time of year also ushers in the presence of law enforcement checking drivers for alcohol consumption. During these peak party times, it is important that you are responsible while consuming fruity warm-weather drinks by considering some of the following:
If you regularly commute to work or school via private automobile, you're no doubt aware that bicycle commuters are also well represented in rush-hour traffic. Most people who have been driving for any length of time in urban conditions have experienced close calls when it comes to sharing the road with bicycle traffic. Traffic injuries and fatalities have been increasing for several years, and, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrians and bicycle riders have experienced a significant increase in the number of fatalities.
Lately, the news has been full of stories about the police and the suspects they pull over. Some newsworthy, yet tragic incidents have occurred during what should be normal traffic encounters, and police officers and civilians alike have lost their lives, leaving communities and families understandably devastated. If these traffic incidents are making you nervous about pulling over when signaled to do so by the police, it's important to know exactly what to do in the event that you get pulled over, as well as what to do if you think you are being treated unfairly.
When it comes to being convicted of a DUI, there are far more costs involved than fines, court costs and lawyer fees. If you are waiting for your court hearing date following a DUI arrest, you might be concerned about the possibility of being found guilty, charged fines, and losing time from work due to being in jail. But, there are other costs that you may need to cover.