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Violent crime convictions can impact every facet of your life

Violent crime charges can affect your life in ways that you never expected. When you are facing these, you have to be able to look not just at the immediate impacts of your decisions, but also the way that they might affect you in the future. Unlike some crimes, it might be difficult to get people to look past a violent crime conviction, even if it occurred well in the past.

The way you handle your criminal case could have a direct impact on how it affects you down the road. The thing to think about here is whether you can do anything to minimize the consequences you will face. Don't think only about the consequences that the criminal court will impose. You also need to think about the changes to your freedoms and social life.

Man seeks appeal and hopes to plead not guilty

A man is appealing his DUI conviction in the Georgia Supreme Court. According to a Dec. 7 news article, the man is arguing that a plea deal he agreed to shouldn't have been admitted at trial. He states that he changed his plea and that the new plea should have been used.

In his case, a Georgia State Patrol (GSP) trooper smelled alcohol on the man and could tell that he'd been drinking. The officer was called to the scene after the man swerved to avoid another vehicle and then hit an embankment.

Are side effects of Adderall worth risking possession charges?

If you are a college student, odds are that you have heard of Adderall. In fact, someone has probably offered it to you on at least one occasion. Many people use this medication, which doctors prescribe for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, to help them focus when they study.

If you are considering taking this drug because you believe it will give you an academic edge, you may want to think twice. First, Adderall is addictive. Second, if police catch you with it, you could face criminal charges for possession, which could affect your college career. Third, it comes with some pretty nasty side effects.

Various sentence types are possible in criminal cases

When you make the decision to go through a criminal trial instead of taking advantage of other options, you have to think about various aspects of your case. One thing to remember is that if you are convicted, you will go through the sentencing phase. Even if you hope this isn't what happens, it must still be on your mind as you work on your defense strategy.

There are a few sentence types that you need to know before you head to the hearing that will set this. You can't assume that you are going to get a specific sentence since there are many variables that come into the picture when the judge is deciding how to handle the matter.

Jury trials are only guaranteed in some cases

People who are facing criminal charges will sometimes opt to have their case heard by a jury. Understanding the purpose of the jury and the scope of their duties can help you to decide if you want to go this route with your case.

The Sixth Amendment of the Constitution stipulates that anyone who is facing at least six months of imprisonment is entitled to a jury trial. It is possible for defendants to waive this right, which is what happens if they choose to enter into a plea bargain.

Know your rights if you face felony charges

In Georgia, 23 people have been indicted on charges for various crimes across the state. A federal grand jury indicted these individuals on Nov. 26, many of which were for drug-related charges.

Some people facing penalties include a 44-year-old man who has been charged with 19 counts of distributing a controlled substance, a 26-year-old woman who is charged with possessing methamphetamine and intending to distribute it, a 24-year-old man accused of intending to distribute methamphetamine and a 39-year-old man who is charged with distributing meth.

Know how to remain calm at family gatherings over the holidays

Disagreements with a cousin or another family member at gatherings over the holidays can make these events miserable. If you know that you are likely going to get into a heated discussion with someone, you need to come up with a plan to confront them effectively in a way that won't make you lose your cool.

Not only can these tips help you to make the family gathering a bit more tolerable for everyone, they might also help you to avoid going to jail since you won't allow violence to take over:

  • Know when to walk away. Taking a step back from the disagreement is one of the best things you can do. Your family members might not want you to leave, but sometimes this is the only way to avoid things going downhill.
  • Don't drink too much alcohol. Alcohol can lower your inhibitions and make you more likely to take unnecessary risks. By avoiding this, you will be more likely to control your actions.
  • Pay attention to what you are saying — and how you say it. You might not realize that you sound angry, demeaning or confrontational. Take a moment to think about how your words and tone of voice might come across to others.
  • Decide to avoid confrontational subjects. Often, politics and family dynamics are the topics that might cause the most familial disagreements. Try to avoid controversial subjects at all costs during family gatherings to avoid the possibility of heated confrontations.

First time criminal charges are difficult to face

For a person who is coming into the criminal justice system for the first time, there are a lot of uncertainties. Trying to understand what is going on is imperative so that you can make decisions about your case. This isn't always easy to do on your own.

There are many aspects of facing criminal charges that you need to plan for. You will likely go through several court hearings. Each one of these needs to be planned for. You should get started on your defense strategy as quickly as possible.

Can you be arrested for a DUI if you're under the limit?

Alcohol affects the central nervous system, depressing it. This means that it slows down your reactions. You might also have slow processing skills or alterations in how you perceive what's happening around you.

Alcohol always affects your psychomotor skills and cognitive skills. If these don't work appropriately, you're more likely to make the types of bad decisions that could lead to a crash or DUI charges.

Use caution when celebrating the Bulldogs this weekend

Playing Auburn at home tomorrow night is sure to mean a night of fun for many Bulldogs fans. It is imperative that you ensure you are ready to take part in these activities if you are heading out to the game or a watch party. One thing to remember is that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in Georgia so don't fall into the temptation of trying to drive yourself home if you've had a few drinks or have consumed drugs of any sort.

You know the police department is likely going to be out in full force this weekend in a bid to help keep the streets safe. With this in mind, you need to ensure that you are taking every step possible to stay out of legal issues. This means not driving impaired, but it also means not having drugs in your possession or having open containers in a vehicle.

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