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Jonathan Blecher’s Legal Guides

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  • What to do if Stopped for a DUI

    Get a Designated Driver Before you even go out for a drink get a designated driver or have the phone number to a local cab company on your cell phone. Bars and restaurants will always call a cab for

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  • Roadside Sobriety Exercises

    Overview of Roadside Sobriety Exercises In addition to breath test results, prosecutors will attempt to prove a DUI arrestee’s normal faculties were impaired by showing performance on the roadside so

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  • What's the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

    The Basics Most states break their crimes into two major groups: felonies and misdemeanors. Whether a crime falls into one category or the other depends on the potential punishment. If a law provides

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  • If I'm accused of a crime, am I guaranteed a trial by a jury?

    The U.S. Constitution gives a person accused of a crime the right to be tried by a jury. However, this right does not extend to petty offenses -- defined as offenses that do not carry a sentence of more than six months. Usually, a right to a trial by jury means a 12-person jury ...

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  • What is the "presumption of innocence"?

    Presumed to be innocent ? All people accused of a crime are legally presumed to be innocent until they are convicted, either in a trial or as a result of pleading guilty. This presumption means not o

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  • Should you represent yourself in court?

    Does Self-Representation in a Criminal Case Ever Make Sense? You might forgo a defense lawyer in a criminal case in a few situations. There are many reasons why some defendants may wish to represen

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  • Defendants' Incentives for Accepting Plea Bargains

    Saving money Defendants who are represented by private counsel can save a bundle on attorneys' fees by accepting a plea bargain. It almost always takes more time and effort to bring a case to trial t

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  • How can the police find out whether a driver is under the influence or intoxicated?

    Observation. A police officer will pull you over if he notices that you are driving erratically -- swerving, speeding, failing to stop, or even driving too slowly. Of course, you may have a good expl

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  • Charged with drunk driving/driving under the influence? Should I hire a Lawyer?

    Defending against a charge of drunk driving is a tricky business Defenders need to understand scientific and medical concepts, and must be able to question tough witnesses, including scientists and p

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  • What is the purpose of the initial consultation?

    At the initial consultation, most DUI lawyers will do some or all of the following: Review your history and your goals. * Assess the facts of your case and determine what legal issues and defense

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