With an expungement, some of the benefits include telling potential employers that you have not been convicted of a crime; you can be eligible for student loans; you can be eligible for... more
What to Do when you see the lights in the rear view mirror?.
When the police first activate their "emergency equipment" ie., the lights on their car, it is incumbent upon you, the driver, to pull... more
Contrary to popular belief, the police cannot stop a person unless they have a justified reason for doing so. Although that sounds like a benefit to people, in reality, the police can... more
Written by attorney Derk Wadas, over 4 years ago.
Determine if you are eligible.
Certain categories of people who have been arrested may be eligible for an expunction. If you have been arrested for an offense and were acquitted (found not guilty)... more
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... more
This is the first Court date, held in room 404 of the Criminal Justice Center. It is a simple, but necessary procedure. Here, the court gives notice of the precise charges which have... more
Police Contact with Juveniles.
The police do not have to have parental consent or permission to talk to a juvenile. A juvenile is supposed to invoke his rights to remain silent and to request his/... more
Written by attorney Michael Ross, over 3 years ago.
What is bail and how is it set?.
The right to reasonable bail in a criminal case is a constitutional right that everyone in this country enjoys.
When a person is arrested, the police use a "Bail... more
Many of the legal consequences of a DUI conviction are well known: Jail, fines, suspension and the revocation of driving privileges. But DUI is an iceberg, and its vast bulk lies hidden from view.... more
Your first court appearance.
First Appearance is also called a probable cause hearing or 24 hour hearing. Usually within the first 24 hours of your arrest, you will appear before a judge or you may... more