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Drug charges can result in either a misdemeanor or felony conviction. When that happens, the consequences are harsh and long lasting. To avoid irreparable damage to your criminal record, it is critical to put on a solid defense. The facts of your case must be carefully examined and analyzed in order to develop an effective defense strategy. Because no two cases are alike it is important to identify the facts that help you and use them to your advantage. An arrest for a drug related crime is frightening, but skilled criminal defense attorneys help you wade through the confusion and put your best foot forward.  

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What Freedoms Do I Lose If I Am On Probation

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

Knowing what to expect when you are charged with a crime helps you prepare for the future. For example, if you will be required to pay fines and costs, knowing what is included in your total helps you budget your finances in a way that allows you to pay what is due while still meeting your personal obligations. It is also helpful to know what will be expected of you if you agreed to a term of probation, and what might happen if you fail to abide by those terms.  

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Should I Consider Court Ordered Rehab?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

State and local authorities are taking a hardline stance on the war against drugs. Prosecuting attorneys are increasingly pushing for the maximum penalties allowed by law, so if you are facing drug charges you must come to Court prepared and with a well-planned defense. Keeping you out of jail is our goal, because we know how difficult it is to keep current on your obligations and responsibilities from behind bars.  

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Good News For First Time Drug Offenders

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

Criminal charges have a way of getting in your way, and usually at the most inconvenient of times. For example, if you are planning an out of the country trip and need a passport, having a criminal record may impact your ability to obtain a passport. Likewise, some employers have a practice of not hiring people with criminal records, making it difficult to obtain employment and make a living if your record isn’t clean. These are just a few of the reasons you will want to present a determined defense to any criminal charges made against you.  

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Admissibility Of Blood Tests

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

When you are arrested for DWI the police provide proof of intoxication to the prosecution that is used against you in Court. In most cases the proof consists of evidence of being impaired while driving which most typically is in the form of a blood or breath test. If the level of alcohol in your blood exceeds the legal limit, the State can charge you with DWI. This is why it is important you thoroughly analyze the field sobriety results and find weaknesses in the State’s evidence. Once such opportunity may exist if the charging officer fails to adequately inform the defendant of his implied consent rights.  

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Just Say No!

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

The nation’s schools work hard to educate kids on the dangers of drug addiction. The “Just Say No” program has been around since Ronald Reagan was President, and has been wildly successful in its efforts to keep kids off drugs. Just as sex offenders face escalated penalties when committing a crime near a school, so do drug offenders. The prosecution likes to use cases with kids as examples, and generally these types of cases receive a lot of media attention.  

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To combat the problems that come along with overuse of prescriptions, the Sheriff and District Attorney have implemented a program designed to put a stop to illegal sales of these substances. Operation Pill Crusher was launched in May, and since that time several suspects have been arrested. The range of charges filed includes:   
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