If you've been arrested on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge, you may think defending yourself and leaving your sentence to the mercy of the court is a good way to save a little money. However, being convicted of a DUI offense (even if it's your first time) can have a number of unexpected ramifications. Hiring a good criminal lawyer to defend you in court may actually save you money in the long run. [Read More]
What Does A Mistrial Mean For Your DUI Case?
In most DUI trials where someone has been seriously injured or killed, a defendant has the right to a decision by a jury of twelve–and all of those jurors have to agree that the defendant is guilty before there is a conviction. One holdout can grind the entire proceeding to a halt. A jury that's stuck between innocence and guilt is said to be deadlocked or "hung." It is important to understand what this means if it happens to you, because what happens next can drastically affect the rest of your life. [Read More]
Know These Five Things Before Making A Nolo Contendere Plea
A "nolo contendere" plea, Latin for "I will not contest it", is a clever way of avoiding a guilty or not guilty plea when charged with a crime. However, just like any other plea, you should know what you are "getting yourself into" before opening your mouth. Here are a few fundamental truths about a no contest plea: It's Not Available In All States State laws determine whether or not criminal courts can allow " [Read More]