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Shoplifting: Not a gender-specific crime

Shoplifting is a crime that can get you into trouble with the law. Often, it's associated with women, because society promotes that women shop much more frequently than men. The reality is that both women and men can and do shoplift.

Statistics from Shoplifting Prevention show that there are around 27 million people who shoplift in the United States. Of those, around 10 million have been caught shoplifting in the last five years. Shoplifting doesn't just happen in department stores or clothing stores but also in supermarkets, music stores and thrift shops.

A BUI could affect your driver's license, too

DUIs have the potential to significantly impact your life if you're not cautious. In fact, it's possible to get a DUI on land and in the water. If you plan to go boating, remember that alcohol, while not prohibited while driving, can still get you into trouble. If you drink and end up with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher, you'll still face charges and penalties for being intoxicated behind the wheel of your vessel.

The risks to you while driving intoxicated are high in the water or on land. While you may feel there are fewer potential hazards on the water, that's not necessarily the case. The potential for hitting sand banks, debris and other boaters makes it dangerous to drive while intoxicated.

Prescription restriction: Why you shouldn't give away medications

Prescription pills come in many forms, from those for pain to those to calm the nerves. Prescription pills are restricted, and individuals may not obtain them without the permission of a medical provider.

With any prescription, you need to understand that the medication is for you and you alone. There are many reasons why you shouldn't share medications, even if someone else uses one that is the same or similar to what you have.

Yes, you should always fight drug possession charges

No matter what the substance or substances involved, it is crucial to fight against any drug possession charges, no matter how severe or minor the charges may seem. Drug charges regularly receive strong sentencing, which may far outpace the severity of any crime allegedly committed. In addition to legal consequences handed down by a judge, a conviction may affect many areas of a defendant's life, even well after paying his or her debt of fines or jail time.

If you do have drug charges currently, you should build a strong defense immediately. You may find it difficult to secure work after a conviction, or may not qualify to rent an apartment or home with a drug conviction. Such a conviction may also affect your ability to drive in some cases, further complicating how you provide a living for yourself or family. It is alway worth it to fight drug charges, even if you do not see immediately how to do so.

Do you know the risks of driving with a suspended license in NY?

Motor vehicles are practically a requirement for modern life. While some people in major cities may take public transportation and other choose to ride share or use taxi services, most people depend on their own vehicles to get them where they need to go. From heading into work to taking your kids to the doctor, you rely on your vehicle for just about every facet of life. However, the courts can suspend or revoke your license if you plead guilty or get convicted of certain criminal offenses.

When you lose your license due to a criminal infraction, such as driving while intoxicated (DWI), or an administrative issue, such as an inability to pay fines, your life doesn't stop demanding that you show up. That can leave you in a situation where you feel like you don't have a choice but to get behind the wheel without a valid license. Choosing to do that, however, could cause you much bigger legal issues in the future.

Fighting Breathalyzer results is possible

When an officer informs you that you failed a Breathalyzer test and issues charges, it can seem as though you have no strong options for building your defense. Breathalyzers enjoy high levels of confidence in the eyes of the public, and many people wrongly assume that the results these devices produce are accurate in all instances.

However, a Breathalyzer is not a static measuring device like a ruler or a measuring cup, and there are many ways in which it may produce results that do stand up to scrutiny. Even if you think that the results are probably accurate in your case, it is always worthwhile to explore the ways you might challenge them, potentially dismissing the charges altogether.

Heroin convictions may be avoided with treatment

The heroin epidemic that's sweeping from coast to coast in the United States bears very little resemblance to the heroin problem of the '60s and '70s. Then, the user demographics mainly skewed toward young, urban, African-American men and performers in the music industry.

But today's heroin addicts also live in the suburbs and small towns. They are often older and white, with nearly as many female addicts as male. Most first became addicted to prescription pain medication, often after an accident or other injury.

Felony convictions come with difficult penalties

The top priority for a person who is facing a felony conviction has to be getting a defense prepared. Many people think in terms of only the penalties that the court will impose upon conviction. What they don't necessarily realize is that there are other things to worry about that can come with a felony conviction.

Some people who have a felony charge pending don't realize the depth of the penalties that they will have to endure because of a conviction. Being labeled as a felon has some very serious effects that can carry over into different parts of your life.

Get a handle on domestic violence this holiday season

It's certainly true that for many, the ho-ho-holidays are less about comfort and joy and more about tension and off-the-charts stress. In fact, experts in the field of domestic violence have discovered that there is a significant uptick of instances of spousal abuse in the waning months of the year, which correspond with the holiday season.

What makes holidays so stressful?

Domestic violence laws in New York - The basics

In New York, a domestic violence charge is a serious offense. Furthermore, both the family court and the criminal court have jurisdiction when it comes to domestic violence, including assault, stalking, and other violent criminal acts that fall under the category. This means that an offender can face charges in both courts at the same time.

In general, domestic violence occurs among members of the same family or household. This includes individuals that are legally or formally married, people who have a child in common, or even a couple that is in an intimate relationship whether or not they are living under the same roof.

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