During the period of probation, these two sentencing alternatives are the same. Both usually mean attending meetings with a probation officer, performing community service, attending drug education or other classes, and paying fines. Both usually have the same set of generic conditions, such as supporting dependents, avoiding bad habits, and staying away from disreputable people.
During their summer conventions, both Republicans and Democrats in the Lone Star State approved platforms which would do just that.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit revived a lawsuit which a Virginia district judge had dismissed due to a technicality. The lawsuit involves the practice of suspending drivers' licenses because of unpaid court fees.
Punishment for a criminal offense does not end once the cell doors open or the period of probation ends. In fact, sometimes the collateral consequences can be just as bad, or even worse, than the direct consequences. Even a minor criminal conviction often makes it hard to get a good job, find a nice place to love, get financial aid for school, or do other things that most people take for granted.
Most people whose licenses are suspended do nothing about the issue. 75 percent of these individuals simply keep driving. The "ignore a problem and hope it goes away" approach hardly ever works and almost always results in very bitter consequences.
If a police officer pulls you over due to suspecting you are driving while intoxicated, he or she may ask you to step out of the car and perform a field sobriety test. The point of this test is to determine if you are drunk and deserving of an arrest for DWI.
DUI and DWI charges are serious and intended to discourage future dangerous activity. The penalties for such charges may cost drivers their driving privileges.
Attitudes and laws about marijuana are quickly changing across the country, and Texas is no exception. You may have heard about the state implementing a new medical marijuana law, or local communities being softer on petty offenses. Perhaps you even came from nearby states such as Colorado or California that legalized recreational use.
Anybody with a criminal record knows all too well how it can affect many aspects of life. Records of arrest - or worse, a conviction - may impede finding employment, getting an apartment or pursuing certain vocations. DUI charges are particularly problematic because people often associate them with recklessness, indiscretion and unsafe behavior. There are a few ways to expunge such records, though.