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Don't make one of these 4 DUI checkpoint mistakes

The more time you spend on the road, the greater chance there is that you will eventually drive directly into a DUI checkpoint. This is particularly true if you drive a lot during the evening and nighttime hours.

This can be a scary situation, especially if you have recently consumed one or more alcoholic beverage.

Man receives alternative penalties when facing drug charges

When people are caught dealing drugs or using them, the best thing for them isn't always to be sent to prison. In reality, those using drugs often need substance abuse counseling and assistance to get their lives back on track.

This is nothing to be ashamed of; people often make mistakes, and this is just one more than can be corrected with the right help.

White collar crimes: The penalty can be severe

In regards to the penalty, a white collar crime can be every bit as serious as one that entails physical violence or drugs.

A white collar crime charge can take a toll on your life, as this typically begins with many months or years of investigation.

When drug charges may also be accompanied by racketeering charges

The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) makes it illegal for any organized group of individuals that conspire with one another to engage in any unlawful act. So, too, does the California Control of Profits of Organized Crime Act, Sections 186.2 and 186.3 of the state Penal Code.

Under both of these laws, members of any group that engages in embezzlement, drug distribution, murder or money laundering may be charged with racketeering or organized crime.

A Visalia woman is arrested for stealing $95,000 worth of checks

A 35-year-old Visalia woman was charged with fraud, identify theft and drug possession after being arrested in the Mooney Boulevard Walmart parking lot at 3:40 a.m., on Friday, May 4. When police found her there, she apparently had as much as $95,000 worth of uncashed checks in her possession.

When questioned by police about where she had gotten the checks from, she reportedly told police that she'd used a special tool to burglarize mailboxes at at least one local post office. She also apparently told police that she spent months frequenting these receptacles around the first of every month.

What is cyberstalking?

Cyberstalking is a type of crime that harnesses the power of the internet to harass and intimidate someone.

The law has generally been a few steps behind the internet age. For a long time, cyberstalking wasn't treated like a crime because there were no laws against it. That's changed -- along with how aggressive the police are these days about putting cyberstalkers out of business.

Will a DUI conviction affect your car insurance premium?

As you probably know, your driving record has a lot to do with how much you pay for car insurance. For this reason, a DUI conviction is not something you want on your record. With this, it's almost a given that your insurance premium will increase.

While you understand that a DUI conviction is likely to increase the cost of car insurance, you may have specific questions related to how much. There is no simple answer, as this depends on a variety of factors, such as how many convictions are on your record and whether or not you have any other red marks.

There are many types of drug charges that can alter your life

Any drug charge, even one that appears minor, can have a major impact on your life. From difficulties securing employment to the many consequences of a conviction, you need to think about the future.

Here are a handful of common drug charges that can lead to a conviction and life altering circumstances:

  • Drug possession. There is more than one type of possession offense, with each one carrying penalties as serious as time in prison.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs. Many people understand the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, but don't realize that driving under the influence of drugs is just as serious.
  • Prescription medication crimes. For example, you could be charged with prescription medication fraud, which is every bit as serious as crimes associated with illegal drugs.

Things to expect at a DUI checkpoint

Even if you are 100 percent sober, there's something nerve-racking about pulling up to a DUI checkpoint. Of course, if you have had a drink in the recent past, your anxiety level will go through the roof.

The more time you spend on the road, the greater chance there is that you will eventually run into a DUI checkpoint. If you're unable to avoid a checkpoint, here are a few things you should expect:

  • You have to stop your vehicle. One time after the next, courts have come to the conclusion that these checkpoints are legal.
  • You have the option to turn around as opposed to going through the checkpoint. Of course, an officer can stop your vehicle if you make an illegal maneuver or appear suspicious.
  • A search at a DUI checkpoint does not always happen. Instead, searches must be reasonable. In most cases, the stop is nothing more than a conversation and potentially the request for your license and registration. If you appear to be under the influence, you may be asked to perform a field sobriety test.

How to deal with the aftermath of a DUI arrest

If you are pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol, it's only natural to turn your attention to the future. You know that an arrest and conviction can impact your life in many ways, such as through a license suspension and large fine.

With so much on the line, it's imperative that you understand what's going on and how you can protect your legal rights at every turn of the road.

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