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Think about all the options you have for your drug case

Facing drug charges means that you are also facing possible impacts to other aspects of your life. You should consider all of the possibilities when you are trying to decide what you are going to do for your defense. We understand that this is a stressful time, but we are here to help determine what options you might have.

You may be interested in learning how the quantity and type of drugs you are accused of having might impact your case. This is an important consideration, especially if there are questions about these aspects of the case. We can answer these questions so that you can make decisions based on the unique circumstances of your case.

Know the classification of the drugs involved in your case

There are several points that determine how you are going to be charged when you are facing a drug charge. One of the points that matters is the classification of the drug. There are five schedules of drugs that the legal system uses. These are numbered from one to five, with one being the ones that are classified as having legitimate use and five being the ones that aren't considered as hardcore as the higher schedules.

Interestingly, the federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. This means that the government doesn't see any use for the drug and has completely outlawed it. Heroin is also classified in this schedule.

Know what you can do to help your child in juvenile court

We recently discussed what a status offense entails in juvenile court. These are offenses that wouldn't lead to legal troubles if an adult did the same things. Even though these might not seem significant, they can be a very big deal for your child.

No parent wants to know that their child got into trouble. When this happens, it can be a wake-up call for you that your child needs help for addiction, behavioral and/or mental health issues. You may learn about some of the services that could help your child.

Understand what a status offense is in juvenile court

Status offenses aren't as a serious as other offenses in the juvenile justice system, but this doesn't mean that you can ignore them. Instead, you need to learn about these offenses so that you can decide what to do about them if your child is facing one.

As a parent, you are probably worried about your child's future. You certainly don't want to think about your child ruining his or her life before it really gets started. This is why it is so troubling when you learn that your child is involved with the juvenile justice system.

Know what you need to consider in a drunk driving case

Drunk driving is something that can even happen to the best of us, despite our good and safe intentions. Obviously, the best way to beat a drunk driving conviction is to just avoid driving drunk. If you are past that point and are currently facing a drunk driving charge, you have to take a few moments to think about what you are going to do moving forward.

We know that this is a very difficult time for you. When you think about the possible penalties you are facing, you might shudder. These can be very serious and could even include time in prison.

Employment prospects can be impacted by a DUI conviction

A drunk driving conviction might impact your ability to find a job, but this isn't something that will impact every job you try to get. There are important points that you should know about DUIs and background checks for employment purposes.

One thing that you should know is that the DUI will remain on your criminal record and your driving record in accordance with Virginia laws. This can impact your ability to get a job in two possible ways.

The juvenile court system is different from the adult court

Learning that your child is facing an issue in the juvenile court system is troubling for most parents. In these cases, you shouldn't sit back and just let the chips fall where they may. Instead, you need to take action so that your child can have representation as the case moves forward. We know that you might be confused and you might have questions about what you can do. We are here to answer questions about how you can handle the situation.

You must understand that the juvenile court system is much different than the adult court system. For example, in the juvenile court system, the case won't go before a jury. There aren't any jury trials in the juvenile court system. All cases are heard before the judge.

Don't hide from your domestic violence case, stand up against it

We recently discussed how important it is for you to take domestic violence charges seriously. Now that you have had a chance to read that post and think about your case, you probably realize that now is the time for you to get things going in your case. Even if it is difficult to think about what happened that lead to these charges, you have to confront that so that you can begin building your defense.

We understand that these cases sometimes involve very personal details. Those details might be hard to deal with when they are put out in the case. This is a time when having someone who isn't personally involved in the case look into the matter might help you.

Domestic violence charges must be handled seriously

Domestic violence is a serious issue in many homes. Unfortunately, there are also some instances of domestic violence accusations that are completely false. Before you prepare to fight against these accusations, you should understand a few points about what domestic violence entails.

Many people think about domestic violence in the physical form. While that is usually one that is easy to spot because of bruising and external marks, it isn't the only form of domestic violence. You can be accused of domestic violence based on threats or trying to frighten your significant other into doing what you want them to do.

Addressing underlying elements might help drug cases

`In our previous blog post, we discussed how Mexican drug cartels are being blamed for part of the drug epidemic in this country. The fact is that there are also some other factors that come into the picture with these charges. For people who use drugs, the underlying factor is likely addiction. For people who sell drugs, the prospect of easy money might much too tempting.

We understand that drug charges stem from a host of reasons. We aren't here to judge what happened. Instead, we are here to help you learn about how you might present a defense to the charges you are facing. We are here to help you look into the case and decide what you are going to do.

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