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Prison does not have to be the only option

A felony conviction feels like a body blow as the bailiff reads off the guilty charges. Each "guilty" statement acts like another punch to the gut as you see your future crashing down around you. Not everyone who is convicted guilty is a bad person. Just because you were found guilty does not mean that the fight is over. It does not mean that your future has to be over.

Man with record charged with committing sexual abuse

A 39-year-old male was arrested pursuant to a search warrant executed at his home. The warrant was obtained by the police following an in-person report from a mother who reported that her young child had engaged in inappropriate online communications with the suspect. He is reportedly a previous child sex offender, having pleaded guilty in 1998 to a misdemeanor sex charge that involved a victim between ages of 13 and 17. In the current offense, the suspect is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse with a victim under the age of 13.

Can you get hit with a DUI if you blow less than 0.08?

Everyone is familiar with the legal limit for blood-alcohol content (BAC), which is 0.08 percent. This equates to roughly two drinks an hour for a standard 180-pound male. Don't take this advice as gospel, however, because BAC calculations are highly variable based upon height, weight and metabolism. If you take the chemical test and your BAC is above 0.08 percent then you are legally drunk and can be arrested and charged with a DUI. No amount of proper coordination and clever words can evade this fate.

Your criminal defense attorney must talk with you

Being cuffed, driven to the station, booked and hauled off to county jail for an overnight stay is a traumatic experience. No amount of television or books can prepare you for the smells, sounds and the abrupt loss of privacy. Suddenly you are surrounded by people you don't know. It is a terrifying experience.

A felony drug arrest doesn't mean it is the end

You never thought it would get this far. At first it seemed like no big deal. Sure you had the cravings for another pill but that was normal. You just finished surgery for a deviated septum. However weeks after the surgery and when the pain should have been gone, you still found yourself looking for another pill. It wasn't an instantaneous addiction like on those Just Say No commercials. It was slow. You would pop a pill then skip it for a week. You felt special; why weren't you addicted? Obviously, it was because you could handle it.

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