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How serious is a probation violation?

A probation violation refers to when an individual on probation violates the terms of their probation. Probation violations are serious and can result in jail time, a longer term of probation and significant fines and penalties so individuals accused of committing a probation violation should know how to respond to the accusations.

The penalties associated with a probation violation depend on different factors including the nature and seriousness of the violation, if the accused individual has any prior probation violations or if there are circumstances that might mitigate or worsen the seriousness of the situation. Probation violations commonly refer to when an individual placed on probation ignores or violates the terms of their probation. The amount of time an individual is placed on probation can vary so individuals on probation should ensure they are aware of their probation term and the terms of their probation.

Criminal defense protections for drug charges

Drug charges can lead to serious penalties and consequences for accused individuals which is why they should understand how to protect themselves by utilizing criminal defense protections. The criminal justice system affords accused individuals important criminal defense protections they should be familiar with and understand how to enforce.

Whether the accused individual has been charged with drug possession or drug possession with the intent to sell, drug charges can result in harsh penalties and consequences including incarceration and fines. Drug charges can include misdemeanor or felony marijuana possession; cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or other controlled substance charges; and prescription drug charges. If prescription drugs are illegally obtained or sold, they can also result in drug charges. Based on paraphernalia allegedly found, accused individuals may be charged with possession with the intent to sell.

Can police search the tech in your car without a warrant?

The Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protects us against “unreasonable search and seizure” by law enforcement. Most of the time, this means that police must obtain a warrant before searching us or our property.

There are exceptions allowing police to conduct a search without a warrant, as well as instances in which it isn’t clear that Fourth Amendment protections apply. Unfortunately, when the Constitution’s protections are not entirely clear, it creates a loophole that police can exploit until or unless a court rules otherwise. Nowhere is this issue more important than when it comes to the technology we carry around with us every day.

Drunk driving has unintended but serious consequences

College is often an exciting time. Getting to make new friends while experiencing the world on your own is thrilling. Every experience is new and exciting, as it should be. While you feel that you have your whole life ahead of you, it's important to remember that your actions have consequences that can leave a lasting impact. You may not realize it yet, but your life can change in the blink of an eye.

Officers arrived at the scene of an accident in North Port, Florida, on April 6, 2019. A blue SUV carrying 13 people had rolled over after losing control on a curve. Police charged the 19-year-old driver with DUI manslaughter and three counts of DUI with personal injury. The accident caused the death of one passenger after ejection from the vehicle and the hospitalization of three other teenagers ages 13, 17 and 19.

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