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What are the legal ramifications of drug use & sales?

Addiction not only impacts a person's health, it can also have serious legal consequences. Charges for the use and sale of illegal drugs can be quite severe, especially if the offender is convicted of repeat offenses or is charged with having a large number of drugs in his or her possession. DrugAbuse.com explains possible consequences which illustrate the impact drug addiction and abuse can have on a person's life. 

Defining a hung jury

For those that contest the criminal charges against them, a trial may be the most important element of their cases. During these proceedings, they are allowed to both dispute any evidence that prosecutors present against them and offer up their explanation of events. The ultimate aim of their efforts is to convince those jurors hearing their cases of their innocence. A typical criminal trial will have 12 jurors, which implies that a defendant needs to convince 12 separate people of the validity of their claims. Yet that is often not the case. 

Ways to avoid a DUI

The police in West Virginia take driving under the influence of alcohol seriously. One Greene County man faces DUI charges after he drove recklessly and sent his vehicle crashing into a mailbox, all while his daughter was in the backseat. 

Williamson arrest prompted by perceived attempt at retaliation

When news of an arrest in Ohio County breaks, people may be quick to assign guilt to whomever it is reported that law enforcement officers have detained. They might assume that an arrest would never have been made if officials were not convinced that the target of their action was indeed guilty. Yet it should be remembered that even in cases where evidence may seem to support police action, judgment should be reserved until all of the facts (offered by both sides) can be heard. After all, elements viewed as evidence may still not speak to a person's intent. 

Defining sexual assault

Many in Wheeling may hear the term "sexual assault" and automatically equate it to rape. Yet after looking into the details of individual cases, you may find that the assault that is alleged to have occurred did not involve intercourse. This may raise your concerns as to what sort of conduct qualifies as sexual assault, and whether or not you could potentially be accused of it without ever having intended to do it. Many of those that have come to us here at the Scott C. Brown Law Office after having been accused of this crime are indeed unaware of the conduct that netted the accusations. 

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