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Fight an aggravated DUI if you're placed under arrest

An aggravated DUI is not the same as a typical DUI charge, because it means you're driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) well above the limit of .08 percent. Typically, the aggravated limit is between two and three times higher than .08 percent, making it extremely likely that you're too intoxicated to drive safely. The aggravated DUI level in Virginia is .15 percent.

The process of a trial: What to expect

A criminal trial has many steps, but as someone facing charges, you first need to understand how to present yourself. It should be your priority to put your best foot forward and to look your best while following the rules of the court. Avoid interrupting the judge or anyone else, and be concise when you're asked to speak.

Who can use the insanity defense?

When you're accused of a crime that you don't remember committing or that you believe you committed under the influence of drugs or another substance, you may be able to use an insanity defense. People with a history of mental illness, those who are driven to extremes because of their situations and others may have a good chance in court by using this solid defense technique.

Rose McGowan believes charges are meant to silence her

Imagine knowing something horrible about someone but being unable to say anything for fear of repercussions. When you finally do get the nerve to speak out, you coincidentally find yourself the center of a criminal case. That might be what's happening in this case.

Aggravated malicious wounding is a serious charge in any case

As someone accused of malicious wounding, it's vital that you understand exactly what that means. This is a serious allegation that could land you in prison. It is a felony in most cases, and it can ruin your reputation and stain your record.

Virginia Tech professor to be held until trial

A federal judge has denied bond for a former Virginia Tech professor based on a conversation he had in another language with his wife, which is something interesting to talk about. The case revolves around a professor who faces charges for committing wire fraud and making false statements. None of the claims have been substantiated.

Understanding a preliminary hearing

When you're accused of a crime, one of the first things you have to do is have a hearing. While an initial hearing might not do much, it can be an important time in your case. If you potentially have to go to trial, one of the first court appearances you'll go to is a preliminary hearing. This hearing is similar to an arraignment in that the judge hears the defendant's plea. Additionally, the judge can decide at this point if there is enough evidence to move forward with the case. If there is not, then the case may be dismissed at this point. If there is enough evidence, then the next step is a standard trial.

Imprisoned for life as a teen: Inmates fight for second chance

Imagine some of the things you did as a teen. Perhaps some of the things you did were illegal or dangerous. While some people don't get caught, others do. They might end up in prison for crimes others got away with. Now, years later, they're still doing time for a crime they committed when they were young and less informed than today.

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