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Income tax fraud vs. negligence: Things you need to know

As frustrating as it may be, you know you have obligations to pay federal, state and local income taxes.

While it's not always easy to stay current with the tax code, it's always in your best interest to have a basic understanding of how it works and what's required of you to stay in compliance with the law.

Charged with a DUI? Learn more about defense strategies

Even though you understand the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, there may come a time when you make a mistake. For example, you could lose track of how many drinks you've consumed. As a result, this increases the likelihood of being arrested for driving under the influence.

DUI charges should always be taken seriously. It doesn't matter if you're a first time offender or you've faced similar trouble in the past, nothing changes the fact that you need to implement a strategy that can help you avoid a conviction.

The coaching of criminal defendants before a trial

A successful criminal defense could be just as much about the facts as it is about gaining the trust and/or sympathy of the jury. If a defendant walks into court looking dirty and disheveled, he or she might be as innocent as can be, but the jury could judge him or her based on surface-level factors.

Even though juries and judges are not supposed to make their decisions based on superficial information, it's not uncommon for a jury to be put off by the way a defendant looks, how he or she acts or other factors that -- if properly coached -- the average defendant can change.

Fighting drug possession charges as a student

Drug possession charges can drastically affect a student's future opportunities and privileges. Although the tide seems to be turning on public opinion of relatively low-level drugs like marijuana, drug possession charges of any kind are still quite serious and remain among the most heavily punished nonviolent charges available.

If you or someone you love recently received drug possession charges, then you should begin building your defense as soon as you possibly can. The longer you wait, the more time that the prosecution has to build its case against you, and the fewer opportunities you have to defend yourself. An experienced defense attorney can help you look at the charges and the circumstances under which you received them, identifying grounds you have to build your defense and protect your rights.

First offense DUI: Things you need to know

Most people realize that drinking and driving is a big mistake. Even so, many people drink alcohol, get behind the wheel of their car and find themselves in trouble with the police.

There is nothing simple about an arrest for driving under the influence. Even if it's your first offense, you should realize that your charge could eventually lead to a conviction. And if this happens, your life is going to change in many ways.