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Fight back with the right DUI defense strategy

A charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is every bit as serious as it sounds. Furthermore, a conviction can change your life in many ways, especially if you lose your license or are required to pay a large fine.

Fortunately, a DUI charge does not necessarily result in a conviction. There are many steps you can take to protect your legal rights, such as by implementing a solid DUI defense strategy.

What you should know about extortion charges

In general, extortion is the act of obtaining money or other property through some kind of force or threat. Threats may come in the form of violence, damage to property or reputation or even an adverse government act. In most cases, extortion falls into the larceny category of criminal acts rather than robbery. That's because the person initiating the extortion is usually not threatening immediate physical harm like a masked perpetrator with a gun would be.

In Washington, as in other states, extortion is a felony. One of the most common forms of extortion is blackmail, which usually involves the perpetrator threatening to make public information that might be embarrassing or otherwise damaging to another individual. Another common form of extortion is the "protection" scheme. In these scenarios, the perpetrator offers to "protect" small business owners from burglars and vandals that could potentially threaten the business after hours.

What to know about a minor in possession charge

If you're underage and are caught drinking, you face a minor in possession charge. This charge is usually placed against those between the ages of 13 and 17. Minor in possession charges get filed for the possession of alcohol or for any offenses that involve firearms. It can also be used when a person between the ages of 13 and 20 is found guilty of a drug offense.

Minor in possession penalties apply to those under 18 of all ages if they're found in illegal possession of a firearm or commit any other offenses while in possession of a firearm used during the act. For instance, robbing a store while possessing a firearm could lead to a minor in possession charge and conviction.

Are you unknowingly committing credit card fraud?

When a person uses a credit card to commit theft or fraud, the legal system often refers to it as credit card fraud. Usually, when you think about credit card fraud, you think of someone using a skimmer to steal your information at a gas pump or someone using your information to get an entirely new card. What you do not think about is that you may be accidentally committing credit card fraud as a legal cardholder.

While we typically only equate credit card fraud with someone stealing our card information and running up charges thousands of miles away, the reality is that there are many activities that fall within the realm of this type of fraud. One of the reasons why you may unknowingly be committing credit card fraud is because the terms and conditions of the financial institution backing the card can be convoluted and difficult to understand. Unfortunately, even committing the fraud accidentally can come with some lasting consequences. Read further to find out more about some ways you might be accidentally committing credit card fraud.

What does Washington law say about refusing a breathalyzer test?

You’re heading home after a couple drinks with friends. Confident that you’re fine to drive, the last thing you expect to hear is the whir of a police siren and see the flash of lights in your rear view mirror. As the officer approaches your car, you begin thinking about a breathalyzer test.

You consider your options. Should I take the test and risk a drunk driving charge? Or refuse? What you may not know, is the law regarding breathalyzer tests is clear.


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