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Tax season is here: Remember that honesty is imperative

Income tax season is almost here, which means that now is the time to get your financial information together to file. It is also a good time for a reminder that doing your taxes requires that you are fully honest. This isn't something that you can fib on in any degree. If you do include untruths on your filings, you are facing the prospect of being charged with a crime.

One of the crimes that often comes to light during income tax filing season is tax evasion. This crime simply means that you didn't file your return or that you didn't claim all of the income for which you should have paid taxes.

The problem of police brutality isn't new

Many news stories that have shown up in the past few years have to do with police brutality. Some people don't like to call it what it is, but it is a serious problem. Police officers who abuse the power they have to make sure that laws are followed in the officer's jurisdiction are a huge problem.

It is hard to think about a few bad apples ruining the reputation of police officers being a respectful group, but this is what is going on. For people who are victims of police brutality, life can seem much more difficult after the incident. That is, if they live.

Murder suspect in September murder apprehended in December

When you are accused of murder, a warrant will likely be issued for your arrest. This is a serious matter because it means that the authorities will likely spend time and resources to find you.

People who are in this position should probably work with someone familiar with the criminal justice system to determine a course of action. Oftentimes, getting the ball moving on a defense prior to the arrest is possible.

Know the difference between grand juries and trial juries

Facing criminal charges means that you need to learn a few facts about the criminal justice system. One is the difference between a trial jury and a grand jury. While both of these serve important purposes in the criminal justice system, they are very different.

During the criminal justice process, both of these juries convene at different times. A grand jury convenes before the charges are levied, as its purpose is to determine the strength of the prosecutor's case. The trial jury comes into the picture at the end of the process. This jury determines the fate of the defendant based on the evidence presented.

Your motor vehicle accident action guide

Every time you get behind the wheel, you realize that you could be part of a motor vehicle accident. While you do your best to remain safe, other drivers don't think twice about breaking the law and putting others in harm's way.

This is why it's so important to have a motor vehicle accident action guide in place. In other words, you need to know exactly what you should and shouldn't do if you are part of a crash.

Criminal law statutes can be hard to decipher

Have you ever tried to read a criminal law statute? If you have, you know how confusing they can be. These statutes provide information for people involved in the criminal justice system to use when there is a criminal case. These statues describe the elements that must be present in order for a crime to occur. They also include information about the penalties that can result if a person is convicted of a crime.

We realize that you might not feel ready to break down a criminal law statute. We are here to help you do this so that you can formulate a plan to answer the charges against you.

What does it mean to be charged with drug paraphernalia?

People who are charged with drug crimes don't always need to have drugs on them. It is also possible for them to have drug paraphernalia, even if they don't have the actual drugs.

You might think that drug paraphernalia charges are silly, but they can lead to serious penalties that you need to take very seriously. Here are some common questions that come up with drug paraphernalia charges.

Coming to a settlement agreement after a car crash

The process of resolving a car crash claim can take a long time. Often, the best thing to do when you are trying to get the compensation that you need is to negotiate a settlement. This option is usually faster than going through a trial, but there are some points you need to consider.

As you embark on working through the car crash settlement, you need to know what to expect. This might make you cope with the stress of the process a bit better.

Plan for a jury trial even if you don't think you will have one

Being charged with a crime means that your future is in someone else's hands. If you go before a jury for a trial, your fate is in the hands of the men and women who are on it. This can be something difficult to think about, but you have to plan your defense based on the possibility that you will have to rely on this jury of your peers.

We realize that you might have some questions and concerns about how to develop your defense. If your case is heading to trial, getting ready for that will take a lot of work. We have to find ways that we can make the jurors question what the prosecution is saying happened.

Georgia's 7 deadly sins and the 2, not 3, strikes law

A person who is charged with a felony has to think very clearly about what this classification means. There are serious life consequences that you have to think about as you are preparing your defense. The exact impacts of a felony conviction depend on your circumstances.

One thing that you have to realize is that Georgia does have a "three strikes" law that can come into the picture if you have prior felony convictions. In fact, Georgia's three strikes law is actually a misnomer because there are only two strikes allowed.

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