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Are you ready to challenge a drunk driving charge?

When a person receives drunk driving charges, it is important to begin building a strong legal defense as soon as possible. Many drunk driving charges are not open-and-shut cases, and a strong legal defense helps ensure that the defendant's rights remain secure throughout the defense process.

If you recently received drunk driving charges, you should begin building your defense now  if you have not already begun. For some defendants, building a defense may seem like a lost cause, particularly if charges arose after the defendant failed a Breathalyzer test. Breathalyzer results are strong evidence, but still have weaknesses. You may have many defensive opportunities, as long as you take action quickly.

What is the real financial impact of a loved one's sudden death?

Death is an inevitable part of life, but an unexpected, early death can have lasting ramifications for the people who loved and depended on the deceased. The people who are left behind when someone dies have to incur the costs of their loved one's medical care prior to death and the expenses involved in a funeral, memorial service, burial or cremation.

For many families, a proper tribute to the deceased can cost on average between $7,000 and $12,000. That is a substantial expense for a family that wasn't planning for it. However, only looking at funerary and medical costs fails to look at the big picture. The financial impact of an unexpected wrongful death can be hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars over the person's expected lifespan.

You may not be safe to drive the morning after a wild night out

As a successful professional adult, you spend most of your week on a strict schedule that revolves around your work obligations. For many people, especially younger professionals, that means that Friday and possibly Saturday night are going to be spent either out at an entertainment venue or perhaps at a social event with friends.

That way, you have the rest of the weekend to bounce back after overindulging as a way to cut loose after a long week at work. Getting behind the wheel after you've been partying with friends is a mistake that could cost you your freedom and impact your career. Drunk driving is one of the most common and dangerous driving mistakes.

When your accountant causes an audit, you can take action

You place a lot of trust in the individuals who handle your financial issues. If your accountant prepares your taxes and then you get audited, you probably have questions. Sometimes, it's clear that the audit is the result of an error or even a failure to file the proper paperwork. The mistakes an accountant makes could cost you thousands of dollars or even your freedom in some circumstances.

After all, the federal government isn't known for being particularly forgiving of those who fail to pay tax debt. If you find yourself facing an audit and claims of underpaid taxes, it is possible that the accountant who prepared your taxes made a mistake that may actually be a form of professional negligence.

A head injury at work requires immediate attention

No matter what kind of work you do in Maryland, there is always a possibility that you may strike your head while on the job. This can happen to factory workers, accountants, school teachers, and anyone else.

A blow to the head may not seem like it left an injury, but it is difficult to tell how much harm a person suffered until they receive a full medical examination from a doctor. Even a small impact can affect a victim's brain, and may cause symptoms that last for weeks or even months.

Don't let alcohol and an argument lead to criminal charges

Despite how common they may seem in movies or television shows, physical fights should not be a part of everyday life. Unless you are a boxer or martial artist, there is really no reason, other than self-defense, to strike another person. The law in Maryland is quite clear that physically harming another person is illegal.

Unfortunately, it often doesn't take much to turn a verbal dispute into a physical fight. This is particularly true in situations involving alcohol. Regardless of the circumstances leading up to a physical altercation, the individual who started the fight could very well find themselves facing criminal consequences in Maryland.

Report: Physicians surrender licenses, keep practicing anyhow

Is your doctor keeping a secret?

Your doctor may have surrendered his or her medical license in another state — rather than waiting for that state's medical board to revoke it — and you'd never know.

Workers' compensation benefits and carpal tunnel syndrome

Most people don't think that factory work and office work have a lot in common, but there's one occupational hazard that can trouble people who work in those jobs equally: carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful and debilitating condition that affects a victim's hands and arms. It's caused by the compression of the nerves in the large bundle that travels from the neck to the hands. Aside from pain, it can cause weakness and numbness and make fine motor tasks next to impossible.

Is the loss of retirement funds due to bad choices actionable?

As a professional, you likely understand the benefit of specialization. You focus your career and professional development on the niche area to which you are best suited or which will earn you the most money. Instead of always attempting to perform certain tasks for yourself, you may choose to hire that work out to other people who have specialized in their field.

Money management and finance are a perfect example. They can take a lot of learning to understand the different financial instruments available and the way that the modern markets fluctuate. Instead of attempting to internalize and analyze that information, you may choose to work with an investment professional or financial advisor.

Defense, prosecution spar over University of Maryland hate crime

Defense attorneys representing a white man who fatally stabbed a black man in 2017 have asked the court to remove the "hate crime" designation that was added to the defendant's charges. The defendant was a student at the University of Maryland at the time, while the victim attended Bowie State University.

A hate crime is one in which the victim was targeted because of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, national origin or sexual orientation. Defendants convicted of hate crimes typically receive harsher punishments than they otherwise would for the same offense against someone not targeted because they belong to one of those groups. In cases where death is involved, convicted defendants may end up receiving a sentence of life in prison without parole.

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