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There's much to know about a DUI charge

Drunk driving charges are serious criminal charges that many people may not fully understand. During 2016, greater than 1 million drivers in the United States were arrested on driving under the influence charges which is why they are important criminal charges to understand.

In the United States it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. In the state of Maryland, as in most other states, there are two categories of potential consequences and penalties associated with a drunk driving charges. Accused individuals can face both criminal penalties, including jail time and fines, and administrative consequences, including driver's license suspension. The chance of jail time increases with additional DUI charges.

New motor vehicle safety laws in October

Many Maryland citizens are unaware when laws of the state change and take effect unless it receives extensive media coverage. While the new bills that focus on gun control and sexual harassment prevention were frequently published and televised, there were a number of additions to laws revolving around vehicular safety.

Given how many citizens require criminal defense for motor vehicle accidents, it is crucial to be aware of these changes and how it could impact a potential conviction.

Steps to take following a workplace accident

It can be useful to know what to do following a workplace accident, the steps to take and how to access workers' compensation benefits. Injured workers may have many questions about what to do after a workplace accident.

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance coverage carried by employers to ensure workers are protected if they are injured on the job or suffer from a workplace illness. It is a no-fault system so, with some exceptions, workers will enjoy workers' compensation coverage regardless of the circumstances. Additionally, it is important to note that specific benefits can vary by state, so it is important to know what they are.

What do workers' compensation benefits cover?

When you have been injured on the job, workers' compensation benefits can provide some measure of financial security for you and your family during a time when you may feel like your life is being turned upside down. Workers' compensation benefits in Maryland can provide important protections to injured workers, and all workers should be familiar with them.

Workers' compensation benefits include benefits for injured workers who find themselves in a variety of different situations. One type of benefits that a worker may receive include temporary total disability benefits. These benefits are available to help the injured worker during the period that they are healing from the injury they suffered. Benefits for temporary partial disability may also be available, as well as permanent total disability and permanent partial disability.

Criminal defense strategies for drug charges

Having a strong defense strategy to fight drug charges is important for any accused individual who has been charged with a serious drug offense. Drug charges can result in serious penalties and consequences, including steep fines and incarceration, and should be taken seriously.

Criminal defense options range from attacking the evidence alleged against the accused individual to challenging the conduct of authorities when the circumstances warrant. Drug possession and drug trafficking charges are just some of the drug-related criminal charges an accused individual may face and each can potentially result in the loss of the accused individual's future and freedom.

Defending against DUI charges

Defending against drunk driving charges is important because there is so much on the line. Knowing how to approach defending against DUI charges is essential to help avoid the significant consequences associated with DUI charges which can include a potential loss of freedom and other personal and professional consequences.

There are different approaches to developing a strong criminal defense strategy. A drunk driving defense may be based on different defense strategies that largely fall into two different categories. The first category includes affirmative defenses. Affirmative defenses to drunk driving charges include necessity, duress, entrapment, mistake of fact or involuntary intoxication. For individuals accused of drunk driving who think one of the affirmative defenses may apply to them, it is important to be familiar with what they are.

Injured in a work accident? File a workers’ compensation claim.

A job-related injury is something employees try to avoid. Employers often require training and offer resources, so their employees can be safe while doing their jobs. Unfortunately, injuries can still happen, no matter how closely you follow the rules.

An injury suffered while at work may be covered by workers’ compensation. There are factors that the injury must meet in order to qualify for coverage. If those are met and the incident was truly deemed a workplace injury, you can file a claim to get compensation for medical bills and time spent away from work.

Could your job give you cancer?

Your health can be affected by many things. This includes your job. Certain occupations can have added health risks connected to them. For example, some jobs can involve working around potentially harmful chemicals, fumes, exhaust, dust, etc.

Exposure to such substances could up a person’s risk of developing diseases. Depending on what the particular substance is, this could include cancer.

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