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Criminal charges have various collateral consequences

Many people think of criminal charges with regard to the immediate impacts. They think about the arrest and the time in jail. The money that has to come out for bail and the impending court case come to mind.

What many people don't understand is that the effects of a criminal conviction go far beyond what the court will impose. These other impacts are known as collateral consequences.

Were you the victim of an illegal search and seizure?

If you are facing drug possession charges after the Dallas police conducted a search and seizure, the main questions you should be asking is whether or not law enforcement officers followed protocol during the process. In other words, was the search and seizure illegal? The fact is, searches and seizures are subject to both rules and exceptions that are laid out in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

When looking at a possible drug conviction because of a possession charge, it is important to examine how the original arrest came about. Read below to find out more search and seizures rules.

Resisting arrest: What you need to know

In general, resisting arrest refers to any action that a suspect takes that makes completing an arrest or investigation more difficult on police officers. You might think that resisting arrest means you ran from the cops or put up a fight while they were trying to cuff you. The reality is that even if you respond in a way an officer deems to be too slow, it could lead to a charge for resisting arrest. Furthermore, you do not actually have to be under arrest or a suspect for an officer to charge you with resisting.

While it seems like it does not take much to end up with a resisting arrest charge, law enforcement officers cannot interpret any given situation as you resisting. For more information about resisting arrest, read below.

Shoplifting: A major risk even with lower-priced items

Generally speaking, if you tell someone you once shoplifted, most people wouldn't think much of it. It's fairly common for teens to shoplift and younger adults might even do so in a time of crisis. The problem with shoplifting is that it can get you into deep trouble with the law, even if the item you shoplift isn't worth a lot of money.

While the severity of the charge does depend on how much the item costs, usually, the items are grouped into categories. For example, items between $1 and $500 may be grouped into one category while those worth over $1,000 are in another. Charges may include infractions or misdemeanors for lower-cost items and even be treated as felonies if high-dollar items are stolen.

Assault by choking: A felony in Texas

In Texas, assault by choking or impeding breath is a felony offense that could land you in prison. Fortunately, if you have been falsely accused, there are some things the medical providers and police will look for to make sure the alleged victim is telling the truth. Here are a few signs that may indicate your innocence or other evidence they may seek to pursue criminal charges.

1. Physical signs of choking or assault

Entrapment is an illegal act by law enforcement

Imagine that you're involved in the drug scene with some friends. You don't normally make purchases or sell drugs, but occasionally are there when they do. Oddly, someone tells you they want you to hand over some drugs to someone else to make an exchange.

You're not familiar with the individual, but you decide that it's not a bad idea. You can participate in the exchange and get paid, even though you have nothing to do with taking or selling the drugs yourself. As soon as you take and transfer the package into the hands of the buyer, he reveals that he's a cop, and you're under arrest.

Cops planting drugs – it doesn’t just happen in the movies

Imagine walking down the street in Plano, minding your business, when a police officer pulls over and begins questioning you. The next thing you know, the officer is putting you in handcuffs and placing you in the backseat of his squad car. He is charging you with drug possession.

How did the officer find drugs when you were not carrying any? He must have planted them while he was searching you. It sounds like a movie, but it actually happens all over the United States.

Here's how you can fight a shoplifting charge

You were walking through a store when the clerk approached you. He asks if he can have the item he believes you stashed in your pocket. Confused, you say no, because you didn't take anything.

Now, he's asking that you stay where you are while he calls security. You don't leave, because you know this is a misunderstanding. Moments later, you're being told that a camera saw you take something and that the police are being called. You empty your pockets to find a small item you don't recall picking up.

What is the best domestic violence defense strategy?

A domestic violence charge is extremely serious, as this can change your life in many ways.

For example, a conviction could land you in prison for an extended period of time. Along with this, even if you avoid a conviction, a charge could keep you from seeing your children for several months or longer.

Did addiction struggles lead to criminal meth charges?

Addiction is a terrible condition. What started as an experiment or even an accident can become a dangerous habit that defines every day of your life. You may experience the ups of being high, followed by tweaking and crashing when you can't get high.

Addiction can provoke you to act in ways that you would have never dreamed possible. You could ignore those closest to you, even your children. You could lash out at loved ones who confront you about the addiction cycle or even steal from family members to ensure you can get your next fix. It can leave you isolated and even more drug dependent.

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