For a First Conviction of DUI What is The Penalty

Charges of DUI or driving under the influence are serious offenses which is why you are always advised to hire a DUI attorney to represent you. Many people think that DUI is simply a minor traffic offense punishable with a fine and few points on your license, but in reality the penalties range from large fines to jail terms and in nearly every case the driver’s license will be suspended.

The evidence presented by the prosecution in cases of DUI involves complex medical and scientific data, which most people will not be able to interpret without specialist training. Whilst the observations of the arresting officer are taken into account, it is the more significant blood alcohol result which will see you charged. The minimum blood alcohol level in every state is 0.08%, but you may still be charged if you are below this if minors were present in your car.

Veronica Yates with OC DUI Expert offers insight, “The blood alcohol test is conducted using a sample of blood, urine or breath. You do have the right to refuse this test however this often taken as an admission of guilt in court. The test needs to be conducted by qualified personnel who are properly trained to take the sample and use the necessary equipment.” There are also certain procedures which must be followed. Your DUI attorney will look at how the test was conducted, who took it and if procedure was followed when building your defense. If they find the test was incorrectly carried out then they can move to have the case dismissed or the evidence omitted from the trial.

Hiring a DUI attorney is your best option when it comes to interpreting the evidence against you. They will have the skills and knowledge to read this data and to follow it up if they find something amiss. They will also be familiar with the legal procedures in these cases, court personnel and prosecutors and the applicable state law. Because of this they will be able to advise you how to proceed with your defense, whether you should consider a plea bargain and inform you of the likely outcome a guilty verdict could bring.

If you have previous convictions for DUI then you should definitely hire an attorney to represent you. Previous convictions will be taken in to consideration even if they occurred in another state. The law comes down hard on those who repeatedly offend and the penalties become progressively worse for every subsequent offense. If you have caused serious injury or even death by driving under the influence then your case is likely to be elevated to a felony with a jail term imposed if found guilty.

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When Is The IRS Required To Accept A Bona Fide Offer In Compromise?

Millions of American are facing financial difficulties and are looking for ways to reduce their IRS tax debt. The IRS Offer in Compromise program offers hope to some individuals and small businesses. If you are experiencing a financial hardship, retired, unemployed, have little or no assets and are in over your head in tax debt, you may qualify for an Offer in Compromise. Not everyone can have their tax debt reduced this way, but if you meet specific criteria you may qualify and be able to reduce your tax debt. Top analysts with Hillhurst Tax Group reported that the IRS will usually only approve 25% of taxpayers who apply for an offer in compromise. It is extremely important that you get help from an experienced tax relief specialist such as a tax attorney, CPA or enrolled agent who can help you through the process. The money spent for representation may be worth it if you are reducing $10,000 or more in debt since your tax liability continues to increase with penalties and interest on a daily basis.

Your first step is to determine whether you qualify or not. This can be accomplished by gathering all your financial data and determining the following:

1. How much disposable income do you have each month? (Income minus expenses)

2. What type of assets do you have and what is the realizable value of each asset?

3. How much available cash do you have in checking or savings accounts?

4. How much do you have in retirement savings?

5. Is there doubt as to whether the IRS can collect the tax liability?

6. Would full payment of the tax liability cause a financial hardship?

Once you determine that you may qualify for an Offer in Compromise, you must complete forms 433A and 656 (offer in compromise) along with copies of the last three months of bank statements, check stubs, vehicle registration and other documents to support your financial situation before going through the formal process of negotiating with the IRS. There is a $150 application fee to file form 656 and you must also include 20% of your offer with the paperwork. These fees can be waived if you fall under certain income guidelines. It may take up to 30 days to get a response and even longer to be assigned to an IRS OIC representative and start the process. There will be a complete investigation of your financial situation and assets. You must be truthful of all assets in your name including homes, boats, cars, bank accounts, investment accounts and even businesses in which you are a partner or owner. The IRS will look at the equity in your assets to determine

What Is The Employer’s Advantage In Offering Workers’ Compensation?

No one wants to get injured during work but accidents do occur. In addition to the suffering and pain, you are also required to clear all your medical expenses and you might loss the income sometime. But your benefits under worker’s compensation can make it bearable when you get injured during work or if the injury is work related. Worker’s compensation laws were put into place to protect workers providing them with benefits over lawsuits when they get injured. This means that when a person gets injured on the job site he or she gets assistance much more rapidly without necessarily waiting for months for their cases to be listened in the court. 

These laws apply to those who are injured at workplace but they vary from state to state, there are certain benefits that are provided to employee by these laws. Brandon Clark with Hinden Law further elaborates, “One of the benefits is that the employee is paid a certain percentage of money as wages that he or she could have earned if the injury did not occur. The percentage is not constant and it varies between different states but mostly it’s about eighty to ninety percent in all areas. These payments given to an employee who was injured at work are non-taxable from the state taxes depending on the specific laws from your state of residence.

Jerry at Gek Law comments, “Another benefit is covering medical expenses for a work related injury. These laws also states that a person who is injured while at work place his or her medical bills are cleared without no out of pocket cost for you.” In some states you might pay a little amount of money on the bills but not all states as outlined earlier. Medical bills coverage is counted from the moment you get injured until the time that you will be fit and return to work. 

If you get hurt and feel like you cannot be able to go back to that kind of work and hold a different position from the original, you may receive training. For instance assume your original job required heavy lifting of materials or may be some other things. Severe back damage occurs to you after an injury and it makes it impossible for you to go back to work. However, the employee can be enabled to work as a help desk but lacks the required training for such a position. Worker’s compensation guarantees paid training apart from covering medical expenses for a work related injury. For more information a good resource would be California Department of Industrial Relations.