Being accused of a crime is a pivotal moment in any person's life. A criminal charge can have a wide range of effects that last a very long time. There are the legal consequences of a criminal charge, such as the jail time associated with the crime, the fines associated with the charge, and probation -- just to name a few.
According to 2016 data from officials in the city of Minneapolis, violent crimes increased a bit in 2016 when compared to 2015. Last year, there were 4,605 violent incidents in the city of Minneapolis, whereas in 2015 there were 4,417 such incidents. That's a 4.3 percent increase year over year.
Sexual assault is a serious allegation and it carries significant penalties. Depending on the state, these penalties will vary in severity. But in general, all of the states subject people convicted of sexual assault to immense legal penalties. There are also federal sexual assault cases which can carry even more substantial consequences.
A report released by the combined efforts of the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility found that drugs are now more likely to be the cause of a fatal accident than intoxication due to alcohol. The results are surprising because this is the first time alcohol has been surpassed by drugs in this context.
While people generally know that using nonprescription drugs is illegal, they may not know that possessing items used in the consumption of those drugs is also illegal. Surprisingly, many of the items considered drug paraphernalia are actually things that many people have in their own homes.
Any type of theft crime can land you in hot water with the law. For example, an accusation of shoplifting is nothing to take lightly. If you assume that this will have no impact on your life, you may find yourself surprised at what the future brings.