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Rapper, actor and businessman accused of fraud in Indiana

Being arrested in Indiana can have a negative influence on a person's life in a legal and personal sense. It can lead to fines, incarceration, damage a person's perception in the community and cause long-term problems. This is true regardless of the reason for the arrest, including business-related charges. People who have a business and are accused of committing unfair business practices or deceptive business acts will inevitably be arrested. In such a circumstance, it is essential to understand the aspects of the case and have legal help to defend against fraud.

A man who has achieved nominal notoriety in business, rapping and acting was arrested in Indiana amid allegations of securities fraud. The man now lives in California. Seven years ago, he created a business that was designed to help prospective entrepreneurs with their products and business ideas. In 2017, the business was dissolved. He is accused of selling an unregistered security to a man in 2012, telling him that a building would be transformed into a commercial building with studio lofts and an office space and took $10,000 for an "investor package."

Man faces multiple offenses after traffic stop in Indiana

A traffic stop in Indiana can quickly morph and expand into a whole slew of charges if police believe that the driver was operating under the influence. For example, a driver who is stopped on suspicion of operating while intoxicated or even commits acts that lead to potential felony OWI charges can face multiple offenses if other allegations are added. Regardless of whether it is a DWI stop or worse, having legal assistance to craft a defense is an integral part of a case.

A 38-year-old man was arrested after he tried to flee on foot when he was stopped by police. The incident happened at 3:44 p.m. when a State Police officer saw a vehicle drive left of the center line. The trooper could not see the license plate on the vehicle because dirt was caked on it. The vehicle stopped after the trooper turned on the overhead lights of his car.

Legal help is vital for Indiana repeat drunk driving charges

People who are arrested on drunk driving charges a second or third time will know what they are facing regardless of whether they were convicted, acquitted, came to a plea agreement or found another way to deal with the case the first time. Being charged once does not preclude a subsequent charge. People sometimes make mistakes and are charged for DUI more than once. It is also possible that the charges were not lodged fairly. Regardless, when arrested on repeat DUI or OWI offenses, it is imperative to have legal assistance, especially if the level of charges reaches felony status.

People who are arrested for driving under the influence a second or subsequent time will face harsher penalties than they did the first time. Not only does a repeat charge have the potential of leading to driving privileges being suspended or revoked, but it can lead to jail time. This is true even if it was not a felony charge. A second offense can result in five days in jail or 180 hours of community service if there is a conviction. A third offense can result in 10 days in jail and 380 hours of community service with a conviction.

Tips for suspected OWIs involving women

When men get pulled over by police because of a suspected OWI, the experience can be scary enough for them. However, many women experience even more fear. Part of this can be because they have been sexually harassed or assaulted in the past and fear that male police officers may try to take advantage of them. In fact, this has happened to quite a few women pulled over for traffic violations.

The fear can be especially exacerbated if the setting is isolated, or if the woman can think of no good reason why she was pulled over. For example, maybe she was not drinking at all, and her car is in perfect shape. It may seem like the officer is pulling her over simply to see what happens, and if the police car is unmarked, the woman may even wonder if the driver is someone impersonating a police officer.

Driver faces OWI charge after crash

In Indiana and across the country, the ongoing drug problem related to opiates has led to people overdosing and needing immediate treatment. Although people's health is a concern, that does not mean law enforcement will turn a blind eye to those who are driving under the influence. Those who use drugs and get behind the wheel will face operating under the influence charges and will need legal assistance, just as a person who is alleged to have committed drunk driving does.

Law enforcement was called to investigate an accident and found a driver and his passenger unconscious from an apparent overdose. The men were given Narcan to revive them. Both the driver and passenger were taken to the hospital. They were not seriously hurt from the crash in which they hit a fence off the interstate. The driver was arrested on an OWI charge. He was also found to have outstanding warrants for burglary. Law enforcement found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Man faces allegations of multiple offenses related to OWI

Indiana residents who are facing charges of operating while intoxicated should be aware of the penalties they must deal with if they are convicted. To make these situations worse is if there are multiple offenses alleged. For example, if there is an accident and the driver flees the scene, this will make the circumstances worse than a simple arrest for drunk driving or OWI. It is essential that those who are arrested for OWI and other charges have a strong legal defense to avoid the worst penalties.

A man had a car accident and fled the scene. He was subsequently arrested on several charges. The driver, 22, was heading in the wrong direction on the road when he crashed his 2005 Nissan Altima into another vehicle. The accident happened shortly after 10:20 p.m. The other driver, a 17-year-old male, was in a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The driver was unable to avoid an accident after seeing the vehicle heading in the wrong direction and his car was hit on its passenger side. The Sonata was run into a ditch.

What does it mean if I face a "per se" DUI charge in Indiana?

Indiana drivers might be surprised at the number of different terms that are part of drunk driving charges in the state. These terms do not seem important initially, however, they can be a key part of the case and formulating a defense against them is essential. One term that should be understood is "per se" laws. With per se, it is basically established that the person who is being investigated as part of a possible DUI charge and has a blood alcohol content level of .08 percent or above will be viewed as intoxicated.

These laws are in place across the country and have an impact on DUI charges. People might be under the impression that since they are not exhibiting signs of intoxication and do not feel too drunk to drive, they will not be stopped and charged. But simply getting behind the wheel with a BAC level of .08 percent or higher will result in per se laws coming into effect. The law perceives them as drunk regardless of the circumstances and if the person passes field sobriety tests apart from breath and blood tests. This is beneficial to a prosecutor who is seeking to prove intoxication.

Trucker might face drunk driving charges after crash

Indiana drivers are undoubtedly aware that law enforcement is always on the lookout for drivers who might be under the influence. While many of these drunk driving charges stem from a traffic stop after the officer saw the driver make a questionable maneuver in the vehicle or at a checkpoint, some arrests come after a relatively nondescript incident that is initially believed to have simply been an accident. That does not lessen the charges. If it is a commercial driver who is arrested, the problems are compounded because it can affect the person's employment.

An accident in which a truck crashed on the interstate and dumped granular fertilizer as it overturned is believed to have been caused by a drunk truck driver. The incident happened at 8:30 a.m. The driver, a 55-year-old male, ran off the road and hit a guardrail, overturning and spilling the cargo. Law enforcement investigated and saw that the driver showed signs of being impaired. He was uninjured in the accident and was taken for a blood test to determine if he was under the influence. It was not yet known whether he was intoxicated, but charges might be filed. Since fertilizer was spilled near the creek, environmental crews are overseeing the cleanup.

Failing the chemical breath test does not always mean conviction

If law enforcement officers stop you based on suspicion of OWI, they will likely want to administer a chemical breath test to see if your blood alcohol content exceeds the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Many people assume that failing the breath test means the end of the road in an Indiana OWI case. They make the major mistake of giving up. In reality, there could be a number of factors that can call breath test results into question.

Holiday enforcement could lead to more drunk driving charges

Thanksgiving in Indiana may have passed, but the holiday season is still in progress in the state and across the nation. With that comes an increase in law enforcement vigilance in attempting to tamp down on the number of drivers on the road who are under the influence. While this is undoubtedly a worthwhile endeavor, the number of people who are arrested on drunk driving charges is often related to the perception on the part of officers that they were under the influence. The reality is that some of the arrests might not be conducted according to the law and the evidence could be called into question.

The night before Thanksgiving is often treated as a night for people - especially younger people - to gather and drink. Referred to as "Black Wednesday" or some form of that, it was believed that there would be more drunk drivers on the road. Statistically, it is known to be a problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 35 percent of fatalities during Thanksgiving are because of alcohol. In 2016, there were 10 fatalities on Indiana highways. State and local law enforcement promoted safety ensured that people know there will be an increased presence of law enforcement on the road.