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Tips for Businesses Who Owe Back Taxes
For many workers and business owners, the months following the federal tax deadline are a time of relief and anticipation of a tax return. But for many business owners, that time is filled with dread and fear because they either weren’t...
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When Are Juveniles Prosecuted as Adults?
The vast majority of juvenile cases are tried in juvenile court, but juveniles can also be tried in adult criminal court. For this to happen, the prosecutor must request a waiver, which is a process through which a judge decides if the case...
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Search and Seizure: Understanding Your Rights Under the Fourth Amendment
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution limits the power of law enforcement agencies to arrest, search people and property, and seize objects. It reads:  The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and...
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How Are Whistleblowers Protected Under Federal Law?
Every day, thousands of Americans go to work for a company that engages in unlawful acts, but few have the courage to stand up and expose these wrongdoings to the police or other applicable governing authorities. It may seem like exposing these...
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Is Viagra Putting Men at Risk of Developing Melanoma?
An unfortunate reality of the pharmaceutical industry is that even the most popular and widely distributed drugs can lead to detrimental side effects. As such, patients shouldn’t put their trust in a particular drug solely based on the...
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How Does a Class Action Lawsuit Work?
The story of David and Goliath has helped people understand and appreciate the plight of the underdog for centuries. Collectively, people root for those who appear to have the odds stacked against them and almost always hope to see them take...
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What to Do If You're Contacted by an IRS Special Agent
Many of us know the dreadful feeling of getting an unexpected letter from the IRS in the mail, but imagine how startling it is when an IRS Special Agent approaches you at a time when you least expect it. IRS Special Agents handle criminal...
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What Is the Difference Between a Guilty and No Contest Plea?
With today’s crowded criminal courts, many prosecutors and judges work hard to move cases along as quickly as possible and often use plea bargaining as a way to speed up the judicial process. A plea bargain is essentially an agreement...
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What If You Can't Afford to Pay Bail After an Arrest?
For those who have been arrested, the first thought after entering jail is usually, “How fast can I get out?” The best, and often quickest, way to get out of jail after an arrest is by paying bail. Bail is either cash, a bond, or...
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How Well Do You Know Your Miranda Rights?
Thanks to movies and TV shows, such as COPS and Law & Order, most Americans know that there is a list of rights that police are supposed to vocalize when placing you in custody. These are called Miranda rights, or the Miranda warning....
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3 Ways to Defend Against a DUI Charge
Today, just about every state has extremely strict laws that inform the way DUI charges are handled. However, that doesn’t mean the offense is impossible to defend. During a DUI case, the prosecution must prove that the defendant was...
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How to Eliminate IRS Tax Penalties
It goes without saying that the IRS is more powerful than almost any other agency in America, and if they believe you owe them money, you can count on them exercising every inch of their authority in order to collect it. Even so, it’s not...
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The FDA Warns of Sprue-Like Enteropathy in Benicar Users
Roughly 70 million American adults have high blood pressure. This means that just about 1 out of every 3 adults you see is probably taking medicine to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. With so many people needing blood pressure...
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7 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing Your 2014 Taxes
The deadline to file your 2014 taxes is right around the corner, and if you haven’t filed yet, you still have time to carefully go over your return and inspect it for errors before you send it in. Thanks to the tax preparation software...
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Can Women Really Trust Lipitor?
Imagine you find out that you have an unhealthy cholesterol level and, coupled with your family’s history, you’re at a high risk for developing heart disease. As someone who has an active lifestyle and doesn’t want anything to...
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3 Reasons Why You Should Appeal Your Property Taxes
As you file your taxes this year and look back at your 2014 expenses, does your property tax payment stand out as one of your higher costs? There’s a good chance that it does, as it’s estimated that as many as one-third of American...
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What Are the Consequences of a DUI/OWI Conviction in Michigan?
If you’re old enough to drink alcohol, then you’ve seen enough advertising to know that drinking and driving is a bad idea. Anti-drunk driving ad campaigns usually tug on the heartstrings and give us taglines like, “Friends...
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What Can I Do to Lessen the Chances of an IRS Audit?
This time of year, most of us have taxes on the brain. Along with the other stresses that come along with preparing your taxes, the looming threat of an IRS audit is enough to keep most Americans up at night. An audit is an arduous and trying...
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How Are Drug Charges Classified in Michigan?
Michigan has some of the strictest drug laws in the country, along with a record of handing out stiff penalties to those who are caught carrying, using, or selling illicit substances. For this reason, it’s important for individuals to know...
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Can Michigan's New Expungement Laws Clear Your Criminal Record?
The Michigan legislature recently passed new laws that expand the number of criminal offenses that are eligible for expungement, opening the door for thousands of Michigan citizens to wipe a past offense off of their criminal record. While the...
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