Any conviction for hit and run, regardless of whether it’s for a felony or misdemeanor, typically results in an automatic suspension or revocation of your driver’s license for a period of six months or so. In some states the revocation can be as long as three years. Depending on the state in which you live, and the nature and circumstances of the car accident in which you were involved, the penalty for hit and run may include a lifetime revocation of your driver’s license. These administrative penalties are in addition to any criminal punishment that might be imposed for hit and run.
The 6th Amendment of the . Constitution guarantees a defendant the right to a lawyer to defend him or her in a criminal case. It has also been interpreted as conferring the right on criminal defendants to represent himself or herself in cases against them. No such right exists in a civil lawsuit. If you’re a criminal defendant, you might also be allowed to represent yourself, but you’ll need permission to do so from the judge who is presiding over your case. Whether or not it’s a good idea to ask a judge to represent yourself in a criminal case is up to your own best judgment, but it’s not recommended. Typically, you should hire a lawyer to work with you. The consequences of a conviction could be harsh, especially if you’re charged with a felony.
Fentanyl is used throughout the world. In most countries, few can legally possess the drug. However, 11 countries — including the United States — use fentanyl not only for pain associated with the effects of cancer but also for those with general chronic pain.
In the United States, fentanyl and its analogs can be considered either a Schedule I or II drug depending on the amount involved. The DEA is pushing to remove all designer drugs from the street, so makers are being targeted. Doctors who write false prescriptions are increasingly under scrutiny as well.
First-time offense violators who possess 40-399 g of fentanyl mixture can receive not less than five years or more than 40 years in prison; if death or serious injury is involved, then not less than 20 years or more than life in prison. This is in addition to a fine of not more than $2 million for an individual. The same penalties apply to 10-99 g of fentanyl analog. For a second offense, the violator can receive not less than 10 years or more than life unless serious injury or death is involved. In this case, the term becomes not less than life in prison. The fine doubles to not more than $4 million for the second offense.
First-time offenders who possess 400 g or more of fentanyl or 100 g or more of an analog can receive not less than 10 years or more than life in prison unless there is a death or serious injury. This is in addition to a maximum $4 million fine. A second offense brings a mandatory 20-year prison sentence with a maximum of life. If death or serious injury occurs in a second offense, a life sentence in prison is the minimum. A fine of not more than $8 million can accompany the prison sentence.