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Practice Areas

J. Martin Hadican's areas of expertise include but are not limited to:
Drug Offenses

Drug offenses constitute a whole series of crimes in which a person had actual or constructive possession of a controlled substance, the person knew of its presence, and the person knew of its nature as a controlled substance, and the substance was in an amount sufficient to be used as a controlled substance, and the person intended to use, sell, or barter the substance for illegal purposes.


Consequences for a conviction on the charge of Drug Offenses include:

  • Imprisonment

  • Probation or parole

  • Registration as a narcotics offender for life

  • Mandatory periodic drug testing

  • Court ordered counseling or rehabilitation

  • Revocation of driver's license

  • Search and seizure of motor vehicle

  • Search and seizure of property

  • Significant fines

  • Other

Assault Offenses


Although tort law separates these two terms, under criminal law, assault and battery are considered a single offense wherein a person threatens immediate physical violence of which the person is immediately capable and that threat creates a well-founded fear of violence in the other person.


Consequences for a conviction on the charge of Assault and Battery include:

  • Imprisonment or jail term

  • Probation or parole

  • Mandatory anger management class

  • Significant fines

  • Loss of the right to own a deadly weapon

  • Other


Fraud Offenses


Fraud is when a person makes or causes to be made directly, indirectly, or through agency, a false statement with the specific intent that it be relied upon, while knowing this statement was false, especially when the false statement was made with the specific intent to procure either the delivery of personal property, the payment of cash, the making of a loan, credit, the extension of credit, the execution of a contract of guaranty, the discount of an account receivable, or the making, acceptance, discount, sale or endorsement of a bill of exchange or promissory note before the benefit of either that person or another person.


Consequences for a conviction on a charge of Fraud include:

  • Long-term imprisonment

  • Probation or parole

  • Loss of the right to be bonded, which has many employment consequences

  • Payment of restitution to the victims

  • Mandatory counseling

  • Significant fines above and beyond restitution

  • Other



Homocide Manslaughter

Murder is the intentional unlawful killing of one human being by another. It is distinct from manslaughter, the accidental unlawful killing of one human being from another, and lawful homicides, which are either justifiable or excusable.


Vehicular manslaughter is when a person unintentionally but unlawfully kills another human being while driving a motor vehicle.


Sentences for a conviction on a charge of murder include:

  • Up to life imprisonment with or without parole

  • Death penalty

  • Significant fines

  • Other


Consequences for a conviction on the charge of Vehicular Manslaughter include:

  • Long-term imprisonment

  • Probation or Parole

  • Revocation of driving privilege

  • Significant fines

  • Higher insurance rates

  • Other




Sexually Related Offenses

Sex crimes are when an adult commits any lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body of a child.  A child is never considered a consenting partner.


Consequences for a conviction of a sex crime include:

  • Long-term imprisonment

  • Sex offender registration for the rest of your life, including movement and living restrictions

  • Loss of the right to vote or own a deadly weapon

  • Long-term probation or parole

  • Court-ordered AIDS testing

  • Prohibition from being near minors, even family members

  • Mandatory rehabilitation

  • Significant fines

  • Other


White Collar Offenses


White-collar crime refers to financially motivated nonviolent crime committed by business and government professionals.


Examples include: 

  • Fraud

  • Mail fraud

  • Misappropriation of funds

  • Conspiracy to commit fraud

  • RICO charges



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