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DUI conviction may feel like you're dragging a ball and chain

You may have already experienced times in your life when events took unexpected turns and you encountered various situations you were not prepared to face. Perhaps you successfully overcame many challenges thrown your way in the curve balls of life. Then again, there may be certain circumstances that had lingering effects. Some types of situations seem to stick with you more than others, such as those that arise as consequences in the aftermath of legal trouble.

Do you know what you agreed to when you got a driver's license?

Whenever you apply for a driver's license California, you agree to certain stipulations whether you realize it or not. Many states have implied consent laws, although the stipulations that apply may vary by location. It's a good idea to make sure you clearly understand what obtaining a valid driver's license automatically means you agree to, especially in cases where a police officer pulls you over or accuses you of drunk driving.

How a DUI conviction may keep you out of college in California

If you're preparing for SATs and otherwise starting to plan your future, you've likely heard your parents or other family members commenting on how quickly time has flown with regard to your age and state in life. You yourself might experience mixed emotions, from excitement and eager anticipation of your college days ahead to anxiety and worry about whether you've got what it takes to succeed. There are several factors that could impede your entrance into the California college of your choice, one of which is a DUI conviction.

Under arrest? Be prepared by knowing your rights

Every California resident would be wise to be cognizant of his or her rights in case of an arrest. It is impossible to predict the future, and you may find yourself in a complex legal situation or under arrest. Regardless of your guilt or innocence, you have rights, and you would be wise to fight for full protection at all times.

An addictive personality can lead to legal problems

Many families in California include one or members who struggle with drug addiction. Perhaps you or someone you love ended up hooked on prescription meds or other drugs when trying to overcome a chronic pain condition. You might be surprised how many people would relate to your situation. Even many doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have hesitated to ask for help for their own drug problems for fear of placing their licenses at risk.

A speeding ticket in California may be more serious than you know

Getting a speeding ticket is fairly common, and it is also relatively common for California drivers to underestimate the serious nature of a traffic offense. While a ticket may not seem like a big deal, it can actually have a significant impact on your right to drive and much more. You would be wise to take your situation seriously and work for a positive outcome to your situation.

Is your right to a speedy trial absolute?

Police put you in handcuffs and took you to the county jail. At your arraignment, the judge set a bond, but you don't have the funds to meet it. Therefore, you are in jail until you either raise the money for bail or go to trial. When you know the first option isn't going to happen, you may wonder how long the second option will take.

What happens to your right to drive after a DUI?

Any type of criminal charge is a threat to your future and your freedom, but it can be especially frustrating when your criminal case is a threat to your right to drive. This can be the case if you are facing DUI charges of any kind. Whether it is your first offense or you have a history of drunk driving convictions, you may find it beneficial to know how to protect your ability to drive.

To breathe or not to breathe -- into a Breathalyzer that is

You've heard about field sobriety tests, right? They are those tests that police officers in California and elsewhere ask drivers to perform if they suspect impaired driving. Some of them require going through a list of physical tasks. However, another test looks at your body's blood alcohol content. This chemical test is the Breathalyzer.

Was that search actually legal?

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects you from unlawful or unreasonable search and seizure. Sounds good, but what does that actually mean? Over the course of the last 200 years or so, many courts across the country, along with the United States Supreme Court, have all made decisions that end up defining what this means for you, now, in 2017.

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