Maybe it was over a holiday weekend - you were out with your friends or family and enjoyed a drink or two. You were feeling festive, after all! However, the warm fuzzy holiday feelings faded when you saw the flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Even two drinks can bring a person's BAC over the legal limit of .08, which can land them with a DUI/DWI charge.
It's some of the worst news that a family can receive in their lifetime, that a loved one has died unexpectedly in a car accident. Car accidents happen everyday, some of them causing serious injuries of even proving fatal. Recently, a driver lost control of their vehicle and crashed, and the passenger was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
You may have seen the lights flashing in your rearview mirror, heard the sirens and been signaled by authorities to pull over to the side of the road. You may have been part of a routine traffic stop for speed or other minor traffic infraction. Or, you could have been pulled over on suspicion of intoxicated driving. Often, the officer may conduct specific procedures, one of which is the field sobriety test.
The leaps and bounds made with technological advances never cease to amaze. Whatever the industry, technology knows no bounds and will have an impact on every aspect. Advances in technology have allowed for ignition interlock devices to be a reliable means of checking for sobriety in convicted DUI/DWI drivers.
When people think about DUI or DWI, they often think about people of legal drinking age getting into trouble with the law. However, what about those who are underage who are pulled over while under the influence of drugs or alcohol? How does the law affect them and what kind of impact can it have on a young person's life? The reality is that a DUI/DWI conviction can have an impact on an underage person's personal and professional life.
It's nothing new for golf superstar Tiger Woods to have his name in the headlines for both personal issues and also due to run-ins with the law. It proves that athletes and celebrities can have their own issues and demons just like the average person. Recently, the golf star was found passed out in his vehicle with prescription drugs and marijuana in his system.
Prescription drugs are being noted now, more than ever, in relation to drug crimes. When people often think of drug crimes, they think of illicit drugs that you might buy on the street like cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. However, prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as illicit drugs if abused or taken at an inappropriate time. They can result in drug crime-related charges too, even if you are prescribed the medication.
We have all seen the pulled-over drivers, the police's vehicle right up behind them with their lights flashing. I think we have all judged these people, automatically assuming that they are getting what they deserve, or that they are guilty of whatever crime the officer has pulled them over for. DUI penalties have gotten more intense in the last several years, in hopes of deterring those who are intoxicated from getting behind the wheel. However, we shouldn't be so quick to judge, especially when DUI's have more potential consequences than ever.
California is known for being quite groundbreaking in its legislation and laws, often passing bills or regulations that are the first of their kind in the legal world. One such bill recently proposed by a California state senator has been passed and signed into law by California governor, Jerry Brown. This bill aims at ensuring that disabled veterans arrested for a first-time DUI receive treatment instead of probation or jail time. For disabled vets now accused of DUI, this could be welcome news.
No one is above the law. In theory, this is how the law should work, those living in an area should have to abide by the area's rules and regulations. Sometimes, regular Joes may think that they are the only ones who are required to obey the laws, however, that's not necessarily true. The son of the Denver Broncos owner was recently pulled over and charged with DUI during a traffic stop.