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DUI Arrest and the Only Defense Against It

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Some states have specific laws that require citizens to obtain a criminal defense lawyer if they are pulled over for a DUI. Arrest for these...
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Beating a DUI Explained

  By HG.org
Most individuals who are pulled over for possible DUI violations are unaware of what to do during or after these processes. Without the...

Implied Consent Blood Test Rejected by United States Supreme Court

  By HG.org
Many states require blood testing to determine blood alcohol levels for determination of impaired driving. When a person refuses to be tested,...

For DUI, Are Field Sobriety Tests Admissible?

  By HG.org
Some ways law enforcement officers may determine if a driver is impaired are through a standard breath test or a sobriety test. However, these...

Blood and Breath Tests Explained

  By HG.org
Testing of blood and breath are standard procedures police officers use to analyze the blood alcohol content of a driver when there is suspicion...

DUI Specialists

  By HG.org
Specialists and experts determine the validity of chemical test and field sobriety test evidence collected by law enforcement agents from those...

Casualty: Manslaughter or Murder in DUI?

  By HG.org
When a person’s drinking causes him or her to lose the ability to safely drive, a DUI accident may result. In tragic cases, this accident leads...

Police Look for Specifics with DUI Drivers

  By HG.org
The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects against unlawful searches and seizures. Often, this requires probable cause...

Roadblocks in Effect for DUI

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Some states have laws that characterize a DUI checkpoint as more of a roadblock. Determining the legal issues surrounding a checkpoint or...

Should DUI Checkpoints Be Banned?

  By HG.org
Many states have DUI checkpoints to test for DUI violations. There are some states considering a ban on these checkpoints, but other factors...

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

  By HG.org
Police officers pull over drivers they feel are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Often when this occurs, they ask the driver to perform...

Top Common DUI Questions Answered

  By HG.org
Many individuals who are arrested for DUI or who fear that they may one day be so often have questions concerning the DUI process. Many of these...

DUI and Field Sobriety Tests

  By HG.org
Behavior when being pulled over for a possible DUI violation may make the difference in whether a person is ultimately arrested or not. It is...

DUI Checkpoint Behavior Tips

  By HG.org
When a driver encounters a DUI checkpoint, he or she may feel some stress or anxiety. If pulled over, there are some tips for remaining calm and...

DUI Checkpoints during Holiday Seasons

  By HG.org
On many holidays, law enforcement cracks down on drivers who appear to be under the influence. Many are asked to perform sobriety tests or other...

DUI Stops Due to Probable Cause

  By HG.org
Law enforcement officers are not able to stop any vehicle that they want to stop. Instead, there must be an articulable reason for the stop,...

Anonymous Call and Support for Traffic Stop Regarding DUI

  By HG.org
Cell phone use has made life simpler for drivers and passengers when it involves road issues. When another driver appears to be under the...

No Contest Pleading for DUI

  By HG.org
When a person faces DUI charges, he or she may wonder what he or she should do. The defendant may consider a plea bargain or pleading guilty to...

DUI with American Servicemen

  By HG.org
Individuals who are arrested for DUI must worry about how a conviction may impact their lives. While the penalties are steep for civilians, the...

Basics About DUI

  By HG.org
There are some standard regulations when driving. One of these throughout the entire United States is that it is illegal to drive with a blood...

Military DUI Crimes

  By HG.org
When a person faces DUI charges, he or she may wonder about the potential consequences of a conviction. Some of these thoughts may center on how...

DUI Penalties Overview

  By HG.org
Driving under the influence often is governed by state law. These laws can vary by jurisdiction. One state may charge this crime as a low level...

No Refusal Controversy

  By HG.org
In response to an increasing number of DUI cases, many states began to implement a no refusal policy. This was a condition of receiving a...

The Rights of Drivers when Police Stop Them

  By HG.org
When a person is stopped by police officers, it is often an overwhelming experience. Throw in potential criminal charges, and many individuals...

Behavior when Arrested

  By HG.org
Drivers who are under suspicion of driving under the influence are often pulled over by law enforcement. This is to maintain public order when...

Utah v. Strieff and Stops

  By HG.org
Utah v. Strieff is a case that may be used by prosecution throughout the United States again and again to overcome stops that are not entirely...

Colorado Drivers License Reinstatement Process

In Colorado, your driving license may get revoked or suspended for a number of reasons including traffic law violation, driving under the...

Second Offense DUI Penalties

  By HG.org
A first DUI may result in probation, community service and other light punishment. In some cases, a jail term may be imposed, but it may be for...

Plea Bargains for DUI Cases

  By HG.org
When a person is facing a conviction for DUI, he or she may consider what legal strategy is best to handle the case. In some situation, he or...

Driving Drugged and the Law

  By HG.org
When a driver has taken an illegal drug, prescription medication or even an over-the-counter treatment, this may be the equivalent of drunken...

Drunk Driving Terminology Explained

  By HG.org
It is invaluable to know everything possible about DUI violations and how a person is charged for these. It is important to know the laws of the...

DUI Involving Prescription Drugs and Prosecution Challenges

  By HG.org
Drivers who are under the influence of drugs may or may not exhibit symptoms when the drugs are prescription grade. Often drivers are pulled...

DUI and the Influence of Drugs

  By HG.org
While most cases involving DUI are based on intoxication by alcohol, others involve consumption of drugs. When charged for these violations, the...

The Law of Implied Consent

  By HG.org
Many DUI cases rely on having test results so that there is sufficient evidence to use against a defendant in the criminal case. As a condition...

Potential Problems of Laws Like Jessica’s Law

  By HG.org
Sex offenders are often viewed as some of the worst offenders. This often leads to unfair treatment at trial and abuse within prison walls.

Civil Lawsuits Involving Sexual Abuse

  By HG.org
Sexual abuse occurs through cases reported in the thousands each year. Some are tied together, while some crimes stand alone. Unknown in many...

Common Defenses When Dealing with Criminal Charges

  By HG.org
For various criminal charges, there are a number of defenses commonly used by defending parties to attempt to avoid conviction. It is important...

Accidents Involving DUI

  By HG.org
Many states have harsh penalties for conviction of DUI, especially when the impaired driver caused an accident. Often injuries are worse when...

What Is Prostitution and Solicitation for Prostitution?

  By HG.org
Most states outlaw the act of willfully engaging in sexual conduct in exchange for money or other goods like drugs. Likewise, most states...

Admitting Prior Bad Acts in Sex Crimes Cases

  By HG.org
Sex crime defendants often lament the difficult in receiving a fair trial after being accused of a heinous crime. They may confront juror bias...

Defenses to Possession of Child Pornography

  By HG.org
Possession of child pornography is a serious crime with potential harsh punishments based on state and federal charges. It is common for such...

Explanation of Field Sobriety Tests

  By HG.org
When making an arrest based on a DUI charge, the officer making the arrest must decide through his or her own surveillance whether or not the...

DUI Offenses Explained Further

  By HG.org
In states where a breathalyzer test or blood test is used as evidence, it is possible to be penalized with harsher punishments when conviction...

How a Defendant’s Grand Jury Testimony Can Be Used at Trial

  By HG.org
Anything that a defendant says has the potential to be used against him or her in a criminal trial. This includes the testimony that he or she...

DUI Considered a Second Offense

  By HG.org
In most states, a specific amount of time is allotted to when a second DUI is committed and only considered a first offense. However, other...

DUI Felony Charges

  By HG.org
Driving while under the influence (DUI) is a broad spectrum of charges and until recently was only considered a misdemeanor in many states,...

Retrograde Extrapolation Explained

  By HG.org
Retrograde extrapolation is the technical term and method for determining whether someone was intoxicated at the time of arrest even when...

DUI Laws - Questions Answered

  By HG.org
Driving under the influence arrests and charges are confusing and lengthy and may end in a license suspension or prison time with potential...

Challenges of Sexting Laws

  By HG.org
Throughout the United States, teens are sending picture messages or video depicting their naked bodies. Often, they are sending these to each...

Sexting - Should it be Criminalized?

  By HG.org
With the ability to give a smart phone to their children, parents in the technological age have often decided to buy electronics and phones for...

DUI Explained in Detail

  By HG.org
DUI stands for driving under the influence, of drugs or alcohol, and covers an extensive range of charges and situations. Driving under the...

DUI Felony Bill Details

  By HG.org
Before new laws, all DUI cases were charged as misdemeanors in some states, unless someone was killed in a DUI accident. However, now...

Accusation of Sex Offenses May Ruin Lives

  By HG.org
Individuals accused of sexual crimes often face negative social issues in a community. Despite being acquitted of these crimes, these innocent...

Civil Compensation for Sexual Abuse Victims

  By HG.org
Sexual crimes and offenses are rampant through the United States. The crimes often increase in number each year, and some of the victims are...

Sex Crimes Penalties and Conviction

  By HG.org
Sexual relations with another person when consent has not been granted is considered rape or a sex crime in California as well as many other...

Is Sex Offender Registration the Answer or Part of the Problem?

  By HG.org
Sex offender registration is required in most states in various forms throughout the country. The initial purpose of registration was to provide...

Peer-to-Peer Networks in Child Pornography Cases

  By HG.org
Child porn crimes are often committed with online access. Peer-to-peer networks are frequently utilized to share and distribute pictures and...

The Right to Produce Previous False Claims in a Sex Crime as Evidence

  By HG.org
A defendant facing charges related to sexual crimes has the same right to a fair trial as any other person accused of a crime. A lawyer should...

Consequences, Penalties and Charges of Child Rape

  By HG.org
Accusations of rape charges involving children often cause negative consequences without any arrest having been made. These are serious crimes...

The Increasing Problem of Child Porn in Society

  By HG.org
More individuals are being arrested for child porn crimes through federally funded task forces. Online crimes of child pornography are a top...

Teens Sexting Issues

  By HG.org
Many states in the country have laws that criminalize sexting. In some states the act is charged as a felony when naked pictures are transmitted...

Sex Offender Registry Removal

  By HG.org
The length of time registration lasts depends upon the severity of the crime committed. Often, only first and only time offenders are able to...

Guidelines for Child Porn Sentences on a Federal Level

  By HG.org
The increasing crimes of owning, creating and distributing child pornography are difficult for the federal government to keep up with. Despite...

The Effects of Sexual Abuse

  By HG.org
One of the most damaging crimes that a person is able to go through and usually survive is a sexual abuse offense. The harm done to the person...

Sexting Legal Consequences

  By HG.org
With the technology age firmly pushing the world into the future, texting with phones has become an everyday past time. As technology has...

Child Sexual Abuse and Molestation Penalties

  By HG.org
Allegations of child abuse and molestation are enough to ruin careers, social standing and relationships. When charges are issued to these...

Federal Sex Crimes Explained

  By HG.org
Many states have specific laws that prosecute sex crimes in a harsh manner. In some instances, these same crimes are prosecuted as federal cases...

Is Intentional HIV Transmission a Sex Crime?

  By HG.org
Many factors are taken into consideration in determining whether a particular crime is classified as a sex crime. However, sometimes new...

Prostitution Defenses When Charges are Filed

  By HG.org
Prostitution is an ongoing problem in many states. Exchanges of money, services or products with those selling their bodies occur with clients...

Sex Crimes Involving Internet Interactions

  By HG.org
Sex crimes are prevalent in each state to varying degrees. Of these, many offenders are convicted of crimes involving interactions through the...

Supreme Court Addresses Breathalyzer Tests

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a North Dakota DUI law making it a crime to refuse a “deep-lung” breath test is unconstitutional.

Fighting Fraud and Corruption: The DOJs New FCPA Pilot Program

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced its creation of a new pilot program designed to encourage companies to voluntarily...

The Problem of Disabled Prisoners

On July 26 the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 26 years old. This civil rights act not only barred discrimination against those with...

Missing and Exploited Children

According to the US Department of Justice, every year there are around 800,000 children who got missing or exploited. (October 2002 report)...

Texas Child Pornography Law

  By HG.org
Child pornography is rampant in the online world. The internet is rife with graphic images of every kind imaginable, and many of them are only a...

Sexual Assault Trauma Syndrome Explained

  By HG.org
Emotional, psychological and physical issues arise after the acts of sexual assault or rape to most victims. Many different issues may occur,...

Defending against Juror Bias in Sex Crimes

  By HG.org
In the United States, every criminal defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The case is assessed by a jury of their peers. These...

Dropping Assault Charges

  By HG.org
Charges for assault are a common theme in many cities. Though these actions do occur in other areas, law enforcement officers often find assault...

California Law Changes that Help Sex Abuse Victims

  By HG.org
Changes in California law have allowed a more lax statute of limitations for sex abuse cases. This permits victims of abuse from a greater...

Consenting Ages and Statutory Rape

  By HG.org
The consenting ages for sexual relations may be stated in a state’s statute. However, sometimes age is only one factor when considering whether...

Indecent Exposure and Penal Code § 314

  By HG.org
In many states, indecent exposure or offensive revealing of private areas is charged very infrequently. When the crime is committed, it is...

Colorado Illegal Sexual Interaction Crimes

  By HG.org
Sexual contact with another that is offensive is a crime in Colorado. Though these offenses often cover a wide range of actions, they are deemed...

New York Prostitution

  By HG.org
Prostitution in New York is defined as engaging in sexual relations with another person for money or services. This includes agreeing to engage...

Sex Crime Accusations, Criminal Sexual Conduct and Other Claims

  By HG.org
Sexual offenses are among some of the most serious charges to be accused of. Often these accusations affect lives negatively even if nothing...

Texas Sexual Offenses from Accused to Conviction

  By HG.org
Sex crimes in Texas are very serious and harsh punishments are attached to conviction of these crimes. Because of the severity of these crimes...

After Arrest, What Do the Police Require?

  By HG.org
Law enforcement officers often arrest citizens for various reasons in different manners. During the arrest itself, it is important to stay calm,...

Choosing the Right Criminal Defense Lawyer

  By HG.org
It is essential to choose a defense lawyer that has knowledge in the area of the crime the defendant is accused of. Plea offers should be...

Colorado Crimes of Indecent Exposure

  By HG.org
Indecent exposure is a crime that is sometimes brought against people suspected of committing lewd behavior. It is important to know what...

Criminal Appeals in Bangladesh: Bail & Suspension of Sentence

As a trial advocate, one of the more common questions that I get asked is regarding bail when a convicted person decides to appeal. What happens...

The Fundamental Reform of the Judicial System of Ukraine

The new Ukrainian law simplifies procedures on access to justice, provides fundamental reform of the judicial system of Ukraine pursuant to...

Athens GA DUI Driver in Felony Homicide by Vehicle Case Highlights High Risk for Recreational Marijuana Users

Because marijuana use requires several days to be eliminated from the user's body, many marijuana users risk Felony Homicide by Vehicle and...

Georgia Drivers License - DUI Suspension and How to Protect Your Administrative License Suspension Appeal

Georgia Driver License suspension after a DUI arrest in Georgia - After a DUI arrest in Georgia, the Georgia drivers license of virtually every...

Fight Online Libel in the Philippines

Internet postings are subject to Philippine jurisdiction. Under Section 21 of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10175),...

Intricacies of Police Investigations

  By HG.org
Often the best legal advice given in cases involving criminal law is to remain silent when a police investigation begins. This is often said for...

When Medical Malpractice Is a Crime

  By HG.org
When negligent behavior injures patients, physicians are subject to claims of medical malpractice. This phenomenon is becoming a serious problem...

Statutes of Limitations Regarding Sexual Violence

  By HG.org
Various cases in the media call attention to the statutes of limitations involving cases of rape. Should these cases have limitations is a...

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Charges in Florida

  By HG.org
Sex crimes are an ever present issue in most states in America including Florida. The many consequences of conviction include registration,...

7 Sex Crimes Statements

  By HG.org
When a person is accused of a sex crime, those allegations tend to follow the individual socially for many years. The stigma affects every day...

Prevention of Sexual Attacks on University Campuses

  By HG.org
Many high school students check out campuses in various cities without any notion to discover statistics of certain situations that occur on...

Sexual Abuse Signs and What Children Won’t Discuss

  By HG.org
United States law enforcement departments receive around 80,000 accounts of sexual abuse involving children every year. According to the...


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