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  • How Double Jeopardy Laws Protect The Accused


    Double Jeopardy is not just a movie, it's a real legal concept and the idea hearkens all the way back to the framers of the Constitution. This legal idea is based on a past history of judicial systems that permitted the accused to be tried and tried again – until they were convicted. Along came our Fifth Amendment that set the groundwork for a way of trying the accused that has protected thousands from being tried twice for the same offense.
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  • Social Media Mistakes That Can Make A DUI Case Difficult To Defend


    Social media has a lot of benefits, but you need to know that what you post can sometimes haunt you. If you're out drinking with friends for the night, you might be eager to share the fun on social media — but you might not realize how doing so could complicate your situation should you make the fateful mistake of driving after drinking and end up facing a DUI charge. While it's always best to arrange safe transportation after drinking, here are some social media mistakes that you should also avoid if alcohol is involved.
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  • Use These Points To Argue The Lack Of Danger In Your DUI Arrest


    In order to get released on your own recognizance following an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, you and your attorney need to prove to a judge that you're not a danger to society. Doing so can be a bit of an uphill battle — after all, you've been charged with a crime that is indeed dangerous to motorists, pedestrians, and even property. In order to earn this early victory in the legal process, you and your attorney should confer on the specific details of your arrest.
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  • How to Decide If You Need a Lawyer for a DUI


    If you have been arrested for DUI, you shouldn't assume that you don't need a lawyer. While it might be possible that you can get by without one, there are also some cases where having legal assistance can be helpful. Here are some things to consider when deciding if you should get a lawyer. Consider the Evidence Against You People often think that, if they are arrested for a DUI, there is already enough evidence to prove they were drinking and driving, and they give up on trying to get legal help.
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  • So, You've Been Charged with a Crime: Frequently Asked Questions About the Next Steps


    If you are being charged with a crime for the first time, the days following might seem like a blur. Your first course of action is to speak to a lawyer. In the meantime, the answers to these questions will help you make smart decisions. Question: The police are asking questions about the incident. Should I speak to them? Answer: Any legal professional will tell you not to speak to the police without your lawyer present.
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  • How to Improve Your Situation Before Getting in Front of the Judge for a DUI Trial


    If you have been charged with DUI, everything you do between your arrest and your trial can weaken or strengthen your case. Here are some of the things that can strengthen your case. Don't Post Incriminating Photos The allure of social media is so strong that some people find themselves posting incriminating pictures and videos of their drunken driving. However, that picture of yourself holding a drink in one hand while driving out of a parking lot will not just attract likes from your friends; it will also attract a reaction from the prosecutor handling your case.
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  • When To Hire A DWI Attorney


    Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and can be deadly to both drivers, passengers, and other people on the road. However, there are many times when people have one too many drinks and end up driving anyway. If someone has a blood alcohol content level of .08% or more when they are pulled over, they can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI).
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  • What Are Ignition Interlock Devices And How Do They Work?


    If you've been charged with a driving under the influence (DUI) offense, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle if you are found guilty. This device allows you to keep your driving privileges (at least for work), while satisfying the court that you won't be drinking and driving. You'll be required to purchase the device and have it installed as well as pay the monthly monitoring fee.
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  • Do BUI Laws Cover All Boats?


    While it may be nice and relaxing to have a few beers while puttering around the lake in your boat, boating under the influence is against the law. In most states, you'll face the same exact consequences as driving while under the influence if you're caught drinking and boating by the Coast Guard or marine police. Strangely enough, though, some boats are excluded from BUI laws, meaning you won't get in trouble if you're caught drinking while piloting them.
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  • Are You Wanted For A Crime In Another Country? Learn More About Extradition


    If you're a U.S. citizen that's wanted in another country for a crime, do you have anything to fear? Possibly. Many countries have extradition treaties with the United States, which allows them to formally ask the U.S. to surrender you for trial and punishment. Here's what you should know if you're worried about being shipped off to another country for trial: Countries don't like to extradite their own citizens. The United States wouldn't extradite its own citizens prior to World War II.
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