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How Expert Witnesses Can Impact DUI Cases

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If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you may make the choice to hire an attorney to represent you in court. When you answer to your charges in court, your attorney may call a variety of expert witnesses to testify on your behalf. While this may seem like an expense you cannot afford, it may be one that you need to pay for. Here's why. What Is an Expert Witness? An expert witness is a person who has training in a particular field or topic. In medical malpractice cases, for example, attorneys rely on the testimony of other medical...

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HSK Georgia Ranks High for Distracted Drivers

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The app company Life360 ranked Georgia as seventh in the nation when it comes to distracted driving, according to a report released in March. The report, in addition to other data, has led police to ramp up their efforts to decrease the habit in their jurisdictions. According to reports, Life360 looked at cities for a period of time that lasted six weeks. The study ended in the middle of March. During that time, researchers found that drivers in Atlanta were more likely to use their cell phones behind the wheel than those in some other areas. The average driver in Atlanta...

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The Two Main Exceptions to Miranda Rights

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Like with most things in life, there are exceptions to the Miranda Rule. If you've never had a run-in with the law before, chances are high that you have at least watched someone being read their rights on a television show or in a movie. Most people know that those in an encounter with the police have the right to remain silent. While that is certainly true in most cases, there are instances when Miranda Rules don't have to be followed. Miranda Rules When a person is arrested and placed in custody, it is a popular misconception that they must be "read...

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Most Common Conditions of Probation

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When a person charged with a crime is found guilty and put on probation, their jail sentences and/or fines are typically suspended. A person may receive fewer days in jail or none at all as a condition of their probation, but this isn't the only condition. When probation is handed down by a judge, it comes with certain rules and restrictions. When a person violates any of those conditions, their original sentence will be reinstituted. The conditions of probation vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Conditions are also dependent upon whether or not probation is court-supervised or probation officer-supervised. Standard Conditions Standard conditions are...

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The Longterm Effects of a Criminal Record

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When someone is charged with a crime, there is an immediate reaction. People experience fear, anxiety and stress when they are arrested. But what about the longterm effects of being found guilty? A conviction either creates or adds to a criminal record --- something that can follow a person for the rest of their life. Criminal Records A criminal record, like a driving record, is a detailed history of a person's encounters with the court system. When a person has been convicted of a crime, they are said to have a criminal record. Even a single conviction constitutes a record that can...

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GA a Top Ten State for Lowest DUI Stats

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The weather will soon be taking a turn for the better. We welcome Spring this week, and with it brings the start of outdoor party season. When adults gather to enjoy the beautiful weather, alcohol is often a part of the equation. That means, for some, the choice to drink and drive. Just how bad is the problem? Arrests for driving under the influence are on the rise across the United States. The same can be said for vehicle accidents that can be attributed to alcohol. In 2015, more than 10,000 people were killed in DUI-related accidents. Injuries rose to more...

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Utah Lowers BAC Limit to 0.05

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Utah is set to become the first state in the nation to lower the legal blood alcohol content. For impaired drivers in the state, the level at which they will be charged with driving under the influence is now 0.05, lowered from the nationwide 0.08. House Bill 155 made it through the Senate in an 18-11 vote. The bill was sponsored by Representative Norm Thursto, R-Provo, and had passed through the House prior to making its way into the Senate. The bill will next land on the desk of Governor Gary Herbert for his signature. The bill is being said...

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Family Suing Statesboro for Student’s Death

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Georgia State University is a popular school for students across the state and across the country, thanks to its well-respected academics and exhilarating student life. GSU’s home city of Statesboro is full of popular hot spots and hangouts, including a variety of bars. One of these bars was the site of a terrible tragedy in 2014, and now the victim’s family is taking legal action. In 2014, a freshman decided to visit Rude Rudy’s bar. Though he was underage, he was still served alcohol. Later in the night, he got into an altercation and was beaten to death. As a result,...

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Waka Flocka Flame Cleared of Gun Charges

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The Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame was arrested in October 2014 for a variety of charges, including carrying a concealed weapon. The arrest occurred at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. A four-day trial was conducted early this month and at the conclusion of the trial Waka Flocka Flame, or Juaquin James Malphurs, was acquitted of all charges that had been filed against him. According to the rapper's attorney, the jury found Malphurs not guilty of carrying a firearm in a government facility and carrying a concealed weapon. It took the jury only 30 minutes to deliberate. The trial followed an arrest just...

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Getting Home Safely on St. Patrick’s Day

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You have your green T-shirt. You've gathered your group of friends. You know where you will be going to celebrate. You are well-prepared for St. Patrick's Day. But, you may have forgotten one detail: how you will be getting home. When you are finalizing your plans for St. Patrick's Day, you need to make sure that you are also planning for a safe ride home. There are several ways that you can get home without having to get behind the wheel, all of which will make sure that you get home happy and healthy. St. Patrick’s day is one week from...

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