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How to Avoid, Challenge and Actually Overcome Your DUI Mistake

5 Things You Need To Know About Arizona DUI Laws And Defense

No one who drinks expects to get a DUI or be the victim of an alcohol related motor vehicle crash.

As we go about our busy end of year holidays, it is prudent to keep in mind that others on the road may be driving dangerously due to drug or alcohol impairment.

According to the 2015 State of Arizona Highway Safety Annual Report, auto crashes involving at least one drug or alcohol impaired driver, was the leading of fatal accidents.

Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AGOHS) DUI arrests increased sharply and steadily by 456% percent over the last 5 years.
If you plan to drive, ride, walk or bike on Arizona roadways or highways, here are five things you should know about:

1. DUI Laws – The Most Stringent in the Nation
2. Arizona Impaired Driving Penalties are the Toughest in the Nation
3. Ten Tips for Prevention of Impaired Driving and Drinking Mistakes
4. Seven Things You Should do after a DUI Mistake
5. Criminal Defenses for Alcohol or Drug DUI in Mesa AZ

You’ve heard it before, and it’s true–There is no better way to avoid an impaired driving mistake, than to plan ahead.

This applies whether you will be drinking or not. It is prudent to keep in mind that even if you don’t plan on drinking and driving, you are not immune from an alcohol related disaster, especially if you engage in dangerous drinking behaviors such as binge drinking.

If you plan to be on the road as a pedestrian, cyclist, or other vehicle, there is still a risk that you will encounter a driver who is impaired due to alcohol or drugs.

Everyone makes mistakes. Many people arrested for impaired driving charge feel that they ruined their lives.

The ordeal is often a dramatic and overwhelming experience. Some drivers feel that it is hopeless to mount a vigorous defense, since they failed the DUI tests. But an arrest is not a conviction. It is simply the beginning of the legal process.

It is never wise to go to court and plead guilty without first consulting a private practice criminal defense attorney who serves the city where you were arrested.

Pleading guilty to a first DUI can result in harsher penalties for a second, third, or fourth DUI. Penalties you may face for a DUI conviction involving either drugs or alcohol include mandatory jail, fines, assessments, vehicle impoundments, alcohol or drug screening, license suspension, and a criminal record.

The criminal record alone can lead to harsh social consequences such as difficulties finding a job or housing or obtaining a professional license.

It is important to consult an experienced DUI defense attorney who understands all the possible ways to challenge the prosecution’s case.

#DUIdefensesMesaAZ
#DrugDUILawsGilbertAZ
#MarijuanaDUILawsChandlerAZ
#CriminalDefenseAttorneyPhoenixAZ
#DUISafetyTips
https://blog.arizonacriminaldefenselawyer.com/2016/11/avoid-challenge-actually-overcome-dui-mistake.html

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Social Security Disability for Autoimmune Disorders

+Kimberly Bishop of +The Bishop Law Firm raises awareness of disabilities caused by serious autoimmune disorders, that can result in disability and the need for SSDI benefits.

If you suffer you need a SSDI Attorney I highly recommend +Kimberly Bishop #SSDIAttorneyRaleighNC #DurhamNC  
Social Security Disability for Autoimmune Disorders

This post discusses Social Security Disability for Autoimmune Disorders. If an autoimmune disorder is preventing you or someone you care for from working read on for how Social Security will evaluate your claim for disability benefits.

According to the AARDA, autoimmune diseases affect the l......

#socialsecuritydisability #raleigh #cary #durham #northcarolina

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Can You be Convicted of a Crime You were Forced at Gunpoint to Commit?

Yes, you can, and in this case it happened.

Committing a crime that you were forced to engage in, can be defended under Arizona’s “Duress” law.

Your defense must be carefully and effectively presented in order to get the charges dismissed or to be acquitted.

In any criminal trial, the timing in which the defense theory is presented to the jury, is equally as important as the defense itself.

In a recent case decided by the Arizona Supreme Court, the defendant was charged with Marijuana transportation, and challenged the charges using Arizona’s Dress defense.

The defendant testified that smugglers armed with weapons, forced him to carry large bundles of Marijuana into the Arizona desert.

At trial, the jury found the defendant guilty of drug crimes and sentenced him to prison.

The Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction.

The defendant appealed his conviction to the Arizona Supreme Court on the basis that he was prohibited from advising the jury in opening statements that the duress defense would be used.

Below is an outline of the Arizona Supreme Court opinion and additional topics related to Arizona’s Duress Law:

• Arizona Supreme Court Opinion – Case Overview
• Understanding Arizona’s Duress Defense
• Q. & A. – Duress Defense
• Penalties, and Criminal Defense for Marijuana Charges

https://blog.arizonacriminaldefenselawyer.com/2016/11/challenge-marijuana-smuggling-charges-provoked-duress.html


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Can You be Convicted of a Crime if You were Forced at Gunpoint to Commit it?

Yes, you can, and in this case unfortunately it happened.

Committing a crime that you were forced to engage in, can be defended under Arizona’s “Duress” law.

Your defense must be carefully and effectively presented in order to get the charges dismissed or to be acquitted.

In any criminal trial, the timing in which the defense theory is presented to the jury, is equally as important as the defense itself.

In a recent case decided by the Arizona Supreme Court, the defendant was charged with Marijuana transportation, and challenged the charges using Arizona’s Dress defense.

The defendant testified that smugglers armed with weapons, forced him to carry large bundles of Marijuana into the Arizona desert.

At trial, the jury found the defendant guilty of drug crimes and sentenced him to prison.

The Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction.

The defendant appealed his conviction to the Arizona Supreme Court on the basis that he was prohibited from advising the jury in opening statements that the duress defense would be used.

Below is an outline of the Arizona Supreme Court opinion and additional topics related to Arizona’s Duress Law:

• Arizona Supreme Court Opinion – Case Overview
• Understanding Arizona’s Duress Defense
• Q. & A. – Duress Defense
• Penalties, and Criminal Defense for Marijuana Charges

https://blog.arizonacriminaldefenselawyer.com/2016/11/challenge-marijuana-smuggling-charges-provoked-duress.html













https://blog.arizonacriminaldefenselawyer.com/2016/11/challenge-marijuana-smuggling-charges-provoked-duress.html

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RI construction accidents Attorney Resources

+David Slepkow Personal Injury Attorney for construction site accidents in Rhode Island provides important resource information to help victims and families recover their losses.

#PersonalInjuryAttorneyRI
Construction site managers, general contractors and others in charge of a construction sites often ignore hazardous working conditions and put employees and construction workers in perilous and high risk situations. A top Rhode Island personal injury lawyer who is also a RI construction accident attorney will hold the negligent tortfeasor liable for their malfeasance. It is not acceptable for construction site managers to put construction workers in risky and unsafe working conditions

Crane accidents and scaffolding fall accidents are by no means the only types of construction accidents necessitating construction site negligence litigation. There are a multitude of other types of construction accidents including but not limited to: operator equipment accident, exploding compressors, ladder mishaps, welding accidents, cutting accidents, building collapse, structural failures, forklift accidents, nail gun incidents and building collapse. Other types of Rhode Island construction mishaps include a trench collapse, crane and lift accidents as well as structural collapses.

Construction accident attorney in Rhode Island
The statistics establish that construction is one of the most hazardous commercial and industrial activities. In order for a site to be safe for construction workers management must give careful attention to safety measures. The most predominate types of these types of deadly construction accidents are falls, workers being struck by objects (falling, or swinging),as well as electrocutions. According to OSHA, “Out of 4,386 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2014, 899 or 20.5% were in construction-that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction.” https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html

Fall accident at construction site
If you were injured in a ladder fall, fall from an opening in a roof or fall off an edge of a building or structure then your Rhode Island construction accident attorney will need to retain a top RI structural engineer to establish a breach of safety standards or negligence.

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Most Dangerous Intersection In Indianapolis

+Law Office Of William W. Hurst shares a report that identifies the most dangerous intersections in Indianapolis.

#PersonalInjuryAttorneyIndianapolisIN
NEW ARTICLE:  One study that looked at crash factors in Intersection related accidents stated that roughly 40% of all traffic accidents occur at intersections. If this statistic still holds true today, roughly 2,300,000 accidents occur at intersections each year. What’s even scarier is that according to this another NHTSA study which was conducted in 2013, 26% of all car accident fatalities occurred at intersections. #indianalawyer  

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Drowsy Driving Hazards and Prevention

+Law Office Of William W. Hurst Personal Injury Attorney Indiana shares important information about the hazards of drowsy driving and how to get legal help if you were injured in a collision. 

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Justice Perspective

+K. Lawson Wellington of +The Law Office K. Lawson Wellington shares an unfortunate event in history which illustrates the importance of obtaining an effective criminal defense attorney for any criminal charge.

#CriminalDefenseAttorneyDC
#CriminalDefenseLawyerMaryland

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Impact of State and Federal Laws in Trucking Accidents

+Pearl Rose  Shares information about the impacts of both state and federal laws on commercial trucking accidents.
Trucking accidents frequently result in a lawsuit being filed against multiple parties. A truck driver or commercial trucking company may be liable for the injuries of a victim. Both federal trucking laws and Illinois trucking laws may impact the ultimate outcome of a trucking accident case.

Federal trucking laws have been designed to regulate service hours, rest hours, safety checks, hiring process, weight limits, licensing requirements, testing requirements, insurance coverage and general safety standards. Federal laws ensure that non-commercial drivers and passengers stay safe on the roads. State trucking laws define specifics like weight requirements, designated truck routes, construction plans, registration process, taxes and penalties.

*A failure to comply with federal or state trucking laws can result in civil and even criminal liability. *illinoistruckingregulations

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Almost Half of Motorcycle Accidents are Fatal

+Jonathan Rosenfeld of +Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers shares alarming statistics about motorcycle accidents, and explains how victims and families can get help for their injuries, and losses.
#ChicagoInjuryLawyers  
Almost half of all motorcycle accidents are fatal. In fact, motorcycle riders are 34 times more likely to die in an accident compared to victims riding in a passenger vehicle.

To remain safe on the roadway, bikers must be ready to instantly respond to any condition or factor when out riding. This means their visibility is crucial to their safety.

But exactly how can they improve their visibility and avoid obvious hazards and dangers on the roadway? #motorcyclesafety #chicagomotorcycleinjurylawyers
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