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What to do if you’re pulled over for suspicion of DWI

There may come a time when an officer spots your vehicle, assumes you are under the influence of alcohol and pulls you over to the side of the road. Regardless of whether they are right or wrong about your intoxication, it's critical that you understand the steps you can take to protect your legal rights.

There is no perfect way to approach an officer who has pulled you over for suspicion of DWI, as the steps you take will vary based on the circumstances. However, there are some basic things you can do to help prevent your arrest.

  • Cooperate: The second you become uncooperative is the second you give the officer more reason to believe you are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. No matter what is asked of you, it's critical to cooperate to the best of your ability.
  • Stay where you are: Don't get out of your vehicle or take your hands off the wheel unless the officer instructs you to do so. For example, getting out of your vehicle before the officer approaches it puts them in a difficult spot, as they'll always do what's necessary to protect their safety and that of others in the area.
  • Don't say too much: It's okay to answer basic questions, but talking too much can lead to your incriminating yourself. Stick to the facts while strongly considering every word that you share.

The difference between drug possession and trafficking

Drug crimes are serious and can affect the futures of those Texas residents who must face them. For some, getting legal help and guidance is an important part of developing criminal defense strategies and protecting defendants' rights and privileges. Criminal defense attorneys who work in the drug defense field can help their clients understand the specific elements of the charges that they are facing.

For example, drug possession and drug trafficking are two different drug-based crimes that have different elements of proof and different possible penalties. This post will offer an overview of the mentioned crimes, but readers should always seek out the most applicable laws and support for their individual legal needs.

Who can bring a wrongful death claim in Texas?

When a loved one dies, the lives of the deceased's survivors can be forever changed. Not only is there the emotional loss to contend with, but there are typically financial losses as well. These losses may be especially acute when the loved one's death was caused by the negligence of another party. When that happens, it may be possible to pursue a wrongful death claim. However, it is important to understand who has standing to commence such an action.

Under Texas law, only a surviving spouse, a child, and the parents of a wrongful death victim can benefit from the compensation awarded through a wrongful death claim. However, a surviving spouse, a child, or a parent of the wrongful death victim can bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of all.

Did your car accident result in a herniated disc?

Every part of your body is at risk of injury in a motor vehicle accident, but your back and neck are among the most susceptible. If you suspect this type of injury, it's best to seek immediate medical care, as opposed to attempting to treat it at home.

Upon presenting at a local hospital, your medical team will conduct a physical exam to better understand the type of trouble you're facing. From there, if they have reason to believe you have a herniated disc, they can order imaging tests including:

  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • X-ray

How long can truckers be on the road?

Commerce in Texas is based, in part, on businesses being able to transport their goods to other locations, whether they are going across the state or across the country. Semi-truck drivers are responsible for much of this transportation, but there are special rules they must follow in order to increase the chances that they will avoid causing truck accidents.

Truckers may operate their vehicles a maximum of 11 hours only after taking 10 hours in a row off-duty, and they cannot be on-duty, whether driving or performing other tasks, for more than 14 hours following a 10-consecutive-hour rest period. In addition, truckers must take a 30-minute rest break after eight hours on-duty. Also, truckers cannot spend more than 60 hours on-duty over seven consecutive days or more than 70 hours on-duty over eight consecutive days.

The physical complications of a traumatic brain injury

From a skull fracture to bleeding on the brain, a traumatic brain injury can take many forms. Even if you receive immediate treatment, it's likely that you'll suffer from some physical complications of your injury.

Understanding these complications, including the best way to treat them, positions you to prevent additional damage and to hopefully regain your former level of health.

Criminal defense protections for drug charges

Drug charges are no laughing matter and can result in serious personal and professional consequences for accused individuals, including the potential loss of freedom. Because the potential penalties and consequences associated with drug charges are so steep, it is important for accused individuals to be familiar with their legal protections and criminal defense options right away.

Accused individuals have criminal defense rights that can protect them in a variety of circumstances, including if they are facing drug possession charges or other types of drug-related criminal charges. Accused individuals are facing the real possibility of incarceration, steep fines, and the potential loss of employment and educational opportunities all because of drug charges. As a result, accused individuals need to be familiar with their rights so they know if they have been violated.

How could a Texas DWI charge impact your career success?

Anyone charged with allegedly driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas will likely worry about the consequences of the charges they face. It is common for people to focus on the potential loss of their freedom due to incarceration if they wind up convicted, but it's also important for anyone facing DWI charges to understand the other penalties and consequences that impaired driving can cause.

A conviction can mean a criminal record, as well as the suspension of your license to drive. Although fighting a DWI charge may seem unnecessary or risky, in reality, a defense could help you reduce the long-term impact of DWI charges on your life and career.

What is a wrongful death lawsuit?

When surviving family members have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, they may be left with many questions and face unexpected emotional and financial damages. Wrongful death actions may be able to provide some help to surviving family members coping with the unexpected, and wrongful, loss of a loved one in a fatal accident.

Surviving family members who have lost a loved one because of a negligent driver should ensure they have all of their questions answered concerning how a wrongful death claim for damages may be able to help them with the struggles they face. A wrongful death claim for damages is brought by the estate of the lost loved one for the benefit of surviving family members, which usually includes spouses, children, and dependents. The compensation that is recoverable after successfully pursuing one of these claims can help them with their financial and emotional damages.

The importance of challenging field sobriety tests when necessary

Field sobriety tests can commonly form the basis of drunk driving charges, making it important for accused drivers to understand what field sobriety tests are and how they can challenge them when needed. Challenging a field sobriety test performed by a police officer can be an important part of a

DUI defense.

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