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A possible DUI conviction may turn on a breathalyzer issue

If law enforcement stops you on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, will you subsequently take a breath test? What happens if the officer arrests you?

A successful defense will begin with a thorough examination of the circumstances surrounding your arrest, including the possibility of a breath test device calibration issue.

How can a domestic violence conviction affect your job prospects?

A domestic violence conviction works much like any other criminal charge -- it ends up part of your permanent record. If you're asked about your criminal history when applying for a job, then a domestic violence conviction on your record may limit your employment prospects. If your employer requires you to have a professional license to perform your job, then you may be unable to keep working there with a domestic violence conviction on your record.

Employers often run background checks on their employees before hiring them for almost any role in this era. They may look to see if you have convictions for certain crimes, depending on the type of job that you're seeking.

Is your 18-year-old son facing a “Baby DUI” conviction?

As a freshman in college, your son will deal with many new situations. He will probably attend parties where beer is available, and he may join in the drinking.

If he decides to get behind the wheel afterward, law enforcement may stop him on suspicion of drinking and driving, but because of his age, he is looking at “Baby DUI.”

Mistakes you can easily make when stopped for DUI

If a police officer has cause to believe that you're driving under the influence, they won't hesitate to pull you over. Should that happen, your stomach will tie up in knots and you'll begin to sweat.

On the plus side, when you know how to approach this type of traffic stop, it's much easier to do so in a confident manner. There are many mistakes you could easily make when stopped for suspicion of DUI. Avoid these three:

  • Admitting to drinking alcohol: For example, you may say to the officer "I only had two drinks a few hours ago." That doesn't mean anything to them. It simply tells the officer that you do have alcohol in your system.
  • Answering questions you don't understand: You have the legal right to remain silent, so don't be afraid to decline any questions that you don't understand or simply don't want to answer. The officer can't force you into doing so.
  • Resisting arrest: Should the officer have cause to make an arrest, such as a failed breathalyzer or field sobriety test, it's not the time to put up a fight. Not only can this cause injury, but it's likely to result in additional criminal charges.

The 10-80-10 law and an overview of business fraud risk

Auditors for businesses, including large corporations, focus on fraud detection and the likelihood of fraudulent activity occurring within the company.

Fraud investigators operate on what they call the “10-80-10” law. What is this, and how does it affect those who are under investigation for fraud?

Steps to take if you’re accused of shoplifting

More so today than ever before, retail stores are on the lookout for shoplifters. And for this reason, you could find yourself accused of this crime when you actually did nothing wrong.

Here are three things you should do if you're accused of shoplifting by a store associate or security guard:

  • Don't walk or run away: If you didn't violate the law, you may be tempted to simply leave the scene. However, this can result in a scuffle and more aggravation than it's worth.
  • Explain yourself: Ask the person why they believe you were shoplifting. If you understand where they're coming from, you can then explain yourself. Remember, you weren't shoplifting unless you actually took the item out of the store without paying for it.
  • Don't say too much: If it's obvious that no explanation will work, keep quiet. You don't want to say too much, as doing so could result in a slip that makes you appear guilty and can be used against you in court. You're best off keeping to yourself and waiting to see how the process unfolds.

Important qualities of a good domestic violence defense lawyer

If the authorities in Colorado Springs arrest you on charges of domestic violence, you will no doubt want an attorney to represent you. You may think any criminal defense attorney will serve, but it is in your best interest to search for the right lawyer. While most attorneys have proper training and at least some experience, choosing a lawyer familiar with domestic violence strengthens your defense.

Working with the right attorney to try and overcome the charges you face comes with many benefits. One of the greatest of these benefits is having an advocate who understands the path upon which you are traveling. As you might imagine, this understanding comes from experience. As such, experience with defending those accused of domestic violence is the first quality to look for in a lawyer. Other good qualities include:

  • Accessibility: From the moment of your arrest, your future is in jeopardy. The importance of having access to your attorney and getting fast answers to your questions or concerns cannot be overstated.
  • Success: It is wise to find a lawyer with a history of successfully defending those accused of domestic violence. A record of success indicates that the lawyer can strategize defense options based on the unique details of each case.
  • Empathy: If your attorney cannot sympathize with your side of the story, there exists a chance that your defense will lack conviction. Lawyers with the ability to step into your shoes for a moment often build better and stronger defense strategies.

The one-leg stand, your ear infection and an arrest for DUI

Perhaps you have a history of ear infections and were fighting that condition again the night law enforcement stopped you on suspicion of DUI.

Unfortunately, you failed the one-leg stand during a field sobriety test. This is a serious matter that could affect your future. What happens now?

Does DUI and DWAI mean the same thing in Colorado?

In most American regions, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for adult drivers measures at 0.08% or lower. Experts believe motorists measuring under this limit are still sober enough to operate a motor vehicle safely.

In Colorado, the authorities take quite a harsh stance against any form of drunk driving. Law enforcement officers make DUI arrests frequently to stay ahead of the problem and keep other motorists safe. What many Colorado Springs residents fail to realize is that you can face impaired driving charges even if your BAC measures less than 0.08%.

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