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The dangers of drinking and driving are well-known. Impaired drivers are less likely to devote their full time and attention to their driving, and as a result an accident can happen. Fighting a DWI can be scary, but with the help of a strategic legal partner, a solid defense can be established. One of the most common defenses is to attack the field sobriety test results. And in a decent number of cases, the results have been found to be invalid. The invalidity of the test hinges on several things, a common theme being that the test result is a “false positive”. Other common areas of error include operator error and equipment malfunction. Any of these things can lead to a test result that is not valid, which provides a strong defense to a DWI charge. But, in today’s technology filled world, a new form of dangerous driving exists: the text and drive scenario.  

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What Is Reckless Driving?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

Sammy Hagar famously sang “I can’t drive 55”, and in the decades since that classic hit, the national speed limit has increased. But, many drivers still exceed the speed limit, and when they do they can face traffic tickets for the violation. If the speed is high enough, speeders can also be charged with reckless driving.A conviction means points on your driving record, and high fines.  

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It’s no secret that if you are given a ticket and/or convicted of certain offenses “points” are added to your driving record. These points affect your ability to drive and can also cause your insurance company to increase your rates. Therefore, it is important to have an understanding of how certain violations count against you and your driving record.  

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The best thing you can do after an accident is stay put. Leaving the scene of an accident is serious, and if you are injured leaving could cause further injury. Fleeing the scene also makes it more difficult for law enforcement to investigate, and could be seen as an attempt to hinder the investigation. Even if you have been drinking and face possible DWI charges, leaving the scene could result in additional or more severe charges being lodged against you.  

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Too Wealthy for Jail?

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  • Dec 13, 2013

Ethan Couch, a Texas teen whose blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit during when the truck he was driving struck and killed four pedestrians, has been sentenced to 10 years of probation.  

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South Carolina Gamecock and NFL prospect Jadeveon Clowney was ticketed Saturday for driving 110 mph in a 70 mph zone on a South Carolina interstate.  

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