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Is A Breath Test Reliable?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

One of the most adrenaline inducing moments of life can be when you see the flashing lights of a police cruiser in your rear view mirror after you’ve been drinking. The first few seconds can be the worst, and the anxiety that is produced lingers for days after the event. Anyone who has been in this situation is understandably scared, and wonders what the best course of action is to resolve the matter. Part of the confusion may stem from the process, and in particular the breath test. The facts are clear though: not all results are reliable. Human error plays a part in the testing, and since no one is perfect it is wise to challenge the validity of the test results.  

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Can They Take My Blood In A DWI Case?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

Being charged for DWI requires the authorities to show you are legally intoxicated. What that means is that the level of alcohol in your blood exceeds the legal limit. To make this determination the police may perform a field sobriety test, which might include a Breathalyzer. However, a more accurate conclusion of your BAC is reached by the officer actually taking your blood. The process for obtaining a blood sample is complicated.  

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There are 8 military bases in North Carolina, all populated with personnel and civilians. Whether you are active duty or just a visitor, if you are pulled over for DWI while on a military base a conviction can have life changing consequences. For military personnel, your career may be in jeopardy and for civilians you will face heightened DWI charges. To avoid severe punishments, such as permanent damage to your military career, contact a skilled criminal defense attorney for help.  

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Strike Out

  • By James Cummings
  • Jul 15, 2014

Sports teach us valuable life lessons in teamwork and how to win without arrogance. Sports also offer outlets for physical activity help shape mental toughness. From stadiums and arenas around the world role models are born, and favorite players are created. We can learn a lot from sports, from the rules of a particular game to holding your head high even in defeat.  A well-known rule from country to country is that in baseball its three strikes, and you’re out! 

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