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Binge drinking no longer ends after college

Many remember (or don’t) the crazy times they had in college. Unfortunately, major binge drinking in young adulthood has proven to lead to such issues as drug and tobacco use, alcoholism, alcohol poisoning, liver damage, accidental injury or death, and even alterations to the developing brain structure.

'Weed breathalyzer' to be tested by several cities this fall

When it comes to marijuana-impaired driving, everyone agrees that a fairer test is needed. When marijuana was illegal nationwide, it made some sense to have a so-called "per se" rule. If a properly performed test found marijuana in your system, you were considered guilty.

When does OWI become a felony?

The penalties for drunk driving are severe, and increase with the number of times that individuals are charged. Generally speaking, the first few OWI convictions will be considered a misdemeanor. That can change to a felony, however, which may result in a more severe punishment, including a prison sentence that can range from 6 months to 20 years. It also leads to higher fines, lengthier probations and other potential penalties. While OWI laws vary, there are some general guidelines.

Researchers say Breathalyzer has flaws

Anyone who is pulled over on suspicion of DUI or OWI knows the drill. While the officer will often ask a series of questions, it often inevitably ends with the driver taking a Breathalyzer, blood or urine test. The most popular roadside test is the breath test with a Breathalyzer, which has been used as evidence in more than one million DUI convictions in America each year. If the officer suspects that the driver is driving while above the legal blood alcohol concentration limit of .08 percent, they can use implied consent to force driver to take this test and then use it as evidence against the driver.

Does Indiana law incentivize drunk drivers to flee the scene?

Drunk driving is always a risky business. You might leave the bar after a few too many drinks and manage to make it home without getting caught. However, you might get pulled over and arrested, ending up with a suspended license, a few hundred dollars in fines and even serving up to a year in jail. Worse still, you run the risk of getting into an accident—and injuring or even killing someone else. If you kill another person while intoxicated behind the wheel, you’re now facing far more serious felony charges.

Prior DUI Convictions May Have Cost Messer A Senate Seat

There are many life-changing consequences to getting convicted of a DUI. U.S. Senate candidate Luke Messer opted not to publicly disclose the fact that he had twice been convicted for driving under the influence before running for public office. Ironically, initially Messer filled a seat that was vacated in 2003 by former State Representative Roland Stine, who had died a month earlier because he was a victim in a drunk driving accident.

A DUI could haunt your career for decades

Knocking back a few drinks with friends can be a lot of fun—until someone decides to drink and drive. Many college students don’t stop to consider the long-term consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Getting behind the wheel of a car can be a spur-of-the-moment decision, but the consequences of that decision can last much, much longer.

For experienced help in criminal defense, including DUI defense, call Shapiro & Lozano at 812-336-8192.

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