Pages Menu
Categories Menu

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Criminal Law, Drunk Driving, DUI Defense Attorney | 0 comments

The Consequences of Being Charged with a DUI

DUIs are a very serious charge with long-term consequences. They can leave you with thousands of dollars in fines and you can have your license revoked for up to five years. Unfortunately, multiple offenses can land you in jail or even prison.

To get a better idea of how to avoid a DUI, the following are a list of people who found themselves in this unfortunate situation. The Chicago Tribune shares that a 47-year-old woman named Kristine L. Fuller was on the block of 1900 Wesley Avenue when she was charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. She did not have a valid driver’s license and she was driving without insurance in the parking lot at Ogden Avenue and County Line Road at 6:26 AM. The charge was an aggravated DUI because her license had expired the previous year. As this case highlights, it’s important to be sure to keep your license and insurance information up-to-date at all times. More importantly, never drink and get behind the wheel. Even if you aren’t on a busy highway, you can still be charged with a DUI in an isolated area, such as a parking lot.

38-year-old Bryan Zima had a similar experience when he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and not stopping at a stop sign at the intersection of Elm and First street. 59-year-old Sharon Case was charged with a DUI and not properly using a lane at Oakwood Drive on Sept 1st. Like these two, a lot of people get caught driving under the influence because they are unable to adhere to traffic laws. If you feel that you are unable to abide by the rules of the road because you have had a few drinks, it’s important that you find a sober driver or a rideshare company to help you out after you leave the party or bar. If you are seen swerving all over the road and are pulled over, any alcohol on your breath will tip off the officer and give them probable cause to administer sobriety tests.

It’s great that the Tribune brings attention to these reports from the police department. It will help other people gain a better understanding of what not to do if they are placed in similar situations. It doesn’t matter the time of day, whether it’s 6:30 in the morning or at night, if you are caught drinking and driving, you will go to jail and face a daunting charge. Not only that, these people were putting others lives in jeopardy by driving under the influence of alcohol. Having to spend a night in jail and pay hefty fines is one thing. However, killing an innocent victim because of drunk driving could lead to a prison sentence that will be on your record for a lifetime.

If you find yourself in this type of situation, It is important to seek out a professional DUI defense attorney for an initial consultation. They will be able to discuss the details of your case with you and set a game plan in motion. With legal counsel on your side, you may be lucky enough to get your case dropped or at least obtain deferred adjudication. We all deserve a night out to let loose every once in a while, just make sure that you have a sober driver waiting to take you home at the end of the night.

Read More

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Drunk Driving | 0 comments

How to Avoid Drunk Driving: Get a Driver

There are various effects of alcohol on the body. You may have limited body coordination, which is an important aspect of efficient driving. You may feel drowsy or fatigued that you can close your eyes while on the wheel, or worse, fall asleep. You may also have limited comprehension, making it harder for you to understand what is happening on the road.

These effects put you and the others around you at risk of traffic accidents. You clearly know it, but you continue to drive while intoxicated because nobody else is going to drive you home. There is a simple solution to this – get a driver.

Bring a designated driver

If you are planning to go to a night out with your friends, it is best to have a plan. Make sure you have someone with you who can drive for you when you are already physically and mentally limited because of alcohol.

This person could be one of your friends, or he could be anybody else that agree not to drink alcohol with you. It is even better if this person doesn’t drink alcohol at all. If you have a designated driver, you can drink all you want without having the worry of driving under the influence going home.

Use other modes of transport

The core idea behind getting a driver is the passing of the driving responsibility to a reliable person. You can bring a designated driver with you or use other transportation options in your area. As much as possible, drink in a place that is easily accessed by public transportation services, like buses. This way, you can convince yourself to take a bus instead of bringing your car with you.

What makes drunk driving worse is the fact that you can get arrested for it. You may pay fines reaching thousands of dollars, and on worst cases, you may even be required to stay in jail. According to the website of the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., DWI charges can be defended. But at the end of the day, why would you want to risk fines and jail times when you can take the bus instead?

 

Read More

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in Reckless Driving | 0 comments

Why Speeding is a Reckless Behavior

Reckless behaviors are some of the most inexcusable causes of traffic accidents. They can be easily prevented, and there is never a legitimate reason for them to be accepted. What makes reckless behaviors more tragic is the fact that they put other motorists at risk as well, not just the reckless drivers themselves.

According to the website of the Georgetown accident lawyers of Evans Moore, LLC, those who have been injured in car accidents have legal options, such as compensation for the damages and justice. This proves that the law does not tolerate reckless behaviors.

One of the most common reckless behaviors is speeding. Drivers do it for many reasons. Maybe they are late for work or school. Maybe they are too confident with their driving skills. Maybe they are too complacent that nothing could go wrong. But these don’t change the fact that speeding is dangerous.

Limited control of vehicle
One of the main factors why speeding is dangerous is the fact that the speeding driver has limited control of his or her vehicle. Vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed are more likely to lose traction on the pavement. These vehicles veer off the roads, especially during sharp turns, and crash into embankments and trees.

It is also important to point out that speeding is not just about going over the speed limit. It may also mean that a vehicle is traveling too fast when the weather condition is taken into consideration. Speeding vehicles are in danger of roads with rainwater, snow, and ice.

Compromised reaction time
The faster a driver goes, the less reaction time he or she has in expected and unexpected events and other stimuli. These may include abrupt turns, vehicles that suddenly swerve or stop, pedestrians and animals that suddenly cross, and accidents that happen nearby. A speeding driver is giving himself or herself limited time to properly judge these things and react accordingly.

More devastating accidents and injuries
Basic physics tells us that the faster a vehicle is, the more devastating the resulting accident is. Drivers who speed are not just putting themselves in danger of serious injuries, but also the others around them. The most devastating injuries include brain trauma, spinal cord damage, facial disfigurement, amputation, and even death. The driver’s limited control of the vehicle and compromised reaction time also make everybody more vulnerable to these devastating accidents.

Read More

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Truck Accidents | 0 comments

A Truck’s “No Zone” Areas: A Dangerous Place for All Drivers

A semi-truck, also called an 18-wheeler or a big rig, is about 70 feet long and weighs about 80,000 lbs. – that is around 20-30 times heavier than passenger cars. It also requires heavy-duty and high-quality tires, and 20% – 40% more road surface to be able to stop (it will require about 525 feet before a semi-trailer that is traveling at 65 mph would come to full stop; a car at the same speed would require only about 316 feet). With its size and weight, it can easily crush smaller vehicles along its path if ever its breaks fail to work.

Besides its already threatening size and weight, it also has a length that makes it impossible for its driver to notice and see the presence of smaller vehicles driving along its “no-zone” or blind spot areas. These “no-zone” areas refer to spots around a truck where crashes most likely happen because (smaller) vehicles are not visible to the truck driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these areas include:

  • a truck’s front area, where a smaller vehicle, if its driver suddenly makes an emergency stop or suddenly slows down, can be rear-ended or crashed by a truck;
  • a truck’s rear area, where smaller vehicles make the mistake of tailgating it; and,
  • a truck’s sides (especially the right or passenger side), where smaller vehicles can easily be crushed if ever a truck changes lane or makes a right turn.

Smaller vehicles that end up driving along any of these “no-zone” areas are placed at higher risks if the driver of the truck is fatigued or sleepy, or even impaired by alcohol or illegal drugs. These are the very same dangers mentioned by truck accident lawyers from the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., who say that, while many truck drivers and trucking companies do everything they can to stay safe on the roadway, the sad reality is that not everyone exercises this level of caution, putting unsuspecting motorists in harm’s way. Drivers forced to exceed the set hours of service restrictions, drivers who abuse alcohol and/or amphetamines while behind the wheel, or drivers/companies that fail to keep their trucks in good working order regularly expose everyone on the road to serious risks.

Anyone who falls victim in an accident involving a truck will need strong representation from a seasoned truck accident lawyer. This will help him/her seek the compensation for all the damages he/she has been made to suffer.

Read More

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Immigration | 0 comments

Obtaining an Immigrant Visa through the EB-5 Visa Program

“Foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States must first obtain an immigrant visa. This is the first step to becoming a lawful permanent resident.” These lines make the first paragraph in the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs’ web page titled “The Immigrant Visa Process.”

Deciding to immigrate to the U.S. is not simple; much more the process that one will need to go through after deciding under which visa program or category he or she would want to qualify into. Though the family-based or employment-based visa categories are the programs that most immigrants apply into, there is a specific category wherein certain individuals may definitely qualify, the processing time is much faster, and the requirements are much limited: the EB-5 visa, also known as the employment fifth preference visa.

The EB-5 is the most challenging and the most expensive among the different types of Employment-based (EB) visa categories. This EB visa category is actually made available to foreign nationals who can and would want to invest between $500,000 and $1 million in the U.S. The amount of investment required is to be used in the creation of a new commercial enterprise or as investment in a Regional Center, either of which is for the purpose of creating or preserving at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers (citizens and permanent residents). EB-5 Regional Centers are organizations designated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the purpose of sponsoring capital investment projects to help EB-5 investors and project developers meet the job creation requirements that will qualify them under the EB-5 program rules.

Investing in a EB-5 Regional Center is considered by many investors as a much safer, easier and cheaper move in obtaining a conditional green card for themselves and their families, as well as in having these conditions subsequently removed. With regard to cost of investment, instead of cashing in $1 million (the amount investors will need to spend if they decide to create a new business), the amount required in investing in an EB-5 Regional Center is only $500,000. The creation or preservation of at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers will also be easier and faster, especially if the Regional Center chosen by investors is one that is solid and well-run.

As emphasized by various Legal and Business Advisors firms, like the AMLaw Group, for instance, it is not enough that a foreign national is financially capable of making an investment in the U.S.; knowing if the EB-5 program is the best way through which he or she can obtain a conditional green card should be his or her first interest because once he or she acts on this option, the amount invested will no longer be recovered in case the investment fails. An investor may find it beneficial if he or she were to be supported by an experienced legal team in his or her pursuit of an EB-5 visa.

Read More