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Understanding field sobriety testing

If you're pulled over by the police on suspicion of drunk driving, then you'll likely be asked to perform a field sobriety test. This is not the breath test that measures your blood alcohol concentration. This test is actually a series of three different tests that allow an officer to determine if you are impaired.

Each section of the test helps by showing if you are balanced, if your pupils move correctly and if you can follow simple directions. The three tests include the walk-and-turn test, the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, and a final test, the one-leg stand.

How a college DUI impacts your future

All you wanted to do was to go out and have fun with your friends, but the night quickly turned sour when the police pulled you over. Your tail light was out, which normally is a simple matter of talking to the police and getting a new light after a warning. Unfortunately, since you'd been drinking, the officer asked you to perform a field sobriety test before giving you a breathalyzer test.

It was then you learned that you were over the legal limit at .08. The officer took the test twice, and you did poorly on the field-sobriety tests also. Now, you face a DUI.

5 signs that a breath test isn't accurate

You don't think you're over the legal limit, and you take the breath test gladly after getting pulled over. To your surprise, it comes back at 0.09. The officer says you're under arrest for drinking and driving, though you don't even feel buzzed.

Now, all you can think about is your future. Are you going to lose your job? Can you even work with a suspended license? How will you afford the fines? How are you going to break the news to your loved ones?

South Carolina's penalties for DWI charges can ruin young lives

For many college students, their time at school is a combination of personal experimentation and growth and academic achievement. Even students on the Dean's List can make questionable decisions on the weekends.

Driving while intoxicated (DWI), however, is more than a simple mistake. It's a crime, and one that could impact your child's life forever. It's important, as a parent, to be proactive once you learn that your college student is facing DWI charges.

3 DUI defenses women use successfully

As a woman, you may already know that if you drink, your body could absorb alcohol differently than a man. With less weight and different muscle-to-fat ratios, women tend to become drunk quickly in comparison to men. Despite this, most women understand when they've had too much to drink and avoid driving.

A DUI isn't just for drinking, though. Taking medications affects your ability to drive as well. A woman's defense to drunk driving is similar to those men use. You may show you didn't drink before getting in the car, that you have a medical condition that makes you appear drunk or that you didn't know medications you were on would make you dizzy or confused.

4 ways a college DUI can affect your future

It's true that teens and young adults want to have fun as much as they want to work hard, and as a student at a university, you deserve a needed break. Unfortunately, many students end up drinking and driving, which puts them at risk for a DUI. A DUI results in a number of long-term consequences, even if you don't have to go to jail or pay a fine. So, how can a DUI affect your future?

Alcohol-related convictions: Putting your student's future at risk

We send our children off to college with so many hopes and dreams for their future. It's an opportunity to learn and grow as individuals; their first glimpse into all that adulthood has to offer.

Like everything in life, these experiences also come with challenges, with the availability of alcohol ranking high on the list. If your child has been charged with driving under the influence or another alcohol-related offense in South Carolina, a conviction can significantly impact his or her future.

DWI charges in South Carolina

For many people, drinking is a way of relieving stress and another way to enjoy the company of friends. Many people are able to enjoy alcohol in a responsible way that does not endanger themselves or others, but if you have drunk enough to become impaired and then you decide to drive, you may learn the hard way that drinking and driving in South Carolina can have very serious consequences.

The single greatest concern when it comes to drinking and driving is that an intoxicated driver will harm or kill another person, multiple people or themselves. However, even if an intoxicated driver does not cause any damage to themselves, others, or their property the driver can still be charged with driving while impaired and a DWI will change the rest of their life.

Do You Have to Pay Taxes on a Settlement or Judgment?

They say there are two things guaranteed in life - death and taxes - but does this truism carry over to settlements and judgments stemming from personal injury claims? There is actually no clear-cut answer, as there are many factors that come into play regarding the nature of and circumstances surrounding your case.

Who Pays for a Hit and Run Accident?

When you're hurt in a car accident, you have the right to take legal action and be compensated for your injuries. But what if the driver who hit you flees the scene? While filing a claim against the other driver's insurance company is still possible if they are caught, if they cannot be found you are stuck recovering damages from your own insurance company. Before going into detail about how to recover damages, there are a few things you need to know about how where you live can affect how to pursue your case.

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