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Do the police always need a warrant to take blood for a DUI?

Did you know that the police don't always need to have warrants to obtain a blood alcohol test using your blood instead of a breath sample? According to a decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court, the blood test previously suppressed in a case against a Rhode Island woman can be allowed in court.

Alcohol: It won't always cook off

If you're someone who is trying to avoid alcohol or who wants to make sure you don't drink and drive, it's a good idea to understand how alcohol is used in cooking. While there's a myth that all alcohol cooks out of food when it's used in broths or sauces, the reality is that it's unlikely that all alcohol will cook off.

Avoid a DUI conviction and fight for your driving rights

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal. It's immediately a misdemeanor for driving under the influence in the state, although there are times when you could face a felony charge. For example, if this is your third or subsequent violation occurring within five years, you'll face a felony charge. If you drive drunk when your license is already suspended or canceled for a previous offense, you'll also face a felony charge.

Woman accused of DUI after calling police for road rage

Drinking and driving is a hazard to yourself and others, which is part of the reason why it's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. Not all people who appear intoxicated are, though, so it's important for the appropriate tests to be taken to determine if your BAC is actually over the limit.

Man crashes into sea, faces DUI allegations

When you decide to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and are tired, distracted or intoxicated, you probably already know it's a bad idea. You may think you're feeling well enough to get home safely, but what if you aren't? If you aren't, you put yourself at risk of being arrested or causing a crash.

You can defend your rights if you're stopped for a DUI

Although you know that drinking and driving is not a smart decision, you still got behind the wheel and drove while intoxicated. You were rightfully pulled over, but you don't want to face time in jail or penalties for your actions. You thought your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was low enough to drive, and you were able to perform the roadside sobriety tests accurately. The only problem is that you blew a .08 percent on the Breathalyzer.

Do medical issues resemble being drunk?

If you have a medical condition that can make you dizzy, give you panic attacks or otherwise change how you act in a given situation, you may find that you become falsely accused of being drunk. Several medical conditions result in the appearance of being drunk including diabetes, seizures and narcolepsy.

Yes, you can fight to have your DUI dismissed

If you've received a DUI charge and now have to go to court, you may be worried that life as you know it will change forever. The truth is that minor DUI charges have a minimal impact on your ability to drive, but they can impact your life for a significant amount of time in the future. A DUI may affect your social life, your job and your home in ways that aren't always predictable.

Rhode Island is hard on drunk drivers: Defend yourself

Even though Rhode Island is a small state, it takes DUIs extremely seriously. If you are convicted of a DUI in Rhode Island, you'll lose your license. If this isn't your first offense, you could lose your license for a longer period of time, face heavy fines and could even go to jail.

Holiday DUIs are a higher risk to everyone involved

No one should ever be on the roads when intoxicated, but it's particularly important to be focused on the roads during the holidays. With an increase in overall traffic as well as changing weather conditions, holiday driving has the potential to be dangerous enough without additional factors like intoxication.

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