It is important to have someone help you defend yourself if you're accused of a crime. Why? Your attorney can help you protect your rights.
You went out to eat with friends and made sure you didn't drink, because you had to be the one to drive home sober. Not long after you started your trek home, you noticed that you weren't feeling quite right. Shortly thereafter, a police officer pulled you over to the side of the road.
You didn't think you had too much to drink at dinner, but you see the cop car behind you and its flashing lights. Were you weaving? Do you have a light out? You're not sure. After a few moments talking to the officer, you realize you're being accused of being intoxicated.
There are many things that people may not know about alcohol. For example, it doesn't actually impact the life cycle of brain cells, which means drinking too much won't actually kill your brain cells and make you dumb. In fact, some alcohol can actually be good for you. Red wine, for example, can prevent the onset of dementia, according to research.
In all states, driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher is against the law. You can be convicted of a DWI if you're discovered to be driving, boating or using another vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
"Mens rea" is the legal term that refers to the mental status, or "guilty mind," of the defendant at the time the crime was committed. It's what ultimately helps determine exactly what crime a person should be convicted of having committed, if at all.
Attorney-client privilege is something in the American legal system that is held very dear. However, that privilege can get muddled in certain situations -- especially when the attorney is the counsel for your business.
In a previous post, we discussed just two of the ways that a drug recognition expert's testimony can be challenged in court. Those are not, however, the only questions your attorney can raise.
Drug recognition experts are specifically trained law officers used to identify drivers who are impaired by drugs, not alcohol.
Mental health issues are on the minds of the Rhode Island Senate as policy makers try to push through a package of reforms designed to encourage treatment of the mentally ill rather than incarceration.