Normally, a car accident is a purely civil issue -- no matter how serious the accident or injuries involved. There are some times, however, when a car accident can also become a criminal issue, and you may find yourself facing charges after a wreck.
Here's what can turn a simple car accident into a criminal offense.
Sometimes, the momentary confusion and panic that sets in after an accident can cause people to make choices that they'd never make in their more rational moments.
One of the most common tests police officers use during traffic stops is a breathalyzer, and police will do this if they suspect that a person is under the influence of alcohol. When this happens, you have nothing to worry about if the test comes back with a 0.08 blood-alcohol content (BAC) level because this is the limit in most states. However, you can be arrested on the spot if you register above this.
Being arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) can mean some severe punishments are coming your way. You may be facing jail time, expensive fees and fines, community service, the loss of driving privileges, and more. Getting professional legal help is vital during this time to help you deal with the ramifications of this accusation. Read on to learn about just one of many legal defenses to a DUI charge.
If you have been injured in an accident and you want to file an injury claim, the first contact the insurance company makes with you may set the tone for further dealings. Here are a few tips to help you handle this first contact so that everything runs smoothly after that.
Know the Person You Are Talking To
The first step is to identify to whom you are speaking; do this before giving out any information.
If you were recently arrested for drug possession then you may be wondering what on Earth you can do. Depending on how many drugs you were caught with, if you were caught carrying a firearm as well, and any prior charges that you have will determine whether or not you will be released on bail and how much your bail will be set at. But what do you do if you do have bail that's set and what do you do until you go to court?