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5 Things You Should Know About Dui And Dwi Penalities

5 Things You Should Know About Dui And Dwi Penalities

Large Metropolitan cities or States such as Miami, London or even New York face the challenge of drunk driving. Driving under influence or driving while intoxicated are two terms which are used interchangeably but they almost refer to the same kind of crime.

Some statistics suggest that one of the main reasons for deaths and accidents in Europe and other developed countries is the drunk driving. It is, therefore, a crime to actually drive under the influence of alcohol or any other drug and it is often referred as Driving under the influence or Driving while intoxicated.

DUI or DWI is considered as a crime because the person using alcohol or even recreational drugs beyond a certain limit becomes incapable of driving motor vehicles. It is extremely important that you know few things about DUI or DWI before you are caught by the Law enforcement Agencies for this crime. Here is a simple list of things you should know:

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1. You will be Tested

If you are driving drunk and is caught, you will be tested. Testing is done in two ways. You will either be tested by checking your blood alcohol contents or through a breath test measurement. If you cross the required thresholds, you can be charged with DUI or DWI.

Before or during the arrest, the Police Officer will actually confiscate your driving license and will conduct initial tests as defined above.

2. First Offense is Punishable up to 6 Months of Jail

In all States of US, the first offense DUI or DWI is considered as a misdemeanor and is punishable up to 6 months of Jail.

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Apart from the jail term, you can also be slapped with a heavy fine as in most cases courts actually slap heavy fines along with the jail term.

3. You Need a Good DUI Attorney

Considering the fact that you can face a jail term and a possible fine, it is always important that you must know how to fight your DUI case.

The prosecution will assure that you have a legal advocate who will fight on your side to protect your rights. You will probably have some evidence test which is brought against you. You may have to fight against the breathalyzer test and field sobriety test. You need a good lawyer to represent you in the court of law, otherwise, your future can be at risk due to a simple mistake of drunk driving.

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4. Driving Suspension

If you are over the age of 21 and it is your first offense, your driving license, and driving privileges can be suspended up to 6 months.

However, if you commit this often twice within 10 years, your driving privileges will be suspended for full 1 year.

5. The Implementation Varies Across States

According to some statistics, the implementation of DUI or DWI penalties across States varies as in some States such as Arizona, there is strict implementation. In some large cities such as Miami, DUI Attorneys can help you to avoid strict punishments. However, it is not always the case as large cities like Miami and New York have implemented really strict controls to prevent Drunk driving.

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It does not matter where you are living as what matters most is how the laws are actually implemented where you are living. You may avoid punishments at some places but ultimately if you are a habitual drunk driver, you will certainly be caught and punished regardless of where you are living.

It is always important to hire a taxi or ask a sober friend to pick you up instead of driving on your own under the influence of drugs or drink. A little bit of fare paid to taxis can save you a lot of money in the future.

Featured photo credit: accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk via accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk

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Last Updated on June 8, 2018

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

Facebook is eating away your time

    How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

    2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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    Likeaholic

      When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

      3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

      priorities

        Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

        4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

        lack of intimacy

          Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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          5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

          mother baking

            Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

            6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

            drowning

              A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

              7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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              sleeping your life away

                Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                wanting what someone else is having

                  There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                  9. Sensationalism still sells.

                  free expression

                    With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                    10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                    gun to mother earth

                      This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

                      Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com

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