What Happens When You’re Caught Drinking and Driving?

In the state of Oregon, it’s illegal to operate a motor vehicle is your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above .08%. But even a basic knowledge of DUII law doesn’t always stop motorists from getting behind the wheel when they’ve had a few too many. If you’re worried about what might happen if you’re pulled over for drunk driving, you probably should be. Despite what you might think, a DUII allegation and subsequent conviction can have massive ramifications on your life as you know it. Here’s what you can expect if you are pulled over and charged with a DUII.

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The Importance of Knowing Your Alcohol Limits

It is critical to know how your body reacts to alcohol. Such insight will prevent run-ins with the law, but—more importantly—it will help keep you and those around you out of harm’s way. In 2016 alone, 2,017 people died in alcohol-related crashes where drivers had low alcohol levels (levels below the legal limit). Even with BACs as low as 0.1 to 0.7 g/dL, accidents can still happen and change lives forever.

Everyone responds to alcohol differently, so it is imperative that you know how alcohol affects you. You may have had too much to drink if you notice any of the following signs: 

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3 Situations That Require Help From a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Most people never dream that they’ll be in trouble with the law. But unfortunately, it’s possible that you may find yourself in a precarious situation that requires help from a qualified attorney. There are several reasons to hire a criminal defense lawyer for a case. We’re going over just three of those reasons in today’s post.

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Distracted Driving in Oregon Could Land You in Jail

We tend to hear about the strict penalties for drunk driving offenses in Oregon. But there are other criminal matters that occur behind the wheel that the state takes very seriously. The penalties for distracted driving have become increasingly harsh over the last few years in an effort to prevent accidents and fatalities on Oregon roads.

At any given daylight moment across the country, approximately 660,000 drivers use cell phones or other electronic devices while they drive. It’s been a real problem in Oregon. In June of 2018, traffic deaths increased by 18% from the year prior. At least a portion of those fatalities, said the state’s Department of Transportation, can be attributed to driver inattention.

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How to Avoid Being Involved in a Prostitution Sting

In television shows and movies, you may have seen seedy men swept up in police stings involving shady hotels and ladies of the night. Exaggerated versions of events like these might make you believe that they could never happen to you. But the truth is that approximately 80,000 Americans are arrested every year for soliciting sex. And while you might think that an arranged meet-up doesn’t carry a whole lot of risks, nothing could be further from the truth.

Law enforcement officers will frequently use the internet to set up online prostitution stings. They will attempt to lure unsuspecting people into a situation in which they can be arrested for solicitation. It’s important to protect yourself by learning about what can happen during this type of sting and how to avoid situations like these entirely. Otherwise, you may need immediate help from prostitution lawyers after the fact.

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3 Mistakes to Avoid While in a DUI Diversion Program

Although fewer than 4,000 people are arrested for drunk driving on a daily basis, that doesn’t mean you’re invincible. If you choose to drink and drive, chances are that you will eventually pay the price in one way or another. Those who are arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol for the first time may be eligible for what’s known as a DUII diversion program.

Diversion programs essentially allow a first-time DUI offender to plead guilty or no contest to their crime without having to serve time in jail. Instead, individuals have to successfully complete the DUI diversion program requirements; if they do, the charges against them will be dismissed or even expunged.

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5 Common Obstacles to Recovering from Addiction

Quick Facts

According to the 2017 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, among those with a substance use disorder:

  • 75.2% struggle with alcohol use
  • 36.4% struggle with illicit drug use
  • 11.5% struggle with illicit drugs and alcohol use
  • 3.4% had both a substance use disorder and a mental illness

Despite the above findings, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that “Rates of alcohol use disorder have declined in all age groups relative to 2015.” But why don’t more addicts seek help? What’s holding them back? There are so many barriers that stand in an addicts way, and we can’t help our loved ones if we can’t understand what may be stopping them from seeking help. While you might feel inclined to judge, you must not. Instead, you must emphasize—recovering from addiction is easier said than done. Many addicts face the following five obstacles.

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