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September 2018 Archives

Drinking a hot beverage while driving

As the summer comes to an end and fall arrives, many people like to celebrate the change of season by drinking hot beverages. People often enjoy hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate during this time of year, but it is important to be aware of some of the dangers that can actually arise as a result of these hot beverages. Many auto accidents have been caused by a driver spilling a hot beverage on themselves while behind the wheel, losing control of their vehicle, and it is vital to understand the risks drivers may face when they drink something that is hot while behind the wheel.

What treatments are available for alcohol addiction?

Receiving a DWI in North Carolina is a serious matter with very serious consequences. Additionally, a DWI charge can also point to a problem with alcohol use in general, and these effects often extend beyond the legal. Interpersonal relationships, work, and even health in general will all be impacted by prolonged acohol usage. WebMD explains the different treatments available for alcohol addiction and how each one may potentially help you on the road to recovery.

Reasonable suspicion: all you need to know

In order for a police officer to pull you over on suspicion of a DUI, they must have what is called “reasonable suspicion.” This is a less severe form of “probable cause,” but it is still legally binding. Without reasonable suspicion, one may be able to challenge the traffic stop and possible following arrest.

Driving at night without much experience

Operating a vehicle can be dangerous at any time, but certain periods (such as the night) can be particularly hazardous. During nighttime hours, drivers may struggle to see the road and hazards near the roadway, more people may get behind the wheel while intoxicated and drowsy driving becomes especially concerning. For some people, driving at night can be especially difficult because they do not have very much experience with this, and driving when it is dark out can be different from driving during the day in a number of ways.

Deer and traffic collisions

In many parts of the country, hunting season begins in the fall. While this can be an exciting time of year for hunters, it can also be a hazardous time of year for drivers and those riding along in vehicles. Unfortunately, some motor vehicle collisions are caused by deer, whether they involve one vehicle slamming into a deer or veering off of the road, or multiple vehicles that crash when a driver attempts to avoid a deer. To make things worse, the sun goes down sooner during this time of year, which can make it harder for many drivers to see the road and obstacles that lie ahead, such as deer.

When your teen is facing drug charges

Raising a child can bring on a great deal of stress at times and parents may be concerned about their child's future for many reasons. However, there are certain times when these concerns may become even greater, such as when a teen is charged with a drug offense. Whether your child has been accused of selling drugs or possessing unlawful substances, it is crucial to not only understand how their future could be affected by these charges but do what you can to support them during this tough time. In North Carolina, these charges can be very damaging with respect to a young person's future.

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