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February 2017 Archives

What is the walk-and-turn test?

You may have heard people in California reference field sobriety tests and wonder exactly what types of things are tested and how these tests are administered. One of the standardized tests is called the walk-and-turn test. As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, this test alone is considered to have an accuracy rate of 66 percent.

The one-legged stand field sobriety test

Have you been arrested and charged with drunk driving in California? If so, you know how scary the whole experience can be? Upon seeing flashing lights behind you, it's not uncommon for a person's heart rate to increase and a general level of nervousness and fear sets in. This type of emotional response can understandably make even the most basic tasks difficult to execute. When asked to participate in a field sobriety test, your ability to pass these tests may be compromised with or without alcohol.

4 reasons you could appear drunk when you're not

Everyone makes mistakes, and it's an odd day when you're pulled over for no reason. If you were accused of driving while drunk but know you didn't have anything to drink, several explanations are possible. Certain medical conditions affect the way you act and appear. Your balance, speech or other movements may appear intoxicated.

Defining the difference between infractions and misdemeanors

Those in Encino who watch courtroom dramas or listen to legal stories on the local news may often be inundated with legal terms that, while they may think they understand their meaning, they do not fully comprehend their application. One such term is “misdemeanor.” Most may associate misdemeanors with felonies in that each classifies a category of crimes, with felony offenses being more serious. This may lead people to assume that any minor crime or offense is a misdemeanor. However, there is third recognized category of offenses: infractions.

What are the legal consequences of underage drinking and driving?

If you have been caught drinking and driving in California and are under the legal age of consumption, then you will face stiff penalties from the Department of Motor Vehicles. It is important to understand that the DMV notes whatever underage drinking penalties it imposes are in addition to anything that may be imposed by the court.

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