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July 2016 Archives

Charges of sexual relations with students serious for teachers

Teaching young people can be a very rewarding way to earn a living. But teachers are also vulnerable in regard to the relationships they establish with their students. And sometimes, the nature of a teacher's personal interaction with a student may come into question.

Be aware of drunk talk when speaking to officers

After a few drinks, as our blood alcohol concentration begins to rise, our bodies undergo a series of changes. As alcohol is a depressant, these changes slow our reflexes, thought process and speech. Some studies suggest that the effect alcohol has on our speech is apparent to even the novice listener. Even though we may feel completely sober and clear as a bell when communicating while intoxicated, we're probably not fooling anyone. Drunk talk is in fact, a real thing. In the event you are stopped for suspicion of DUI, it may be best to avoid saying anything.

What is the difference between assault and battery?

Although the terms assault and battery are usually used interchangeably, they differ in many ways. Like the definition of most criminal charges, assault and battery are interpreted differently from state to state. Essentially, for either an assault or battery to have been committed, a person must have physically hit, tried to hit or threatened someone else.

Curfew laws don't always trump parental rights

Contrary to common belief, curfews are still a very real thing. Generally speaking, they are local ordinances that ban minors from being in a business or out in public during certain hours. Although these curfew laws are enacted by mainly local governments, they can carry significant penalties for repeat offenses. While there are generally only a few exceptions to curfew law, they typically do not trump a parent's right to request or instruct their minor children to be out past curfew.

Don't settle with a DUI, get an attorney

Although many people may admit to driving while intoxicated, not everyone that does it receives a DUI. In fact, for those that do, the embarrassment and lasting consequences that follow are typically enough to prevent it from ever happening again. When facing drunk driving charges, no matter the evidence against you, you don't have to settle with the DUI. There are defense attorneys that can help.