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3 ways you can avoid a DWI

Nothing ruins a night out in Longview quite like seeing red and blue lights in the rearview mirror. If you were under the influence of alcohol at the time of a traffic stop, you could be facing a charge for driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Like in most other places, a DWI in Texas is a serious matter. If a court convicts you of drunk driving, you could face jail time and probation, as well as the loss of your license and expensive fines and court fees.

China to assist on halting drug pipeline to the U.S.

Fentanyl is a major problem in the United States. Currently, the synthetic opioid, which is much stronger than morphine, is being added to heroin and other drugs to increase their "kick." Unfortunately, it's also killing addicts because it's hard to guess when you're getting something that is laced with too much of this powerful drug.

China has finally agreed to help stem the tide of fentanyl into the U.S. The country intends to declare all fentanyl-related drugs a new class of controlled substances. This will help the loophole that foreign chemists use to create new synthetic drugs that act the same as fentanyl faster than the law can ban them in order to keep manufacturing and exporting the drugs. By changing the formula of fentanyl and fentanyl-related drugs in small, insignificant ways, manufacturers could continue operating inside China with legal impunity.

It is possible to challenge your Breathalyzer results

If you recently failed a Breathalyzer test and now face drunk driving charges, you might feel as though you don't have any options for defending yourself. This feeling is understandable, but you may have more opportunities to challenge the results than you expect.

Even if you don't think you have grounds for a strong defense, you should look at all the evidence and scrutinize it for any weakness. Building a defense is almost always more effective at protecting your rights and future privileges than building no defense at all and simply accepting a sentence or hoping for a plea deal. Your future is worth all the time and effort you spend to keep it secure.

Alcohol, drugs and suicide: A dark triad is hitting America

Americans are suffering. The rates of death due to drug addiction, alcoholism and suicide hit record highs in 2017 -- averaging 72.4 fatalities for every 100,000 people throughout the nation.

This alarming news comes out of a report titled "Pain In The Nation," which was provided by the Well Being Trust and the Trust for America's Health. The report relied on data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Why do people keep choosing to drive after drinking?

There's no doubt about it: Drinking and driving is a terrible idea. Despite all of the ad campaigns, public service announcements, roadside checkpoints and the stiff penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI), people still make the same mistakes they've made for decades.

So, why does it keep happening? The answers may surprise you.

Can autopilot absolve you from a drunk driving charge?

Modern technology can do a lot of things -- but it can't help you avoid a drunk driving charge.

A driver out in California apparently tried to claim absolution from a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI) because he was letting his Tesla operate on autopilot. Police found the driver passed out behind the wheel on the San Francisco Bay Bridge. His blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tested at twice the legal limit.

The difference between drug possession and trafficking

What's the difference, exactly between a drug user, a small-time dealer and a drug "trafficker?" How do police know when to charge someone with trafficking instead of possession? What's the difference for the defendant?

Frankly, it often comes down to the circumstances of an arrest and what the police find during their search. Generally speaking, the police will often consider the following things evidence of trafficking:

  • You are caught with a large quantity of a single drug (more than they believe you might use on your own).
  • You have a wide variety of drugs in your possession, in large enough quantities to sell.
  • You have weapons on you when you are arrested or hidden within reach.
  • You are caught with items that make drug sales easier, like scales and baggies.
  • You are found with a large quantity of cash that doesn't have a known source.

How can social media impact a DWI or drug case against you?

Many people have far too narrow of a perspective when it comes to the impact of social media on criminal charges. People may think of crimes that happened on social media, such as cyberbullying or stalking. However, the crime does not have to be digital in nature for someone to get into trouble over it on social media.

For example, the rise in certain social media platforms, like Snapchat, created an incentive for some individuals to brag about dangerous or illegal behavior. Young adults have even made the very questionable decision to live stream crimes, like drunk driving, on social media.

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