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Traffic Law DUI/DWI

Criminal Offense of Impeding the Flow of Traffic
It is not uncommon for a state motor vehicle code to incorporate an individual chapter addressing the "rules of the road." One such rule is the prohibition against impeding the flow of traffic. More...
Sleep Disorder Defense to a DUI Charge
In its report, Drowsy Driving and Automobile Crashes, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NCSDR/NHTSA Expert Panel on Driver Fatigue and Sleepiness, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conservatively estimated that 100,000 police-reported crashes were the direct result of driver fatigue each year, resulting in an estimated 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $ 12.5 billion in monetary losses. More...
Elements of Drunk Driving Offense
Drunk driving laws were enacted almost at the same time as the motor vehicle was invented. Over the years the statutes have been changed and strengthened. In 1982, legislation was passed requiring state drunk driving laws to include provisions for a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 as a per se offense and for license suspensions and minimal sentencing restrictions in order for states to continue to qualify for certain federal funding. Legislation passed in 2000 conditioned the availability of federal highway funds upon the states' adoption of a limit of 0.08. More...
Immigration Consequences of a DUI/DWI Conviction
The dangers and consequences of drunken driving are obviously serious, but the consequences of drunken driving convictions for non-citizens of the United States can be grave. In addition to the possibility of losing driving privileges and facing higher insurance premiums, drunken driving convictions may lead to inadmissibility or to deportation of the noncitizen from the United States, denial of adjustment during the green card process, or a finding of bad moral character at a naturalization interview. More...
Consequences of Guilty Plea in DUI/DWI Cases
The first suspension in most drunk driving cases is the Administrative License Suspension (ALS). The ALS takes place immediately upon refusal to submit to the driving under the influence (DUI) tests, or upon testing over the state limit (usually .08) for breath. More...

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