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Can you be charged for a DUI when you're under the legal limit?

You may think the only way the police can arrest you for driving while intoxicated is if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over 0.08 percent. The truth is that any kind of negligent driving that is a result of any level of intoxication could result in a DUI.

Even if you're only driving buzzed, it still isn't okay if that buzz is making you a danger to others. Noticeable impairment puts you at risk of a DUI. Why? You could have combined prescription drugs with alcohol, for example, which would be enough for a charge for driving under the influence of drugs if you were intoxicated and clearly impaired. Your BAC doesn't have to be over 0.08 for that charge to stick.

Woman arrested for fraudulently claiming to be a contractor

If you're accused of a white collar crime like fraud, you could face felony charges and other penalties. Taking advantage of others by making untrue or inflated statements is fraudulent and can land you in trouble with the law.

That is what happened in this case out of East Baton Rouge Parish, where a woman has been arrested for making false claims about her background as a contractor. According to the story from May 8, the victim claims her home took on eight feet of water during floods in August.

These plea bargains can help reduce your charges and penalties

If you're a fan of crime dramas, something you may have seen in the past is the use of a plea deal. Plea bargaining is a technique used often in the American criminal justice system.

There are a few types of bargaining that could be used if you're accused of a crime. One is called sentence bargaining. Sentence bargaining is when you plead guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence. For example, if you plead guilty to a DUI, the prosecution may agree to seek a sentence with probation instead of prison time.

You can fight a DWI charge and protect your reputation

Louisiana has strict laws against drinking and driving. As such, if you're accused of drinking and driving, you could be in a position where you face harsh penalties.

Driving while you're under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on a watercraft, in a vehicle or while using other types of vehicles is illegal in Louisiana if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08. You will also be charged if you are found to be under the influence of any controlled dangerous substance. If you're driving dangerously as a result of side effects caused by legal drugs, like a prescription medicine for anxiety, you could be charged as well.

Forgery: Imitating reality can result in criminal charges

With so many digital documents available today, you may not consider forgery to be a crime that happens in modern-day America. The fact is that forgery does still exist and occurs often.

Forgery isn't just signing someone else's name on a document. Forgery also includes creating false documents or creating an imitation of a valued object and presenting it as if it's the real thing. For example, if you have a duplicate of a famous painting, that duplicate should never be presented as if it's the real artwork. If it is, then you are committing a crime of forgery, which is punishable by law.

Fight false accusations of a DWI and protect your reputation

You had some alcohol with dinner, but you never expected to have enough to get a DWI if you got pulled over. You took a breath test at the request of the police, and it came back over .08. You don't believe it's accurate, because you only had two drinks. How could that happen?

One possibility is that the Breathalyzer was not calibrated correctly. It's also possible that you burped, which can result in higher test results than are true. If the police decide to move forward with an arrest, you could face charges. Fortunately, you are able to defend yourself against the charges that the prosecution wants to file.

Representative wants to ban school-branded alcohol sales

Colleges have many people ranging in age from those straight out of high school to adults who have returned to further their educations. One thing that plagues some campuses is a large amount of drinking. While drinking itself is legal for many students, getting behind the wheel after drinking is not.

With the peer pressure a college scene creates, college and alcohol truly are not a good mix. That may be why one representative from Louisiana aims to prohibit the licensing of school names in association with alcohol. The proposal would make it illegal to make any alcohol the official brand of a state college or university, something he believes could help slow down drinking.

Louisiana looks at new ways to reduce prison costs

If you're at a certain age, life starts to become a little more difficult. You may start to need assistance doing your everyday tasks or start to suffer from illnesses you never had in the past.

This is a problem many of the elderly face, and it's something that Louisiana lawmakers are now considering when it comes to prison terms.

Is multi-level marketing a pyramid scheme?

A multi-level marketing strategy (MLM) is often misidentified as a pyramid scheme. The two terms are significantly different, though. With an MLM strategy, the goal is to maximize distribution by increasing the sales force. There are real products that are created for the program, like makeup, tools or other items.

When a person brings on a new sales recruit, that person gets a commission for each sale the new recruit makes. The recruit also makes a commission. Therefore, by adding more recruits, the person at the top of the chain can continue to bring in residual income even without having to sell products themselves.

Why is drunk driving such a big deal?

Drunk driving is nothing to take lightly. You know that it's not safe to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, but you did so anyway. Maybe you didn't think you'd had as much to drink as you did, or maybe your drink mixed with medications you took and caused unexpected side effects. Whatever the reason, you now face a charge for drinking and driving.

Your attorney can help defend you, but you'll be combating many facts about the dangers of drunk driving. Drunk driving is treated harshly in Louisiana, so a strong defense is your best option.

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