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Can I Be Arrested for Hurting Someone in Self-Defense?

As part of your Constitutional right to life, you have the right to “security of person,” which means you have the right to protect yourself from undue harm. In terms of legal definitions, ...
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What Police Don't Want You to Know About Field Sobriety Tests

Highway patrol officers all around the country rely heavily on field sobriety tests (FST) to secure a driving under the influence ( DUI ) arrest. Since knowledge is power, police would prefer it if ...
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What are the Differences Between Assault & Battery?

How many times have you heard someone mention that they or someone else was “arrested for assault and battery”? The way they said it or the scenario they described probably made it sound ...
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Do I Need to Take a Field Sobriety Test If I'm Pulled Over?

When someone is pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence ( DUI ), the police officer needs to determine if there is actually valid reasoning to make an arrest. The most popular method ...
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What Defenses Can Be Used Against a Resisting Arrest Charge?

The crime of resisting arrest is pretty much guaranteed to put police officers on edge and raise the hairs of prosecutors. By its nature, resisting arrest is a form of defiance against law ...
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What to Do If You're Accused of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence represents a complex area of the law where violent crimes like assault and battery overlaps with family law disputes. Due to the sensitivity of the subject matter and the close ...
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Expunging DUI Charges from Your Record Benefits Your Future

People arrested for and charged with driving under the influence ( DUI ) in Alabama but never actually convicted of the crime can still be faced with serious consequences, perhaps for the rest of ...
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Your Miranda Rights During a DUI Arrest & How to Protect Them

You have probably heard the term “Miranda Rights” in conversation about arrests, or even police dramas, before. But if you are like most people, you might not actually know the long and ...
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Your Rights at a DUI or Sobriety Checkpoint in Alabama

Police officers and highway patrol officers are not permitted to pull over anyone without probable cause, or the reasonable suspicion that a driver has committed a crime. However, sobriety checkpoints ...
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Post-DUI Transportation Options

In many circumstances, losing one’s privilege to drive is one of the most frightening aspects of a DUI. An individual can often become very frustrated with the legal system as they are trying to ...
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Can I Refuse a Sobriety Test in Alabama?

All states have some kind of DUI laws in place, which includes the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit and the legal age of drinking in general. Alabama is also one of the states that have what is ...
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Can I Just Turn Around if I See a DUI Checkpoint?

Imagine you’re driving home from a party when all of a sudden, traffic starts to back up. Looking down the road, you realize that there is a DUI checkpoint ahead. You’re nervous because ...
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Is it Possible to Trick a Breathalyzer?

Have you ever heard it said that putting a penny under your tongue will help you trick a breathalyzer machine? Or that rinsing your mouth out will help lower your blood alcohol content (BAC) reading? ...
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Why You Should Never Leave the Scene of an Accident

Getting caught in a car accident can be an intimidating ordeal for anyone. Matters get even more nerve-wracking if you believe that you are to blame, or that your motor control was possibly hampered ...
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Get Ready for Holiday DUI Checkpoints

The holiday season guarantees more of two things each year: car accidents and highway DUI sobriety checkpoints. Not surprisingly, the two are related. Police set up more traffic stops to catch anyone ...
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Alabama Dram Shop Laws & Social Host Liability

A DUI (driving under the influence) with injury charge is a serious offense that carries heavy penalties and the likelihood that both real and punitive damages will be paid to the injured party by the ...
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DUI with Injury: Escalated Charges & Potential Penalties

If you are charged with a DUI (driving under the influence), you need to worry about temporarily losing your license, spending time in jail, and paying high fines upon conviction. If you are charged ...
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Drunk Driving with a Child in the Car

Alabama has among the toughest drunk driving laws and penalties in the nation. While it is no secret that driving under the influence (DUI) has serious consequences, several circumstances can lead to ...
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Drugged Driving In Alabama - DUI Law

In Alabama, it is a serious criminal offense to drive while intoxicated and while alcohol may be the most common cause for arrests related to driving under the influence (DUI), it is not the only ...
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What to Do If You are Stopped for a DUI

Put yourself behind the wheel, driving along the highways of Alabama at night and going home. Now put alcohol on your breath due to having a drink with your buddies. Now put the red and blue lights of ...
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I've Been Arrested for Possession of Marijuana - What Now?

Although marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug by state and federal regulations, it is one of the few controlled substances that can be considered for misdemeanor charges. In Alabama, it is ...
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How Serious Are Possession of Cocaine Charges?

No matter its form – crack rock or powder – cocaine is illegal in Alabama. While there are laws surrounding its manufacture, sale, and distribution, cocaine possession charges are the most ...
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What Happens When I'm Arrested for Possession of Methamphetamines?

One of the more popular controlled substances in Alabama, methamphetamines – also known as meth or crystal meth – have severe consequences under both state and federal law. With a dramatic ...
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Why Choose a Birmingham DUI Lawyer from Tidwell Law Group, LLC?

Nothing ruins a night faster than getting pulled over on suspicion for DUI. You might be out of your car and performing sobriety tests, or maybe even blowing into a breathalyzer, thinking you had to ...
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I Got Arrested for My First DUI. What Should I Do?

DUI cases are difficult. From the moment you are pulled over to the moment the case closes, you will face numerous questions, tests, and hearings, any of which could be used by prosecution in an ...
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