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Cops use certain markers to spot drunk drivers

Police officers are charged with keeping the cities and roads safe. One of their duties is to do their best to keep drunk drivers off the streets. In an effort to do this, cops look for certain behaviors when they are watching how people drive.

When a police officer sees something that indicates drunk driving, he or she will make contact with the driver. The basis for this is known as reasonable suspicion. This is a much different concept than probable cause. Here's what you need to know about drunk driving stops and reasonable suspicion:

Is it time to update your will?

Protecting the ones you love and making sure that your end of life wishes remain clearly stated are important parts of creating a will. If you've already taken the step of making a will, then you are well ahead of many Americans who continue to put it off. Some of them will wait too long and never get around to crafting a will, leaving a mess for their survivors to sort through while they simultaneously cope with the loss of their loved one. Fortunately, if you already have a will, then you don't have to worry about that nearly as much.

However, a will is only as useful as it is accurate. If you change your mind later on about something that you put into the will, then you should certainly take the time to amend it and make sure that your wishes remain clear.

Avoid the frustration of a holiday DUI charge by planning ahead

With fall fading into winter, the holiday season is upon us. With it comes a host of social situations that often involve alcohol. Whether you're enjoying a beer during the Thanksgiving Day football game or quaffing cocktails at your office holiday party, you should know that getting behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher could cause a legal headache worse than any hangover.

There are a lot of potential consequences related to a conviction of a driving under the influence (DUI) offense. Some of these are social consequences, such as losing your job or paying a lot more for motor vehicle liability insurance. Other consequences are a result of criminal court, including a criminal record, massive fines and time in jail. Given how much you could lose with a guilty plea or a conviction, it makes sense to minimize your risk by planning ahead. 

3 ways a DWI affects your everyday life

Driving while intoxicated is dangerous and a mistake you likely wish you hadn't made. You now face charges that could result in losing your license or jail time, but that's not all you should worry about. In fact, a DWI has many lasting consequences not related to your court date.

When you get a DWI, you're facing administrative penalties, but you also face different kinds of penalties throughout your social environment. Even after you fulfill your obligations to the court, there are ways a DWI can affect you. Here are three to think about.

5 things to know about plea bargains in criminal cases

People in the movies and on television who face criminal charges usually go through a trial. In reality, trials account for only a small percentage of criminal case resolutions. Consider these points about a plea deal before you decide the suitability of one in your case.


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