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Tips for helping your child with a DUI charge

Different parents have different reactions when they find out their children have DUI charges. One parent may be understanding and sympathetic and want to work with the child to ensure safe driving in the future. Another parent might get angry and say things like, "How could you be so stupid?" In fact, many parents react initially in ways that they regret. Part of this regret may come from the fact that it does not take much alcohol at all for someone under 21 to receive a DUI charge. Arizona law says that even a 0.01 BAC is sufficient for such a charge.

How to explain a DUI charge to your children

A few months ago, you met a friend you had not seen in a long time for lunch. Catching up turned out to be a lot of fun, and the lunch went on for hours. You enjoyed some wine, but you felt perfectly fine to drive. However, you did not realize your brake light was out and got pulled over on the way home. Long story short, you ended up with a DUI charge.

Prepping your college kid for safe summer partying

As the spring term comes to a close, your college kid is undoubtedly looking forward to summer fun. This means vacations, graduation parties and weekend trips to numerous destination sites in Arizona. These social gatherings are likely to include alcohol consumption.

Why you need an attorney for a first-time DUI

The consequences of driving under the influence have been on the rise. It is a serious offense in which you face both civil and criminal penalties. The thought of a conviction can be quite frightening; your driving privileges and freedom are at risk. Should you trust your own representation throughout the process? A DUI might be a common infraction, but it still is scary to face alone because there is so much at stake.

DUI prevention tips

It is no surprise that college students will occasionally consume alcohol. Unfortunately, college students are more likely to binge drink and drive drunk according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Drunk driving has serious consequences. If you are a college student, learn some facts about drunk driving and how to prevent a DUI.

3 tips to stay safe and avoid a DUI on St. Patrick's Day

With St. Patrick's Day approaching, there are going to be a lot of parties. Chances are you are gearing up with your green garb and are attending or hosting a party. While the spirit of this holiday is fun to celebrate, it does not come without risks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 266 fatalities occurred between 2010 to 2014 due to drunk driving during St. Patrick's Day.

What's the difference between DUI and extreme DUI?

Arizona's drunk driving statutes have been evolving in recent years, and for many motorists, that means penalties and legal limits have shifted in ways they might not realize. Protecting yourself means being aware of your relationship to the law and its requirements of you as a driver. Understanding important distinctions in the law, such as the difference between charges for driving under the influence and extreme DUI, is key to driving legally.

Binge drinking continues its popularity with teens

From health consequences to driving concerns, teen drinking poses a great many problems. One aspect, binge drinking, has become quite popular among the under-21 crowd. Since it is not an activity that happens every night, teenagers tend to shrug off what responsible adults see as an alarming pattern of behavior. Unfortunately, parents might be unaware of this underage drinking phenomenon until serious issues arise and legal counsel is needed.

How to prevent your guests from driving drunk

Drunk driving is one of the major causes of car accidents across the nation. In a concerted effort to crack down on such incidents, states have passed comprehensive drunk driving laws. In many locations, these include so-called social host liability laws. This means that someone hosting a social gathering can be held responsible if a guest gets drunk and then causes an accident.

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