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It's Friday night and you have plans to meet a few friends at your favorite Alabama restaurant to kick-off the weekend with good food, conversation and, perhaps, a nice cold beverage or two. As you're driving home later, flashing red and blue lights in your rear view mirror beckon your immediate attention. You're getting pulled over by police.

It's then you recall that you had a beer on tap with your dinner and your blood pressure begins to rise as you safely come to a stop on the side of the road. Although you hope for the best, you've heard stories of people facing criminal charges after only imbibing a single drink or no alcohol at all! When the police officer asks you to step out of your vehicle and perform field sobriety tests, you know it's going to be a long night.

How a DUI may affect your college career

Your friends may have told you to shake it off since it's your first offense and no worse than a traffic ticket. You will likely get a slap on the wrist and a fine, and before you know it, you'll be ready for the next party. Isn't that what summer is for, especially after all those months of studying, classes and exams?

What your friends may not realize is that a DUI conviction can have consequences that may follow you for years into the future. A DUI may even affect the rest of your life, including your future at the University of Mobile or the University of South Alabama.

Knowing your rights during a traffic stop

Flashing red lights in the rearview mirror are never a good sign. You may pull over, hoping the police car will race past you, but when it stops behind you, you may have many questions. What did I do wrong? How should I behave? Should I get out of the car? What is going to happen to me?

In Alabama, as in every state, police cannot pull you over without a reason. Perhaps your headlight is out or you ran a stop sign. In most cases, the incident ends with a ticket or a warning. However, if you aren't aware of your rights, you may find yourself in very hot water.

I've been arrested for drug possession: What now?

Being pulled over by police is one of the most nerve-racking events you may experience. However, worse than being stopped by Alabama authorities is being arrested on suspicion of drug possession. During your arrest, your natural inclination may be to try to fight back either physically or verbally, but that will likely make your situation even worse. A few tips may help you to avoid making mistakes that could end up hurting your case down the road.

I've been arrested for drug possession: What now?

Being pulled over by police is one of the most nerve-racking events you may experience. However, worse than being stopped by Alabama authorities is being arrested on suspicion of drug possession. During your arrest, your natural inclination may be to try to fight back either physically or verbally, but that will likely make your situation even worse. A few tips may help you to avoid making mistakes that could end up hurting your case down the road.

Drug charges: Is it possible to avoid prison in Alabama?

There are many things about so-called "street" drugs that may surprise you. For instance, did you know data suggests that more than 10 percent of people in Alabama and all other states over the age of 12 have tried illicit drugs in the past month?

It might also surprise you to learn the average amount of time you may spend in prison for conviction of drug possession in this country is more than two years.

How do I choose a criminal defense lawyer? 3 things to look for

Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or serious felony, hiring a criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between paying serious penalties and spending time behind bars, or regaining your life and freedom. But you don't just want any criminal defense attorney. Hiring one that will build the strongest defense for you is important.

When shopping for a criminal defense lawyer, here are three things you should look for:

Conviction based on faulty evidence? Happens more than you think

Imagine the following nightmare. The police pull you over for a broken tail light or another reason. The officer finds a substance in your car that he or she is sure, because of a field test, is an illicit drug. The officer places you under arrest and takes you to jail.

The prosecutor offers you a plea deal that will allow you a minimum prison term to avoid a trial that could result in a much longer, harsher punishment. Even though you are entirely innocent, the prosecutor browbeats you into taking the deal. You wind up being labeled as a convicted felon with dire and long-lasting consequences, especially for your likelihood of gaining employment.

D.U.I. / D.W.I.: How To Ruin A Christmas Party

A D.U.I. / D.W.I. charge can ruin an otherwise wonderful evening. Office Christmas parties, or "Holiday Parties" for more progressive companies, generate almost as many D.U.I. / D.W.I. arrests as embarrassing stories and gossip. Every year, employees look forward to the Christmas/Holiday Party and the accompanying year-end bonus. Of course, getting a D.U.I. / D.W.I. can cost more than your year-end bonus. Recent studies show that a D.U.I. / D.W.I. conviction can cost upwards of $20,000. There goes the year-end bonus in one fell swoop.

D.U.I. . / D.W.I. Field Sobriety Tests: NHTSA Manual Updated

D.U.I. Defense is an artform. It involves a combination of legal knowledge, scientific knowledge, case specific research, and experience. The law seems to change annually, and the science develops continually. Law enforcement screening tools were recently updated, although the science behind the changes remains questionable.

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