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Should you fight your speeding ticket?

As a Californian who was recently served a speeding ticket, you may be wondering if it's worth your time to fight back. The answer will be different for everyone depending on your own personal circumstances. Today, we'll look at some of the pros and cons of fighting a traffic ticket.

FindLaw believes you should put some thought into deciding if you want to fight a speeding ticket. On one hand, if you fight it, you have a chance of getting the fine reduced or even getting the ticket dismissed entirely. This can be beneficial if you are worried about the cost of the ticket itself. Another, longer-term benefit is that it will keep a speeding ticket off of your record. This can keep your insurance rates from being raised, which can cost a lot over time.

Has your child been accused of domestic violence?

Young love can be beautiful. But it can also lead to stress, anxiety and depression. Young people who find themselves in a relationship are inexperienced, experiencing the highs while trying to navigate the lows. One emotionally unstable partner might physically abuse the other, but sometimes the allegations are unfounded. It can be especially difficult if the victim is not telling the truth. Even more so, when the accused is your teenage son.

According to a study cited by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, roughly 7% of 2,059 reports of sexual abuse are false. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you consider the emotional and psychological (and sometimes physical) damages suffered by the falsely accused, that percentage starts to feel a lot larger.

Examining how a DUI can affect a career

People who choose to get behind the wheel after they have been drinking in California can face may serious consequences if they are caught. In some circumstances, they may be facing fines or a suspended license. In other more serious cases, if their behavior has injured or killed innocent people, they could be facing charges of automobile homicide or other convictions that result in time spent behind bars. 

Outside of the legal consequences that people may face, they also must manage the challenges of rebuilding aspects of their personal life after news of their DUI conviction comes to light. One area that can be gravely affected in some cases is a person's career and ability to maintain their current employment. According to AOL, if a DUI offender must maintain a professional license to perform their job, any arrest on their record will also be reported to the entities under which their professional license is managed. Other employers maintain a mandatory firing policy if their employees are involved in particular crimes. 

What are the consequences of drinking on an empty stomach?

For you and many other Californians, meeting with your associates for happy hour at your favorite watering hole after work may be one of your favorite pastimes. However, if you have not had anything to eat since lunch, even having just one drink before driving home can be problematic. In fact, you may find yourself charged with a DUI despite not feeling intoxicated.

As Healthline explains, your brain begins to feel the effects of alcohol in your bloodstream within 10 minutes of having that first drink. Alcohol has an effect sooner on younger people, women and those of smaller stature than others. For most people, one regular drink may be fine. If you have a drink on an empty stomach, however, the alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream more quickly than if you had just eaten a meal. This can affect your coordination and impair your judgment faster than you may expect. If you are pulled over on your way home, a breath test may show a higher than legal blood alcohol content, even if you do not feel impaired.

Fighting a traffic ticket

When you get a ticket for speeding, parking in the wrong place or another minor traffic violation, it can be easy to assume that you have no other choice than to pay the ticket and get on with your life. However, as we are aware at the law offices of Kucera & Cohen, contesting some traffic tickets may be more beneficial than just paying the fine. You and other California residents may want to learn more about whether it is in your best interests to fight a ticket or let it be.

According to FindLaw, going to court to fight a ticket can seem like a hassle and waste of time, but in some cases, getting that ticket dropped can be better in the long run. For example, some violations can add points to your driving record and raise your insurance premium. You could potentially save hundreds or thousands of dollars by successfully getting your ticket dropped.

Proposed bill could clear 8 million records

After you have fulfilled your sentence for a crime in California, you have options to expunge, or dismiss, your criminal records. Right now, you are responsible for gathering the information and making the requests to expunge charges from your record. But a new proposed bill could mean that the state takes on that responsibility.

If passed, the bill would require that the state automatically clear records for anyone eligible without a prior request. That could affect the records of an estimated 8 million Californians.

Is shoplifting really worth the risk?

If you are like most California residents, you do not take shoplifting very seriously. In fact, you may view shoplifting as a little adventure with no real victim because “everyone knows” that merchants often overinflate their prices so as to make an exorbitant profit off their customers. Therefore, you really do not harm the merchant much if you walk out of the store without paying for something you “bought.” Thinking this way, however, can land you in serious legal trouble.

FindLaw explains that shoplifting represents one type of theft crime that both merchants and the law take very seriously. It costs merchants, and consequently consumers, millions of dollars each year.

Types of domestic violence and how to defend accusations

While the court takes cases regarding domestic violence in California seriously, some cases unfortunately involve suspects who are facing false accusations. When considering domestic violence, many only think of physical assault, but there are numerous ways a victim can experience this type of behavior. Depending on the allegations, there are various ways an attorney may fight back against the charges.

According to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, abusive behavior can occur in a variety of ways. The types of domestic violence that a victim may experience include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Controlling behavior
  • Economic abuse
  • Isolation
  • Stalking

What are the penalties of a DUI conviction?

Californian residents like you will be facing a sticky situation if you end up with DUI-related charges. Because of the strictness of California laws, you may be facing down quite a hefty penalty if convicted, even on a first offense. Today, Kucera & Cohen, will discuss some of those potential penalties.

Depending on how many DUIs you have had in the past and the degree of severity of your current DUI, your possible penalties may change. For example, a first offense can land you with up to a $1,000 fine, up to 6 months of license suspension, and up to 6 months in jail. This may seem like a startlingly harsh penalty for a first offense. However, higher offenses are even stricter.

Teen dating is too often deadly

Research about domestic violence has almost always exclusively focused on adults, with data highlighting the fact that the vast majority of domestic violence victims are women and that woman of all ages and socioeconomic status can be affected. However, according to NPR, a recent study may have revealed alarming information about domestic violence and teenaged victims.



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