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Are chemical drug tests accurate?

The police pull you over, claim to find illegal drugs in your car, and use a field test to examine them right there on the side of the road. The chemical -- cobalt thiocyanate -- starts out pink and then turns blue. That means, the police tell you, that the substance was cocaine. You're arrested immediately.

How accurate is that test? Is your fate really determined by a chemical that changed colors on the side of the road?

Underage DUI: a serious crime

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious crime. This is even more the case if you are doing so as a driver who has yet to reach the age of 21.

There is a unique set of standards for anyone who is arrested for underage DUI. If you find yourself in this position, you need to learn more about your legal rights, potential consequences and defense strategies.

Things to do if you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI

Even if you have never had a sip of alcohol in your life, there is always a chance that you could be pulled over by law enforcement for suspicion of driving under the influence.

This is a big deal, as you are sure to be scared about what's to come. Despite your feelings, there are a few things you can do if you are pulled over.

  • Stay in your car. Don't get out of your vehicle to speak with the officer. Instead, pull your car to the side of the road and stay put until directed otherwise.
  • Be polite. As tempted as you may be to fight back, there is no point in doing so. Being polite will work in your favor.
  • Follow directions. While you want to follow directions, this doesn't mean you have to incriminate yourself. You have the right to remain silent if you so desire.
  • Stick to the facts. You don't have to explain what type of drinks you consumed or if you think you are drunk.
  • Remain calm. This is easier said than done, but it's important to stay cool and calm after being pulled over for suspicion of DUI.

A minor in possession: Things you need to know

Minor in possession laws are in place to protect minors against the possession of alcohol and drugs. With these laws, it doesn't matter if the person was actually using the substance. Instead, they are all about the actual possession.

Minor in possession laws are in place to do the following:

  • Educate minors about the risks of drinking alcohol and using drugs
  • Help minors receive treatment, if needed
  • Get minors involved in community service

3 Tulare residents are charged with attempting to murder a child

Tulare police arrested and charged three area residents with child torture and attempted homicide on Saturday, July 15. The three defendants were taken into police custody after a representative with Tulare Regional Medical Center reported that a 2-year-old boy was brought there unresponsive and with obvious signs of abuse.

According to the police report in this case, when the child was initially brought to the hospital, he had no heartbeat and wasn't breathing at the time. As hospital staff attempted to revive the toddler, they began to suspect that his symptoms and the physical trauma he'd endured to his body were all too indicative of the fact that the child had been abused.

Juveniles and drunk driving: Things to know

As a parent, you do your best to help your children avoid poor decisions. Even with this approach, there is always the chance that he or she will make the wrong choice, thus getting caught up in the juvenile justice system.

Children can get into all types of trouble, with those related to alcohol use at the top of the list. This can include a variety of crimes, such as drinking and driving.

Things to know about drug trafficking

When it comes to drug trafficking, there are many things you need to know.

To start, this is an illegal activity that carries a serious penalty in the event of a conviction. This is why it's so important to understand your legal rights if you are charged with this crime.

There are many types of specialty courts

While many people believe that the court system is "one size fits all," this isn't typically the case in today's day and age.

In Tulare County, for example, there are several specialty courts that are staffed with handling specific types of cases. These include the following:

Is your child in trouble with the law?

As a parent, the last thing you want to hear is that your child is in trouble with the law. There are many twists and turns associated with the juvenile justice system, so you need to know exactly what to expect along the way.

The first question you need to answer is this: What type of trouble is your child facing? Some of the most common types include:

The impact of alcohol on the human body

Consuming too much alcohol can impact your body in a number of ways. This holds true among those who consume too much one time, as well as those who drink large amounts of alcohol over the course of several years.

In short, alcohol interferes with the way the brain communicates with the rest of the body. For this reason, it can alter your ability to think and act clearly and with coordination. Subsequently, this is why it's so dangerous to drive if you have consumed too much alcohol.

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