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Will a DUI conviction affect your car insurance premium?

As you probably know, your driving record has a lot to do with how much you pay for car insurance. For this reason, a DUI conviction is not something you want on your record. With this, it's almost a given that your insurance premium will increase.

While you understand that a DUI conviction is likely to increase the cost of car insurance, you may have specific questions related to how much. There is no simple answer, as this depends on a variety of factors, such as how many convictions are on your record and whether or not you have any other red marks.

There are many types of drug charges that can alter your life

Any drug charge, even one that appears minor, can have a major impact on your life. From difficulties securing employment to the many consequences of a conviction, you need to think about the future.

Here are a handful of common drug charges that can lead to a conviction and life altering circumstances:

  • Drug possession. There is more than one type of possession offense, with each one carrying penalties as serious as time in prison.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs. Many people understand the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, but don't realize that driving under the influence of drugs is just as serious.
  • Prescription medication crimes. For example, you could be charged with prescription medication fraud, which is every bit as serious as crimes associated with illegal drugs.

Things to expect at a DUI checkpoint

Even if you are 100 percent sober, there's something nerve-racking about pulling up to a DUI checkpoint. Of course, if you have had a drink in the recent past, your anxiety level will go through the roof.

The more time you spend on the road, the greater chance there is that you will eventually run into a DUI checkpoint. If you're unable to avoid a checkpoint, here are a few things you should expect:

  • You have to stop your vehicle. One time after the next, courts have come to the conclusion that these checkpoints are legal.
  • You have the option to turn around as opposed to going through the checkpoint. Of course, an officer can stop your vehicle if you make an illegal maneuver or appear suspicious.
  • A search at a DUI checkpoint does not always happen. Instead, searches must be reasonable. In most cases, the stop is nothing more than a conversation and potentially the request for your license and registration. If you appear to be under the influence, you may be asked to perform a field sobriety test.

How to deal with the aftermath of a DUI arrest

If you are pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol, it's only natural to turn your attention to the future. You know that an arrest and conviction can impact your life in many ways, such as through a license suspension and large fine.

With so much on the line, it's imperative that you understand what's going on and how you can protect your legal rights at every turn of the road.

How the broken windows theory led to police misconduct

The broken windows theory essentially says that crime is more likely in an area that has been neglected. For instance, if the windows have been smashed out of a number of homes in a neighborhood, people in the area then feel emboldened to commit more serious crimes than pure vandalism.

This criminal theory has shaped the way police work is done, and it extends beyond windows. It applies to many minor crimes, like selling individual cigarettes or not paying transit fares or even breaking minor drug laws.

A Visalia man arrested, accused of selling heroin near children

Officers with both the Visalia Police Department's Special Enforcement and Narcotics units took a local 55-year-old man into custody on Wednesday, Jan. 24. He was later charged with various crimes, including drug possession and child endangerment, among others.

It's unclear as to what led investigators to the man's home, located along N. Garden Street's 600 block. A police spokesperson stated, however, that they had reason to believe that the man living there kept drugs in close proximity of children. They also had reason to believe that he'd been selling heroin no more than 1,000 feet from school grounds as well.

"Death Diaries" show the causes of opiate epidemic clearly

The "Death Diaries," or a project looking at what drugs were most responsible for patient deaths in 2013, has shown a serious problem in California. Amidst the opioid epidemic, this project aimed to find out which drugs caused the most problems to help reduce the ability of individuals to obtain them and to identify how they're obtaining them.

Some of the most obvious issues involved patients who were doctor shopping, those who were mixing their medications and doctors who weren't looking at their patients' medical drug history. After doing the research, the project sent out mail to the physicians of those who had died from overdoses. The goal was to see if the doctors would change how they prescribed medications if they knew their patients had passed away from drugs. It was discovered during the project that many of the doctors never knew their patients had passed away.

Is bullying against the law?

Your child has been accused of bullying at school. When you were a child, that just meant after-school detention and a note from the teacher. It was frowned upon, but it wasn't a serious issue in the grand scheme of things.

You need to know that bullying is being addressed far more seriously today. In fact, California passed legal statues, including the "Safe Place to Learn Act," specifically to combat bullying. This gives students more rights and makes certain actions illegal.

Why do I see so many police cars on the road right now?

It's logical that when traffic increases, so do traffic accidents. Other factors like inclement weather conditions and rush hour traffic can also affect the collision rate. But perhaps the single greatest contributor to highway accidents is drunk driving.

Statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that in one five-year period, approximately 36 people died every day here in America in collisions involving a drunken driver. The winter holidays, a time when alcohol consumption goes through the roof, are peak times for drunk driving collisions, with the daily average jumping to 45 over Christmas. The rate then further skyrockets to 54 fatalities per day during the New Year's holidays.

A Visalia teen is found guilty for running over a father of 2

A Visalia teen, who'd allegedly struck and killed a 35-year-old Visalia man with her car this past Memorial Day weekend, has been found guilty of second degree murder for his death. The 18-year-old is now awaiting sentencing. She's facing anywhere between 25 years and a lifetime in jail.

The married decedent was a father to two young girls. Each of them testified at the defendant's trial. While on the stand, they all described how the man had was standing outside of his Prospect Avenue home shortly before the incident. They testified that he'd just finished breaking up an argument between the defendant, her boyfriend and a third man before he was struck by her car. They testified having seen the motorist put her car in reverse and then roll over the man after initially striking him as well. It's then that the man became trapped underneath the defendant's vehicle. The motorist then speedily took off all the while dragging the man down Prospect Avenue.

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