• The Consequences of an Underage DUI

    The consequences of receiving a DUI are traumatic enough for the average person, but imagine receiving one when you are under the age of 21. These consequences can be worse and can affect your teenager’s life for years to come.

    Utah is notoriously known for its very harsh, zero-tolerance underage drinking, let alone driving while under the influence. Their underage DUI drinking laws have increasingly grown stricter over the years throughout the state of Utah, especially in Salt Lake City. With the strict punishment, you will need experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys fighting for your teenager’s rights.

    The Stress on Families

    The stress on your family for an underage DUI can almost seem unmanageable.  What a lot of people don’t realize, is that more often than you would think, those arrested for DUI’s are underage. It is a progressively growing problem in Salt Lake City, Utah. To prevent the issue, try talking to your teenagers early on about underage drinking, especially while operating a vehicle.

    What should you do when your teenager is arrested for underage drinking?

    A criminal record for your teenager can follow them around for years, and even affect them in getting into college and applying for jobs. In addition to the criminal record, an underage DUI can lead to driving suspension, hundreds of dollars in fines, and possibly even jail time!

    The first few days of the underage DUI arrest are the most critical and where immediate action should take place. A majority of families faced with an underage DUI react quickly to the situation and plead guilty. Consult an experienced attorney first before making any permanent decisions.

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  • Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. The term is most commonly used to refer to a type of tort lawsuit alleging that the plaintiff’s injury has been caused by the negligence of another.

    There are many types of personal injury cases for which an individual might need legal representation from an attorney. A good lawyer will assure you of the best outcome for your case, by handling your personal injury claim.

    Types of Personal Injury

    • Aviation Accidents
    • Brain, Neck & Spine Injuries
    • Car or Motorcycle Accident
    • Construction Site Accidents
    • Dog Bites
    • Drunk Driving Injuries
    • Emergency Room Errors & Injuries
    • Failure to Diagnose
    • Food Contamination Injuries
    • Fire and Chemical Accidents
    • Injury at Work & Workers’ Compensation
    • Legal Malpractice
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Nursing Home Neglect & Malpractice
    • Pedestrian Accidents
    • Premises Liability Injuries
    • Prescription Errors
    • Recreational Vehicle Accidents
    • Surgical Errors & Injuries
    • Train & Railroad Accidents
    • Trucking Accident
    • Unsafe, Dangerous, Toys & Products
    • Work, Industrial Accidents & Mining Accidents
    • Wrongful Death
    • Child Scar & Burn Injury
    • Child Broken Bones or Fracture Injury
    • Child Birth Injury
    • Child Head & Brain Injury & Trauma
    • Children Injury
    • Child Sexual Abuse
  • It is hard enough for consumers struggling with debt or credit inaccuracies to get back on their feet without constant harassment from creditors and debt collectors.  Fortunately, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) provides the protections consumers need against Indiana creditor harassment.

    Debt Collection Rules and Creditor Harassment Restrictions

    Debt that was once manageable can become easily overwhelming.  Once bills, credit card debt, loan payments, or mortgage payments become past due, it is likely that you will hear from a debt collector who means business. Even a mistake on your credit report can lead to collection calls. While creditors are allowed by law to collect on legitimate debts, a debt collector cannot use abusive, unfair, or deceptive practices to do so.  The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and Indiana law prohibit abusive collection tactics, including:

    • Use or threat of violence or other criminal means to harm you or your property
    • Use of obscene or profane language or language meant to abuse or offend you
    • Sharing your financial information, or publishing your name, except to a consumer reporting agency
    • Making phone calls or writing letters repeatedly or continuously
    • Contacting you before 8 a.m., after 9 p.m., at inconvenient places, or at work
    • Advertising the sale of your debt to coerce payment of the debt
    • Any other false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in an attempt to collect the debt

    Within five days of first contacting you, a debt collector must notify you of how much you owe and the name of the creditor. They must also inform you about what to do if you believe you do not owe money to that creditor.  If you do not owe a creditor but a credit report mistake makes it appear that you do, you may want to seek the help of an attorney.

    Stopping Creditor Harassment

    If a creditor continues to contact you against your wishes, you can write a letter to the creditor to stop contact.  Once a creditor or debt collector receives your letter, they must stop contacting you as requested, except to tell you they will no longer contact you regarding the debt or that they are filing a lawsuit against you.  If the collector continues to harass you, you should contact an attorney who can help you end the harassment.

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  • A majority of motor vehicle accidents occur for the same reason.  While the circumstances vary according to each specific accident, there are many common causes of motor vehicle collisions—according to the Maryland Vehicle Administration, over 90% of total crashes are preventable incidents caused completely by driver error. Other common reasons include speeding, driver fatigue, driver intoxication, aggressive driving, dangerous road conditions, flat tires, poor weather conditions, improper lane changes, defective breaks, amongst others.

    Earlier this month, Maryland State Highway Administration decided to incorporate a new style of interchange at the Baltimore Washington Parkway/Arundel Mills Boulevard, called a “diverging diamond” in order to improve safety and traffic flow.

    The diverging diamond style eliminates the roundabouts on both sides of the parkway and has diverging lanes through the middle, so both lanes cross over—making the movement simplified.

    The diverging diamond interchange has proven successful in states including Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri, and is expected to improve safety– hopefully lessening the amount of motor vehicle accidents.

    Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck and boat accidents impact millions of people each year.  The consequences for many of those accidents can be devastating and traumatic.  Consulting an experienced injury attorney in Maryland can provide legal assistance to individuals and families injured in any type of motor vehicle accident.

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