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5 Tips to Avoid a DUI


Beat Your DUI

1. Don’t offer too much information

EXPLANATION:  After you’ve been pulled over by a police officer you do not have to answer questions, but you still can be arrested if the officer believes he has probable cause to arrest you for a DUI.

For further explanation and details on this tip visit our Free DUI Tips page.

2. Consider your situation before performing a field sobriety test

EXPLANATION:  A field sobriety test (FST) is administered and evaluated to obtain indicators of impairment to establish probable cause for a DUI arrest.

An officer has most likely already made his mind up whether he is going to arrest you for DUI before requesting you to participate.  When an officer observes cues, or indicators of impairment, that provides the officer with validation for their decision to arrest and is additional evidence that can be used against you.

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What Advantage is There to Pleading to a Wet Reckless Rather Than a DUI?


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So your attorney told you that you may be eligible for a plea bargain to a wet reckless?  What good is this?  What is Vehicle Code § 23103, reckless driving?  Will my insurance company treat me different than if I plea to DUI?  Will a plea to 23103 “count” as a DUI later, if I get a DUI five years from now?  Click on the attached link to read answers to these questions: http://www.greghillassociates.com/lawyer-attorney-1862066.html

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Study: Burden of Disease Associated with Alcohol-use Disorders Higher Than Previously Thought


Study: Burden of Disease Associated with Alcohol-use Disorders Higher Than Previously Thought

In a paper published online last week in the journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, a group of international researchers have brought fresh eyes to a familiar data set: the NIAAA’s NESARC. Whereas past studies have estimated the alcohol-attributable global burden of disease, or rates of alcohol-attributable deaths and years of life lost, no study has focused specifically on the burden of disease in the United States associated with alcohol-use disorders (AUD). This is important, the authors note, because alcohol-use disorders (including “abuse” and “dependence” from DSM or “the harmful use of alcohol” from ICD) “were identified as the largest disease category contributing to the alcohol-attributable global burden of disease for the year 2004, making up approximately one-third of this burden.” By using US-specific data, including population and death statistics as well as Waves 1 and 2 of the NESARC, the authors were able to estimate the burden of disease from AUD in the US in 2005.
Results
“In the United States in 2005, 65,000 deaths, 1,152,000 years of life lost due to premature mortality (YLL), 2,443,000 years of life lost due to disability (YLD), and 3,595,000 disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost were associated with AUD. For individuals 18 years of age and older, AUD were associated with 3% of all deaths (5% for men and 1% for women), and 5% of all YLL (7% for men and 2% for women). The majority of the burden of disease associated with AUD stemmed from YLD, which accounted for 68% of DALYs associated with AUD (66% for men and 74% for women). The youngest age group had the largest proportion of DALYs associated with AUD stemming from YLD.”

Some figures from the article:

Prevalence of alcohol use disorders by category, sex, and age in 2005.  And:

Proportion of all deaths associated with alcohol use disorders in 2005, by sex and age You can read the abstract of the paper by Rehm, et al. here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/acer.12331/abstract

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