Things You Should Know About Open Container Law

Opened Container LawEverybody wants a decent society to live in. We crave clean streets, educated children and a secure ambiance, which is why such measures like Open Container Laws in the United States are conceived. In the U.S. the presence of open containers of alcohol in certain public places is prohibited.

The concept of a public place is defined as a social place, indoor or outdoor, generally open and accessible to people. In this context, public areas such as sidewalks, parks and vehicles restrict the active consumption of alcohol. As a rule, bars and restaurants  do not fit in this category.

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Marijuana Leads To Increase In DUI Charges In California

Having to go to court for a plant might seem a bit much, especially when the plant we are discussing is marijuana. Understanding the laws of this popular plant is so complicated that even local law enforcement in the state of California can’t seem to understand how to handle this decriminalized herb. Marijuana leading to increase in DUI charges in California has become an issue to the court system and to the individuals receiving the DUI.

Most DUI cases end up leaving the defendant in jail for approximately 3 days while the judge gets to hear the case and decide what the sentencing will be. Facing legal actions for being high on a plant that is known to ease tension should be a crime itself, due to the fact that more and more doctors are being summoned to court after dealing with patients all day to clarify that the defendant is in fact under the prescription of marijuana, and is allowed to smoke this non harmful plant. Driving under the influence of marijuana according to the State of Colorado and Washington is an acceptable thing, and although the Feds never really approved the use of marijuana, state law seems to be passing all kinds of legalities that tells the individual how to operate after smoking marijuana. However, given that the plant has not been fully legalized in California, it is leading to the increase in DUI arrests.

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It is Better to Prevent DUI/DWI than to Deal with its Consequences. Drunk Driving Defenses

They say it is better to learn from the mistakes of others. But actually everyone learns from their own mistakes. It is commonly known fact, that it is prohibited to drive when you are drunk. Although a lot of people ignore the potential danger and drive after having consumed alcohol or other drugs.

If you are charged with drunk driving and you don’t agree with the accusation, there are still some ways out. Let’s talk about your possible defenses in this case. The most common drunk driving defenses are:

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  • Improper stop – this is the mostly used argument, that claims that the officer had no reason to stop the traffic.
  • accuracy of Breathalyzer test – your attorney may question the validity of test results, claiming that the equipment is not accurate or the officer doesn’t have enough qualification in doing this test.
  • accuracy of Field Sobriety Test – this defense questions the propriety of Field Sobriety Test and whether the results of it are accurate.
  • insufficient evidence for arrest – sometimes the officers can arrest the driver based on their own observations if physical signs such as bloodshot eyes, that could be a sign of impairment. Your lawyer can question that, by claiming that those are “personal opinions”, they are subjective, and have nothing to do with DUI. Physical signs can have another ground, for example allergies.
  • not driving at the time – if you were not driving but just sitting in your parked car, it can’t be a reason for arrest, although some states allow an officer to arrest for drunk driving even without the act of driving intoxicated.
  • rising BAC – it is well known that alcohol need time to “rise” in your blood, because it is gradually “absorbed” into your blood. If there was a long delay between the stop and actual testing, you can claim that your BAC wasn’t over the limit by the time of stop.
  • blood test – sometimes drivers claim that the results of blood test were tampered
  • improper officer’s actions – you may have evidence or testimony of officer’s improper actions that violated your civil rights and falsification of DUI report.

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Warning! Potential Killer on the Road!

Driving under the influence is one of the most common problems in U.S. This is like a contagious disease, more and more people suffer from it and get arrested because of it. It doesn’t seem to disappear in the nearest future. Drivers should be conscious about the dangers they might cause to themselves and to the others while driving drunk.

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Speaking about drunk driving it is important to mention such notions as DUI and DWI. DUI means driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. DWI refers to driving while intoxicated or while impaired. Both of them are considered criminal offences. Not sure what impaired means? Generally you are considered impaired if your ability to drive safe a car or a motor vehicle is affected because of consume of alcohol, illegal drugs, medications such as painkillers or overdose of other pills.

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Drunk Driving or Alcohol Behind the Steering Wheel

Have you been arrested for drunk driving? Well, your case is not the only one. In 2011 over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in U.S. for drunk driving.

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Drunk driving refers to the process of operating a motor vehicle while the driver is under the influence of alcohol. This is also known as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). In order to prove that you are drunk the police officer can administrate you the Breathalyzer test, if you blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over a set limit, you are charged with drunk driving. In most of the cases the BAC limit is 0.08%. Another drunk driving tests are blood test, urine test and field sobriety test. If a driver refuses to submit such testing, it may lead to enhancement of imposed penalties.

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How to Place a Bid on Legal Bistro

Bid-for-Placement: what does it mean? Why do we need it?

A bid is a sum of money that a lawyer offers for the opportunity of talking to a client, to receive his contact information and discuss his case (the minimum amount you can bid on is 6 law dollars).

It’s important to remember that a lawyer’s bid on a case determines where in the list of competing, “bidding” lawyers their profile will be displayed to the clients, who posted the case. The profile with the highest bid will be displayed first and the lowest, respectively, the last.

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Legal Bistro Elevator Pitch for Lawyers

What is an Elevator Pitch?

An “Elevator Pitch”, also known as an elevator speech or statement, is a short summary used to quickly define a person, product, profession or organization and its Value Proposition.  The name “elevator pitch” conveys that the person who is delivering the message has about the same time that it takes the typical elevator to go from the ground floor the top floor to convince their audience about their proposal.  A well designed elevator pitch should be between 30 and 60 seconds.

How to Write a Good Elevator Pitch

The “Elevator Pitch” on Legal Bistro is five lines (500 words maximum) of text that are displayed to potential clients in what we call the “Short Profile Preview”.  This is the very first thing that a potential client will see about you and your law firm so you should give a lot of thought to what you would like to say.

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Why Consumers Love Legal Bistro

 Do you need a lawyer but are intimidated by the legal process?  Are you concerned that professional legal services may be financially out of reach?  Perhaps English is not your native language and you are having trouble finding a qualified attorney with whom you can effectively communicate.  Don’t worry, if you answered yes to any of these questions you are not alone.

We built Legal Bistro because we were inspired by the contribution that Lending Tree made to the process for finding a mortgage lender.  Lending Tree used the power of the Internet to bring online competition in the mortgage application process. Equally important is that Lending Tree’s website has helped consumers to better understand the process of applying for a home loan. We hope that Legal Bistro can achieve similar results in the legal services market.

When Lawyers Compete, You Win!

The single biggest reason why consumers love our service is because Legal Bistro facilitates lawyers competing online to serve the client.  Our Company motto is that When Lawyers Compete, the Client Wins! Frankly, we believe that both lawyers and consumers win when the competitive playing field has been leveled.

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