Learning from the DUI Experiences of Others in Seattle

Everyone knows that driving after you’ve had too much to drink is not a good idea. Not only can it cause dangerous, potentially even fatal accidents, but someone driving under the influence or committing the grave criminal offense best known by the acronym DUI, could also be caught by the police and arrested. It happens all the time in Seattle.

Marco Pappa, midfielder for Seattle Sounders arrested for DUI, speeding on July 19, 2015

That was the recent headline, disclosing that the young up-and-coming soccer player had been arrested in the early hours of that Sunday morning for speeding and DUI. As a result, Pappa was suspended from Major League Soccer play until he could be evaluated. The young player reportedly has a clean driving record in Washington State; however, the legal results of his arrest remain pending.

The coach has urged the team to support their suspended teammate. Following a DUI arrest in Seattle, few people are so lucky, given the severity of the charges and the possible outcome for people who don’t have this kind of support system in place. Pappa is lucky by any comparative standards.

Prominent candidate for Seattle City Council pleaded guilty to DUI

Candidate Debora Juarez pleaded guilty to DUI back in 2012, following a car crash that sent her vehicle careening into a guardrail and causing severe damage to the front end of the car. Her blood-alcohol content (BAC) was nearly double the legal limit. She received a sentence of five years of probation and was ordered to pay $595 in fines, but managed to avoid jail time. Nonetheless, her brush with the law may cost Juarez on election day.

In a public statement, Juarez took responsibility for her actions and admitted that she should not have been behind the wheel that night. Many people arrested for DUI in Seattle have that realization later, only after the damage is done. Following her arrest Juarez contacted a lawyer, which undoubtedly helped her get through the process that followed and not spend any time behind bars for the arrest.

If you should ever find yourself under arrest for DUI, remember the lessons taught by these two stories: support is outstanding and a lawyer can help you avoid jail. Our criminal defense law group in Seattle can provide numerous benefits to you through active, competent representation and navigating the system in such a way as to minimize the negative consequences of a DUI arrest.

Southern California Traffic Accidents

A couple of recent accidents in Southern California left 10 people dead and 2 injured.  A multi car crash in Chino claimed the lives of 5 people and injured another.  A short time later an auto accident in Irvine killed 3 teenage boys and 2 teenage girls after the car crashed and caught fire on Interstate 5.  You can read more about these accidents here.

Accidents occur frequently in Southern California areas and can be devastating to families, especially in fatal accidents like these.  There is no way to recover what has been lost, but local personal injury lawyers are typically able to recover damages in the event of negligence.

Be sure to contact a local personal injury attorney if you or a loved one has been involved in a:

 

New Traffic Laws Introduced In California

In the last few months, California lawmakers have been hard at work creating new traffic laws that will hopefully make roads and highways a little safer.

A new law will soon be going into affect primarily targeting the safety of commuting cyclist.  The Three Feet for Safety Act basically enforces the distance between a motorist and cyclist to prevent any accidents or injuries to both parties.  Motorists must maintain a minimum of three feet from a cyclist or else face a fine and if caught repeating the offense could face jail time.

The objective of the new law is to reduce accidents between bicyclists and motor vehicles.

Discrimination Cases Now Heavily Enforce By New Tennessee Laws

In these last few months alone, new Tennessee state laws have been approved and are soon going into effect to protect its hard working residents.  More than over 6,495,978 people call Tennessee home, most of which have established their lives and make a living working for Tennessee companies.  Unfortunately, some of those people have to endure discrimination at their workplace.  In 2013, more than 2,988 cases were filed for discrimination against their companies.  Tennessee courts have just passed new laws that will make it significantly harder for businesses to discrimination cases filed against them.

The Employee Online Privacy Act was passed by Tennessee which prohibits employers from requesting an employee or applicant to give access to the employee or applicant’s personal social media account.  This is just one of many new laws that are being formed to help everyday Americans feel safe in their workplace.  No one should have to face discrimination or be harassed where they work.  If you or someone you know feel like you’ve been harassed or treated unfairly, contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Filing For Divorce In Tennessee

Tennessee is currently ranked 14th in the country for highest divorce rate.  If you find yourself filing for divorce in Tennessee, you should know how to properly do so.   Tennessee courts will grant you a divorce on two types of grounds, fault and no-fault divorce.

Grounds for filing a no-fault divorce are:

  • Irreconcilable differences, where the spouse properly signs a marital dissolution agreement.
  • Living separate and apart without cohabitation for two years when there are no minor children.

Grounds for filing for a fault divorce are:

  • Impotence.
  • Adultery.
  • Convictions of a felony and imprisonment
  • Alcoholism or drug addiction.
  • Spouse is pregnant by another at the time of marriage with the husbands knowledge.
  • Willful desertion for a year.
  • Bigamy.
  • Endangering the life of the spouse.
  • Cruel and inhuman treatment or unsafe and improper marital conduct.
  • Abandonment, neglect, or banning the spouse from the home.

If you are planning to file for divorce in Tennessee and are in need of legal advice contact an experienced divorce attorney as soon as possible.

Tennessee Legal Resources

At some point in most people’s lives they will require help from a legal professional.  Whether you’re starting a business, buying real estate, or want to fight a speeding ticket, having the help of an experience attorney is beneficial.

There are many legal resources online that can help you research specific laws, legal definitions, recent cases, and verify if a lawyer is properly licensed to practice law within Tennessee or has received any discipline from the Bar Association.

Below are some Tennessee legal resource web sites that can help:

Tennessee Bar Associations

Tennessee Legal Resources

Attorney Directories