Penalties For Drunk Driving

February 20, 2010 by Maricopa County Court  
Filed under Criminal Court, DUI

Gone are those days when the local policeman would gently give you a warning and send you home if you were stopped for drunk driving. The maximum punishment in those good old days would be a ticket or a fine. However, with alarming rate of drunk driving accidents, law enforcement are taking a very strict view on drunk driving. The penalties too have become serious and will continue to be so.

If you have been drinking and driving and you get stopped by a police, there is no question that you would taken to jail at least for a night to sober up. If this is your first offence, you will be warned, a proper report will be created and you are let off. However, the penalties for subsequent arrests for drunk driving would be far more serious. Depending on the level of alcohol in your blood, you will be punished. Many states across the US require you to submit the blood alcohol tests. If you refuse, then you are faced with a higher penalty.

It is without a doubt that if you are arrested for drunk driving, you would be spending money for a court case and you might even end up losing your driving license. At times, you might be forced to have an ignition interlock device installed in your car so that you would be stopped from driving if you have been drinking.

If you are a habitual drinker and keep getting arrested, your vehicle may be impounded. You have been drinking and have a child under the age of 16 with you while driving, then you would have to face a child endangerment charges.

Under the circumstances that you lose your driving license, you will have to undergo an alcohol assessment interview. The counselor who assesses you will recommend the treatment. If you do not follow the treatment, you might never get your license back.

With laws getting extremely strict with regard to drunk driving, there is no way you will be able to beat the rap. If you do not want to be convicted to drunk driving then you should completely avoid driving after drinking.

Divorce and Abuse – 3 Things to Avoid to Improve Your Success in Family Court

May 18, 2009 by Maricopa County Court  
Filed under Family Court

By Dr. Jeanne King, Ph.D. -

If the system is broken, how can you make it work for you? This is a question that puzzles battered women in family court.

They show up expecting the court to protect the rights of their children and themselves, only to discover that it becomes an uphill battle to simply defend against losing one’s basic liberties.

Sometimes it’s not what you do, it’s what you don’t do that matters most. This little principle applies to one’s success in navigating the court system successfully.

Here are some things to avoid in your family court battle.

1) Putting your best foot forward like “a bull in a china shop.” Trying to look good can often come off as over-compensating for not being the “good” person you claim you are. Better to simply be yourself.

2) Expecting others to keep it together for you. You are the keeper of your temple, your ship, your case and your life. You must at all times have a complete record of your case: all court orders, all pleadings and all evidence.

3) Allowing each battle during the course of the proceedings to drain you. Being spent to the hilt does not put you in a better position to win your case. To the contrary, being overly spent depletes you and makes you more vulnerable. And this vulnerability weakens you and the prognosis of your case.

If you are a domestic abuse survivor in family court, you know you are in the battle of your life and every move you make is important. Be mindful of moves you are best to avoid and you will increase your likelihood of obtaining the positive outcome you desire.

For more information on how to successfully navigate the healthcare/legal system as a domestic violence survivor in divorce court, see Legal Domestic Abuse. Dr. Jeanne King, Ph.D. helps people recognize and end family violence at home and in family court. Copyright 2009

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