If you were recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, you may wonder if it would be a good idea to hire a lawyer. If so, there are three instances when you should definitely consider hiring an attorney to represent you for your DUI case.
Previous DUIs on Your Record
If this is not the first time you were pulled over for drinking and driving, you may have one or more previous convictions on your record.
If you are pulled over and caught driving under the influence of heroin, you are in a lot more trouble than someone who is just drunk. For one, the heroin is illegal, and two, most people on this drug tend to hallucinate and/or have manic episodes that cause them to behave quite erratically. You are putting more than just yourself and any passengers in your car in danger; you are putting everyone else within two miles of you in danger while you are driving.
If an officer pulls you over on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, the most likely thing to seal your fate—at least temporarily—is a $2 roadside drug test kit. That might be okay if it weren't already known that these tests routinely return false positives even when the officer does everything right. Then, if you're lucky, your case will go to one of the crime labs in the country that can be trusted not to rubber stamp the test results—if there are any.
If you live or work in Iowa, you may have heard about some recent (and controversial) changes proposed to how the state handles workers' compensation coverage. While certain proposals were recently signed into law by the Governor, the final resolution eliminated some of the language that had brought criticism from a variety of impacted groups. Read on to learn more about how workers' compensation laws have been changed in the Hawkeye State and what you'll need to expect if you submit a workers' compensation claim of your own.
Veterans who suffer from combat trauma can often find themselves on the wrong end of the law through accidents and episodes beyond their control. If you're a vet with PTSD, you need to contact a veterans law attorney if you're accused of or charged with a criminal offense. Here's what you need to know.
Combat Veterans Have a Higher Likelihood to Commit Crime
It's a harsh truth, but combat trauma and other stresses combined can increase the chances of a vet to engage in a criminal offense.