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Homeowners May Be Liable for Giving Guests Alcohol

"Social host" laws make homeowners when liable when their guests are sometimes injured in an alcohol-related accident Not all states have these types of laws Some state social host laws apply to m... Read more

Types of Lawyers and Areas of Law Definitions

Have a problem but are unsure whom to turn to? Talking to the right type of attorney at the start cuts down on a lot of time and missteps. Find out what type of attorney you need and what area of la... Read more

Bar Liability for Alcohol Injuries

Many states hold commercial vendors of alcohol, such as bars, taverns and package stores responsible for injury caused by drunk patrons Laws in most states require the injured person suing a commerc... Read more

Employer Liability for Alcohol Injuries

Are you hosting a party for your employees? Are you concerned about the possibility of excessive drinking and being responsible for the resulting damage and injury? Here's a quick look at your potenti... Read more

Drug and Alcohol Testing After Employment

Many different state and federal laws govern an employer's right to perform drug and alcohol screening on employees. As a result, understanding your rights can be very confusing. Compounding the probl... Read more

Social Host Alcohol Liability

Are you hosting a party, but concerned about the possibility of excess drinking and being responsible for the resulting damage and injury? Here's a quick look at your potential liability and what you ... Read more

Crimes Involving Alcohol

Whenever you consume enough alcohol to dramatically change your mental or physical state, you run the risk of breaking the law. In most cases, alcohol-related crimes are misdemeanors. But the involvem... Read more

Alcohol Consumption Under Parental Supervision

New lawyers.comSM Survey Finds 74 Percent of U.S. Adults Support Legal Consequences for Adult Hosts of Parties Involving Underage Drinking However Half Believe People Under 21 Should Be Al... Read more

California DUI Law

If you're convicted of a Driving Under the Influence ("DUI") charge in California, your punishment depends on whether you: Have a prior DUI conviction Had a child under 14 in the care with you... Read more

"Dram Shop" Laws Hold Bars Responsible for Alcohol Injuries

Drinking liquor is a personal choice, so it may seem unfair that bar owners can be liable for accidents and injuries that occur because someone chose to drink in their business establishment. Under th... Read more

Jury Nullification - When the Jury Ignores the Law

Jurors in a criminal trial have the responsibility of deciding whether an accused individual, or defendant, is guilty or not guilty of a charged crime. They must examine the evidence presented at tria... Read more

Drug, Alcohol and Health Testing Before You've Been Hired

Employers typically have the right to test prospective employees. They want to know that the applicant is capable of doing the job. Health issues, including alcohol use and drug use, can interfere wit... Read more

Criminal Law: Sentencing, Parole & Probation FAQs

Can probation be revoked? Probation is a sentence with certain conditions that must be followed. If any of the conditions, such as no drug use, are violated, your probation officer will notify th... Read more

Accidents and Injuries When Alcohol Is Involved

In every state, it's illegal to drive when you have a blood alcohol concentration - BAC - of 0.08 percent or higher. The normal DUI penalty you are facing increases a lot if you actually have an accid... Read more

Proms, Parties and Underage Drinking

Prom season is over; graduation parties are cause for celebration, but sometimes at a high cost to teenage lives. Tragically, underage drinking has caused many of these teenagers to lose their... Read more

Parents' Responsibility for Underage Drinking

Some parents think that drinking is simply part of growing up. Other parents believe that if their teenager is going to drink alcohol, it's safer to drink at home. However, that's not the case. Under ... Read more

DUI/DWI and Property Damage

A drunk driving or DUI/DWI conviction might be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the consequences of driving under the influence. Drunk driving or intoxication often results in injur... Read more

Drinking and Hosting - Liability for Parents

As parents, what do you do when you know your underage children have been drinking alcohol, like at parties, for example? It's hard to know exactly what your children are doing and with whom once they... Read more

Driving While Intoxicated FAQs

What is "blood alcohol content" (BAC) or level? Blood alcohol content (BAC) or the blood alcohol level is the measurement of how much alcohol is in your blood stream at or near the time you've been ... Read more

Gun Carriers Getting Luke Warm Receptions

Update: Gun permits allow express entrance into the Texas Capitol building From coffee shops to National Parks, gun carrying citizens aren't necessarily welcomed by other residents Some states all... Read more

When Your Guests Drink, Then Drive

If you serve alcohol in your home or some other social setting, you may face legal consequences if one of your guests drives and injures someone, or if a guest is under the legal drinking age of 21. S... Read more

Reckless Driving

Laws against reckless driving, or "reckless operation of a motor vehicle," like laws against speeding or drunk driving (DUI or DWI), make such actions a crime and act to deter dangerous driving. Reckl... Read more

DUI DWI Defenses

In deciding which defenses could apply in your driving while intoxicated (DWI) case, your lawyer will look at all the evidence produced by the police and interview witnesses. Some common defenses seen... Read more

Driving While Intoxicated

Driving While Intoxicated ("DWI") is a serious crime in every state. DWI and Driving Under the Influence ("DUI") refer to the same crime. Drinking alcohol or taking drugs may affect your ability to op... Read more

Marijuana Legality Explained

Marijuana laws vary considerably. The states of Colorado and Washington are the first in the nation to legalize, tax and regulate the recreational possession and use of marijuana. Once implemented, th... Read more

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