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Going over data on underage drunk driving

A fact sheet which was published by the State of Indiana draws attention to some of the consequences of underage drunk driving. For example, those accused of DUI in Indianapolis may face harsh financial penalties, a prison term, and the loss of their driving privileges. In fact, those under the age of 21 may have to pay a reinstatement fee and have their license suspended if they are charged with drunk driving.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated ten percent of teenagers in high school operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Moreover, research shows that drivers between 16 and 20 years old are far more likely to pass away in a motor vehicle wreck after they have been drinking in comparison to drivers in this age bracket who are sober.

Should we be skeptical of state crime labs?

It is true that sometimes art “imitates” life, but it is interesting how art may influence how we live and perceive things as well. A perfect example is the television crime drama franchise “CSI.” Because of how detectives and various forensic analysts were able to solve cases using trace amounts of seemingly undetectable evidence, people readily believed that state crime lab analysts were experts in their field, and that the results of lab testing were infallible.

Because of this, countless people have been convicted of crimes based on forensic evidence. This always begs the question, should crime labs always be trusted?

Do we want our police to be shaming suspects before trial?

When a young cosmetology student named Jaleel went to a house to style someone's hair, he happened to be there when police burst in and searched the place. Drugs were found on the premises, and Jaleel was caught up in the dragnet. Most of the charges against him were dropped before trial, and he was ultimately acquitted altogether. That didn't stop the arrest from nearly derailing his life.

Even though he actually had no connection with the drug activity, his family and cosmetology school found out about the arrest on the local police department's Facebook page. He was almost kicked out of school, and he was certainly humiliated.

First-of-its-kind opioid court opens to get addicts help sooner

Health officials in Buffalo, New York, blamed 300 deaths last year on opioid addictions. That's more than twice the number of deaths just two years before. Among the 300 were a young couple who had just entered drug court last spring. They didn't make their second appearance. The young woman's dad showed up instead with the news that his daughter and her boyfriend had passed away the night before.

"We have an epidemic on our hands," says the local district attorney. "And if that means coddling an individual who has a minor offense, who is not a career criminal, who's got a serious drug problem, then I'm guilty of coddling."

What happens when a teenager is caught drinking and driving?

Drinking and driving is a serious offense for anyone. In a report filed by the state of Indiana, over 4,000 DUIs were cited in 2015, which includes both misdemeanor and felony-level charges.

Any type of DUI charge should be fought against. It becomes particularly important when the person getting charged is younger than 21 years old. In these situations, a different set of laws is applied.

Protecting your CDL license

Having a commercial driver’s license places drivers under a great deal of responsibility. Not only are drivers handling a larger vehicle on the road, but there are many more federal and state laws to which they must adhere when driving. Some traffic offenses can lose drivers their license for which they have worked so hard. 

Even not-so-serious traffic offenses can earn points on the license. Drivers who earn more than 18 points in 2 years will have their license suspended. Points accrued driving a personal vehicle also count toward a CDL driver's total, so it is important to be cautious whenever on the road.

Indiana man faces drug charges among others

An Indiana man and a sheriff's deputy were both injured in a recent incident. The investigation of the man allegedly led to a shooting and a police chase. The man, who has also been accused of several drug charges, has since been arrested on those charges as well as others.

Police stated that the deputy and other officers performed a welfare check on the man's estranged girlfriend after reports of alleged abuse. Upon arrival, the man reportedly resisted the officers and a struggle ensued. Officers say they shot the man with a Taser, and when that did not stop him, the deputy shot him in the arm. He then allegedly led the officers on a car chase.

Criminal defense attorneys could help those charged with felonies

An Indiana sheriff is out of work after recently being charged with intimidation. The charge he faces is considered a felony. After his criminal defense attorney worked to lessen his charges, but prior to his sentencing, the sheriff made a statement to the court that he was sorry for what happened.

The former sheriff originally faced several other charges after being accused of threatening a local police officer who was investigating allegations of bribery. According to the police officer, the former sheriff threatened the officer implying that he could cause problems for the officer if the investigation continued. The claims made by this officer and other indicate that the intimidation had been happening for several years.

Indiana couple faces drug charges after car crash

Being charged with a crime is a serious situation. Both possession and use of illegal drugs and paraphernalia are common causes of arrest in Indiana and throughout the country. Those facing drug charges may be at risk of receiving harsh sentences if they are ultimately convicted in court. One couple has recently been arrested on suspicion of possessing heroin after being involved in a car accident.

According to police reports, the couple was found after their car crashed into a home. It was not reported whether anyone was at the home at the time. The cause of the crash is believed to be a result of an overdose of heroin by the driver. Officers claim that both individuals had blue lips and were having trouble breathing. The responding officers administered Narcan to the couple, after which they apparently became responsive.

Criminal defense attorneys could help those charged with neglect

No parent wants to hear that their children will be taken away from them by the Department of Child Services. One Indiana couple is facing this reality after being charged with neglect and drug charges. The two are now likely working with attorneys to dispute the charges and work on their criminal defense.

According to news reports, the couple's 8-year-old told her school bus driver that she would have to watch her younger sibling alone when she got home. The bus driver called 911, and authorities reportedly found no adults at the home when they arrived. The Sheriff's Office say that officers waited for an hour before the couple finally came home. 

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