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False accusations: Ruining reputations in an instant

There is nothing quite as shocking as being falsely accused of abusing another person. What was an innocent argument between spouses could become the center of allegations just because your spouse wants to put you on the spot or protect their own interests when they file for divorce. Some people want to slander you and make you look bad to others as a way of punishing you, even if you don't deserve it.

Still, false allegations are serious business. There is no reason that you should be falsely accused of a crime, even if the other person is angry at you. This is a disgusting act to commit against another person.

Watch out for secondary effects from DWI charges in New York

Getting arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New York is serious. After all, there are a host of potential legal consequences, ranging from fines and jail time to the loss of your license. Many people focus immediately on minimizing the criminal consequences of their charges.

Fewer people stop to think about the potential long-term social consequences and other secondary consequences not directly a result of a criminal conviction. Unfortunately, that short-sighted approach can lead people to do things, such as pleading guilty, that could end up hurting them in the long term. You could lose out on a job or end up paying a lot more for car insurance.

Refusing a roadside breath test won't prevent a New York DUI

Most people already understand that a driving under the influence (DUI) charge in New York could be a major issue. After all, depending on your record, the DUI could mean jail time, major fines and the loss of your license. Some people could also lose their jobs due to a serious criminal conviction.

If you get pulled over by law enforcement or caught up in a roadblock enforcement effort, you may worry about the consequences of the traffic stop. It might seem like a good idea to refuse a chemical test if the officer who speaks with you requests one. This is particularly true if the officer has already performed a field sobriety test and you didn't do well.

Emotional abuse can get you into trouble with the law

When people talk about abuse, they usually think about physical abuse. The reality is that a person can be charged with domestic violence for anything from emotional abuse to physical violence.

Emotional abuse is sometimes more significant than physical violence in terms of how it shapes a person's future and health. Emotional abuse doesn't leave physical marks, but it can be a sign that physical abuse may become possible. Often, those who are abusive in one manner or other will begin to increase abusive activity and advance to physical abuse from non-physical forms.

DWI defense: Understanding a Breathalyzer

If you go out to have drinks with friends, then you're probably familiar with when you begin to feel tipsy or when you've had too much to drink. Any time you're impaired, it's a bad idea to get behind the wheel of a car, since you could face a DWI. However, the last time you went out, you didn't feel the effects of alcohol as much as usual. You felt fine enough to drive.

When the officer pulled you over, it wasn't long until he used a Breathalyzer on you. It came back with different readings each time, one at .07, another at .09 and one at .04. Based on what he saw, he placed you under arrest, but was that really fair?

Verbal abuse can ruin a solid reputation

Domestic violence isn't just physical. It can be verbal, too. Allegations of verbal abuse can be damaging to your reputation, even if they end up proving untrue. As someone with your professional future in mind, it's vital that you protect yourself regardless of the kind of abuse you're accused of committing.

Verbal abuse isn't talked about as often as physical abuse, but it can be just as damaging as any physical violence. Verbal abuse is seen as a manipulation technique and something abusers use to control their victims.

Domestic violence: What to expect when it affects you

You've never thought of yourself as a violent person, and you'd never intentionally hurt someone. Your spouse, on the other hand, has never been particularly calm. She often yells at you or strikes out at you, even though it's nothing serious and usually ends in a few minutes.

Lately, your spouse has been accusing you of being abusive. You can't see how that would be possible, since she's the one who is always angry at you, but you know it's important to defend yourself. Even false allegations could seriously impact your life.

5 ways to defend yourself against DWI charges

DWIs are hard on you. You may lose your job, fight to keep friendships or have a horribly damaged reputation. You may find it hard to rent a new home or be unable to afford car insurance to drive.

DWIs have the potential to change your life, but you still have some things you can do to prevent a DWI from impacting you after an arrest. Here are five tips for avoiding and defending a DWI.

Failed field sobriety tests are a threat to your future

Field sobriety tests are a series of tests performed to show that you have a good sense of balance, good reflexes and are coherent. These tests help officers decide if you're intoxicated or under the influence of other substances.

The sad truth about field sobriety tests is that even sober people fail them. Once you fail, that failure is used as evidence against you, even if you weren't under the influence at the time. Even if you end up with an all-clear for your sobriety, you'll still have an arrest on your record.

3 medical problems that make you look intoxicated

Although a driver might seem drunk or out of control, it's important to remember that not everything is as it seems. Many people look like they're intoxicated when they're actually suffering from a medical emergency or condition.

While individuals with a medical history of diseases or disabilities are usually cautious, there's always a chance that someone could end up causing an accident because of an unexpected episode. Here are three possible causes for individuals to appear drunk when they're really not.

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