Archive for April, 2012

Studies Show Field Tests Unreliable

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs is a serious crime that can easily affect the lives of individuals in the blink of an eye.  A DUI or DWI can alter the life of an individual in any varying aspects, which can easily impact your life legally, personally, and even professionally. When an individual is charged and convicted of a DUI they can expect to pay many fines and even face the possibility of going to jail for a period of time. However, more and more individuals today are being charged, and unfortunately convicted of a DUI or DWI falsely thanks to faulty equipment and tests.

When an individual is pulled over for allegedly driving under the influence the investigation immediately begins when the police officer sights the vehicle. From there, the individual is asked to participate in something known as a field sobriety test. This test exists in order to check the balance and the reflexes of an individual. However, this test is actually helping falsify individual’s scores everyday. Studies show that most individuals have enough difficulty trying to do the test sober. So, if an individual was truly under the influence an officer could certainly notice.

One thing that is continuously giving more and more individuals a DUI charge, and a later conviction is that of a breathalyzer. Breathalyzers are instruments law enforcement officers use in order to detect an individual’s blood alcohol content, or BAC. While breathalyzers are suppose to specifically pick up the content of alcohol within an individual’s breath it realistically picks up almost everything in an individual’s breath. These instruments can easily produce false results due to smoking, what you have eaten, if you have false teeth, and many other varying reasons due to your body’s pH level.

Both of these “routine tests” not only fail to do their job properly, but also the continued use of them is causing more and more innocent individuals to be charged with a false DUI or DWI. Make sure if you have been charged with a DUI or DWI falsely to contact an experienced attorney immediately in order to get your innocence back today.

Contact The Law Office of Alex Tyra, P.C. For a Free Consultation When you need assistance from an experienced attorney or if you need to better understand you legal options, contact The Law Office of Alex Tyra, P.C., at (903) 753-7499.  All initial consultations are free.  Phone calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Understanding “Minor In Possession” Charges

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Today, driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs continues to keep rearing its ugly face in the lives of many each and every day. When an individual drinks and drives they put not only themselves at risk of being hurt or killed, but also all others that are around them and their vehicle. Drinking and driving can easily land an individual in a serious situation that can easily end up with them paying numerous legal fees, or even some jail time. Yet, one thing that easily contributes to drunken driving each year is that of under age drinking.

When an individual receives a ticket for either a MIP, or MIC, what is it and what happens as a result from it? Minor in possession (MIP), or minor in consumption (MIC), deals directly with that of underage drinking. An MIP is when an individual under the age of 21 is simply holding alcohol, or they have it within their immediate setting, whereas an MIC is given when an individual under the age of 21 is caught drinking alcohol. Today, teenagers keep drinking and know what these tickets are. However, do they understand what consequences come with either of these?

Under normal circumstances, those individuals who get either one of these tickets and do not have further issues with the similar situation in the future will have the charge expunged after they turn 21. However, if another ticket is given as a result of underage drinking both charges will not be expunged and will result in being seen on your record. These can impact many things in student’s lives such as employment now and later, and even their enrollment status at their secondary education institution.

Remember at the end of the day if you are under the age of 21 drinking is illegal throughout the whole United States. Whether you believe it or not you can easily be charged with a crime as well when you buy alcohol for those under the age of 21. Make sure that the alcohol is kept at the store, or at least until the children are old enough to buy it themselves.

Contact The Law Office of Alex Tyra, P.C. For a Free Consultation When you need assistance from an experienced attorney or if you need to better understand you legal options, contact The Law Office of Alex Tyra, P.C., at (903) 753-7499.  All initial consultations are free.  Phone calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.