DUI and Future Opportunities: Employment & Education

The punishment for a DUI conviction does not end in the courtroom, but has lasting consequences on your employment and education opportunities. Even a probated DUI sentence can influence an employer’s willingness to hire you. Colleges can have the same types of reservations if they find out about your DUI conviction.

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DUI Bail and Bonds Overview

After an individual is arrested for a DUI offense, they will remain in jail until they are taken before a magistrate and arraigned. The general purpose of the magistration process is to advise you of the charges that have been filed against you and to set bond or a bail amount. The amount of your DUI bail and the procedures for making bond will depend on the criminal laws of the state in which you are arrested and the local rules of the county or parish.

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What are the Sherman Antitrust and Clayton Acts?

The Sherman Antitrust Act is a federal law prohibiting any contract, trust, or conspiracy in restraint of interstate or foreign trade. The Clayton Act regulates general practices that potentially may be detrimental to fair competition. Some of these general practices regulated by the Clayton Act are: price discrimination; exclusive dealing contracts, tying agreements, or requirement contracts; mergers and acquisitions; and interlocking directorates.

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What is separate property?

In general, separate property or non-marital property is any property, real or personal, acquired before marriage, after divorce (or in some states by separation of the spouses before divorce), by gift or inheritance during marriage, or during marriage with separate property funds.

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What is secondary meaning in trademark law?

Secondary meaning in trademark law arises when consumers have come to identify a trademark with a specific product over time. When this happens, a descriptive mark that a business would not have been able to register initially may achieve trademark status. To learn more about trademark law and secondary meaning, click here.

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What happens if you refuse to take a BAC test?

The consequences for refusal to submit to a DUI blood alcohol test vary from state to state. In some states you have a right to refuse a blood alcohol test with no additional penalties for doing so, but in others you will face penalties beyond your DUI charges. Become familiar with your states laws regarding a DUI blood alcohol test by contacting an experienced DUI attorney.

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DUI Trial Tips

There are two general approaches to improving your chances for a favorable outcome before trial on a DUI charge. The first approach involves being proactive and addressing how you got the DUI charge in order to minimize sentencing. The second approach is more reactive and designed to fight the DUI charge by arguing you are not guilty. Whether you are guilty or not, consult a DUI attorney for assistance fighting a DUI charge or minimizing punishment for a DUI conviction.

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Understanding a DUI Driver’s License Suspension

While many criminal or financial penalties for a DUI require every person arrested for DUI be found guilty at trial, when it comes to a DUI license suspension the law is not as gracious. For a DUI arrest, or for refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test, you are punished before trial by an immediate administrative driver’s license suspension. If you are arrested for DUI, you should consult a DUI attorney to understand the wide ranging consequences on your driver’s license and how to alleviate the effects of a DUI license suspension.

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DUI Probation and Deferred Sentencing

When considering DUI plea options, you need to understand the difference between a strait probation and a deferred sentence. Both will involve being placed on some type of probation wherein you report to a probation officer, complete drug and alcohol counseling, perform community service hours, and pay a fine. A common misconception about DUI probation and DUI deferred sentences is that it means you won’t have to go to jail, this is not the case. If you have received a DUI or DWI, you should contact a DUI attorney as soon as possible.

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