Category: Legal

Minimum Age to Sell Alcohol at Off-Premises Stores by State

I. Background. You’ll find here a summary of each state’s laws about the minimum age to sell alcohol in off-premises venues. That is, in places where customers must take the alcohol elsewhere to consume it. Some states have higher minimum ages for selling spirits. (Spirits are vodka, gin, brandy, tequila, whiskey, rum, etc.) The laws […]

Stopped for Drunk Driving? What to Expect, What to Do, and Not Do

I. Background. Here’s a general overview of what you may expect if you’re stopped for drunk driving. Sometimes the charge is DWI (driving while intoxicated). It also applies to DUI (driving under the influence). The terms vary from state to state as well as the BAC (blood alcohol concentration) to which they refer. And some […]

Legal Drinking Ages around the World – You’ll be Surprised!

I. Background Legal drinking ages around the world vary greatly. Most such laws apply only to drinking alcoholic beverages in public locations. The only countries with a minimum legal age for consuming alcohol at home are England and Wales. They prohibit drinking below the age of six. The average (mean) minimum legal drinking age around […]

Effect of Lower Legal BAC on Traffic Crashes

I. Impact of BAC on Traffic Crashes. What’s the effect of BAC on traffic crashes? (BAC = blood alcohol concentration.) Most drivers who have any alcohol in their bodies have a low and legal BAC. As a result, they have few alcohol-related crashes. The chart below shows BAC in relation to risk of crach. Clearly, […]

How Long Breathalyzers Can Detect Alcohol. Important Information!

Discover how long breathalyzers can detect alcohol. It’s easy to know. I. Calculating Detection Time. Basically, two things determine how long a breathalyzer can detect alcohol. One is person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. The other is how long ago they drank. (“Breathalyzer” is really a brand name of an alcohol breath detector. Other names […]

Abstaining Designated Drivers Arrested if Under 21

Designated Drivers arrested? Really? You’re a young 20-year-old adult who’s attending a gathering serving as Designated Driver. Designated Drivers agree not to drink alcohol and to drive others home. You’re doing this for your friends who are drinking. Your friends are all 21 or older. (There are some attendees under 21.) Society should commend you […]

What’s a Speed Trap? How’s It Different from Strict Enforcement?

I. Speed Trap Basics. Many people ask what’s a speed trap and if it’s any different from strict enforcement. Actually, there is a difference. Determining what’s a speed trap and what’s strict enforcement is based on intent. If the primary purpose is to really to raise money, it’s a speed trap. If it’s really to […]

How Do Police Spot Drunk Drivers? (Here’s How Law Enforcement Does It)

Ever wonder how police spot drunk drivers? It’s not just seeing cars weaving on the road. They learn specific tell-tale signs of impaired or drunken driving. I. How Police Spot Drunk Drivers Here are some of the things that law enforcement officers look for. Accelerating or slowing down quickly. Almost hitting an object or other vehicle. […]

Detecting Drugged Driving (“Science” Convicts Innocent Drivers)

More drivers have drugs in their bodies than alcohol. That’s according to the U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration. And it’s supported by state and federally-funded research, among others. The drugs may be legal or illegal, prescription or street drugs. But they all pose a threat to traffic safety. Therefore, it’s important to improve our detecting […]

Stopped for DWI or DUI? (What Defense Lawyers Say to Do and Not to Do)

If you’re stopped for DWI or DUI, it’s too late to lower your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). And if it’s at an illegal level, the officer will arrest you. Call a defense attorney right away to protect your rights. Preferably one who specializes in DWI defense. I. Your BAC You want to avoid being stopped […]

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