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Drunk driving arrests aren't solely based on breath tests

Most Louisiana residents are under the mistaken impression that as long as their blood alcohol concentration is not above the state's legal limit of .08 that they will not be arrested for DUI. Unfortunately, most arrests for drunk driving are based on more than just a roadside breath test. This is because many people rightfully question the accuracy of a breath test in court.

Will accident victim's family file a wrongful death claim?

Losing a loved one is never easy, but when that loss comes unexpectedly and violently, it can devastate those left behind. In the aftermath of such a loss, a family may not be thinking about the financial impact of it. However, at some point, monetary losses could prompt surviving family members to seek restitution through the filing of a wrongful death claim.

Medical malpractice claims could settle before going to trial

Like veterans of the Armed Forces who reside here in Louisiana, many veterans rely on VA hospitals for their health care needs. They trust that the doctors working in those facilities have the patient's best interests in mind when searching for a diagnosis and creating a treatment plan. When something goes wrong, and it looks like it was the fault of the VA hospital and its medical staff, a medical malpractice claim could be an appropriate course of action. If the opportunity to settle arises, it could provide a swift and painless end to protracted litigation.

Could admissions of drunk driving be used against a driver?

Most people in Louisiana who drink alcohol are often no longer in control of their faculties. This often includes making statements while their judgment is impaired that they may otherwise not have made. The question becomes whether making admissions of drunk driving to non-law enforcement personnel would be admissible in court.

Man charged with felonies will have right to confront witness

Ordinarily, contacting tip lines such as Crimestoppers allows callers to remain anonymous under Louisiana law despite the fact that it does not provide the accused with the right to confront all witnesses against him or her in court. A tipster in a case involving felonies connected to the death of a woman in June 2015 had this protection at one time. However, the judge presiding over the criminal case recently ruled that the tipster's subsequent actions nullified that protection.

Fire presents an additional danger in auto accidents

Predicting what will happen during a motor vehicle collision is nearly impossible. Unexpected consequences arise in many auto accidents, and one of them is fire. When vehicles catch fire, the occupants face an additional danger that could cost them their lives. Fire more than likely contributed to the death of a Louisiana man in a recent crash on Interstate 10.

What does expungement mean?

With an arrest, charge or conviction comes a criminal record that is open to the public. Anyone from potential employers to your neighbors can find out your criminal history and make moving on with your life difficult.

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