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The test you never want to fail in college or beyond

As one of thousands of college students in North Carolina, you understand that studying for tests goes hand-in-hand with college success. Still, you may have already experienced times when you did your best to prepare but still didn't fare well on a particular test. In hindsight, you may have realized that any number of factors caused you to perform beneath your potential. Perhaps you weren't feeling well on test day or were under stress regarding a personal matter.

Failing one test in college is not likely to ruin your entire academic career; however, there's another type of test you may wind up taking at some point during your college years, and if you fail this test, you can wind up behind bars. It's not all that uncommon to get a traffic ticket while driving off campus. If a police officer thinks you've been drinking, your immediate future may ride on how well you perform a field sobriety test. Knowing how to quickly access support can greatly impact your situation.

Meth addiction could lead to brain damage, criminal charges

Drugs can immensely impact a person's life. Growing up, you may never have thought that you would become a drug addict, but because predicting the future is impossible, individuals can easily wind up in situations that they may not have expected. However, one seemingly simple decision could result in a life completely changing course, especially if that decision relates to trying methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine is an illegal substance, but many people still manufacture, use and get their hands on the drug. The reasons behind why individuals choose to do so can vary from person to person, but once a person becomes addicted, the choice to continue using may feel out of his or her control. If you have ended up in this type of predicament, you may experience negative and lasting impacts.

Charged with a Level I DWI in North Carolina?

Drunk driving is a serious criminal offense in North Carolina. If you find yourself facing any type of DWI charge, you know that it is critical to take the appropriate measures to defend your future and your interests. This is particularly true if you are a repeat DWI offender.

There are various levels for DWI offenses in North Carolina. Level I is especially serious, and repeat drunk driving offenders could face the serious penalties associated with this type of DWI. If you are a repeat offender, charged with felony DWI or simply want to protect yourself after a DWI traffic stop, you have no time to lose in learning about your defense options.

You need a strong defense when facing fraud charges

North Carolina readers know that facing criminal charges of any kind can be daunting and frightening. You know that your future is at stake in many ways, but a conviction or guilty plea is never your only option. You have the right and the option to present a strong defense, no matter the nature of the case against you.

If you are facing fraud charges, you would be wise to take your case seriously. You may feel tempted to downplay the serious nature of your case, but a conviction of a white-collar crime could result in time behind bars and a myriad of other consequences. It is prudent to fight fraud charges and actively work to protect your future interests.

Your job may depend on challenging DUI charges

A vehicle, flashing lights and a suspicion that you drove drunk are all it may take to put your job in jeopardy. When the officer pulled you over, your mind may have immediately begun replaying your night. Perhaps you had some drinks with your dinner, but you never thought that you weren't capable of safely driving home.

The officer had a different opinion, however. After field sobriety tests and breath tests, the officer believed he or she had enough probable cause to arrest you. Now you are in the unenviable position of defending yourself against a DUI charge. More than that, you may begin to wonder how this will affect your job.

Criminal conviction could jeopardize your college financial aid

As you undoubtedly know, having a criminal conviction on your record could have a considerable impact on your life. You may feel that this type of issue is not one with which you should concern yourself as a young college student with the rest of your life ahead of you. However, your situation may be the exact reason you should have concerns about potentially facing criminal charges.

If you are convicted of a crime at your young age, that mark on your record will follow you for the rest of your life. Additionally, a conviction for a drug crime could result in your losing federal financial aid that you may need to complete your college education. This could lead to your future turning out much differently than you had anticipated.

Too many drinks may ruin a good time and increase DWI risk

At many social gatherings, you and many others in North Carolina choose to consume alcohol as part of the festivities. Often, alcoholic beverages may make you feel loosened up and allow you to feel as if you enjoy yourself more than if you drank only non-alcoholic beverages. However, it may interest you to know that drinking too much alcohol could hamper your good time, as well as put you at risk of a high blood-alcohol concentration level.

The biphasic curve shows how different levels of BAC could impact your feelings and risk of hangover after consuming certain amounts of alcohol. As a result, you may find yourself looking into ways to keep your BAC level low.

Understanding your rights could help deter unnecessary suspicions

Even a routine traffic stop can be an intimidating experience. Perhaps you were travelling a little above the speed limit or had a burnt-out headlight. You could be feeling a bit stressed out over your current situation, but what happens if you suddenly find yourself accused of drunk driving?

When facing accusations of intoxication, remaining calm throughout the procedure is crucial. However, with the severity of the consequences for a DWI conviction, this could be challenging at best, potentially leaving you to wonder if your actions will only make matters worse.

Forensic evidence may not mean case closed

Facing a jury trial can be intimidating. Your future and freedom hinge on convincing 12 strangers of your innocence. If there is forensic evidence against you, you may feel the odds are also against you.

Juries tend to believe in forensic evidence, and many prosecutors know that presenting even the flimsiest evidence as scientific fact has the ability to sway some juries. However, at least one law professor is working to change the legal system so that juries see forensic evidence in a truer light.

Acetone: not just your average nail polish remover ingredient

You've probably seen the word acetone listed as an ingredient on nail polish remover, a staple supply found in many home cabinets in North Carolina. Professional salons use acetone often for dissolving nail polish as well. By now, you're likely wondering what any of this has to do with the criminal justice system and why it's the topic of a post on a legal blog. The answer has to do with chemical testing often administered in suspected drunk driving situations.

Various types of breath testing machines exist that police officers may use to test whether alcohol is present in your bloodstream. A brand name of one such test with which most people are familiar is Breathalyzer. In fact, the popularity of this particular brand means that it's often used as a colloquial term for chemical breath tests in general. If a police officer asks you to take a breath test, you should know a few things ahead of time about acetone.

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