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A DUI puts your CDL in jeopardy

What better way to see the country than driving a big rig! Not only do you get to see the country, but you also receive a paycheck as you do it. Those may have been your thoughts when you decided to earn your commercial driver's license. After getting a job and doing some traveling, you realized you made the right choice.

As you know, the job comes with numerous challenges as well. One of them involves keeping your license and remaining in good standing with regulatory agencies such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This means avoiding traffic violations such as a DUI. As a commercial driver, you must meet certain standards, which are higher than those for other drivers.

Don't shoot yourself in the foot concerning Washington gun laws

Whether you've been a firearms enthusiast for years or are a new gun owner in Washington, you are likely aware of many requirements and laws that govern the possession, buying and selling, and use of firearms. Hopefully, you researched both federal and state laws ahead of time to avoid running into any type of legal problem.

The federal government has limited oversight on gun possession. Most laws exist at state level. However, such laws often vary from state to state (and can change as well) so it's crucial that you not only learn the gun laws in Washington but look into regulations in surrounding regions or any state you plan to enter while carrying a gun. Air transportation officials also regulate your ability to fly on planes with firearms or gun components. It's always best to thoroughly research these before you board a flight.

Am I going to lose my license after a drunk driving arrest?

Washington drivers who are facing DUI charges know that there is a lot at stake. In addition to the threat of facing time behind bars, drivers facing drunk driving charges could also lose their right to drive. If you are wondering what will happen to your license or how you can defend yourself when dealing with a DUI, you would be wise to take quick action to protect your interests.

If you lose your license, you will not be able to drive to school, work or even drive your kids from place to place. However, there are options available to you, and it may be possible to restore your driving privileges, even if on a limited basis. Facing a DUI is serious, and you would be wise to seek serious defense help as you work to fight these charges and their potential consequences.

Dealing with false accusations of domestic abuse

There's no denying it — if someone claims a spouse has been abusive, people are going to listen. There have been too many tragic stories of victims of domestic abuse who met violent ends after someone ignored their cries for help. Because of this, authorities generally give the benefit of the doubt to the accuser and assume the worst of the accused.

If your spouse has told authorities that you committed domestic abuse, you may find yourself in a delicate and terrifying situation. The odds are against you, and you may already be seeing the effects of the false accusations. People may be treating you differently, friends may avoid you and your job may be on the line. The worst consequence may be your separation from your children.

Getting a second shot at your gun rights

You may love to hunt. Perhaps your parent or grandparent bought you your first gun, taught you how to shoot and impressed upon you the crucial aspects of safety while carrying a firearm. From your earliest years, you anticipated this time of year when the air turns crisp and, just maybe, you could miss school one day to hunt for elk or Blacktail deer in the Washington forests.

This was your life until the day it all came to an end. Whatever the circumstances that resulted in your felony conviction, among the many penalties you paid (and are likely still paying) was the loss of your right to possess a firearm, possibly for the rest of your life. This ban is in effect even if your conviction was for a non-violent crime. However, it may be possible for you to have your rights restored so you can get back to the sport you love.

When allegations of violence pose a threat to your future

There is a multitude of scenarios in which a domestic dispute can arise, and most may involve little more than a heated argument. However, in some cases, the situation can grow out of hand, and an accusation of physical behavior could leave you facing charges of domestic violence.

Domestic violence is a major issue that carries severe penalties, and a conviction could have a significant impact on your future. You may wish to protect yourself from suffering unnecessary consequences by challenging the charges, but perhaps you are uncertain how to achieve this goal.

What impact will a DUI have on your Washington license?

You know that facing criminal charges of any kind can have a significant negative impact on various areas of your life. When facing charges for drunk driving, there is much more than just steep fines and potential jail time at stake; your right to drive is at risk.

The loss of your driving privileges is a steep price to pay for a DUI. Washington drivers would be wise to know what kind of penalties they are facing and how they can confront the charges against them. Protecting your right to drive is tantamount to many important areas of your life, including your ability to get to work and school. With help, it is possible to fight a DUI and potentially mitigate some of the penalties you are facing.

Expect more DUI arrests in Washington

Drunk driving arrests are down in Washington state. This may come as a surprise to you, especially if police recently arrested you for DUI. However, you must be one of the few because recent reports show state police are not arresting as many people for driving while impaired. Because of this, the public outcry is increasing.

As a result of the sharp decline in DUI arrests, the state is taking steps to increase the chances of catching you if you drive after drinking. In light of recent DUI fatalities, you may be hearing more from lawmakers and law enforcement who are determined to reverse the trend.

What happens to my license after a DUI arrest and conviction?

Facing any type of criminal charge is both confusing and overwhelming, especially if you find yourself facing charges related to drunk driving. You know that drunk driving can bring serious penalties for Washington drivers convicted of this type of crime, including the loss of driving privileges.

You need your license to drive to work, school, the grocery store, doctor appointments and to take your kids to various places. Protecting your license is of critical importance, and it can be helpful to know what happens to it after a DUI arrest, as well as after a DUI conviction. 

How can you tell if a drug is addictive?

Addiction is a generic term that medical professionals define as being dependent on something or habituated toward. Sometimes people use the word loosely to mean something good rather than in the negative sense as it's generally accepted. For instance, someone might say they're addicted to Washington sunrises and other beautiful scenes. This of course evokes a far different sensation than saying someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Either way, if you believe you get pleasure from or need something so badly you may act in certain ways you would otherwise not act just to have it, there might be a problem. This often happens to people who use some of the most highly addictive substances on earth. Sometimes, thefts, assaults or other crimes occur that are somehow connected to a person or group of people's addictions.

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