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2 area school district officials arrested for DUI since September

Since September, two Horry County, South Carolina, school district officials have been arrested on charges of driving under the influence.

In September, the District 1 school board member was arrested after she allegedly failed to follow field sobriety test directions. Once she was taken into the jail in North Myrtle Beach, she reportedly refused a Breathalyzer test. South Carolina law required her driving privileges to be suspended immediately.

Can you turn right if you have a red arrow?

If you pull up to a red arrow, waiting to make a right turn, you may be tempted to turn through the arrow if the traffic is clear. Can you do this or not?

There has been some confusion over the rule in recent years, but the basic answer is that you cannot turn on a red arrow. Even if you are turning right, you have to wait for the green to make the turn.

What is burglary?

Many people believe they understand all of the elements of a burglary charge, but the reality is that many myths exist and people often have an incorrect mental picture of what this crime looks like. It is important to break down these myths and truly understand the issues at hand, especially for those who are facing legal charges that they do not believe accurately represent what happened in the case.

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When could an expunction be ideal for you?

In North Carolina, the words expungement and expunction are used interchangeably. Both terms refer to a process by which an individual previously convicted of a crime may ask the court to remove their conviction, charges or arrest from their record. There are various reasons why an individual may want to seek an expunction of their record.

Whether an individual has merely been arrested and charged with a crime (and later acquitted or had the charges dismissed) or was actually convicted, that person is likely to face difficulty in securing certain jobs, professional licenses and financial aid. An expunged record may allow that individual to pursue these opportunities more freely.

What are the consequences for speeding in North Carolina?

When a police officer writes a traffic ticket for a motorist here in Bolivia, one of the first things that a driver generally complains about is the sheer cost that they're expected to pay for having violated the law. Motorists should consider many of the other costly implications associated with receiving a ticket here in North Carolina, though.

North Carolina offers some of the lowest automobile insurance rates in the country. However, the cost for coverage can increase significantly if you receive a ticket for a traffic infraction.

Wrestling superstar arrested for another DUI

Jeff Hardy, a superstar wrestler with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), was arrested on DUI charges last year. He was recently arrested again in North Carolina, making it two sets of charges in two years.

When asked for comment, the WWE did not want any part of it. They simply said: "Jeff Hardy is responsible for his own personal actions."

Experts claim speeding doesn't actually help

When you break the speed limit, it's generally just because you want to get somewhere a bit sooner than you would otherwise. Maybe you left a bit late for work. Maybe you're bored with being in the car. There are plenty of reasons that people break the speed limit.

But does it really help? Not nearly as much as you think.

How should prescription drugs be handled?

Prescription drugs are the answer to many ailments, but you must ensure that you are getting them for yourself and not borrowing them from someone else. It is illegal to accept someone else's prescriptions and it is unlawful to share them with others. Only the person to whom the prescription is written should ever be in possession or use the medications.

Merely being in possession of someone else's prescription medication can lead to criminal charges, especially if the person is not with you. You should never hold someone's prescriptions for them.

Could tailgating lead to a DUI for you?

If you are like many football fans, tailgating is the highlight of the season for you. You enjoy manning the grill and meeting up with both new and old friends in the parking lot on game day. You quaff a few beers and share some laughs together before heading for home.

The problem begins when you drive after drinking alcohol. You might not even think that you are impaired. After all, you had plenty to eat and were active all afternoon. But that may not be enough to keep your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) below the .08% mandated to legally drive.

Do men get arrested more often?

Stereotyping is never wise, especially when it comes to criminal activity. It's not fair to any group. Police officers especially need to avoid it so that they do not target innocent people based on some inherent trait.

That said, statistics can tell us who tends to get arrested for crimes, and that helps to paint a picture of how the system works. According to reports, men get arrested far more often than women, coming in at 73% in the United States. That means that roughly three out of every four arrests involves a male.

An Award-Winning LawyerFirm founder Dustin R.T. Sullivan has been recognized as one of the leading attorneys in North Carolina. His accolades include:

  • Super Lawyer2017 Rising Star in DWI Defense Super Lawyers of North Carolina
  • Superior DUI Attorney 20162016 Superior DUI Attorney ranking for fourth consecutive year by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • Super Lawyer | Dustin R.T. Sullivan | Selected In 20172016 Public Service Award for Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • 10 Best 2017 | Attorney | Client Satisfaction 2015 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • NAFLA2015 Top 10 Ranking by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
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