Being charged with a DWI is bad enough. However, there are certain elements that can worsen your legal situation if they are present in your case. Here are three things that can aggravate a DWI charge and may lead to harsher punishments and penalties.
Causing an Accident
Being involved in an accident while under the influence of drugs and alcohol is one sure way of being hit with aggravated DWI charges.
When your car is damaged in a crash, you will likely seek compensation for the value of the car. Along with the amount for the actual vehicle, there may have been a lot of money and resources spent on a number of different items and accessories. As you seek a settlement for a car accident, it's important to cover all of the extra items that may have gotten damaged on the exterior of the vehicle.
If you've recently taken part in one of the many large-scale demonstrations sweeping the country during the height of election season, you may have been shocked to have been detained or even placed under arrest for your peaceful occupation or marching. What are your legal rights when it comes to peaceful protest, and do you have any options if you feel your rights have been violated? What if you can't afford an attorney?
If you are getting ready to receive Social Security disability, you may be getting two separate amounts. Not only will you qualify for a monthly benefit, but you may also qualify for a large back award that covers the period that you have been waiting to be approved. Before you start making plans to spend this money, you need to first understand how this back payment may have a negative effect on other government benefits you may be receiving.
In congested urban areas, bicycles compete with cars for road space and if they collide, it's the bicyclist who is left with serious injuries and a hefty medical bill. If you or a loved one has been injured in a biking accident, you may not be aware that you can file a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for the collision.
Scope of the problem
Despite the longevity--and success--of public awareness campaigns about the benefits of biking about town instead of driving, still only about one percent of daily trips can be chalked up to bicycle transportation.