Does breath test refusal use violate self-incrimination clause?

The Supreme Court of Georgia has just made an interesting ruling in the area of DUI. When someone refuses to take a preliminary breath test offered by police, that refusal cannot be used against them in the DUI trial. The justices reasoned that using a refusal against the driver would violate the Georgia Constitution’s protection

Is the EPA violating the law by not requiring asbestos reporting?

“There is overwhelming consensus in the scientific community that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos,” reads a lawsuit recently filed by several public health groups. That’s true. Asbestos was once in use throughout the American economy, although there was suspicion it was potentially harmful. It was finally recognized as a human carcinogen

Can the keto diet trick a breathalyzer into a false positive?

A DUI case in Texas was recently dismissed. The defendant performed well on a field sobriety test, but the police breathalyzer pegged him at well above the limit. According to his defense attorney, the reason was completely innocent: he was on the keto diet, and it had skewed his breathalyzer results. Low-carbohydrate diets like the

What are Tennessee’s motorcycle safety requirements?

Tennessee motorcyclists and those visiting from other states can enjoy our scenic highways and the wind at their back. While riding through the Volunteer State, motorcyclists should know the safety requirements. In Tennessee, anyone on a motorcycle must wear a helmet. While some nearby states such as Kentucky and Arkansas require helmet use for riders

Are doctors replacing opioids with dangerous benzodiazepines?

Most of the country knows about the opioid epidemic and its tragic costs. Unfortunately, there appears to be another prescription drug crisis involving a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. These drugs, traditionally prescribed for anxiety, insomnia or seizures, include brands such as: Ativan Halcion Klonopin Librium Valium Xanax Benzodiazepines slow your breathing, depress the central

Can immigrants be deported over DUI offenses?

Since a first-offense DUI is a misdemeanor in Tennessee and elsewhere, it may surprise you to learn that some DUI offenses can have immigration consequences. Generally, a misdemeanor DUI conviction does not result in deportation, but multiple misdemeanor DUI convictions can, under certain circumstances. And, felony DUI offenses can sometimes result in deportation — even

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