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California, New York weigh lowering DUI standard to 0.05 percent

States around the nation are now considering lowering their per se DUI standards from 0.08percent blood alcohol content down to 0.05 percent. In 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board began recommending that all states adopt the lower standard, although so far, only Utah has done so.

Prescription for a DUI

Between the commercials, the doctor's instructions, and the label on the bottle, prescription drugs tend to come with a lot of warnings. Some of the side effects are rare, but others are almost a guarantee.

What to tell your teen about underage drinking

For teenagers, summer is synonymous with freedom. Whether it's newfound financial independence with a seasonal job, transportation freedom with a license or just the opportunity to spend time with friends any time of day, summer is a big deal. This increase in social activity can also bring temptation to engage in illegal behavior such as underage drinking.

Could you comply with Canada's new THC limit for driving?

There's an easy way to comply with Canada's new impaired driving law for marijuana: Don't use marijuana at all. Considering that marijuana is now legal for recreational purposes in Canada, however, you ideally wouldn't have to avoid marijuana completely in order to be legal to drive.

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 for lawful permanent residents (green card holders) -- and have other effects on your immigration status.

Remember: Driving hungover is not driving sober

As we've discussed before on this blog, DUI has no arbitrary time limit. If you were extremely intoxicated the night before, you could still have enough alcohol in your system for a DUI the day after. Moreover, the only thing that effectively reduces blood alcohol content is time.

Traveling to Canada? Consider their tough new drunk driving laws

At Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers, we believe in keeping you up to date about the changing state of impaired driving laws across the country and around the world. This is not only to provide a comparison to the laws of Tennessee but also to give you a sense of what trends could be coming our way.

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