Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Facts people should know about DUI in California

Driving under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs, also known as DUI, is considered a felony in the United States. The laws on DUI vary from state to state. Let’s take a closer look at the DUI laws in California.

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  • Jail time for DUI offenders in California can be as short as four days or as long as 16 months, with fines that can reach as high as $18,000. The period in which a person’s driver’s license can be suspended ranges from a single month to four years.
  • The time by which a person’s previous DUI offenses are still valid for reference is 10 years.
  • Persons under 21 years old are prohibited from carrying opened alcoholic beverages when they are driving alone. There are exceptions, though, such as work-related driving.
  • The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level limit is .079. Higher than that, and it is considered a DUI. For people driving commercial vehicles, using a commercial driver’s license, the BAC limit is .039. For drivers under 18 years old, having any BAC is considered DUI.
  • Persons under the age of 21 are prohibited from taking alcohol, cough syrup, and prescription drugs when driving.
  • The BAC limit for repeat offenders is .009.
  • The implied consent law in California means that a driver can be fined and have his or her license suspended if he or she refuses a chemical test.

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Olympia Law P.C., based in Los Angeles and Orange County, specializes in different cases, including DUI. Learn more about the firm here.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Primer On Catastrophic Injuries For Victims And Their Families

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Catastrophic injuries are always very serious in nature. Severe injuries to the spinal cord or brain are categorized as catastrophic. When the skull sustains heavy damage, it can also be called catastrophic.

Catastrophic injuries lead to one of three results: the victim’s death, the victim’s disability (which is oftentimes permanent), head or neck trauma (which is also oftentimes permanent). It is important to note that deaths may occur directly or indirectly because of this type of injury.

Though a lot of catastrophic injuries happen in sports, they can also occur through motor accidents, unsafe working conditions, and everyday slips or falls. Employers, motorists, building contractors and engineers, even landlords, could be held liable for catastrophic injuries befalling citizens.

There are also times when these types of injuries arise from the gross negligence of people providing healthcare. For instance, expecting mothers could be given the wrong medication, or subjected to erroneous procedures. The results are tragic and they affect both mothers and their children.

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One of the more agonizing realizations people have after they or their loved ones suffer a catastrophic injury is the requirement of long-term, intensive care. The expenses are no laughing matter. After a catastrophic event, the lives of entire families change. Houses and other valuable belongings are sold, jobs are left behind, and more life-altering adjustments are made.

It is of legal importance to remember that the expenses for the therapy and recovery of victims of catastrophic injuries should be shouldered by those who caused the injury in the first place.

Olympia Law P.C. specializes in cases that involve fraud, bankruptcy, and personal injury. The firm is located in Los Angeles and Orange County. Learn more about its services by visiting this site.