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What are the penalties for DUI in Delaware?

When you are facing a DUI in Delaware, you may underestimate its impact on your life. You may believe it easier to go through the legal motions to get the process over with and move on.

However, doing so can have far-reaching consequences in all areas of your life. Once you are familiar with them, you may realize the importance of having a criminal defense attorney by your side to try to reduce the effects of a DUI.

3 dangerous mistakes to avoid when driving in the rain

It has already started raining here in Wilmington, and it is going to continue as we enter fall and winter. This might seem like no big deal, but it can actually have a huge impact on your safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wet weather requires you to take special care while driving

However, because rain is normal and expected, you might make some mistakes while driving in the rain. Small errors can make it more likely for you to get into an accident. Below is a list of the most costly driving mistakes you should avoid during wet weather conditions. 

Steps to take after a car accident

A car accident is not something you plan for. In fact, it's usually quite the opposite; most drivers do what they can to avoid getting into an accident. Unfortunately for some, accidents are unavoidable. So when they do happen, it's best to be prepared.

What's the first thing you should do after an accident?

Defenses to DUI charges in Delaware

Drunk driving charges are not to be taken lightly. Even if it's only your first offense, a conviction could mean losing your driver's license for up to a year, paying hefty fines and taking required driving classes. A second or later offense could mean jail time and more penalties.

Not only is your freedom on the line if you are charged with a DUI in Delaware, but a conviction could impact your future in terms of being able to drive to work or school. Depending on the severity of the charge and the type of work you do, it could also impact your ability to get a new job or attain a professional license.

Fault and compensation for Delaware car accidents

Whether you're commuting to work or school, or piling into the minivan for a family vacation, driving a car is a regular part of life for most Americans. We spend so much time in our cars that they now feature Wi-Fi, satellite radio and even TV screens. Sometimes, the more familiar something gets, the more likely we are to let down our guard.

In driving, a momentary lapse of attention can have serious consequences. Traffic deaths increased measurably in 2016, and studies show that most traffic accidents come from human error, not weather or malfunctioning machinery. Drivers need to be more careful on the road, and drivers who were following safe driving practices shouldn't have to suffer for the mistakes of others.

The nursing home resident's rights

Convincing your parents they need to be cared for by professional staff at a nursing home is a difficult conversation. You will have concerns about their general wellbeing, especially given regular reports of elder abuse. Considering 1 in 10 seniors over the age of 60 have experienced some type of abuse, it's no wonder you are nervous about placing a loved one in a long-term care facility.

Mom or dad on the other hand, may have similar concerns about their care and the risks of potential abuse or suffering an injury away from home. When you research nursing homes, you can and should ask how the facility plans for and responds to such incidents. You can also put your parents' minds at ease by letting them know they have a right to continue seeking care from their regular doctor. 


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