4 Simple Rules Explained: Rule 1
- Monday, 08 August 2011 11:18
If you have my card or one of my koozies, you have heard about My 4 Simple Rules if Stopped by the Police
. The four simple rules come with a disclaimer that tells you to go to my website
for more specific information. The reason, of course, is that nothing is ever simple when it comes to dealing with police traffic stops. Here I’ll explain the reasons behind the rules.
Rule 1: Never admit to drinking (or anything else).
The first thought you should always have when encountering a police stop is, “The police officer is an agent of the government; he has the ability to cause my loss of freedom and loss of drivers license.” When a police officer stops you, they so because they believe you have violated a traffic offense. From the very start, their minds are focused on gathering evidence which they can use against you to convict you of whatever crime they believe you committed. Your focus from the start should be NOT to provide the officer with evidence that you do NOT legally have to provide!
What do you have to provide if stopped by the police?
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5 Thoughts about the Casey Anthony Case
- Friday, 29 July 2011 09:27
I have been spending the past week at the beach, and I have been thinking about the Casey Anthony trial recently. Now that the initial hoopla over the not guilty verdict has somewhat calmed down, I thought I would express some of my opinions on this case.
1. Why so much interest in this case?
Was the death of a 2 year old child tragic? Sure. Was it as nationally newsworthy, and more specifically, should it have drawn the attention it did? Hardly. Did you know that 22,000 children die each day, according to the World Health Organization? Not many from murder or accidental deaths, but mostly from starvation. Why doesn’t our news media spend as much time talking about those deaths as they did about Caylee Anthony?
2. Why are Americans so gullible in believing that what they see and hear from True Crime shows is in fact the truth?
The American news media, and in particular “true crime” shows such as America’s Most Wanted and Nancy Grace, make tons of money sensationalizing local crimes. According to a May 2011 New York Times article on Nancy Grace, “TV Justice Thrives on Fear” Grace her crew play fast and hard with the facts:
Ms. Grace, a former prosecutor in Atlanta who was reprimanded for stepping over a line more than once, obliterates lines every night on “Nancy Grace.” Working with a contingent of experts who have all the independence of a crew of trained seals, Ms. Grace races toward judgment, heedlessly ignoring nuance and evidence on her way to finding guilt.
Nancy Grace, of course, absolutely knew
that Casey Anthony was guilty, and Nancy is always right. Right?
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Hines Ward’s Recent DUI Sheds Light on Wrong and Right Ways to Deal with DUI
- Friday, 22 July 2011 09:02
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and Dancing with the Stars Champion Hines Ward was recently in the news after he was arrested in DeKalb County for allegedly driving under the influence
. He was pulled over after swerving and hitting a curb. According to the police report, Ward smelled like alcohol and performed poorly on field sobriety tests including the portable breath test and balance tests. He was released from custody after posting bail, and is now dealing with the consequences of DUI allegations including potential suspension from his position in the NFL and media backlash against another athlete in trouble.
While Ward’s case is highlighted because he is a public figure, there are aspects of his case that can help others in the same situation. The first step in avoiding a DUI arrest is prevention. Make plans to have a designated driver or cab come pick you up after a night of drinking.
First, Ward should not have submitted to any of the roadside field tests. If you are stopped and suspected of DUI in the state of Georgia, you are not legally required to take any field sobriety tests
. Therefore, you should never submit to any roadside field sobriety tests including the horizontal gaze, walk-and-turn, or one-leg-stand tests. At a hearing or trial, the officer who initially pulled Ward over will be able to use these roadside field tests against Ward as proof of Ward’s inability to operate a car safely.
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Staying out of Hot Water: the Consequence of Boating under the Influence
- Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:00
Boating is a favorite pastime for many Georgians. While I’m not a regular lake goer, many of my family’s friends frequently visit Atlanta’s Lake Lanier and middle Georgia’s Lake Oconee (among others) during the warm summer days of June, July and August. It’s easy to get into the “lake state of mind” when on the water: enjoying a few drinks while hanging out with friends, not eating a whole lot because you’re out on the water, etc. All of this can be the recipe for a great weekend or a recipe for disaster if you’re not armed with the knowledge of how to avoid Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, is defined as “operating, navigating, steering, or driving any moving vessel while under the influence of alcohol to the extent that it is less safe for the person to operate, steer, etc. such a vehicle.” Just as with a DUI (driving under the influence)
charge, there are legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limits in Georgia
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Driving Drunk Not Worth the Risk on Graduation Night
- Tuesday, 24 May 2011 15:36
At the age of 18, graduating from high school is usually the biggest accomplishment of a teens’ life up to that point, and prior to 18, getting a driver’s license
is typically a teen’s biggest feat. Imagine you are graduating from high school. Completing thirteen years of school makes you feel carefree and eager to start the next phase of life, and your younger classmates follow your lead: taking advantage of every opportunity to party.
Now, imagine graduation night: the ceremony concludes, you and your classmates proceed to the after party where there is alcohol. There is so much to celebrate, and so much excitement about what the future holds. The only problem with this picture is that you still have that teenage mindset that you’re invincible. When the end of the night comes, you become more concerned with meeting curfew than protecting yourself and others from the dangers of driving under the influence
. You consider calling your parents for a ride home, but you’re too afraid to admit to them that you have been drinking. Your best friend is facing the same dilemma, but you both decide that you’ll be fine—you live just down the road.
It’s the morning after graduation and the greatest party of your life. You pick up the phone to call you best friend to discuss last nights’ events. No answer.
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