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Lowndes County Law Blog

Why do people decide to refinance?

You liked your mortgage terms when you bought your house, but that was five years ago. Now you're wondering if you should just go on paying for the full 30 years or if you need to consider refinancing.

To help you decide, take a look at some of the common reasons that people opt to refinance.

Driving under the influence of medical drugs: is it crime?

Most Georgia residents will need medication at some point in their lifetime. Whether you take prescription medication for a chronic condition or over-the-counter cold medicine, you should always be on the lookout for negative side effects.

If you currently take medication, check the warnings on the label. Does it tell you to avoid operating motor vehicles and heavy machinery while using the drug? The label probably has a good reason for this restriction. Among other serious consequences, driving while on that medicine could get you in trouble with the law.

Breath tests need to yield consistent results

If you're given a breath test after a traffic stop and it comes in at .09, you may be arrested on allegations that you were driving while intoxicated.

However, it's important for police to know that the breath test device, often called a Breathalyzer, is accurate. If it hasn't been calibrated properly, how can they actually know you were over the legal limit?

Teen, riding to aunt's funeral, dies in car accident

Two deaths tragically rocked one family in Georgia when a teenager who was headed to his aunt's funeral was involved in a car accident. He passed away in the wreck.

The 19-year old was the passenger in a truck on Ga. 247, with his brother behind the wheel. His brother is 21 years old. They were riding to the funeral together.

Can I have a DUI offense expunged from my record?

After being arrested for a DUI, you may be thinking about what this charge can do to your future in the long term. Having an offense on your record could make returning to your normal life more difficult.

In that case, you may be thinking about what options you have to keep the arrest from your records. Can a DUI be expunged in Georgia?

13 of the most common traffic citations and violations

When those lights come on in your rear-view mirror, do you find yourself asking what you possibly did wrong? Whether you have a stellar driving record or a number of previous citations, you're probably starting to think about the potential ramifications before the officer even gets to the door.

Police do see a wide variety of traffic offenses on a daily basis. Below are 13 of the most common violations that they pull people over for every day in Georgia:

  1. Breaking the speed limit.
  2. Failing to stop at a red light, perhaps while trying to make the yellow.
  3. Crossing the center line into oncoming lanes.
  4. Not using a turn signal when turning or changing lanes.
  5. Going around a school bus without stopping.
  6. Not giving pedestrians the right of way when they have it.
  7. Driving in a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane in a single-person car.
  8. Not wearing a seat belt.
  9. Driving a car on the road's shoulder.
  10. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  11. Passing another vehicle while in a no-passing zone.
  12. Driving recklessly and putting other people in danger.
  13. Driving without the proper registration, insurance and driver's license.

5 mistakes not to make during and after a DUI arrest

Getting arrested for a DUI can be a stressful and terrifying experience and Georgia has stiff penalties for driving while under the influence. Avoid these common pitfalls that can inadvertently hinder your case.

These are five mistakes drivers make after being accused of driving while under the influence.

3 potential challenges to a speeding ticket

A speeding ticket seems pretty cut and dry. You got caught and now you have to pay the fine. However, it's important to note that there are a few potential challenges to a ticket that may help in court.

Remember, these won't always work and won't apply in every case. However, they're worth considering:

Is raising the legal driving age a worthwhile solution?

Tragically, teen drivers have very high fatal accident rates. There are those who suggest that the only real solution to the problem is to stop giving 16-year-old kids the keys to the family car.

But would raising the age be wise? Would it help? Below are a few key things that must be considered.

Would truckers be safer with an hourly wage?

Truckers do not get an hourly wage. They often get paid by the mile. This is done to reward them directly for productivity. If they're moving goods, they're making money.

While that simplistic reasoning makes sense on some levels, some experts have suggested it makes the industry more dangerous.