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How does a DUI affect immigration status? Part 1

Contrary to popular belief, a felony conviction or arrest does not mean you are automatically subject to deportation. To be sure, it isn't ideal. However, it isn't the end of the world. A DUI results when you are arrested and charged with operating a vehicle (any vehicle, motorcycle, car or truck) while under the influence of alcohol. The police can determine you are under the effect by administering the field sobriety test or subjecting you to a Breathalyzer test (usually both are done).

How can you be arrested?

On television, arrests appear incredibly simple. The police "talk" to the judge, get a warrant and arrest the "bad" guy. In reality, it can be that simple, but there are strict procedures the police must follow when they seek and execute an arrest warrant. This post will go over the various methods that police can use to obtain and execute a warrant.

The effect of marijuana legalization

Legalization seems to be sweeping the nation. Colorado and Washington both legalized the recreational use of marijuana. It is possible that more states will legalize in the future, so that you may be wondering, how do these laws affect you? This post will go over these changes and how they may affect you.

Police are approaching sexual assaults in a new way

A police department in Oregon is experimenting with a new method to report sexual assault incidents. Survivors of sexual assault continue to face extreme barriers to reporting these crimes including cultural stigma, victim shaming and becoming re-traumatized as they report the crime. Moreover, even when the police do take the report seriously, they often fail to investigate properly or are too vigorous in their assumptions and damage the lives of innocent bystanders. A detective in Oregon is looking to change that approach.

Reasons why you should not speak to the police

A law professor released a book after a lecture he gave went viral warning people away from talking to the police, ever. Many people are tricked by the false narrative that police are there to find the truth. Not all police take that neutral approach to a criminal investigation. A lot of investigating officers question people to locate the perpetrator, not to eliminate innocent witnesses or bystanders. As a result, many innocent people accidentally implicate themselves.

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