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Ways a bad driving record can wreck your life

While getting one minor speeding ticket may not seem like a major problem and might only put a minor dent in your wallet, an accumulation of more serious driving offenses can have a serious impact on your life. Your driving record begins the day you receive your Georgia license until the day you stop driving for good. Furthermore, the more violations you rack up, the more the consequences can affect your life.

A simple speeding ticket might only cause your insurance rates to go up fractionally but a citation for reckless driving, a driving under the influence (DUI) charge or other more serious offenses can impact not only your finances but your professional life as well. You could also be in danger of losing your right to vote. Here are some ways that a bad driving record can wreck your life.

Proactive steps to take when accused of federal tax evasion

There are countless reasons why people accidentally under-pay their taxes. Perhaps you took write-offs that the IRS no longer considers valid. The tax code changes frequently, and people do not always understand how changes can impact their rights. This is particularly true for those who own small businesses or who are self-employed.

Maybe you work as a contractor and one or more of your clients failed to provide you with tax documentation. Under-reporting your income could impact your tax return as significantly as overestimating the amount of write-offs you have the right to take.

Understanding an obstruction of justice charge

You weren't trying to be particularly sneaky when you realized that the police were on their way to your home, but you also didn't want to get into trouble. A friend at your home had a warrant out for their arrest, but you took them in and hid them. Now, the police are on their way after getting a tip.

You decide to hide your friend inside, but when the police turn up with a warrant and search your home, they discover that you lied about your friend not being there. Now, you're being charged with obstructing justice for lying to the investigators.

A DUI checkpoint mistake can result in an arrest

As you make your way toward a DUI checkpoint, your stomach may begin to flutter and your hands might begin to sweat. You may experience these nerves even if you're sober, as you never know what will happen when you come face to face with law enforcement.

Of course, if you've had a drink or two, you have even more reason to be nervous. While there's nothing fun about going through a DUI checkpoint, there are tips you can follow to improve your chance of avoiding trouble.

  • Avoid erratic driving behavior: Now's not the time to swerve all over the road, stop and start suddenly or drive in an aggressive manner. Stay in your lane and slowly move toward the checkpoint.
  • Don't leave alcohol in plain sight: It goes without saying that an open alcohol container is a big no-no, as this is against the law. However, this also holds true for unopened containers. Even though it's not illegal to transport alcohol, this may give the officer an idea of what you're up to.
  • Don't talk back: It doesn't matter what the officer says to you, answer their questions honestly and keep your cool. Talking back will cause more harm than good, and could result in your arrest.
  • Don't complain about your legal rights: It's true that you have legal rights as a driver, but you don't have to share this information with the officer. Many people make the mistake of saying that a DUI checkpoint is illegal, despite the fact that it's not, in most cases.
  • Avoid an illegal U-turn: You're permitted to turn around as opposed to traveling through a DUI checkpoint. What you're not permitted to do is make an illegal U-turn.

Possession of most illegal drugs in Georgia is a felony offense

Drug addiction is a serious social concern, with more people overdosing on narcotic prescription drugs and heroin than ever before in recent years. In order to combat addiction, Georgia has maintained very strict laws about the possession of prohibited drugs and controlled substances.

People who get caught in possession of prescription drugs that aren't prescribed to them, such as opioid painkillers, or banned substances, like methamphetamine, will typically face serious criminal consequence.

2 reasons to seriously consider fighting a traffic ticket

Many people think of traffic violations or tickets as a basic risk of the road. Quite a few drivers routinely bend or break Georgia traffic laws during their daily commute. Most of the time, they don't end up caught.

Occasionally, law enforcement will happen to observe when someone is driving too quickly or perhaps forgetting to use a blinker: A citation or ticket is likely. You may think that if you're not facing a DUI, it's not worth fighting a traffic infraction in court. However, there are a couple of very good reasons why you might want to push back against the citation you received on the road.

Boating under the influence: How alcohol affects your driving

Drinking alcohol has the potential to be more dangerous when you're on the water than on land, partially because there is a high risk of drowning and harming others using shared waterways. There are federal and state laws in place to prevent individuals from driving while intoxicated on the water.

Many people do drink while boating, which is generally legal unless they are over the limit to drive. It's not a good idea to drink any amount of alcohol and drive, though, because alcohol can have a greater impact when on the water.

A criminal conviction can have a serious impact on employment

A criminal conviction in Savannah, like in other cities in Georgia or other states, can have lasting effects. Not only can it cost you thousands of dollars in legal fees, court fees and fines, but a conviction can cost you years of your life behind bars. And, after your jail or prison term ends, you could face additional time on probation.

Unfortunately, the effects described above are not the only ways your life will change if a criminal court convicts you of wrongdoing. Your future employment prospects could also severely change after a conviction. In fact, you may learn that finding a job, especially within certain fields and industries, is incredibly difficult.

Income tax fraud vs. negligence: Things you need to know

As frustrating as it may be, you know you have obligations to pay federal, state and local income taxes.

While it's not always easy to stay current with the tax code, it's always in your best interest to have a basic understanding of how it works and what's required of you to stay in compliance with the law.

Charged with a DUI? Learn more about defense strategies

Even though you understand the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, there may come a time when you make a mistake. For example, you could lose track of how many drinks you've consumed. As a result, this increases the likelihood of being arrested for driving under the influence.

DUI charges should always be taken seriously. It doesn't matter if you're a first time offender or you've faced similar trouble in the past, nothing changes the fact that you need to implement a strategy that can help you avoid a conviction.