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Deportation for crimes of moral turpitude

An immigrant’s legal status always depends on an adherence to certain guidelines. Criminal convictions are one of the most common ways that immigrants become subjected to potential deportation. While not all crimes are grounds for deportation, there are certain types that can affect the eligibility of all immigrants, including green card holders.

Wrongful convictions have led to 20,000 lost years of life

The National Registry of Exonerations recently released a new annual report detailing the number of wrongful convictions in 2018 as well as a startling new number. According to the report, wrongfully or falsely convicted U.S. prisoners have served a combined 20,000 years behind bars. Per person, the report states that this averages out to about nine years in jail per prisoner before receiving an exoneration.

When a drunk driving accident results in an injury

Those who are charged with driving under the influence face a myriad of challenges as they move forward, and we have discussed many of them on this blog. However, there are times when these cases can be especially serious, such as those which result in an injury. If you were injured in a drunk driving crash, you may face numerous challenges in addition to fines and other penalties associated with driving drunk. For example, you may be unable to work and you may have a great deal of pain, which can make your DUI case harder to handle.

Field sobriety tests and your health

In Oregon, you may be charged with a driving under the influence of intoxicants charge even if your blood alcohol content was below the 0.08% legal threshold for intoxication. This may happen if a law enforcement officer can identify other evidence that shows you may have been impaired while driving. The results of any field sobriety tests that you take might contribute to this scenario. However, as explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, none of these tests are fully accurate and your health may be part of what prevents you from passing one or more of them.

Drunk driving charges as a college student

If you are attending college, or plan to enroll in college in the near future, you may have many different concerns in front of you. From studying for exams to completing applications and writing essays, there are many different responsibilities for current and prospective college students. Unfortunately, other difficulties can arise during college. For example, someone may be charged with drunk driving after attending a family celebration, or they may get behind the wheel while over the legal limit due to pressure from some of their friends or after attending a frat party.

Will drunk driving make you lose your commercial license?

If you have an Oregon commercial driver's license, you likely know how important it is to keep your driving record clean when you are operating your work vehicle. However, you may risk losing your commercial license for certain driving infractions that occur when you are operating your personal vehicle. If you receive a conviction for driving while under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance, you may lose your license for at least one year, no matter what vehicle you were driving at the time.

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