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How breathalyzer results can be challenged

If you have been pulled over by a law enforcement official while driving, it is possible that they will have asked you to perform a breathalyzer test. These breathalyzer tests are executed to check a driver's sobriety while on the road. They are practical, portable and cheap, which is why they are so commonly used.

However, breathalyzers are much less reliable than other forms of testing for blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Therefore, if you are surprised to have a breathalyzer test result that says you are over the limit, you may want to question the result.

Common plastic surgery errors

Plastic surgery is a type of procedure that has become increasingly common in recent years, and this means that while more people have been successful in achieving the physical appearance that they want, there has also been an increase in negative outcomes from plastic surgery.

There are several things that can go wrong in a plastic surgery procedure. Since plastic surgery is usually performed in order to achieve an aesthetic result, an error in the final result can lead to the patient feeling as though he or she cannot leave the house because of the fear of drawing attention to the error. Aesthetic errors can have a devastating impact to the patient's mental health and these should never be underestimated.

The consequences of cocaine offenses in Georgia

In the state of Georgia, the act of possessing, selling or trafficking cocaine is illegal, just as it is in the rest of the United States. Georgia tends to treat drug charges relatively harshly in comparison with other states; therefore, any charge relating to cocaine should be taken very seriously by the defendant.

If a person is found to be in the possession of any amount of cocaine, he or she will be charged with a felony and could stand to face up to 15 years of prison time, even if it is his or her first offence.

Can police search your car for marijuana at a traffic stop?

The state of Georgia recently passed a "decriminalization" bill. There are many misconceptions surrounding this bill, with some local residents assuming marijuana is now legal in the state. In actuality, the bill simply decreases some of the penalties for marijuana possession. For instance, a person found with less than one ounce of marijuana cannot go to jail or face a fine greater than $75.

Protections exist to prevent the police from unlawfully searching a person's car. To begin with, the police need to have a justifiable reason to pull a driver over in the first place. However, even if the cop pulls over someone for speeding, that does not automatically give him or her the right to search a car for marijuana; a warrant needs to be present. However, a cop can search the vehicle if probable cause exists. 

Was your cancer diagnosis inaccurate or delayed?

Imagine this scenario — you've been diagnosed with cancer of the prostrate. You're lying on a gurney about to be wheeled into the operating room to have your prostate excised. The sedative is already flowing in your veins from the IV drip.

Just before you are taken from your room for the operation, your surgeon gets a call from the hospital's pathology department. A review of the slides from the biopsy revealed there was no sign of cancer.

Fatal crash results in vehicular homicide, DUI, more charges

In April 2017, a 64-year-old man lost his life when the moped he was on was allegedly struck by a Nissan Maxima near the Dean Forest Bridge on Ga 204. A 45-year-old woman was arrested for following too closely and for DUI. The man died at the accident scene.

It's taken more than a year, but a Chatham County grand jury returned a count of vehicular homicide. The same grand jury also indicted the woman on another charge of vehicle homicide:

When weight loss surgery errors are malpractice

Losing a loved one to complications from surgery is a heartbreaking experience, and one that nobody should ever have to go through. Surgery for weight loss, such as gastric bypass surgery, carries with it many risks, but it is performed with the intention of improving someone's health. Complications can easily arise from such a surgery; however, it is the responsibility of the hospital staff to mitigate the risks and to make the decision not to perform the surgery if the patient is too high-risk.

When a person passes away due to a surgery, naturally questions need to be asked in regard to whether medical malpractice was to blame. Medical malpractice is a term used for any type of behavior, decision-making or care that is below the standard that one should expect from a competent medical practitioner. If it can be shown that this incompetence directly led to a person's death, then legal action can be sought and damages can be claimed.

Common types of surgical errors

A surgery does not have to be highly complicated to present danger. Even routine surgeries can result in injuries and even death when health care providers act negligently. While sometimes complications can arise unexpectedly and unavoidably, at other times the hospital could have prevented the injury by following proper standards of care.

Some types of surgical errors tend to occur more frequently than others. If you or a loved one suffered due to medical negligence, you may be able to pursue legal recovery for financial and other damages.

Drug charges could lead to treatment in Georgia

When you have been found in the possession of drugs, the consequences can be serious and have the potential to affect the rest of your life. If you were found in the possession of a substance that was serious enough to lead to a felony, you may face problems in getting a job in the foreseeable future.

The state of Georgia is generally quite strict when it comes to drug crimes. However, in recent years, the state has become more progressive in relation to making efforts to reduce repeat offenses by tackling drug addiction head-on.

Tips for dealing with sobriety checkpoints

With the summer season quickly approaching, you might come across a sobriety checkpoint in the Hinesville area. You need to know what to do when told to drive into a checkpoint. A good start is to follow this order and not try to turn around and avoid the checkpoint, especially if you have nothing to hide. Here are some tips for dealing with a DUI checkpoint so it can go as smoothly as possible.

First and foremost, make sure you follow the instructions given by the officer. Do not have an attitude and do not become defensive. This will only get you into a bad situation. Provide the officer with all of the documents he or she requests. This likely will include your vehicle registration, driver's license and proof of auto insurance.

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