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September

Blog Posts in September, 2014

  • How a drunk driving conviction could impact your employment

    Getting arrested for drunk driving is scary. But one consequence few people think about at the time is how DUI charges could impact their career. This includes how such charges could affect their current job or future employment offers. For better and worse, we are now in the age of instantly available information. Unfortunately, this means that in addition to doing criminal background checks, ...
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  • Should officers be commended for high rates of DUI arrests?

    Law enforcement ticket/citation/arrest quotas are prohibited in many jurisdictions across the United States and it doesn’t take much thought to understand why. Police officers should be issuing tickets, citations and making arrests based only on the violations and crimes they actually observe. Quotas create a conflict of interest for officers. On one hand, they have a duty to protect the public ...
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  • Martinsburg police arrest fellow officer at sobriety checkpoint

    Our last post discussed the apparent inefficacy of sobriety checkpoints in West Virginia and other states. Critics of sobriety checkpoints (also called DUI checkpoints) argue that they are expensive, inconvenient to drivers and net relatively few arrests for drunk driving . Roving patrols have proven to be more efficient and cost-effective. Nonetheless, West Virginia law enforcement agencies ...
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  • Is it time for West Virginia to get rid of DUI checkpoints?

    West Virginia is among 38 states where drivers are subjected to sobriety checkpoints, also known as DUI checkpoints. Many West Virginia drivers may have found themselves passing through one over Labor Day weekend. Despite their widespread use across the United States, checkpoints are a highly controversial law enforcement tool. Critics most commonly argue that checkpoints create a traffic ...
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