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Don't test your luck on St. Patrick's Day with an OUI

St. Patrick's Day is a time-honored tradition that celebrates the legend of St. Patrick banishing the snakes from Ireland. With many Worcester residents' ancestors hailing from the Emerald Isle, St. Paddy's Day is always a popular holiday.

On Saturday, many revelers will choose to dress in green and gobble up a corned-beef-and-cabbage sandwich. There is another major component to many St. Patrick's Day celebrations: Alcohol. Downing a few pints of Guinness is fine--as long as you don't drink and drive.

Debunking common myths about driving

Have you ever heard one of your friends tell you that texting and driving isn't that bad? Or that they can spot a cop before they get pulled over for speeding? How about people who say that they can argue their way out of any ticket? Or people who think that they are still good drivers when they are drunk?

These are all examples of popular myths about driving. Many people believe these myths despite their demonstrable inaccuracy. You may even believe one of these myths yourself. In this post, we will examine--and debunk--several common misconceptions about driving.

Failing these tests can change your life

If you were to say that you sometimes drive home after having a beer or glass of wine with friends on a night out in Massachusetts, you definitely would not be the first person to admit such things. Driving after consuming minimal amounts of alcohol does not necessarily mean you are breaking the law. Of course, it's up to you and every other motorist to understand that alcohol affects every person's body differently and to make responsible choices regarding your own blood alcohol content and motor vehicle operation.

There may even be times when you haven't had any alcohol to drink, and a police officer still suspects you of drunk driving, perhaps because your tires veered a bit too close to the yellow line or you forgot to turn your headlights on after dusk. All a police officer needs to stop you is reasonable suspicion. If he or she asks you to get out of your car and take a field sobriety test, your future may hinge upon the outcome.

Consider these 4 common defenses for assault and battery

When you are working with your attorney to prepare for an assault trial, you will probably go over possible defenses that you can use in court. Every court case is different, and your trial will have its own unique circumstances. But in an assault case, there are a few common defense arguments that you may wish to present.

Each argument has its strengths, and you and your attorney will have to decide which defense argument has the best chance of success for you. Many defendants have successfully fought their assault charges by using one or more of these defenses in court.

Did your minty breath taint the results of a Breathalyzer test?

It's not uncommon to want fresh breath when you're going on a date. Most Massachusetts residents can relate to wanting to look and feel their best when planning a night out with a special someone. Nothing can ruin a date quicker, however, than getting pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving on your way home. If you and your date did share a drink or two, what follows after you see red and blue lights flashing in your rear view mirror might complicate your life for months to come.

Although your initial reactions might include worry and a bit of embarrassment (especially if the officer asks you to step out of your vehicle and your date is left sitting alone in the car), it's crucial in such circumstances to keep control of your emotions, remain as calm as possible and cooperate as best you can.

What counts as shoplifting in Massachusetts?

Some people try to justify shoplifting as a minor, victimless crime, but these justifications are false. Shoplifting is very serious and causes retailers to lose significant revenue--sometimes millions of dollars--every year.

The Massachusetts criminal justice system identifies several different types of shoplifting, and it takes all of these crimes very seriously. Before swiping another item, it is important for would-be shoplifters to understand what counts as shoplifting in our state.

Massachusetts has 19 of the safest cities in America

A new study has ranked the 100 safest cities in the United States, and Massachusetts is home to nearly 20 percent of them.

The real-estate data organization Neighborhood Scout compiled the list based on American cities that have populations of at least 25,000 people. It then analyzed the rate of property and violent crimes reported to the FBI per 1,000 citizens. Its resulting data show the safest--and least safe--cities in the country.

Use these tips to avoid getting into a bar fight

Maybe you have been in this situation: You are having a few rounds at a bar when another customer starts to get aggressive. He starts out by aggravating and insulting you, and his behavior keeps escalating. It seems like he is trying to start a physical altercation.

Some people would be tempted to take the bait and get into a bar brawl. This is the last thing that you want--after all, it could result in a broken nose and criminal charges. When you are at a bar, it is useful to have a few tricks up your sleeve that you can use to defuse a potentially explosive situation. These are a few tips that you can follow to avoid getting into a bar fight.

What happens if I violate my probation?

When someone is convicted of a crime, it is common for a judge to grant them probation. When a defendant is granted probation, it means that the court will allow them to leave prison for the outside world as long as they follow a set of conditions. These conditions can range from mandatory drug testing, anger management classes, meeting with a probation officer or wearing an electronic location-monitoring device.

Violating the conditions of one's probation can result in several consequences-- some minor, others severe. So, what are some of the possible consequences of violating parole in Massachusetts?

Don't make bad go to worse in a traffic stop

The last thing you need on your way home from work at the end of a long week is to see flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror and a Massachusetts police officer behind the wheel of the car behind you. That is not the way you would typically want to kick off a weekend. You had lunch a couple of hours ago with some colleagues at work and ordered a glass of wine with your meal.

That may have you a little worried as you come to a stop and begin a process you hope ends rather quickly. There are definitely things you can do (or not do) that may impact the outcome of a traffic stop. Hopefully, you won't do anything that works against your own favor. You've heard of other motorists facing DUI charges after only one alcoholic drink, and you're not even sure whether you should admit to the glass of wine you had if the officer asks if you've been drinking.

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