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February 2013 Archives

Dram Shop Laws: Determining DUI Liability

When it comes to DUI cases, criminal charges aren’t only concern. Liability is also a serious issue and dram shop laws let victims spread the responsibility around.

That doesn’t mean other people could be charged with a DUI. A DUI offense requires that the person was driving under the influence so by definition, people who weren’t driving can’t be guilty of it.

But there are other ways that a store selling alcohol can get in legal trouble, especially in California.

Party Planners: Beware Social Host Liability Laws

A social host is anyone who provides alcohol to others. Essentially that's anyone who's ever had a party or just had a few friends over. Social hosts can be subject to liability for serving alcohol to guests.

But it's technically not the act of serving that can cause a problem, and in California the law doesn't apply to just any guest. Social host laws are designed to solve a specific issue.

What lawmakers don't want is for underage people to get access to alcohol and then cause damage or injuries. That means people who serve under-21 guests can get in trouble.

How DUI Sentencing Enhancements Can Affect You

Punishments for a DUI can vary based on many factors, but there are specific things that can lead to sentencing enhancements.

Driving under the influence isn't illegal because the government wants to ruin our fun. The purpose of DUI laws is to avoid the injury that is more likely when people are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

With that kind of logic, it makes sense that more dangerous DUIs automatically have a harsher potential penalty. What does "more dangerous" mean? We're glad you asked.

After a Motorcycle Accident, Protect Your Legal Rights

Motorcyclists get a bad rap for being reckless drivers and getting into lots of accidents. But that's not necessarily true; it's just that motorcycle accidents can lead to some very serious consequences.

Motorcyclists aren't always at fault either. In fact, they're often the victims of another driver's inattention, or even faulty motorcycle parts. And because there's little to protect motorcyclists in a crash, the injuries and vehicle damage are often much worse than enclosed-vehicle accidents.

Driving a motorcycle doesn't mean you're entitled to less safety on the road. But if an accident happens, you'll want to protect your legal rights by following these steps: