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PREPARING FOR A SUCCESSFUL NIGHT OUT

Posted by Andrew Coiner | Mar 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

Despite the many public service announcements to the contrary, it is not illegal in any state to drink and drive. It only becomes illegal when a driver is under the influence or over the limit. This blog post will be the first of many in the next few weeks highlighting the things you need to do if you are planning to drink and drive. This advice will not prevent you from being arrested if you are lawfully stopped and the law enforcement officer believes he or she has probable cause to arrest you. Remember probable cause is the lowest standard of proof in criminal law. The officer only has to have reasonable suspicion that you are under the influence or over the limit to arrest you. 

The first thing you need to do is a quick inspection of your motor vehicle. Make sure your tags are not expired and your license plate is properly illuminated. I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the number of DUI cases I've had where the only reason the driver was pulled over is his or her license plate was not properly illuminated. Make sure all the other lights on your vehicle are also properly working. Check the headlights, the tail lights, the running lights and the turn signals. If your muffler is too loud or emitting an abundance of smoke, think about not driving or taking another vehicle. Cracked windshields or rear windows are also an excuse to pull you over. Make sure your vehicle is in reliable working order. A vehicle broken down in traffic or on the side of the road will probably cause a passing law enforcement officer to stop for a safety check. If he or she smells alcohol after checking on your safety, you will be subject to a further investigation.

Be smart. If you know you will have a drink or two take the proper precautions to insure your evening won't end behind bars. In my next blog, I'll discuss safe driving habits that can help you avoid law enforcement attention if you drink and drive.

About the Author

Andrew Coiner

I have been representing people accused of crimes and victims of the negligence of others in Paducah since 1994.  Before opening my Paducah office, I worked in two large Kentucky law firms.  Working for large law firms made me realize I'd rather help a person injured in a car wreck caused by another driver's negligence than work for the negligent driver's insurance company. I served two Kentucky governors in economic development positions.  I am proud to have created jobs for the working men and women of Kentucky.  Before working in economic development, I served a stint as a legislative liaison and a special prosecutor in the Kentucky Attorney General's office. Before my legal career, I worked in a drug store, hardware, as a ditch digger and as a newspaper reporter.  I worked my way through Ashland Community College, Marshall University and the University Of Kentucky College Of Law. I handle criminal and personal injury cases in the western Kentucky counties of McCracken, Ballard, Carlisle, Marshall, Hickman, Graves, Livingston, Crittenden, Fulton, Caldwell and Lyon.  I also represent clients in the United States District Courts, Eastern and Western District of Kentucky, including Paducah, Fort Campbell and Owensboro.  I have also successfully represented clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati,Ohio.   I have been honored by my peers with Martindale Hubbell's prestigious AV rating for achieving and maintaining very high ethical conduct and preeminent legal ability. I have also been selected by my peers as a Kentucky Super Lawyer. Kentucky Monthly magazine selected me as one of the top attorneys in Kentucky. The National Trial Lawyers selected me as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer. If you are facing federal or state criminal charges or have been injured because of someone's negligence, call me for an honest evaluation of your case.  If you've got a great case, I'll tell you.  If you got a case with problems, I'll tell you that too.  I will put my reputation, experience and expertise to work for you.  Your case deserves the attention of an experienced trial lawyer.  

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