How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
One of the most important factors to consider when evaluating whether to file a personal injury lawsuit is that it must be filed within a certain time period following the injury, called the statute of limitations, which varies by state and the type of injury. The shortest timeframe to file in any state is one year and the longest is six years. The deadline starts from the time the accident or injury happened until the time the lawsuit was filed.
What are my options for dealing with a DUI/DWI?
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) laws vary state by state. To best understand your options and develop a strategy to defend yourself against these types of charges, you should get help from a licensed attorney in your state, experienced in navigating these complex situations. In general, you have a few options for a DUI first offense that didn't involve bodily injury or death:
- Plead guilty
- Negotiate an agreement to plead guilty to a lesser charge
- Request a trial before a judge
- Request a jury trial
How can an attorney help me fight a DUI/DWI charge?
Drinking and driving or driving under the influence of drugs (such as marijuana, which is also considered a DUI) are serious crimes and the penalties can be steep. The potential penalties depend on many factors, including the driver's blood alcohol level, if someone is injured or killed or if the driver is a repeat offender. There are a range of defenses to these types of charges, and an attorney can help determine which, if any, apply on a case-by-case basis.