Katie Hewatt

DUI & Implied Consent Law

by Katie Hewatt December 21, 2012 Criminal Law

(US law) Most people are ecstatic when they become old enough to get their license and drive on their own. It’s really a rite of passage for most people. Unfortunately for some individuals, our parents were all right: driving is a privilege; not a right. This is very important when it comes to driving under […]

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Insurance Surcharges & Your DUI

by Katie Hewatt December 20, 2012 Insurance

(US law) When you are facing a DUI charge, you may not realize that you are facing more than possible fines and jail time. In many states, insurance surcharges are attached to your driver’s license and you will be required to pay these fines in addition to any penalties given to you by the court. […]

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What is an Environmental Injury?

by Katie Hewatt October 8, 2012 Personal Injury

There are a number of ways a person can be injured while on the job. From slip-and-fall accidents to negligence from coworkers, the possibilities of sustaining an injury are nearly endless. One complex type of injury is referred to as an ‘environmental injury’. Environmental injuries are ones that occur due to the environmental chemicals a […]

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What Happens If You Refuse a Breath Test?

by Katie Hewatt September 24, 2012 Criminal Law

(Criminal law in the US) A field sobriety test is normally not presented as evidence in a driving under the influence criminal proceeding, but it can be used as a basis for reasonable suspicion in an attempt to find probable cause. Depending on the arresting officer, any individual that refuses a breath analysis can be […]

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Your Rights After a Boat Accident

by Katie Hewatt September 21, 2012 Accident Claims

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there were over 4,500 recreational boating accidents in 2011. These accidents resulted in thousands of physical injuries, hundreds of deaths, and over $50 million dollars in damages to people and property. Boating accidents, like car accidents, are often a result of negligence on the part of the vehicle operators, […]

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DUI Accidents and Criminal Charges

by Katie Hewatt August 29, 2012 Criminal Law

(US law and generally) While most drinking and driving offenses are considered misdemeanor crimes, there are instances where criminal charges are tacked on if an alcohol-related accident occurs. Drinking and driving is a serious offense that puts not only the driver at-risk, but also other innocent drivers and passengers. Alarming statistics in 2009 released by […]

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Why Faking Your Own Death to Collect Life Insurance Won’t Work

by Katie Hewatt August 12, 2012 Criminal Law

Although extreme and rare, people sometimes choose to fake their own deaths. Individuals who fake their own deaths do so for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common is to collect on life insurance money. The thought process behind doing something like this typically centers around the idea of having a friend […]

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Steps to Take When Injured on a Construction Site

by Katie Hewatt August 8, 2012 Accident Claims

(US law and generally) While the construction industry has undergone a major shift in safety precautions and regulations over the past century, the unfortunate fact is that accidents still happen at construction sites each year. If you currently work in construction, or if you or a loved one have recently suffered from a construction accident, […]

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Reconsider “Packing Heat” in Boston: Gun Laws in the US

by Katie Hewatt June 25, 2012 Criminal Law

Boston is the location of the original Tea Party and might be expected to have easy-going gun laws. Gun laws vary widely from state to state with 49 states having some sort of means to be able to carry a gun legally, whether it be a permit system or no restrictive laws. Though Massachusetts has […]

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