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You Must Speak to Remain Silent


Everyone has heard the Miranda Warnings that police officers give on television shows and in movies. “You have the right to remain silent . . . .” But what do you have to do to exercise the right to remain silent? Say nothing? No, you must speak to remain silent. First, a little background. The right to remain silent is based on the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Fifth Amendment states that “No person . . . shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself . . . .” This right to remain...

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Do I Have to Submit to a Chemical Test for DUI?


You are driving down the road when an officer stops you and believes you are intoxicated. Typically, the officer will perform field sobriety tests, such as the walk-and-turn, the one-leg-stand, and the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test. The officer may request that you submit to a blood, breath, or urine test (each is a “chemical test”) to determine your blood-alcohol level. One question that drivers often have is: Do I have to submit to the test? The short answer to this question is no; however, there are serious consequences for refusing to submit to the test. Pennsylvania law, like the law...

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Three Important Tips When Choosing Car Insurance


Shopping for any kind of insurance is intimidating. How much coverage should I have, if I can afford it? What does limited tort mean? How much can I recover from the driver who hit me if he is not insured? As a personal injury lawyer, I have been asked these same questions, though the questions often are asked too late in the game – after a client has been injured in a car crash. The car insurance policy in place at the time of the accident controls a lot of what happens after a crash in terms of financial recovery. Policy...

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What To Do After An Auto Accident


Being in a car crash can be very scary. With emotions running high, it can be hard to remember what you should do after the collision occurs. Review the steps to take below. It may also be helpful to print these steps and put them in your car so you can read these steps rather than try to remember them in the heat of the moment. 1. If safely possible, move your car to the side of the road. 2. Find out if anyone is injured. If so, call for an ambulance. 3. Call the police to report the accident. 4. Exchange information: insurance...

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