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Appealing a Driver’s License Suspension in Wyoming

By stladmin on August 15, 2022

Following a DUI arrest, you only have 20 days to request a hearing to prevent the suspension of your license. Even if your case is dismissed, you still need to attend an administrative hearing to retain your driving privileges.

A DUI conviction will result in a driver’s license suspension of at least 90 days. Following a suspension, a driver must attend an administrative hearing to get their license reinstated.

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What Is Wyoming’s DUI “Washout Period?”

By stladmin on August 1, 2022

A set of car keys in the foreground and glass of whiskey behind.

A washout period, also known as a “lookback period,” is the amount of time after a previous conviction that a later charge can be modified by. In Wyoming, the washout period for drunk driving is 10 years. That means if you are convicted of a DUI, any previous drunk driving convictions within the last ten years will result in increased penalties.

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Do You Have to Take a Field Sobriety Test in Wyoming?

By stladmin on July 10, 2022

When facing a DUI charge in Wyoming, a critical piece of evidence is how you perform on the Field Sobriety Test (FST). The test helps the police officer to determine if you are physically or mentally impaired by alcohol or drugs.

FSTs are controversial because they are not always accurate. With the help of an experienced Wyoming DUI lawyer, it is sometimes possible to have your FST performance excluded at trial.

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Challenging a DUI Breath Test in Wyoming

By stladmin on June 8, 2022

If you are charged with drunk driving in Wyoming, you are at risk of losing your right to drive. Under Wyoming’s implied consent laws, when driving a motor vehicle, you are considered to have given your consent for breath, blood, or urine testing. When drunk driving is suspected, a breath test is performed, and in some cases, blood testing.

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What to Do When You’re Accused of Domestic Violence

By stladmin on May 2, 2022

False accusations of domestic violence happen every day. People falsely accuse domestic partners for several reasons, such as anger and revenge, or to get the upper hand in divorce proceedings or a child custody battle. If you are facing accusations of domestic violence, it is important to act quickly to get a skilled criminal defense attorney in your corner. Effective legal representation early in the case can make a significant difference in the outcome.

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How Do Successive DUIs Stack Up in Wyoming?

By stladmin on April 29, 2022

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls impaired driving a “major problem” in the state of Wyoming. In as recent as 2019, individuals charged with DUIs made up 27.78% of all arrests across the state, with an average reported blood alcohol content of 0.16%. These DUI arrests primarily affected those in the 26-30 year-old age range. The fatality rate associated with DUIs in Wyoming was “significantly higher” than the national average in 2017 as well. When you are arrested for a DUI in Wyoming, this is the backdrop of what you’re up against.

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Self-Defense and Reasonable Force in Wyoming

By stladmin on April 12, 2022

In Wyoming, self-defense is legally defined as “reasonable defensive force that is necessary to prevent injury or loss.” According to this standard, there are times when a defendant can use self-defense to avoid prosecution in cases of assault or battery, but this defense is strictly limited, and defendants should not think of self-defense as a “get-out-of-jail-free” card.

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Cheyenne Police Launch “Lock It or Lose It” Campaign

By stladmin on January 24, 2022

Property crime is a major issue in Cheyenne and other cities in Wyoming. In 2021, as of December 8, police officers had responded to 394 stolen vehicle reports, representing a 104% increase over the previous year, as stated in a Cheyenne Police Department news release. The department recently launched a “Lock It or Lose It” campaign to encourage citizens to lock up their valuables, vehicles, and homes.

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When Does a Drug Dog Violate Your Rights?

By stladmin on November 1, 2021

Drug dogs are often used in drug busts in Wyoming. These drug-sniffing dogs may be used to search a home, vehicle, or other area. The U.S. Constitution protects a person’s rights, including the right to be free from illegal search and seizure. When a law enforcement officer believes there is sufficient evidence that you may have committed a crime, drug-sniffing dogs may be employed. However, this action may have violated your rights.

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How TikTok Might Get Your Teen Arrested in Wyoming

By stladmin on October 11, 2021

TikTok is the fastest growing social media app. This short-form, video-sharing app allows users to create 15-second videos on any topic and share them. TikTok uses celebrity partnerships to generate viral content. For example, celebrity Jimmy Fallon helped drive the popularity of the app and started a challenges section on his show, using TikTok as the platform for challenges. Recently, TikTok challenges have been on police radar.

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