Monthly Archives: September 2010

DUI/DWI Laws In Your State: Nolo Adds 51 New Articles

In California it’s called DUI (driving under the influence), while in states like Minnesota and MIssouri it’s known as DWI (driving while intoxicated). Places like Iowa and Wisconsin call it OWI (operating while intoxicated). No matter the name of the offense, the trend is toward tougher enforcement policies and harsher penalties, from longer driver’s license suspension to installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on the vehicles of some (often repeat) offenders.

Nolo’s new DUI/DWI Laws in Your State collection includes 51 articles — one for each state plus D.C. — that lay out the current DUI/DWI rules where you live. In every state it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, regardless of whether your driving ability was actually impaired. But state laws vary when it comes to things like license penalties for refusing to take a breathalyzer test, minimum jail time for convictions, plea bargain opportunities, ignition interlock device (IID) requirements, and more.

Check out Nolo’s new DUI/DWI Laws in Your State collection to learn more about drinking and driving laws where you live.

More Nolo articles and FAQ on DUI/DWI arrests, punishments, and what to expect if a DUI/DWI case goes to court:

Nolo Books Online: Three for Free

Three more, that is. Nolo is happy to announce three additions to a growing collection of full-length books available online for FREE (everyone’s favorite four letter f-word). They’re three of Nolo’s most popular books, and now every chapter and every last helpful tidbit are yours to browse and peruse online. Check them out now:

  • Save Your Small Business – For small business owners, tough economic times mean making tough decisions to stay on the path to short-term survival and long-term success. Get no-nonsense advice from Nolo.
  • 8 Ways to Avoid Probate – When it comes to estate planning, all the experts will tell you to “avoid probate.” If you’re like a lot of people, you wonder not only why you should avoid probate, but also, just what IS probate? This book answers both questions.
  • Beat Your Ticket – if you’ve gotten a ticket you don’t think you deserve, you don’t need to just give up and pay the fine (and the court fees, and the higher insurance bill). Follow this guide and fight the good fight.

We’ll be adding more Nolo titles to our library of free online books — reliable and in plain non-legalese English as always, and now available free and at your fingertips. You can always check for the latest additions.

Short Sales: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

Short selling a home in order to avoid foreclosure — a lot of people are doing it, and it seems like everyone is talking about it. But what exactly is a short sale, and is it the best course of action for homeowners who are facing foreclosure? Nolo’s free online content gives you the long and short of short sales, including things to consider and some common scams to watch out for. If you’re thinking about short-selling your home — or just wondering what all the short sale fuss is about — check out these free articles online now at

For more free and informative articles on foreclosure (including tips on how to avoid it), check out Nolo’s Foreclosure topic. You can also read Nolo’s best-selling book The Foreclosure Survival Guide online for free.