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The DUI Lawyer Blog Watch:

The following is an RSS-driven aggregation of the 50 most recent blog posts by lawyers blogging issues related to DUI law (read more about the process...). If you know of a lawyer blogging on DUI law that we haven't covered in the blogroll on the right side of the page, please send a note to Steve Matthews or Lawrence Koplow and we will get them added to the mix!

  • Can my Teen’s DUI case be Sealed in California?

    June 27th, 2022

    A criminal history can have long-term adverse consequences for your teenager. A criminal record could prevent your child from receiving scholarships and grants for college. Juvenile criminal records could impact your child’s career choice and have serious financial impacts on their future. For tha... [Link]
  • Can I Have my Probation Terminated Early After a California DUI?

    June 25th, 2022

    Yes, California laws give judges the authority to “revoke, modify, or change” an order for probation at any time. In some cases, a judge might also reduce a felony charge to a misdemeanor and expunge the charges from a person’s criminal record.  You must petition the court requesting early te... [Link]

    June 25th, 2022

    Having a DUI arrest on your criminal record can cause problems in the future. Employers, landlords, colleges, scholarship committees, professional licensing agencies, and other people running a background check might look unfavorably upon a DUI arrest. It does not matter that you were never convicte... [Link]
  • What are the Long-term Consequences of a DUI?

    June 25th, 2022

    Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in California has several short-term consequences. For example, you could spend the night in jail, and the police officer confiscates your driver’s license.  After being arrested for DUI, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may su... [Link]
  • How a DUI Can Affect Immigration Status?

    June 25th, 2022

    Most DUI offenses in California are misdemeanors. However, aggravating circumstances, a prior criminal history, and other factors could result in felony DUI charges. Under California DUI laws, a drunk driving conviction stays on your criminal record as a “priorable” offense for ten years. Felony... [Link]
  • How to Get a Revoked Driver’s License Back in California

    June 25th, 2022

    Unfortunately, you cannot get your revoked driver’s license restored or reinstated in California. If the California Department of Motor Vehicles or the court revoked your driver’s license, you must apply for a new driver’s license.  You may not apply for a new driver’s license until the ent... [Link]
  • Racial Profiling and Your DUI – What You Should Know

    June 25th, 2022

    Racism is still prevalent in traffic stops throughout California. Law enforcement officers continue to pull over more Black individuals without probable cause than White individuals.  According to the annual report by the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board, in 13.1 percent of the traffic... [Link]
  • What are Sentence Enhancements and How Can They Affect My California DUI Case?

    June 25th, 2022

    The DUI penalties for a conviction of driving under the influence in California can be severe. Even a first-time DUI misdemeanor could carry jail time for a DUI conviction. Sentence enhancements could result in the penalties for a first-time DUI conviction being as harsh as the penalties for felony... [Link]
  • Affirming a Fairfax DUI conviction — addressed by Virginia DWI lawyer

    June 23rd, 2022

    Affirming a Fairfax DUI conviction this week, the Virginia Court of Appeals recognized that htis was a circumstantial trial where the evidence established that the defendant (found sleeping in his car) drove, the hood of the engine was warm on a cold night, the defendant admitted he was driving his... [Link]
  • Stopping for police and accidents- Virginia penalties for doing the opposite

    June 21st, 2022

    Stopping when ordered by the police is required by Virginia law, as is remaining at the scene when involved in an accident that causes injury or property damage. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that reasons the driver may disregard such requirements may include fear of getting charged with a Vi... [Link]
  • What Should I Do if I Am Arrested for DUI in California?

    June 19th, 2022

    What Happens at a DUI Pretrial? After an arrest for driving under the influence in California, your DUI case begins to wind through the criminal courts. The pre-trial phase of DUI cases generally lasts the longest of all phases. Your California DUI defense lawyer investigates the DUI charges against... [Link]
  • Understanding CA Penal Code 21A – “Attempted DUI”

    June 19th, 2022

    Driving under the influence can result in a serious criminal charge in California. However, you do not have to drive an automobile to be charged with a crime. Your intent to drive while intoxicated could result in fines and jail time.  An attempt to commit a crime is defined as taking steps to comm... [Link]
  • What if I Get a 2nd DUI While on Probation for My 1st DUI?

    June 19th, 2022

    Drunk driving convictions are priorable offenses in California. A priorable offense means that the prior conviction enhances the penalties for another conviction. Therefore, any prior DUI convictions on your record result in harsher punishments for subsequent drunk driving convictions.  Being charg... [Link]
  • Do Violent Video Games Encourage Domestic Violence?

    June 18th, 2022

    Video games have fascinated us ever since they were invented. In an age where these games are becoming more and more sophisticated and realistic—and frequently violent—a gnawing question is resurfacing in the public debate, especially considering the spike in both domestic and mass violence in r... [Link]
  • Virginia criminal plea deals- Fairfax criminal lawyer on new charge risks

    June 17th, 2022

    Virginia criminal plea deals are often part of criminal defense in Fairfax and the rest of the commonwealth. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that it is great to obtain a dismissal or acquittal against Virginia DUI, drug, felony and misdemeanor charges. I also know that both the criminal defense... [Link]
  • What Are the Consequences for Violating the Brady Rule?

    June 16th, 2022

    Criminal cases in the United States are adversarial. The prosecution has the burden of proving that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant has the right to present a vigorous defense in court. Each party presents evidence for the jury or judge to consider supporting their a... [Link]
  • Jay Norton Authors New DUI Book for Lawyers

    June 12th, 2022

    June 1, 2022, Lawyers and Judges Publishing released “Kansas DUI Defense, The Law and Practice”. This is the manual for lawyers handling DUI cases in Kansas and covers everything an attorney needs to know about Kansas DUI cases. You can find the book at Lawyers and Judges website or from Amazon. [Link]
  • Diluted is the Virginia definition of DUI | Driving under the influence

    June 11th, 2022

    Diluted is the Virginia definition of DUI / driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, I know that the law of the commonwealth not only criminalizes driving with a 0.08 or higher blood alcohol concentration, but also "while such person is under the influence of alcoho... [Link]
  • Why Using a Public Defender Is a Bad Idea

    June 8th, 2022

    The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees everyone the right to an attorney during criminal cases. A U.S. Supreme Court case, decided almost 60 years ago (Gideon v. Wainwright), held that if a person wants an attorney but cannot afford one, the state must provide them with an... [Link]
  • How Do I Know if I Have a Good Defense Lawyer?

    June 8th, 2022

    If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, whether it is a simple traffic offense or a serious felony, you should consider hiring a criminal defense attorney. In a criminal case, your personal liberty is at stake, and you have an absolute right to the representation of your choice. No matter... [Link]
  • Understanding Florida’s DUI Laws

    June 8th, 2022

    Police officers have heard every excuse in the book when they catch someone in the act of drunk driving, also known as driving under the influence. Justifications such as “cabs are too expensive” or “I only had a couple of drinks” might sound logical to a mind impaired by alcohol, but they w... [Link]
  • 7 Qualities to Look For in a Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

    June 8th, 2022

    If you find yourself seeking the services of a criminal defense lawyer in Florida, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. Every criminal law firm has a website, and often, the messaging is quite similar. As you narrow down your choices, it can be helpful to know what you should be... [Link]
  • Can I Withdraw My DUI Plea?

    June 7th, 2022

    Being arrested for drunk driving does not mean that you will be convicted of DUI charges. However, many people do not believe they can fight DUI charges in California. Therefore, they plead guilty to DUI before talking to an experienced California DUI defense lawyer. Only after pleading guilty to dr... [Link]
  • Virginia DWI defending requires keeping collateral consequences in mind

    June 6th, 2022

    Virginia DWI defending includes being aware of the accused's risks for immigration and traveling abroad. As a Virginia DUI lawyer, I know that the Supreme Court requires a defense lawyer to consider immigration risks from a criminal conviction.  Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010). On top of... [Link]
  • Kick me is not the reply to a Virginia criminal investigation nor prosecution

    June 5th, 2022

    Kick me -- or a variation on that theme -- may be the response of many a Virginia criminal suspect or criminal defendant once the police nab them for a crime that they actually committed. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that the self preservation and self advancement internal response needs to... [Link]