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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 You Be Held Responsible for Serving a Drunk Driver Who Injures Someone?

    September 1st, 2014

    Two friends who recently opened a wine bar asked me if they could be held responsible for an accident caused by a drunken patron who decided to get behind the wheel. The question is a legitimate one because we all know someone who works in the service industry as a server, bartender, or alcohol-serv... [Link]
  • The School Year Starts Soon; Beware Extended Penalties of a DWI in a School Zone

    August 31st, 2014

    In deference to the children who may be crying salty tears at the prospect of the start of yet another school year, summer is officially drawing to a close and classes are beginning very soon all over the Garden State. But the end of summer, for children at least, is not necessarily the end of the f... [Link]
  • Saturday Link Roundup

    August 30th, 2014

    Just to clear my browser tabs, here are a few mostly unrelated links that haven't made it into independent Grits posts but deserve readers' attention::Houston Chronicle (Aug. 27): "Overburdened and underfunded immigration judges decry 'Cinderella' court system"Dallas Morning News (Aug. 27): "Tarrant... [Link]
  • How Do I Find Out Where DUI Sobriety Checkpoints Are?

    August 30th, 2014

    In a widely-criticized 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court in Michigan vs Sitz decided some years ago that DUI sobriety checkpoints (aka "DUI roadblocks) did not violate the search-and-seizure provisions of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  See my post Are DUI R... [Link]
  • South Dakota As a Test Case: How DUI Laws Are Changing Across the Country

    August 30th, 2014

    Conscientious drivers often believe they know everything there is to know about avoiding a Los Angeles DUI. However, changing California DUI laws sometimes make understanding and compliance seem like a moving target. The same is true in South Dakota, where the state’s Supreme Court recently ruled... [Link]
  • Steelers Players’ Arrests Shed Light on Drug DUI Cases

    August 30th, 2014

    Did you know you can receive Los Angeles DUI charges for driving under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs? If not, this story involving two Pittsburgh Steelers players may be of particular interest. On Wednesday, August 20, police stopped LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell, two Steeler... [Link]
  • 4 Tips to Create a Great Working Relationship with Your Los Angeles DUI Defense Lawyer

    August 29th, 2014

    Whether you’ve already found a Los Angeles DUI defense lawyer, or are you still interviewing prospective firms and weighing your options, you recognize the dire nature of the legal challenges you face. To structure an effective relationship, follow these 4 tips. 1. Be an obsessive note taker. The... [Link]
  • DUI Convictions may have Far-Reaching Implications

    August 28th, 2014

    When you think of the usual penalties for a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction, you likely think of probation, fines, and possibly time spent in jail. However, many people do not realize that there are far more potential consequences of a DUI that can have a long-lasting effect on your per... [Link]
  • Hartford Man Faces Felony ‘Super-drunk’ Driving Charges After Crashing into Ditch

    August 27th, 2014

    On Sunday, August 24, 31-year-old Juan Benavidez of Hartford was arrested for driving while under the influence after he crashed his vehicle into a ditch, according to news reports at Mlive.com. The accident took place near CR 681 on 72nd Avenue at approximately 3:20 in the afternoon. An off-duty Ha... [Link]
  • Labor Day Driver's Beware Marin DUI Checkpoints Are Setup

    August 27th, 2014

    Two DUI checkpoints will be run by Marin County police agencies over the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Police officers will be looking for drunk and unlicensed drivers. Marin County police will run one checkpoint from 6:00 p.m., on Friday, August 29, 2014 until 2:30 a.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014, i... [Link]
  • Will Robot Drivers Solve the Problem of Los Angeles DUI?

    August 27th, 2014

    The problem of Los Angeles DUI, on some level, seems intractable. After all, even if we collectively could reduce DUI incidences as low as possible, we’re never going to eliminate the problem completely. Even the very definition of the problem changes over time. How much marijuana do you have to s... [Link]
  • Can Police Legally Take a Blood Sample From a Driver Without His Consent?

    August 26th, 2014

    Last year, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Missouri vs. McNeely, a DUI case that involved the right of police officers to forcefully take a blood sample from a driver without his consent or a search warrant. The Court ruled that absent any exigent circum... [Link]
  • 2 Arrested at Novato DUI Checkpoint

    August 26th, 2014

    Two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence last Friday, August 22, 2014, at a checkpoint on De Long Ave. and Redwood Blvd., in Novato. More than 1,600 vehicles drove through the over 6 hour long checkpoint. The Novato Police Department are part of the Marin Avoid the 13 multi agen... [Link]
  • Alabama Prison Overcrowding Solutions Sought

    August 26th, 2014

    Alabama is notorious for overcrowded prisons and, in some instances, deplorable prison conditions. In addition to incarcerating non-violent offenders and turning to “lock-ups” as a solution to all alleged crimes, the state is relying on a prison system that is on the verge of a bankruptcy. Curre... [Link]
  • Montgomery commissioner: Reduce number of pretrial detainees

    August 26th, 2014

    More detail on Montgomery County commissioners clowning around on jail overcrowding instead of confronting its causes, mainly excessive pretrial detention, head on. Grits had discussed the situation here, then the Houston Press' Hair Balls blog (Aug. 22) added:Montgomery County Commissioner James No... [Link]
  • Chief Keef Skips DUI Hearing, Faces Harsh Consequences

    August 26th, 2014

    Attending a Los Angeles DUI hearing is a stressful and sometimes frightening prospect. However, facing the hearing officer is a better idea than avoiding the situation altogether. Rapper Chief Keef is currently learning this lesson the hard way. The 19-year-old Chief Keef’s predicament began in Ma... [Link]
  • San Diego Senator’s Arrest: How DUI Charges Can Snowball

    August 26th, 2014

    When a Los Angeles DUI attorney takes on a new client, one of the most common concerns for this individual is how his or her arrest (and potential conviction) will impact their public reputation. For Senator Ben Hueso of San Diego, this will likely be a topic of conversation as he seeks legal defens... [Link]
  • Late Summer DUI Campaign Nets 187 Arrests in Six Days in One California County

    August 25th, 2014

    In a campaign to crack down on drunk driving that began on August 15, police agencies around Riverside County in California arrested 187 people for suspicion of DUI over a six-day time span, according to a news article at the Patch. This campaign, named the Riverside County Avoid the 30 due to the f... [Link]
  • NJ Drunk Driving News: NBC Today Show Exposé Shines the Light on Smartphone Breathalyzer Apps

    August 25th, 2014

    Most anyone who has been formally charged with driving under the influence of alcohol here in the Garden State is probably familiar with the way in which local or state police obtain evidence of intoxication, that is, the use of a breathalyzer machine to determine a driver's blood-alcohol concentrat... [Link]
  • Congressional Hearing on “Drugged Driving” Risks

    August 25th, 2014

    With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, the decriminalization of marijuana in several other states, and the spreading legalization of medical marijuana, federal legislators have turned their focus on methods for policing those who may operate different types of vehicles while... [Link]
  • Checkpoints in Alabama Increase Through Labor Day

    August 25th, 2014

    DUI checkpoints in Alabama will increase from mid-August through Labor Day. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is intended to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road, but will ultimately result in an increased number of DUIs issued in Birmingham and statewide. Individuals who... [Link]
  • Companies selling government detailed location data

    August 25th, 2014

    At the Washington Post we find an article titled "For Sale: Systems that can secretly track where cell phone users go around the globe," (Aug. 24). Here's how the story begins:Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments around the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybo... [Link]
  • Avoid the Marin 13 DUI Saturation in San Rafael Labor Day Weekend

    August 25th, 2014

    Officers from the San Rafael Police Department will be stepping up their drunk driving enforcement over the upcoming Labor Day Holiday. Along with other Marin County law enforcement departments the San Rafael Police, as part of the Avoid the Marin 13 DUI Campaign and Safe Trek Program, will be runn... [Link]
  • Marin County - San Rafael Police Proclaim STRIDE Program a Success

    August 23rd, 2014

    The City of San Rafael Police Department's STRIDE (Stopping Traffic Related Injuries and Deaths through Enforcement) has been in effect for a little more than forty days and the SRPD has declared it a success. According to the San Rafael Police Department the STRIDE Campaign is responsible for a... [Link]
  • Domestic Violence in Marin City - Chase and Crash

    August 22nd, 2014

    On Monday, August 18, 2014,the Marin County Sheriff's Department received a call for a domestic violence incident in Marin City. On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, a Marin sheriff's deputy saw the suspect driving in Marin City and a pursuit was initiated. Soon after, a California Highway Patrol office... [Link]
  • "The Pen Test" by Salem, NH DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer Mark Stevens 603-893-0074

    August 22nd, 2014

    Pen Tests Go Wrong, Even When Officers Do Them RightThe Pen Test is the first of a series of so-called  "field sobriety tests," and is also called the horizontal gaze nystagmus test; a driver typically enduresthis test at the roadside and is also commonly called the "HGN" or"Gaze" tes... [Link]
  • Drunk Driving Defense News: Don't Let a New Jersey DWI Put the Brakes on Your Career

    August 22nd, 2014

    Despite frequent warnings from traffic safety advocates and police agencies all across the country regarding the dangers of drunken driving and the negative effects that a drinking and driving conviction can have on one's personal and professional life, tens of thousands of motorists are arrested fo... [Link]
  • Police to Crack Down on DUIs over Labor Day

    August 22nd, 2014

    Law enforcement agencies across the state of Colorado are all planning to ramp up efforts to arrest drivers suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The additional enforcement is part of the “Heat is On” campaign, which aims to crack down on... [Link]
  • New York DWI and NYC DUI: Prosecutors do not Need a .08 BAC for a Viable Criminal Case

    August 22nd, 2014

    A conviction for driving while intoxicated, drunk driving, DWI, DUI, or any other name you want to call a New York VTL 1192 crime, can, and often does, has a host of damaging consequences. The foreseeable consequences range from fines to incarceration and suspension / revocation of licenses to an in... [Link]
  • Don't Be Late To Court

    August 21st, 2014

    Yesterday , I posted a criminal law tip of the day on my office's facebook page . I thought my next tip should be on the blog because it gives those facing criminal charges some advice on how to survive the criminal court process. Today's tip is to be early for court. If court starts at 9:... [Link]
  • Study done on insurance costs following Washington State DUI

    August 21st, 2014

    An interesting study was recently done by a company called NerdWallet.  Basically it looked at all the major cities in Washington State and what an average insurance premium would look like following a DUI conviction.  The article was a little unclear whether the study also included the SR22 insur... [Link]
  • What percent of drunk drivers are female?

    August 21st, 2014

    Have you ever wondered what the statistics are for drunk driving?  Have you ever thought, for example, “I wonder what percent of people arrested for drunk driving are female”?  Or, “What is the average age of drivers arrested for DUI”? Well, now the answers are readily avai... [Link]
  • Alabama Federal Judge Arrested for Domestic Assault

    August 21st, 2014

    Criminal charges, including domestic assault or battery, often involve those who might seem unlikely suspects. The fact is, no one is immune from the law. In fact, high profile suspects often tend to receive harsher penalties, as police and prosecutors are eager to “make an example” or p... [Link]
  • Fiery 8-Car Crash Injures 10 in San José

    August 20th, 2014

    Few individuals facing Los Angeles DUI charges can say they experienced or caused as harrowing an accident as one that recently shook the Bay Area. At 9:28 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, police witnessed a black Mercedes speeding down Ocala Avenue in San José. The vehicle ran a red light, broadsided an... [Link]
  • Journalist Faces DUI Charges in Fatal Virginia Crash

    August 20th, 2014

    Those facing Los Angeles DUI charges involving the injury or death of the other party may understand the plight of an Albemarle County man currently in custody. On Monday, August 18, author Donovan James Webster was arrested on DUI charges related to a car crash resulting in the death of a Virginia... [Link]
  • Woman Arrested in Muskegon for Allegedly Driving Drunk with Four Children in Vehicle

    August 20th, 2014

    On Monday, August 18, a 32-year-old woman whose name has not yet been released was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated with her four children in the car with her, according to news reports at Fox 17 and Mlive.com. This is the woman’s second drunk driving offense; she was convicted... [Link]
  • Alabama and Tennessee Team Up to Launch DUI Campaign

    August 20th, 2014

    In Alabama and nationwide, anti-DUI campaigns are launched to prevent drunk driving accidents. While the efforts are well intentioned, law enforcement departments, agencies, and their officers will be aggressively targeting drivers with criminal charges and penalties. While these charges may be wa... [Link]
  • California Supreme Court: Silence Can Be Used Against You

    August 19th, 2014

    The California Supreme Court recently issued a decision that has followed an unfortunate line of similar decisions which continue to corrode away our constitutional rights. The California Supreme Court, in the case of People v. Tom, has ruled that silence can be used against suspects. The case stems... [Link]
  • California Court Allows Defendant’s Silence as Evidence of Guilt

    August 18th, 2014

    The law remains clear that neither the prosecution nor the courts may use a defendant’s silence against him, for any purpose, after he has expressly invoked the right to remain silent, regardless of whether he has been arrested or received formal Miranda warnings. In a 5-4 split decision, just ove... [Link]
  • Los Angeles DUI Arrests Can Have Long Term Consequences: Just Ask Cardinals Linebacker John Abraham

    August 18th, 2014

    Police arrested you for DUI in Los Angeles last week or last month. In either case, you might be laboring under the assumption that you can quickly put the DUI behind you. Even if you didn’t hurt anybody, and you were just barely over the legal limit of 0.08%, you can face profound consequences th... [Link]
  • Not a Good Situation: Judge Arrested for DUI Claims She Had Been “Sleep Driving”

    August 18th, 2014

    When you picture a “Los Angeles DUI arrestee,” what do you see? You might imagine a male in his mid-30s, perhaps, with a history of substance abuse problems and reckless behavior at work and his personal life. As in many areas of life, however, the reality in almost no way resembles the stereoty... [Link]
  • Your Los Angeles DUI from a Police Officer’s Perspective

    August 18th, 2014

    As you’ve been contemplating your recent arrest for DUI in Los Angeles, you’ve probably been focusing on your own emotions and situation. Perhaps an officer pulled you over on Wilshire “unfairly,” after he noticed that one of your taillights was out. Or perhaps you caused a minor acc... [Link]
  • Ocean County Woman Charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Plus Child Endangerment

    August 17th, 2014

    As experienced DWI defense lawyers, my law firm understands how many drivers who are accused of DWI can be quite nervous about the serious consequences they may be facing following a drunken driving arrest. It is important to note, however, that some instances of drunk driving may be much more damag... [Link]
  • Seven Arrested in Mobile Meth Lab Raid

    August 17th, 2014

    Drug raids and arrest often involve multiple defendants, potential conspiracy charges and charges ranging from possession to trafficking. In a recent case, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office arrested seven people after raiding a methamphetamine lab. The raid resulted in the arrest of five defendan... [Link]
  • Former Birmingham Mayor’s Grandson Charged With DUI, Felony Murder

    August 17th, 2014

    In a bizarre and tragic DUI case, the grandson of a former Birmingham mayor has been charged with murder after an alcohol-related accident resulted in the death of a Georgia woman. According to local news reports, the 23-year-old defendant from Pelham has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of... [Link]
  • Texas Upholds Life Sentence for Third Felony DUI Conviction

    August 15th, 2014

    Texas Court Upholds Life Sentence for Woman’s Third Felony DUI Conviction According to the Austin-American Statesman, a state appeals court in Texas has affirmed the life sentence imposed on Rose Ann Davidson under habitual offender provisions in 2012. This was purportedly Davidson’s third DUI c... [Link]
  • New Hampshire Parole Laws : Major Change Effective July 1, 2014 Allows Sentence Reduction for Rehabilitation Efforts

    August 15th, 2014

    New Hampshire Parole Laws.  In July 2014, House Bill 649 became effective. This law changes parole eligibility for people serving sentences at the New Hampshire State Prison by crediting hard working inmates for their educational and vocational rehabilitation efforts.  A copy of the legisl... [Link]
  • Drunk Driving Defense Update: Some New Jersey DWI Cases can be Appealed following a Conviction

    August 14th, 2014

    Here in New Jersey, being arrested for DWI or driving under the influence of alcohol is different from many states because Garden State motorists accused of impaired driving are not permitted a trial by jury. Instead, drivers who have been charged with DWI or drug DUI will get a court trial with onl... [Link]
  • Non-Criminal Penalties and Disciplinary Action After DUI

    August 14th, 2014

    In the event you are pulled over for DUI, your first concerns will likely be the potential for criminal penalties, including jail time, fines and a damaging criminal record. Immediately after an arrest, it is important to remember that you still have rights and the potential to defeat the charges wa... [Link]
  • Second Bust in Two Years for Atlanta Police Officer: Implications for Your Los Angeles DUI Arrest?

    August 13th, 2014

    Whether police busted you at a checkpoint in Santa Monica Boulevard after a late night Hollywood party or authorities booked you for Los Angeles DUI following a fender bender on the 10, you’re probably feeling pretty sheepish, embarrassed and confused. Part of you realizes that you “should h... [Link]