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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!

  • The Connection between Cruelty to Animals and Domestic Violence

    May 16th, 2022

    There’s a technique frequently used in Hollywood during character introductions in movies and TV shows to subtly inform the audience as to whether that character is a “good guy” or a villain: depict how they act around animals. If the character is shown being kind and loving to their pet, we t... [Link]
  • Virginia DUI matters of law are decided by the judge

    May 15th, 2022

    Virginia DUI matters of law are decided by the judge rather than by a jury. As a Fairfax DWI lawyer, I know this can temper the level of excitement over getting a second bite at the apple by appealing a conviction in a Virginia District Court. Although jurors decide on such matters of fact as credib... [Link]
  • Suppression motion loss does not necessitate a Virginia criminal conviction

    May 7th, 2022

    Suppression hearings are a vital part of Virginia DUI and criminal defense. As a Fairfax DUI lawyer / criminal attorney, I have won many trials at the stage where I argue that the police unlawfully stopped or arrested my client, either without reasonable articulable suspicion for the stop or without... [Link]
  • Bluff-free Virginia criminal defense means being trial ready

    May 6th, 2022

    Bluff-free Virginia criminal defense is what you need when charged with alleged DUI / driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, or a misdemeanor or felony offense. As a Virginia criminal lawyer, I know that my clients deserve nothing less than such an approach from me, which means proceed... [Link]
  • Pros and Cons of a No-Contest Plea

    May 3rd, 2022

    When you have committed a crime, the first court appearance you will make is called an arraignment. At that time, you will be informed of the charges against you and asked if you have legal representation. This proceeding takes place prior to your trial, and you must enter a guilty, not guilty, or n... [Link]
  • Should I Take a Plea Deal?

    May 3rd, 2022

    When you have been charged with a crime, a plea deal may be negotiated by both the defense with the prosecuting attorney. You, as the defendant in the case, can accept the option, meaning you will plead guilty without standing trial. Studies show that most defendants and their lawyers believe taking... [Link]
  • Contesting Breath Alcohol Tests with Partition Ratios

    May 2nd, 2022

    DUI breath tests are standard tools used to prove someone was driving under the influence of alcohol in California. However, breathalyzer tests are not always accurate. Furthermore, the breathalyzer does not measure the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream, so there is the opportunity to contest th... [Link]
  • SCRAM Ankle Bracelets

    May 2nd, 2022

    The judge in your DUI case could impose several different penalties for a guilty plea or guilty verdict. A DUI conviction can lead to jail time, fines, probation, suspended license, DUI school, and summary probation. You may also be ordered to wear a SCRAM device. What is a SCRAM Device? You must we... [Link]
  • Understanding Florida’s DUI Laws

    April 29th, 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

    April 29th, 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]
  • Understanding Florida’s DUI Laws

    April 26th, 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… The post Understanding Florida’s DUI Laws appeared first on Chapma... [Link]
  • Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated

    April 26th, 2022

    Drinking and driving in California can have devastating outcomes, up to and including the loss of life. When a driver is found to be under the influence and driving in a negligent manner which subsequently causes an accident that kills someone, it is known as “gross vehicular manslaughter while in... [Link]
  • Attacking field sobriety testing with an FST-trained DUI lawyer

    April 23rd, 2022

    Attacking field sobriety testing (FST) is an essential part of Virginia DUI defense against prosecutions under Virginia Code § 18.2-266, both to challenge the legality of the arrest and to argue that the prosecutor has not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of driving un... [Link]
  • Alcohol abstinence ordered for many convicted in Fairfax DUI prosecutions

    April 22nd, 2022

    Alcohol abstinence mandates after leaving court with a Fairfax DUI conviction (and maybe even a wet reckless driving conviction) can feel like an insult after already suffering the unpleasantness of such a case outcome. As a Fairfax DWI lawyer, I know that more serious than this being merely an insu... [Link]
  • Virginia DUI sentencing enhancement risks addressed by Fairfax lawyer

    April 20th, 2022

    Virginia DUI sentencing enhancement risks can go beyond mandatory minimum sentencing for such factors as repeat DWI offenses, blood alcohol content of 0.15 or more, DUI with maiming and DUI with death. As a Fairfax DWI lawyer, I know that other factors can also aggravate settlement / plea negotiatio... [Link]
  • CAN I GET A DUI WHILE PARKED?

    April 18th, 2022

    If you live in California, it is technically possible to be arrested and even convicted for driving under the influence, even if your car was parked. One of the conditions that can allow this is for the driver to allow the vehicle to move any amount, even if that movement only amounts to 2 or […]... [Link]
  • DUI PROBATION PERIOD

    April 18th, 2022

    If you have been accused of a DUI in California, and subsequently convicted, there is a good chance that you will receive DUI probation for a period determined by the court. This is a method of keeping the convicted defendant out of jail, provided they agree to and abide by the terms of their probat... [Link]
  • DUI WITH A CHILD IN THE THE CAR

    April 18th, 2022

    Driving under the influence can result in severe penalties in California. A person could have their driver’s license suspended or revoked, face jail time, and pay high fines. The criminal penalties for DUI are in addition to the other consequences of a DUI conviction. Some factors enhance DUI pena... [Link]
  • UNDERAGE DUI

    April 18th, 2022

    California DUI laws hold underage drivers to a stricter standard for driving under the influence of alcohol. Unlike adult DUI laws in California, underage drivers can be charged with drunk driving even though their driving ability is not impaired by alcohol. In addition, it is unlawful for anyone un... [Link]
  • HOW A DUI CONVICTION CAN AFFECT CAR INSURANCE

    April 18th, 2022

    It’s no secret that getting a DUI can lead to some serious consequences. But what many people don’t realize is that a DUI can also have a major impact on car insurance rates. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how California DUI convictions affect car insurance rates.  Since insur... [Link]
  • WHAT IS THE BURDEN OF PROOF AT A DMV HEARING?

    April 18th, 2022

    The burden of proof at a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) hearing or APS hearing is by a “preponderance of the evidence.” This level of proof is less than the burden of proof a prosecutor would need to prove a case in criminal court.  However, just because your burden of proof at a... [Link]
  • WHAT IS A BLOOD SPLIT MOTION?

    April 18th, 2022

    California implied consent laws require drivers to submit to a chemical test of their blood or breath to determine blood alcohol content. The law applies to individuals lawfully arrested for driving under the influence. If a blood or breath test is unavailable, the law presumes the person consented... [Link]
  • What You Need to Know About a Heroin Charge

    April 13th, 2022

    Heroin is a Schedule 1 drug, according to the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule 1 drugs have no medicinal purpose that’s acceptable and have a high potential for being abused. Heroin is an illegal drug everywhere in the United States. In Texas, you could be charged with a heroin drug offense if... [Link]
  • What Is a No-Contest Plea?

    April 13th, 2022

    If you’re charged with and convicted of a crime, you could be sentenced to significant time in jail or prison and/or be ordered to pay a fine. You could lose your freedom or could face financial debt, or both. Before you go to trial to defend yourself against your charges, there are other points i... [Link]
  • Understanding the California DMV Fatality Hearing

    April 13th, 2022

    A conviction for driving under the influence in California can have serious consequences. You could face jail time and pay high fines. However, causing a DUI accident increases the penalties that you face, especially if the accident results in serious injury or death to another person. Before your t... [Link]