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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!

  • Celebration Nets Teen Another DUI Arrest

    July 23rd, 2016

    A driver might be very happy when a judge reduces a charge of DUI in Los Angeles to a lesser charge, like wet reckless. But getting intoxicated and driving down a busy main street is not a good way to celebrate. Just ask 18-year-old Lucas Brandenberg of Knoxville, Tennessee. He’d likely be in less... [Link]
  • Chicago DUI Checkpoints & DUI Patrols For This Weekend

    July 22nd, 2016

    Another steamy weekend on tap and another round of DUI patrols.  This time the West and near West sides will see Chicago Police aggressively patrolling for DUI drivers. Be responsible, folks. CPD DUI Strike Force Patrols - Englewood (7th) District The Chicago Police Department will be conducting DU... [Link]
  • Black Lives Matter well-positioned to win concessions on police, if ...

    July 22nd, 2016

    Black Lives Matter is formally an organization and has a chapter here in Austin, but really #Blacklivesmatter is an amorphous, broad-based movement with decentralized leadership and an enormous opportunity to accomplish concrete goals to improve American policing. Grits supports that effort. However... [Link]
  • Final Briefs Submitted in Trahan and Thompson

    July 22nd, 2016

    We recently witnessed significant upheaval in the area of DWI law (again). If you missed it, the United States Supreme Court found portions of Minnesota's DWI Test Refusal law unconstitutional. Specifically, it is no longer a crime for a driver to refuse to submit to a blood test after being arreste... [Link]
  • DUI Firefighter Will Cost City $5 Million

    July 20th, 2016

    Courts don’t hold a city responsible when an off-duty employee drinks too much and faces charges of DUI. But if that city employee is DUI in Los Angeles when on the job, the result could be costly for his/her employer. One recent example comes from San Francisco. The City is about to approve a $5... [Link]
  • Passengers At Risk with DUI Drivers: a Scary Cautionary Tale

    July 20th, 2016

    Police officers frequently find passengers in a vehicle when they’ve pulled someone over for DUI in Los Angeles. All too often those passengers suffer critical and sometimes fatal injuries if the car hits a light pole, another car or a wall. In Spartansburg, South Carolina, Joshua Meadows was trav... [Link]
  • Spokane Prosecutor Gets Tough on DUI Drivers

    July 20th, 2016

    In 2014, 9,967 people in the U.S. lost their lives in DUI-related crashes. Of that number, 882 deaths occurred in California, with some of those due to Los Angeles DUIs. But these figures don’t reflect the number of people whose lives are affected by DUI drivers, the victims’ families and friend... [Link]
  • California’s DUI Education Programs

    July 19th, 2016

    When a person is convicted of a California DUI, they face a number of penalties one of which is to attend a court-approved DUI program. The most common of inquiries regarding the programs have to do with their duration. The length of the required program depends on the individual facts and circumsta... [Link]
  • DUI Stop Uncovers Murder Victim

    July 18th, 2016

    Police officers are accustomed to finding illegal drugs, guns or open alcohol containers when they arrest someone for a DUI in Los Angeles. But few start out investigating a DUI-related crash and end up with a gruesome homicide case. On the evening of June 27th, officers in Anchorage, Alaska, respon... [Link]
  • Just How Accurate Is Minnesota's DWI Breath Test Machine?

    July 18th, 2016

    (Author's Note: The following long post is geared primarily towards defense attorneys trying to keep up with the latest developments involving Minnesota’s breath testing setup. If you’re not a defense attorney, you may want to skip this post; we’ll be providing further information later in the... [Link]
  • DWI Attorney Dan Koewler Selected For Minnesota's 2016 Super Lawyer Rising Star List

    July 15th, 2016

    Ramsay Law Firm is proud to announce that Dan Koewler was recently selected for the third-straight year to Minnesota's "Rising Star" list maintained by Super Lawyers. Each year, less than 2.5% of the lawyers in the State of Minnesota are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this... [Link]
  • Boating Under the Influence: As Dangerous As DUI

    July 14th, 2016

    The Port of Los Angeles has a total of 16 marinas with 3,795 recreational boat slips. Since a day on a boat often involves enjoyment of adult beverages, there are plenty of opportunities for boaters to face arrest on a water-related DUI in Los Angeles (technically a BUI–boating under the influence... [Link]
  • Charges Dismissed, Accused DUI Driver Sues Prosecutors

    July 14th, 2016

    It’s rare for drivers to file suit when prosecutors or a judge dismiss a charge of DUI in Los Angeles. In Bozeman, Montana, however, a man once charged with felony vehicular homicide in his wife’s death is seeking his day in court. According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, prosecutors had accuse... [Link]
  • Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Cries Uncle

    July 13th, 2016

    Truth is often stranger than fiction. Since the beginning of 2016, Ramsay Law Firm has been making a concerted effort to expose the flaws in Minnesota’s DWI breath testing scheme. We’ve brought challenges in courthouses around the state, sometimes bringing in experts from around the country, som... [Link]
  • Forced Catheterization in DUI Arrests Continues

    July 12th, 2016

    So you’re driving home after a dinner…and you’re pulled over by the police. The officer asks you if you’ve been drinking, and when you reply that you have not, he asks you to step out of the car and gives you a field sobriety test.. He then administers a portable breath test.  When the resu... [Link]
  • Winning a Virginia DWI trial on appeal to the Circuit Court

    July 12th, 2016

    The judge granted my objection to the breath testing results coming into evidence, due to the prosecutor's inability to satisfy the above-referenced 20-minute rule. The judge subsequently found my client innocent/not guilty. [Link]
  • Failing the Field Sobriety Tests without Being Drunk

    July 11th, 2016

    Field sobriety tests and DUI stops go hand in hand. In fact, field sobriety tests are the things that my clients most closely associate with a DUI stop. Yet, very few people know that they are optional. Because most people mistakenly believe that they are mandatory, they take them and “fail” eve... [Link]
  • Illinois DUI Driver Plays Bumper Cars

    July 11th, 2016

    DUIs in Los Angeles often involve collisions between vehicles, between a vehicle and a pedestrian or between a vehicle and some building. But the DUI driver rarely hits the same object more than once–at least not on purpose. In Naperville, Illinois, however, John Chiampas was apparently determined... [Link]
  • DUI Driver Hits Pedestrian, Keeps Traveling With Body

    July 11th, 2016

    A horrific DUI incident in San Diego may serve as a warning to drivers at risk of DUI in Los Angeles. Esteysi Sanchez Izazaga, who goes by Stacy Sanchez, had apparently been drinking in two establishments before she headed for home on the morning of June 29th. Sanchez was allegedly speeding when her... [Link]
  • Backdoor Breath Testing 5: Court Transcripts

    July 11th, 2016

    This post is the fifth part of our mutli-part blog series on the inadequacies of all breath tests in Minnesota. We will now provide illustrative examples, through the use of actual court transcripts, on how litigation on these issues have progressed.  Essentially, we will now prove what we have bee... [Link]
  • What if police and suspects treated each other with humanity, compassion and kindness?

    July 11th, 2016

    Each of us can do our own share in reducing the world's polarization, which breeds mistrust, hatred, racial prejudice, senseless violence, terrorism, and psychological and armed warfare. [Link]
  • Chicago DUI Checkpoints & DUI Patrols For This Weekend

    July 8th, 2016

    Summer weather is here and with it, more Chicago DUI patrols and checkpoints.  This weekend will see a checkpoint set up at North Ave and Albany as well as a special DUI patrol in the 17th district. Be responsible, folks... Roadside Safety Check 14th District The Chicago Police Department will cond... [Link]
  • Crusader for Tougher DUI Laws Faces DUI Charges

    July 8th, 2016

    Most people charged with DUI in Los Angeles never intended to break the laws against driving while intoxicated. But one drink too many can cloud their judgment, and they get behind the wheel not understanding that they really shouldn’t be driving. Dr. Stephen Miller of Plymouth Township, Pennsylva... [Link]
  • Victims of Underage DUI Drivers Can Sue Party Hosts

    July 8th, 2016

    The Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, has ruled that parents who knowingly let underage teens drink in their home are liable for damages if a teen injures someone or suffers injuries while under the influence. Although the ruling does not have a direct effect on cases of und... [Link]
  • Can the Judge in a Florida Criminal Case Order Sex Offender Therapy for Defendant Not Convicted of Sex Offender Crime?

    July 8th, 2016

    In Florida, there are certain crimes that require a judge to sentence the defendant to sex offender therapy if the defendant is convicted of the crime, i.e. either enters a plea of guilty or no contest to the charge or is convicted of the charge at trial. Normally, these sex offense crimes are seri... [Link]