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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!

  • Chairman of Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee Arrested for DUI, Seeks Help

    July 6th, 2015

    On July 1, 44-year-old Senator Cam Ward, R-Alabaster and chairman of the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. Ward said on Thursday that he would be seeking professional help after using alcohol as a ‘crutch’ to deal with stress, whi... [Link]
  • Traveling to Canada after a California DUI Conviction

    July 6th, 2015

    I’ve recently represented several people in California DUI cases who, after having been convicted, needed to travel to Canada. They were all surprised to learn that traveling to visit our neighbors to the north after a California DUI conviction was not as easy as they thought. Canada considers... [Link]
  • Police Panicking about Drug DUIs as Prescription Drug Use Spikes Across Nation

    July 6th, 2015

    When you hear a report about someone arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles, your immediate thought might be that the person had been drinking too much alcohol before getting behind the wheel. But other substances can cause impairment similar to alcohol’s effects. Television station WAFF in northern Al... [Link]
  • Drug DUI Defendants Take Note: Pot Can Linger in Your Body for Days

    July 6th, 2015

    Police use relatively simple tests to determine whether or not to charge someone with a DUI in Los Angeles. If a motorist’s blood alcohol content measures higher than .08 percent on a breathalyzer or blood test, that person will likely soon be visiting a local detention center. But police face mor... [Link]
  • Recently Elected—and Soon Forced to Resign? [DUI Consequences!]

    July 3rd, 2015

    People in big cities have grown fairly accustomed to the shenanigans of their elected officials. A politician’s arrest for a Los Angeles DUI might make the headlines one day, but the story would soon disappear to the back page. But the same may not be true in smaller jurisdictions around the count... [Link]
  • TV Anchors Making DUI News [Themselves]

    July 3rd, 2015

    When you report the news—whether you’re describing a fire in Chicago or a high-profile arrest for DUI in Los Angeles—you don’t want to end up as a story on the 6 p.m. broadcast. But that’s just what’s happened to a couple of TV reporters in the last few weeks. On June 15th, cops arrested... [Link]
  • 4th of July – Don’t Go Out With A BANG!

    July 2nd, 2015

    Drunk driving is a serious problem and holidays like the Fourth of July are big holiday weekends for drunk driving arrests. Anyone pulled over and is over the limit will be arrested.Many people lose their lives because of drinking and driving on the 4th of July. As a result the Fresno police wi... [Link]
  • New Hampshire Law Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving by Mark Stevens 603-893-0074

    July 2nd, 2015

    New Hampshire Hands Free Cell Phone Law. The new ban on making cell phone calls and texts, titled "Use of Mobile Electronic Devices While Driving; Prohibition (RSA 265:79-c),  went into effect today, July 1, 2015 in New Hampshire.  Here is the law:[RSA 265:79-c effective July 1, 2015.]&nbs... [Link]
  • 100s of Breath and Blood Tests Thrown Out….Again

    July 1st, 2015

    I’ve posted repeatedly in the past about the inaccuracy and unreliability of breath and blood alcohol testing in crime labs.  See, for example, How Breathalyzers Work (and Why They Don’t) and Report: Breathalyzers Outdated, Unstable, Unreliable.  The following are jus... [Link]
  • Criminal justice reform accomplishments from the 84th Texas Legislature

    July 1st, 2015

    Grits had earlier suggested that the 84th Texas Legislature was characterized mainly by missed opportunities on criminal justice reform, and part of me still feels that way: I remain unhappy that they failed to do much to curb police abuses or rein in asset forfeiture. And except for adjusting prope... [Link]
  • Temporary Driving Permit After DUI in Florida

    June 30th, 2015

    How to Receive a Temporary Driving Permit after a DUI in Florida. In Florida, a person arrested for a DUI must face two separate cases: an administrative case and a criminal court case. While most people are familiar with the criminal consequences a DUI brings, there is also an important administrat... [Link]
  • On forensic oversight, backlogs, and prospects for revenge-porn statute's constitutionality

    June 30th, 2015

    As I head out of town again for a couple of days, here are a few items which merit Grits readers attention:Anthony Graves' appointment to the Houston crime lab board has been making headlines. Perhaps just as significant, his attorney Nicole Casaraz who secured his exoneration will replace Scott Hoc... [Link]
  • Police Will Remember This Crazy DUI Arrest

    June 29th, 2015

    When people are arrested for DUI in Los Angeles, they may harbor the hope that the arresting officer will go easy on them. But it probably won’t help their case if some unpleasant incident—like getting sick all over the back of the police cruiser–occurs during the arrest. Police in Seminol... [Link]
  • Police and the DUI Driver and the City

    June 29th, 2015

    Police officers are constantly on the lookout for drivers whom they can charge with a DUI in Los Angeles. So the last thing that impaired motorists usually want to do is to call attention to themselves and their driving. But in two recent cases, that’s just what happened—once accidentally and on... [Link]
  • Huntington Beach Suspected DUI Crash Results in Death of 14-year-old Boy

    June 29th, 2015

    On Friday, June 26 a 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Huntington Beach following a multi-vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a 14-year-old boy; two other teens were also injured in the collision, according to a news report at KTLA 5. The crash occurred Thursday evening whe... [Link]
  • Widespread police testilying alleged: Tarrant DA responds by eliminating method of documenting it

    June 25th, 2015

    When a prosecutor hears a police officer lie on the stand, should there be a process by which they document it, or should they just keep using that cop over and over as a witness in the future? That's the core issue raised with the recent release of prosecutor assessments of alleged police officer... [Link]
  • Stats and Facts on DUI – Where Does California Rank?

    June 24th, 2015

    Wallethub.com’s recent ranking of the strictest states for DUI enforcement (California came out 31st) also contained some interesting statistics about impaired driving. If California follows the national trend, for example, the number of people killed in incidents involving a DUI in Los Angeles sh... [Link]
  • Los Angeles DUI Cases in Question

    June 24th, 2015

    Hundreds of drivers found guilty of a Los Angeles DUI are getting another (unwelcome) day in court. An investigation by county prosecutors and the FBI has revealed that a former court clerk may have fixed as many as 1,000 DUI and other misdemeanor traffic cases, deliberately reducing or wiping out p... [Link]
  • Fort Bend DA accused of Brady-related misconduct by state bar, and other stories

    June 24th, 2015

    Grits has just returned from a whirlwind 2,000 mile car trip; here are a few items which appeared while I was gone that merit readers' attention:KHOU reports that Fort Bend District Attorney John Healey and chief prosecutor Mark Hannah have been accused of Brady violations by the State Bar Commissio... [Link]
  • Call Off the Dogs: When You Can't Be Held Up By the Cops for a "Dog Sniff". by Attorney Mark Stevens

    June 23rd, 2015

    Illegal Search and Seizure. Being stopped for a routine traffic citation is common occurrence, and it happens to ordinary citizens frequently.  The police sometimes try to morph the routine traffic stop into a generalized search as part of their "War on Drugs", often by threatening to "bring ou... [Link]
  • California’s DUI Laws: Not As Tough As Many

    June 22nd, 2015

    People picked up for a DUI in Los Angeles may be luckier than they think. If they were arrested in other states, the penalties could be much higher, especially for repeat offenders. The website WalletHub.com recently released the results of its study on the strictest and most lenient states for DUI... [Link]
  • Report Ranks which States are Toughest on Drunk Drivers

    June 22nd, 2015

    Wallethub.com, a financial services website, has attempted to rank states based on how tough and lenient their laws are on DUI offenders. Wallethub cited a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistic that 31 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in 2012 involved alcohol impairment. This n... [Link]
  • Southern California Runway DUI – Yikes

    June 22nd, 2015

    While police have arrested drivers on a lot of different roads for a DUI in Los Angeles, it’s doubtful that they have often gone to the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport. But cops in San Diego had to head to their own city’s airport when they needed to make a DUI arrest one day […... [Link]
  • Suspected DUI Driver Arrested in Northridge Following Fatal Accident That Left CSUN Student Dead

    June 22nd, 2015

    On Sunday June 21, a fiery two-car crash in Northridge left 19-year-old Desirae Crystal Crittenden dead at the scene, according to a news report at KTLA 5. She was a student at CSUN (California State University Northridge). The accident took place at approximately 3:30 a.m. in an intersection at Lin... [Link]
  • “The War on Drunk Driving Continues”…

    June 19th, 2015

    I’ve railed repeatedly in past posts about the unfairness and constitutional costs of MADD’s so-called "War on Drunk Driving".  See, for example, The Futility and Costs of the "War on Drunk Driving"; Another Weapon in the "War on Drunk Driving": Forced Cathet... [Link]
  • DUI Driver Kills Cyclist, Causes Two More Crashes

    June 16th, 2015

    Motorists involved in a Los Angeles DUI accident sometimes cause property damage and (fortunately, more rarely) death or injury to themselves or someone else. But very few of them are involved in three incidents–one deadly–in the same day. A Las Vegas driver who reportedly caused three a... [Link]
  • DIY DUI Checkpoint

    June 16th, 2015

    You can never tell what someone will do when they’re operating under the influence. Police who deal with drivers accused of Los Angeles DUI can probably tell many stories about motorists trying to flee, becoming belligerent and/or fabricating some pretty creative excuses about why they shouldn’t... [Link]
  • My Day at the Rocky Mountain Laboratory

    June 13th, 2015

    I spend last week at a continuing legal education conference in Ft .Collins , Colorado. The conference was the brainchild of Wisconsin DUI lawyer Andrew Mishlove and sponsored by the National College of DUI Defense. The conference had two components . First , it taught some basic science skills... [Link]
  • Good Work Ethic, Poor Judgment

    June 13th, 2015

    You’ve got to admire people who try to do their jobs in the face of all difficulties. That’s especially true when it comes to bus drivers and trash collectors, who provide services that we all rely on. But there is a point when it may be better to take the day off–when you’re at risk [&#... [Link]
  • INSANITY DEFENSE FAILS FOR SOUTH BOSTON CONVICTED MURDERER

    June 12th, 2015

    Jurors in Suffolk Superior Court found Edwin Alemany guilty of first-degree murder and 15 other counts, including premeditated murder, for the killing of Amy Lord. Alemany was also found guilty of attacking two other women before and after killing Lord. In July of 2013, Alemany kidnapped Lord from o... [Link]
  • Will New Technology (DADSS) Make DUIs Disappear?

    June 11th, 2015

    A new technology introduced by the DADSS program (the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety) holds the potential for eliminating arrests for DUI in Los Angeles and all over the country. DADSS is building prototypes of an alcohol detection system (ADS) that would prevent a car from moving if the... [Link]
  • Colorado Gets Tough on DUI Drivers

    June 11th, 2015

    California has some pretty tough consequences if you’re convicted of DUI in Los Angeles; if you’re found guilty of the offense a fourth time within ten years you can face a possible felony as well as up to five years in jail. Until recently, Colorado had some of the laxest DUI laws in the countr... [Link]
  • Victim Corrals DUI Driver

    June 9th, 2015

    If you were to see someone driving erratically down a street in your neighborhood, hitting other cars, what would you do? For most people, the instinct would be to get out of the way; they would want to avoid getting in the path of a DUI driver or in the path of anyone who appeared […]... [Link]
  • New Hampshire DUI Defendants Could Go Free

    June 9th, 2015

    Anyone arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles has probably wished that the charges against them would just disappear. That just might happen in the case of several drivers who were picked up for DUI in New Hampshire. Television station WMUR 9, located in Manchester, reports that attorney John Durkin is t... [Link]
  • Can Alcohol Sensors in All Cars Eliminate Drunk Driving?

    June 8th, 2015

    Last week federal officials said that new technology which could be installed in all new cars in the next five years could eliminate drunk driving. The new technology, however, isn’t doing anything we’re not already doing: preventing a vehicle from being started by someone who has a bloo... [Link]
  • Unusual DUI Arrests: Early Summer Edition

    June 6th, 2015

    As the weather gets warmer, the circumstances surrounding arrests for DUI in Los Angeles and other cities seem to get a little stranger. Here’s a look at two such arrests during the past few weeks. Cops are accustomed to finding open beer and alcohol bottles when they pull over a driver because th... [Link]
  • Not Guilty Verdict in Felony Assault Case Utilizing Defense of Others Strategy

    June 4th, 2015

    As an Aggressive and Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney and former Assistant State's Attorney, I have prosecuted and defended well over a thousand First and Second Degree Assault Cases. These serious cases can carry substantial penalties to include lengthy jail sentences upon conviction - partic... [Link]
  • DUI Driver Causes Demolition Derby

    June 4th, 2015

    Even when no one is injured, drivers involved in crashes related to DUI in Los Angeles can impact the lives of others in a fairly significant way. When an out-of-control motorist crashes into a home or another car, for example, the owners of those homes and vehicles have to spend time (and sometimes... [Link]
  • Maybe This DUI Arrest Will Make a Good Play

    June 4th, 2015

    Although California sees more than its fair share of celebrities arrested for DUI in Los Angeles, the latest high-profile case actually took place in the Land of Enchantment. (That’s New Mexico, in case you’re not up on state nicknames). Actor/playwright Sam Shepard had been out to dinner on Mon... [Link]
  • Not Guilty in Second Degree Rape Case

    June 3rd, 2015

    Sex Offenses including Second Degree Rape charges are among the most serious criminal offenses that are handled in the criminal just system. Anyone who is charged with Rape or any other Sex Offense requires the assistance of an Aggressive and Experienced Criminal Attorney who has substantial experi... [Link]
  • Experienced DWI/DUI Lawyers Avoid Mistkes

    June 2nd, 2015

    The client did possess a commercial driver’s license but when he was pulled over for exceeding the speed limit by 15 miles per hour, he was operating his personal vehicle. When the Trooper approached the defendant he smelled of alcohol, had a flushed face and had slurred speech. The Trooper asked... [Link]
  • Sobriety Checkpoints…Inside Bars?

    May 29th, 2015

    I’ve posted repeatedly about "The DUI Exception to the Constitution".  A particularly egregious example of this is the clear violation of the 4th Amendment represented by "DUI sobriety checkpoints" — the law enforcement practice of setting up locations on highways wh... [Link]
  • Graduation Day 2015: Avoid DUI Arrests

    May 28th, 2015

    From the Law Offices of Tina M. Barberi, PC, congratulations to all our graduates this year.  As you know, graduation is a day to celebrate all of your hard work, achievements, and accomplishments.  You should be proud of yourself for achieving this milestone.Celebrate!Graduations are mean... [Link]
  • Williamson County Practice Update

    May 27th, 2015

    This post is a practice update from Williamson County , Tennessee . It appears the courts may not accept plea bargains in cases involving periodic confinement. Periodic confinement is simply allowing a defendant to serve their jail sentence over a period of time rather than to serve the sentenc... [Link]
  • But They Didn’t Read Me My Miranda Rights!

    May 26th, 2015

    Often those who have been arrested for a DUI believe that their case will simply be thrown out because officers did not recite their Miranda rights before incriminating statements are made or even at all. In fact, many of my own clients have expressed such with the exclamation, “But they didn&... [Link]
  • Lawyer DUI setup

    May 23rd, 2015

    Lawyer DUI setup: The Florida Bar alleges Three Florida Attorneys set up opposing counsel with a DUI.  The Florida Bar has finished up its case today in an ethics trial against three Florida attorneys accused of using a Tampa police officer and an office paralegal to set up a rival attorney with a... [Link]
  • Memorial Day Weekend 2015 - How to Avoid DUI Arrests and DUI Checkpoints

    May 22nd, 2015

    As we all know, Memorial Day is about paying respect and honoring our Veterans, but many people like to celebrate this three day holiday weekend with alcohol.  At the Law Offices of Tina M. Barberi, P.C. we want to make sure that everyone is enjoying their weekend, but most importantly, we hope... [Link]
  • Caution: Don't Even Think About Driving with Alcohol!

    May 18th, 2015

    DUI charges can happen to anyone and if you were previously convicted of a DUI, you know all too well the problems that arise. But if you think your DUI case is over, think again.You may not know that when a defendant is sentenced to probation, there are terms and conditions the judge imposes that m... [Link]
  • The whole is not always the same as its parts

    May 14th, 2015

    You are going to buy a new home.  The house is 2000 square feet on a 3/4 acre lot.  You hire Rich (the termite inspector) to check it out before you buy. After all, no one wants to buy a house with termites.  Good news!  The house passed.  No termites.  Thus, you b... [Link]
  • Learn the Best Way to use GPS on Your Phone without Breaking the Law!

    May 14th, 2015

    In Fresno, the Court of Appeal of the State of California, in People v. Spriggs, states that it is not unlawful to use GPS, even if you are using your cell phone while driving! Read this and you can learn how to win your traffic case if you are cited for using your phone while driving.The Law on Cel... [Link]