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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!

  • Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Colorado DUI

    April 1st, 2015

    According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (DOT), more than 26,000 people are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. It is important for those who are accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) to keep in mind that an arrest does not necessarily lead to a convictio... [Link]
  • How Oklahoma Cops Detect and Detain Suspected Drunk Drivers: Part Two

    March 31st, 2015

    In our first post of this DUI Detection series, which covers the “DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing” guidelines for police officers, we covered the first phase (“vehicle in motion”) of the three-phase process that police use when making the determination of whether to sto... [Link]
  • What does it really mean to be a convicted felon?

    March 31st, 2015

    In Oklahoma, the trend has been to make more and more petty crimes into felony charges.  A second time marijuana conviction in Oklahoma is a felony.  Previously, a previous conviction for DUI could result in felony DUI arrest.  Now, a previous deferred that has been expunged can be us... [Link]
  • Minnesota DWI Lawyer Blogs on Minnesota DWI: This Week's Featured Minnesota DWI Case

    March 31st, 2015

    The Minnesota DWI Case Of The Week is State v. Scheffler, (decided March 30, 2015, Minnesota Court of Appeals, Unpublished) which stands for the proposition that the police can destroy evidence of the crime and there is not much a defendant can do about it.In Scheffler, the Defendant was a... [Link]
  • DUI Stop Illegal

    March 31st, 2015

    In the case of Pedro Dominguez versus the State of Florida, a police officer went to a domestic disturbance call, saw Dominguez driving his vehicle away from the home, and ordered Dominguez to return to the home. After determining… The post DUI Stop Illegal appeared first on Chapman Criminal D... [Link]
  • Indiana Man Faces DUI, Child Endangerment Charges in Michigan

    March 30th, 2015

    On Friday, March 27, 34-year-old Mitchell Majewski of Mishawaka, IN was arrested on DUI and child endangerment charges in Decatur Township after sheriff’s deputies with the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department witnessed a vehicle weaving in a traffic lane at about 7:30 p.m. The sheriff&... [Link]
  • Serious Charges after a Man Crashes into a House

    March 30th, 2015

    30Many people arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) may spend the night in jail but then will likely be released in the morning based on their own recognizance. However, some others may spend a significantly longer period of time in jail. For example, a Pueblo, Colorado man is c... [Link]
  • Breathalyzers to be Installed in All New Cars?

    March 30th, 2015

    Think of all of the things that could come with a new car when the salesman tells you that it is fully equipped. I bet you’re thinking of satellite radio, heated seats, dashboard navigation, and maybe park assistance. I’m sure you weren’t thinking of a pre-installed breathalyzer, t... [Link]
  • Driver Runs Out of Luck in St. Patrick’s Day DUI Arrest

    March 28th, 2015

    The LAPD may have cracked down on motorists who were partying a little too freely on March 17th, but there were no Los Angeles DUI arrests that were quite as news-making as the chase near Annapolis, Maryland. It involved three other cars, a vehicle fire and a police helicopter. According to the Anna... [Link]
  • New Jersey Police Officer Involved in Deadly Wrong Way Crash Had Prior DUI Arrests

    March 27th, 2015

    Last week, two men were killed in a crash involving Pedro Abad Jr., a six-year veteran police officer with the Linden Police Department in New Jersey. Abad was allegedly driving the wrong way on the West Shore Expressway in Staten Island when he caused an accident that left Frank Viggiano, a Linden... [Link]
  • DUI Driver Convicted of Causing Fatal Accident

    March 27th, 2015

    In May of 2014, a 37-year-old man from Denver, Joe Gonzales, died after being involved in an auto collision that was caused by 30-year-old Codey Trahan. At the scene of the accident, law enforcement officers placed Trahan under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), and blood test... [Link]
  • Vehicle Destroyed, But Police Officer Charged with DUI Survives Train Wreck

    March 26th, 2015

    A police officer in southern Texas may be recalling the old saying about people who live in glass houses never throwing stones. We don’t know if Devon Brittany New, a member of the Nixon, Texas, police force, ever arrested anyone for driving under the influence. But after her own recent arrest, Ne... [Link]
  • District Attorney Criticizes Colorado Law After Denver Man Racks Up 16 DUI Convictions

    March 26th, 2015

    Late last year, a grand jury in Arapahoe County, Colorado, indicted Denny Lovem on several charges related to a DUI incident. That kind of judicial action wouldn’t normally attract a great deal of attention unless the accused was a politician or a celebrity, but this story received extensive cover... [Link]
  • New articles dealing with breath testing and overcriminalization.

    March 24th, 2015

    Just posted several new blog articles dealing with a couple different issues. Recently, the Unites States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) recognized the term overciminalization in their opinion Yates v. United States.  Basically, SCOTUS looked at the issue of prosecutors over reaching and attemptin... [Link]
  • 9 Poor Excuses for Having an Interlock Ignition Device

    March 24th, 2015

    Drivers found guilty of a Los Angeles DUI offense may have to get an interlock ignition device (ILL) installed in their vehicles. While the equipment will prevent them from driving under the influence, having this device wired into their cars can be embarrassing not only for the driver but also for... [Link]
  • Crash Involving Two Drunk Drivers in Rockville Centre Results in DWI Charges

    March 23rd, 2015

    On Saturday, March 21, two motorists in Rockville Centre near Long Island crashed into each other on Merrick Boulevard, according to a recent news article at Newsday. The two drivers were 38-year-old Melody Thompson of Valley Stream, and 34-year-old Peter Serra of Oceanside. Both were charged with d... [Link]
  • CDL DUI in Colorado

    March 23rd, 2015

    In order to drive a large commercial vehicle, you must first hold a valid commercial driver’s license. You may only qualify for obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) after passing several written and skills test, as well as a health evaluation. Once you have this license, you have the ab... [Link]
  • What is the True Cost of a First-Time California DUI?

    March 23rd, 2015

    You may have seen the billboards a couple years ago warning motorists that a DUI can cost a person up to $16,000 total. I suspect that it has gone up since then. People have asked me whether this figure is accurate and what they can actually expect to spend after a first-time California DUI convicti... [Link]
  • On setting priorities, judicial DWIs, and other stories

    March 22nd, 2015

    Here are a few odds and ends which merit readers' attention but didn't make it into individual posts this week:Judge admonished for abuse of positionAppellate court judge Nora Longoria (13th Court of Appeals) was admonished by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which found that using her posi... [Link]
  • Ex parte H. Whited – Alabama Supreme Court Reverses Sex Crime Conviction

    March 21st, 2015

    The Alabama Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted and sentenced to 35 years on a sex crime offense. The court ruled there was a reasonable probability the result of the first trial would have been different had his defense counsel not committed serious error on a number of fronts... [Link]
  • Will You Use Your Smartphone to Avoid Charges of DUI in Los Angeles?

    March 21st, 2015

    People who have had a drink or two (or three) often don’t realize that they shouldn’t drive because they’re over the legal limit for blood alcohol content. That could change if Uber (the app that connects people needing rides to those willing to offer them) is successful in a new partnership w... [Link]
  • Could Dedicated Officers Be Hired to Look for Motorists DUI in Los Angeles?

    March 21st, 2015

    Brookhaven, Mississippi, may not be a trendsetter in many areas, but when it comes to enforcing laws against DUI drivers, the town is taking an unusual step—hiring a police officer whose main responsibility will be traffic and DUI enforcement. If other jurisdictions throughout the country copy tha... [Link]
  • Does the Standardized Field Sobriety Test Accurately Determine whether a Driver is Drunk?

    March 20th, 2015

    When law enforcement officers suspect that a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they usually engage in investigative techniques designed to obtain evidence of intoxication. In order to convict someone of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) the state must be able to... [Link]
  • Arrested for Refusing to Take a Breath Test

    March 19th, 2015

    So what would you do if a cop came to your house and demanded to search your house?  You would probably ask him if he had a warrant, right?  And what if he tells you that he doesn’t have a search warrant, but he wants to look through your house anyway?  You’d probably refu... [Link]
  • Steps of a Typical DUI Arrest

    March 19th, 2015

    Many individuals in the Denver area likely know someone who has gotten arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) at some point in their lives. Though no two arrests for DUI are exactly alike, many arrests have certain steps that commonly occur. The following is some information rega... [Link]
  • Alabama Prison Reform Could Alter Sentencing, Parole

    March 19th, 2015

    State officials in Alabama must address serious and widespread issues plaguing its prisons, or else the federal government has indicated it will intercede – and soon. Primarily, the problem is overcrowding, stemming from decades-old policies that involve harsh minimum mandatory sentences for n... [Link]
  • Better Call the Right Cab If You’re Worried about DUI in Los Angeles

    March 19th, 2015

    Motorists who know they’ve had too much to drink do the right thing when they call a cab to take them home. But if they get into the wrong cab, they could end up talking to a Los Angeles DUI lawyer, not as a client but as a witness. Television station KSBY, which serves California’s […]... [Link]
  • Arrests for Drunk Driving at Border Less Likely Than Los Angeles DUI

    March 19th, 2015

    Are people in the U.S. without proper documentation getting a pass when it comes to getting picked up on DUI charges? Judicial Watch, a political watchdog group, claims that directives from the U.S. government encourage officials to look the other way when it comes to arresting illegals suspected of... [Link]
  • Motorists Alarmed by Swerving Woman Driving Through Holland Tunnel; Brooklyn Minister Arrested

    March 17th, 2015

    On Friday March 13, motorists were both frightened and alarmed as a women who appeared to be drunk weaved and swerved through the Holland Tunnel during rush hour, her tires striking the curb in the underwater tunnel that leads to Jersey City. According to an article at the New York Daily News, sever... [Link]
  • Facebook Post Results in Alabama Arrest for Terrorist Threat

    March 17th, 2015

    In the heat of an angry moment, it’s not uncommon for people to utter harsh words. Often, those statements reflect raw emotion, rather than reality or intent. In recent years, advancements in technology have made it increasingly fast and easy to make those kinds of statements with a few keystr... [Link]
  • Oklahoma Expired Blood Test Kits: Is It Really Acceptable To Keep Using Them?

    March 17th, 2015

    One of the tools that Oklahoma law enforcement use to gather evidence of driving under the influence (DUI) is a blood collection sample kit. This kit contains vacuum-sealed tubes, which are designed to draw in a pre-determined amount of blood which then mixes with an inorganic salt compound consisti... [Link]
  • Suspected DUI Driver Rockets Down Interstate the Wrong Way, Nearly Kills 20 Year Old Woman

    March 17th, 2015

    Driving under the influence is never the right way to travel, and sometimes that lesson is quite literally true. Even an experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney could have difficulty making a case for someone who decides to drive along an interstate highway while under the influence—especially when t... [Link]
  • Stories Even Stranger than Los Angeles DUI Cases

    March 17th, 2015

    The cases handled by a Los Angeles DUI attorney can be unusual, but other areas of the country have their fair share of stories that make you think, “What could that driver have been thinking?”  Here are a few recent examples: •    Maryland media reported in February on the arrest of a sch... [Link]
  • Happy St. Patrick's Day from Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Stevens (24/7) 603.893.0074

    March 16th, 2015

    Wishing everyone a Safe and Police-Free St. Patrick's Day! If you or someone you know had an unwanted police encounter during the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and festivities in Boston, you may be wondering whether or not you need a lawyer to help you fight these charges.  Call Attorney... [Link]
  • Bar Cited After Customers Die in DUI Collision

    March 16th, 2015

    Two bars in Cleveland, Ohio have been cited for serving customers alcohol who later crashed their vehicles and died, according to Fox8 Cleveland. In September, 2014, 22-year old Brandyn Pino was ordered to leave Aces Depot, a bar in Olmsted Falls. Shortly after being kicked out, Pino crashed his veh... [Link]
  • U.S. v. Carter – Federal Appeal for Sex Offenses Fails to Alter Conviction, Sentence

    March 15th, 2015

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit – the same that oversees federal cases out of Alabama – has affirmed the conviction of a Florida man for travel in foreign commerce to engage in sex with a minor, four counts of travel in commerce to engage in illicit sexual conduct with... [Link]
  • Recent Colorado Crashes May Lead to Vehicular Homicide Charges

    March 13th, 2015

    The news headlines in Denver have recently been full of fatal accidents allegedly caused by drivers who were suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Most of these stories will end in similar fashion–the driver deemed responsible ends up in jail, soon to be facing criminal char... [Link]
  • How Oklahoma Police Officers Detect and Detain Suspected Drunk Drivers: Part One

    March 12th, 2015

    When it comes to making DUI stops, it is well-established in Oklahoma and other states that police officers cannot arbitrarily stop vehicles and then “work backwards” to try to find something illegal. The stop itself must have some basis in reasonable suspicion that the driver is driving while u... [Link]
  • NHTSA Study Calls Marijuana DUI Limits into Question

    March 12th, 2015

    Since Colorado legalized the recreational use of marijuana, there has been lively debate on both sides of the issue regarding the potential benefits and drawbacks of the new law. Many opponents to legalized marijuana have made the argument that Colorado’s permissive laws will increase the incidenc... [Link]
  • From Shootings to Los Angeles DUI Arrests, Cops and Witnesses Don’t Always Get It Right

    March 12th, 2015

    A recent shooting of an unarmed homeless man by members of the Los Angeles Police Department shows why it’s essential that anyone who is arrested for a Los Angeles DUI get good legal representation right away. Police officers can make mistakes, and eyewitnesses don’t always see or hear everythin... [Link]
  • Los Angles DUI Attorney Couldn’t Have Helped First Driver Charged with DUI

    March 12th, 2015

    While we see a fair number of Los Angeles DUI arrests today, the city doesn’t hold the distinction of being the home of the first-ever arrest for DUI driving. That dubious honor goes to London, where a taxicab driver, George Smith, slammed his cab into a building back in 1897. Smith didn’t conte... [Link]
  • Alabama Man Loses Leg after Accident Involving Driver Charged with DUI

    March 10th, 2015

    Drivers charged with a Los Angeles DUI could face more than just legal penalties. As this story from Alabama shows, they might have to live with the fact that they’ve ruined somebody else’s life. In Birmingham, Alabama, a 26-year-old woman on the way home from a wedding hit construction worker B... [Link]
  • Assemblyman and Young Woman Face Multiple Charges Associated With DUI

    March 10th, 2015

    The Los Angeles DUI community is abuzz about two recent, highly publicized DUI cases involving additional allegations of manslaughter and illegal weapons possession. Officers arrested Nevada Legislature assemblyman, Richard Carillo, on Feb. 27. They found Carillo parked in his car just north of the... [Link]
  • Will I Have to Install an Ignition Interlock Device?

    March 9th, 2015

    One of the more common questions I get when someone has been charged with a California DUI is whether they will need to install an ignition interlock device. Unfortunately the answer is not straight forward and depends on several things. An ignition interlock device, in short, is a breathalyzer that... [Link]
  • The Effect of a DUI Conviction on Employment Opportunities

    March 6th, 2015

    Many people who are arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in or around the Denver area believe that they do not need an attorney to represent them in court. Some people simply do not know any attorneys with whom to speak, while others try to represent themselves simply to save... [Link]
  • Michigan DUI Criminal Convictions Have Long-Lasting Effects

    March 5th, 2015

    It’s no secret that even a  first offense drunk driving conviction can have an immediate impact on your life. Jail time, license suspension, fines, and points on your license are some of the immediate penalties imposed upon drunk driving conviction. But what about long-term consequences? An artic... [Link]
  • Alabama v. Baker – Post-conviction Relief in Alabama

    March 5th, 2015

    Many people assume a criminal case ends upon conviction and sentencing. This is an erroneous assumption because in addition to an appeal, defendants have a number of post-conviction relief options under Rule 32 of Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure. Rule 32 deals with post-conviction remedies. Alth... [Link]
  • Outrageous Mug Shots: Part 2 — More Crazy Mug Shot Analysis from the Los Angeles DUI Community

    March 5th, 2015

    Even Los Angeles DUI attorneys appreciate the comic relief of a funny mug shot. Mug shots have a history of use dating back to the 19th century for record keeping, identification, and investigation purposes. Most mug shots appear benign. Occasionally, however, we come across some doozies. Below we... [Link]
  • East Coast DUI Cases Leave 2 Facing Charges in Pennsylvania and Virginia

    March 5th, 2015

    The Los Angeles DUI community urges all those stopped by officers to cooperate and avoid doing dumb things that can make your case worse and add to your charges. Two DUI cases reported out of Scranton, PA and Charlottesville, VA highlight the dangers of driving under the influence. DUI cases involvi... [Link]
  • Can an Attorney Suppress Evidence in a DUI Case?

    March 4th, 2015

    A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) is much different that an arrest based on a law enforcement officer’s suspicion or belief that a person is driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In order to secure a conviction, the state must prove every elem... [Link]