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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!

  • Sun Still Came Up the Next Day

    September 27th, 2016

    Football season is here and the Minnesota Vikings are 2-0!  While Vikings fans are very happy now, it was only 23 days ago that Teddy Bridgewater, our starting quarterback, went down with a gruesome injury during practice.  The team was so devastated that Coach Mike Zimmer actually cancelled pract... [Link]
  • After the Charlottesville police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott – The importance for police and all people to practice de-escalation

    September 27th, 2016

    The aftermath of the September 20, 2016, fatal Charlotte police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott includes police insistence that Mr. Scott was displaying a handgun, and his family's claiming the opposite. (Finally released police video footage of the shooting is here.) Even assuming for argument's sak... [Link]
  • LAPD Officers Charged in DUI Cover-Up

    September 26th, 2016

    Usually when I write about officers falsifying DUI police reports, it’s because they’ve done so to create non-existent evidence to justify a DUI arrest and help secure a wrongful conviction. So when I see a story of officers falsifying evidence to hide a DUI, I take notice. According to the Los... [Link]
  • Officers Face Charges After DUI Cover Up

    September 26th, 2016

    Most police officers in the City of Angels take very seriously their responsibility to get Los Angeles DUI drivers off the road. Occasionally, however, some law enforcement officials may turn a blind eye to someone’s drinking and driving offense. When authorities discover their actions, those offi... [Link]
  • Dad Kills Daughter in DUI Accident

    September 26th, 2016

    For most parents, the chilling prospect of losing a child in a car crash would be enough to persuade them from DUI in Los Angeles when their son or daughter is riding with them. But that didn’t deter one father in Cortland, New York, from getting behind the wheel when he had too much to […]... [Link]
  • Tennessee Expungement Alert

    September 26th, 2016

    A lawyer will always learn something when they read the law. A great friend asked me a question about expunging an old criminal charge. It forced me into brushing up on  the Tennessee state code. Years ago, Tennessee had a DWI law on the books. It was a lessor charge of Tennessee's DUI law. it wa... [Link]
  • Sun Still Came Up the Next Day

    September 26th, 2016

    Football season is here and the Minnesota Vikings are 2-0!  While Vikings fans are very happy now, it was only 23 days ago that Teddy Bridgewater, our starting quarterback, went down with a gruesome injury during practice.  The team was so devastated that Coach Mike Zimmer actually cancelled pract... [Link]
  • In Florida DUI Case, Odor of Alcohol Plus Causing a Serious Accident is Sufficient for Blood Draw

    September 23rd, 2016

    In Florida, most DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) cases involve the police requesting the defendant take a breathalyzer test at the jail. This test is normally offered only after the police make the DUI arrest. Therefore, if the defendant has a low score on the breathalyzer, o... [Link]
  • Children Are Often Victims in DUI Crashes

    September 21st, 2016

    The State of California law recognizes that children involved in incidents of DUI in Los Angeles are at special risk; in fact, California Vehicle Code 23572 mandates enhancements in penalties for anyone driving DUI with kids in the car. For a first offense, convicted DUI drivers have to serve a mand... [Link]
  • Terence Crutcher is another victim of an unmanageably overgrown police state

    September 21st, 2016

    Sadly, so long as the United States continues to have an overgrown criminal justice system and police state, Terence Crutcher's killing will be far from the last instance of wrongful police killings. [Link]
  • Minnesota's Prescription DWI Drug Laws Can Snare Even Innocent Conduct

    September 21st, 2016

    A 37-year veteran of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and staunch proponent of aggressive DWI laws may have been guilty of breaking Minnesota’s DWI laws without even realizing it. His story highlights the absurdity of Minnesota’s prescription drug DWI laws, a story about Minnesota’s... [Link]
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    September 21st, 2016

    A 37-year veteran of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and staunch proponent of aggressive DWI laws may have been guilty of breaking Minnesota’s DWI laws without even realizing it. His story highlights the absurdity of Minnesota’s prescription drug DWI laws, a story about Minnesota’s... [Link]
  • Challenging the Breathalyzer in a California DUI Case

    September 21st, 2016

    The breathalyzer is the most commonly used method for testing the blood alcohol content of suspected drunk drivers in California. Yet, both myself and Lawrence Taylor have written on more than a few occasions about the inaccuracies of the breathalyzer. Such inaccuracies include, but are not limited... [Link]
  • Should Tennessee's Bail Bond Laws Be Reviewed ?

    September 20th, 2016

    Recently, the bail bond system has been in the news  due to the perceived inequality of the bail  bond system. The most common complaint is the bail bond system unfairly treats the poor. Some bonds are set so high that the accused cannot afford to make the bail bond. The result is people set in j... [Link]
  • What happens if someone dies in a DUI accident …

    September 20th, 2016

    Whenever loss of life occurs in a car accident, there are deep emotions and responses to the tragedy by all who survive, including the families involved as well as the driver who will be criminally charged as responsible for the accident. A driver charged in a DUI accident resulting in death will li... [Link]
  • New “Potalyzer” Could Test for Marijuana DUI

    September 19th, 2016

    When someone arrested for DUI in Los Angeles is under the influence of alcohol, law enforcement officials have a fairly easy way to measure the degree of intoxication with a breathalyzer test and/or a blood alcohol concentration test. But it’s not that easy when it comes to measuring how marijuana... [Link]
  • The Fix Was in for DUI Cases

    September 19th, 2016

    The only surefire way to avoid a conviction on DUI in Los Angeles is not to get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking or using drugs. But if you’ve made an error in judgment, and the police arrest you on a DUI charge, your best option is to work with an attorney well versed […]... [Link]
  • How to Find the Best DUI Lawyer

    September 19th, 2016

    The Huffington Post recently had an article on the site titled “How to Find the Best DUI Lawyer By Yourself“. The article doesn’t contain a whole lot of information, but I agree with its basic prescription: Search, Research, Interview and Hire. That is, first you need to gather the names of at... [Link]
  • A trial lawyer must constantly re-examine and improve courtroom performance

    September 19th, 2016

    Successful courtroom performance necessitates a combination of thorough preparation and improvisation. The preparation is needed just as any battle requires preparation. [Link]
  • Whether SCOTUS’s Birchfield decision will help a DWI defendant’s case

    September 16th, 2016

    Under Birchfield, refusal to submit to a blood test cannot be criminalized, and "consent" to a blood test can be challenged if the police warned the arrestee that blood test refusal risks criminal penalty(ies). [Link]
  • Metrology 3.0: Science as Your Best Defense

    September 15th, 2016

    I want to bring a scientific challenge to a DWI case of mine,  how do I do it?  This is a question we have received a lot lately from other defense attorneys.  Unfortunately, the only answer to that question is to learn the material.  We have posted numerous times explaining the games the BCA wi... [Link]
  • California DUI Bill Could Expand Ignition Interlock Requirements

    September 14th, 2016

    California could soon be among the 25 states that require drivers with a first DUI conviction to install ignition interlock devices in any vehicles that they drive. The new law would not affect the penalties for anyone convicted of DUI in Los Angeles, since Los Angeles, Alameda, Sacramento and Tular... [Link]
  • Minnesota Releases Study Of DUI Drivers

    September 14th, 2016

    Police officers may have the best chance of stopping DUIs in Los Angeles and other areas when they understand who is at the greatest risk of driving under the influence and when and where such incidents are most likely to occur. Minnesota’s Office of Traffic Safety has compiled that information fo... [Link]
  • Are Marijuana Breathalyzers Here?

    September 14th, 2016

    Law enforcement continues to be frustrated in trying to prove that a possibly impaired driver is under the influence of marijuana (so-called "stoned driving").   As recent posts on this blog have pointed out, the simple fact is that there is no scientifically valid method for measuring marijuana an... [Link]
  • What Is the Difference Between Shoplifting and Theft?

    September 13th, 2016

    Many Collin County, Texas, residents have been arrested and charged with shoplifting. If you have been accused of stealing or “lifting” merchandise from a local retailer, do not assume it is a misunderstanding that will be quickly resolved. Shoplifting is…Read more ›... [Link]