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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!

  • Maybe It Was the Blue Moon [A Bizarre DUI Tale]

    August 4th, 2015

    Some people claim that full moons can influence people in strange ways, causing unusual behaviors around the time that they appear. July 2015, with its two full moons (the second is known as a blue moon), saw more than its share of unusual DUI stories from around the country. (No word yet on any wei... [Link]
  • Oregon Man Arrested on DUI, Firearms Charges

    August 3rd, 2015

    On Saturday evening, a 36-year-old Portland man was pulled over after he almost struck a police car in the SUV he was driving, according to a recent article at KGW.com. Sabahudin Nuhanovic was driving his SUV in the area of Southeast Powell Blvd. near 137th Ave. when he crossed into oncoming traffic... [Link]
  • Summertime Blues: Celebrity DUIs Keep On Coming [Ty Lawsom, Jeremih and More]

    July 31st, 2015

    News reports have splashed the story of Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson’s recent arrest for a DUI in the Los Angeles area all over sports pages, television news shows and web sites. But Lawson has plenty of company. Whether the hot summer nights are encouraging the rich and famous to party a... [Link]
  • Sometimes Money Doesn’t Talk [Can You Bribe Away a DUI Charge?]

    July 31st, 2015

    A Los Angeles DUI may earn a first-time intoxicated driver a brief stint in jail and a hefty fine. But if you throw in a theft charge and attempted bribery, the consequences could be a lot more severe. A 25-year-old California man, Michael Kelly, may soon find out just how severe. According to the w... [Link]
  • Combination for Disaster: Prescription Drugs and Driving

    July 30th, 2015

    If you are taking prescription drugs, please be aware that you can be charged and convicted of a DUI - and you can even face jail and a suspended license. If you are using any prescription that causes drowsiness or dizziness, please do NOT drive because you can be charged with a DUI even if you have... [Link]
  • DUI Charges Against Tennessee State Representative Bill Beck Dismissed After Judge Reviews Video

    July 30th, 2015

    In April of this year, Tennessee State Representative Bill Beck was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. Now, after reviewing a police video of the stop, Cheatham County Judge Phillip Maxey has dismissed the charges against the Nashville Democrat and injury attorney. Beck is partner i... [Link]
  • Would You Buy a Popsicle From This Man? [Ice Cream Man DUI]

    July 27th, 2015

    It’s hard to imagine police arresting your friendly neighborhood ice cream man for a DUI in Los Angeles. However, police officers in one Oregon city had to perform that not-so-sweet duty one day in early July. Residents of the Corneilus community had been accustomed to buying ice cream cones, pops... [Link]
  • DUI Drivers Lose Their Shot at Parent Of The Year

    July 27th, 2015

    Drivers arrested for a Los Angeles DUI won’t win any medals for good conduct. But they do open themselves up to strong condemnation when they put their children at risk by loading them into a vehicle and then driving under the influence. Unfortunately, newspapers throughout the U.S. report this ki... [Link]
  • U.S. Representative to Propose Legislation Requiring IIDs In All New Vehicles

    July 27th, 2015

    U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice has announced that she will be introducing legislation that will require ignition interlock devices to be installed on all new vehicles coming off the production line of American automakers. Recall that ignition interlock devices (IID) require the driver of a vehicl... [Link]
  • Controversial Campaign Against Drunk Driving Halted

    July 27th, 2015

    There are tried and true anti-drunk driving campaigns and slogans we see year after year. For example, most of us have heard the slogans like “drive hammered, get nailed” or “sober or slammer” and other similar sounding messages the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has crea... [Link]
  • Jefferson County Man Charged in Wife's Death in DUI

    July 27th, 2015

    A drunk driving arrest involving a fatal accent is a situation in which nobody would ever choose to be. While many people think they might get arrested for DUI if they have had one too many drinks at the bar before getting behind the wheel, most people aren’t thinking about being involved in an a... [Link]
  • Drunk Driving Suspect Found Naked on Barn Roof

    July 27th, 2015

    Most drunk driving arrests do not even make local news in cities such as Birmingham, and they certainly do not make the national news. However, some drunk driving arrests involve a set of circumstances that are somewhat more interesting than others, and these are the kinds of DUI arrests that make... [Link]
  • Learning from Sandra Bland: First thoughts

    July 25th, 2015

    Grits readers are so familiar with the masthead that most of you have probably stopped reading it: "You might beat the rap, but you won't beat the ride." The death of Sandra Bland shows that old canard remains among the most serious problems in our Texas justice system. The protections guarding anyo... [Link]
  • Roadblocks this Weekend in Concord NH Area!!! NH Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Stevens (24/7) 603-893-0074

    July 24th, 2015

    This weekend (July 24-25) and next weekend (July 31-8/1) everyone in Nashua, NHor around the Capital City area (Chichester, NH) should be aware that there are  DWI roadblocks in undisclosed locations somewhere around the Nashua and Chichester NH vicinities, so be careful this weekend!! Jul... [Link]
  • Racing to Jail: A Terrifying DUI Story

    July 23rd, 2015

    Police officers frequently cite motorists arrested for DUI in Los Angeles for related offenses such as speeding and running red lights. In Los Banos, California, one motorist’s behavior recently resulted in another far more grievous charge—vehicular manslaughter. ABC 30 reports that 20-year-old... [Link]
  • Illinois Bars Happy with New Law [But What Does It Mean for DUI Prevention?]

    July 23rd, 2015

    California state legislators occasionally revisit laws against driving under the influence in an attempt to reduce the number of cases of DUI in Los Angeles and other locales around the state. But Illinois lawmakers appear to be moving in a different direction. They recently passed legislation—sig... [Link]
  • How Much Does a DUI Really Cost? What You Did Not Know About DUI Costs in Fresno, California.

    July 23rd, 2015

    What does a DUI arrest and conviction really cost in Fresno County? When you are arrested for a DUI, like most people, you do not expect to face the unexpected expense that comes with a DUI case.However, seeing as how Fresno DUI arrests are climbing higher each year, the cost of a DUI is becoming a... [Link]
  • Don’t Mess with North Dakota on Outstanding DUI Charges

    July 21st, 2015

    Anyone charged with a Los Angeles DUI can expect a fairly speed resolution to their case, whether that means paying a fine, spending some time in jail or having an ignition interlock system installed on their car. But it took 20 years for justice to catch up with Jason William Gale. According to the... [Link]
  • Second Down on DUI for former NFL Player

    July 21st, 2015

    Quarterbacks in the NFL typically have a lot of room to run. But one former NFL player, Donovan McNabb, will be looking at much closer quarters for three months if a recent second arrest for a DUI holds up in court and he ends up in jail. It’s too bad for him that the mandatory […]... [Link]
  • Long Island Limo Crash Caused by Drunk Driver Ends in Tragedy as Four Bridesmaids Killed

    July 20th, 2015

    On Saturday July 18, four women were killed and two other seriously injured in a crash involving a limo and a pickup truck, according to a news report at CBS News. The crash occurred in the North Fork of Long Island in Cutchogue; it is believed the driver of the truck was intoxicated. He was […... [Link]
  • Continuing Legal Education for DUI Lawyers

    July 20th, 2015

    Last week , I was returning from Chicago where I gave a presentation to the folks that attended the DUIDLA summer session. Here is a short listing of some of the  topics that were presented. Cross-examination Canadian Travel When One has A DUI Conviction FAA Rep... [Link]
  • How much is too much? Estimating maximum caseloads for Texas lawyers representing criminal defendants

    July 19th, 2015

    When the Texas Indigent Defense Commission issued its "Guidelines for Indigent Defense Caseloads" in January, your correspondent had little bandwidth to devote to the lengthy, detailed document beyond adumbrating the basics regarding what maximum recommended caseloads would look like. But I'd tacked... [Link]
  • A Consumer Report on…Personal Breathalyzers

    July 16th, 2015

    There has been an explosion in recent years of personal breathalyzers.  These are small, portable devices which — to varying degrees of accuracy — can give you rough readings of the blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of your own breath….and possibly save you from a DUI arrest. [Link]
  • No Expert Witness? No DUI Charges!

    July 15th, 2015

    Prosecutors typically have no qualms about bringing charges against someone who’s operating a motor vehicle after drinking to excess. They rely on breathalyzer results to help them get convictions for DUI in Los Angeles and other California locales. If the BAC measures above .08 percent, prosecuto... [Link]
  • DUI Driver Damages Dwelling – Astonishing Story of Destruction

    July 15th, 2015

    Local TV and newspapers frequently report on DUIs in Los Angeles or other incidents where motorists smash into homes, restaurants or other buildings. It’s usually an accidental encounter. But when Cheri Tenney ran her vehicle into her home, it appeared to be very deliberate. Tenney, who lives in S... [Link]
  • Two Strikes and He’s Out

    July 13th, 2015

    A good rule of thumb: if cops pick you up for a DUI in Los Angeles, don’t hit the road again before the intoxicating substance has left your bloodstream. If a West Virginia man had followed that advice, a teenager in that state might have avoided some unwelcome time at the hospital. According to T... [Link]
  • DUIs Spark Arrests Over Holiday

    July 13th, 2015

    Police officers patrolling Los Angeles County highways found little to celebrate over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. From Friday, July 3rd at 6 p.m. through midnight July 6th, they made 229 arrests for DUI in Los Angeles County and dealt with the aftermath of accidents that killed two people. D... [Link]
  • Can a Parent Spank a Child in Massachusetts? Commonwealth v. Dorvil Recognizes Parental Privilege Defense

    July 11th, 2015

    Assault and battery.  On June 25, 2015, in Commonwealth v. Dorvil, SJC Number 11738, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reviewed an assault and battery conviction from the Brockton District Court.  The charge and conviction were based on a parent spanking a three year old child in pu... [Link]
  • Bodycam legislation closed too many records

    July 11th, 2015

    Texas' new legislation related to police body cameras has been mostly praised in the media, but Grits must admit I'm not a fan. Your correspondent didn't have the bandwidth to track the legislation this year, but if I had I've have ardently opposed the version that passed.Admittedly, the best thing... [Link]
  • DUI Charges Complicate Earlier Case Against Flavor Fav

    July 8th, 2015

    The Associated Press reported in late June that rapper/reality star Flavor Flav of Public Enemy was getting ready to settle a driving-related case in New York, when police picked him up on a DUI charge in Las Vegas. All he needs to complicate his life a little more is an arrest for a DUI in […... [Link]
  • Switching Seats to Fool Cops into Thinking You Didn’t Drive DUI: Unsurprisingly, It Doesn’t Work!

    July 8th, 2015

    As this blog has documented over the years, people try a lot of crazy approaches to avoid being charged with a Los Angeles DUI. Some cry. Others flee the scene. Still others try to talk their way out of the charges. One ploy that doesn’t work too well, however, is switching seats just before the [... [Link]
  • What You Need to Avoid When You Get a Traffic Ticket in Calfiornia

    July 7th, 2015

    Failing to appear in court causes serious problems and can lead to more problems than you may think.A failure to appear results if you do not appear in court. When you get a traffic ticket, you may believe you do not have a court date, but actually you are required to appear or pay the bail. In most... [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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • “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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]