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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!

  • Will A DWI Cost Me My Job?

    January 16th, 2017

    I really like helping people; so do Chuck and Dan.  That is why we fight so hard at Ramsay Law Firm.  We are doing everything within our power to get our clients out of difficult situations and get their lives back on track.   Every client is different.  Not just because of different facts, or... [Link]
  • We are open today, when courts are closed for the Lee-Jackson Day that is overdue for retirement

    January 13th, 2017

    Our law firm proudly is open today, while the courts and Virginia state offices are closed for Robert E. Lee-Stonewall Jackson Day. We proudly close every Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Lee-Jackson Day falls every Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Lee-Jackson Day is a relic of the past that... [Link]
  • Medical Marijuana Patients Can Now Fight DUI Charges in Arizona

    January 13th, 2017

    A recent decision by the Arizona Court of Appeals held that medical marijuana patients who have been arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana can fight the charges by arguing that they were not stoned enough to drive. In 2013 Nadir Ishak was stopped by Mesa police when they saw his vehi... [Link]
  • So Much for the Presumption of Innocence

    January 13th, 2017

    We pride ourselves in this country on our Constitution and the protections it gives us from the abuses of Big Government.  Perhaps most prominent of these rights is the "presumption of innocence", and the associated right not to have our freedoms or property taken without due process of law. Except... [Link]
  • Minnesota DPS Admits Ignition Interlock GPS Tracking Data Is Public Information

    January 12th, 2017

    This just keeps getting stranger ...for those of you that are unaware, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) instructed all authorized Ignition Interlock vendors to install GPS tracking in their devices.  This major change to the Ignition Interlock program allows the government to track a... [Link]
  • How Is Bail Set?

    January 11th, 2017

    If you are arrested and charged with committing a crime in Collin County, such as DWI or a drug offense, a judge will decide how much bail you need to post so that you can be released from custody pending…Read more ›... [Link]
  • Virginia DWI defense- Challenging credentials of the person drawing blood

    January 11th, 2017

    Those opposed to a robust criminal defense can protest all they want about defendant's getting off on technicalities. I reply that the Bill of Rights is not a technicality, nor are procedural rights that are enshrined in statutes. Criminal defendants will be happy to win their case however they can,... [Link]
  • Beating Another Breath Test: Using Science to Expose the Limitations of Minnesota's DWI Alcohol Tests

    January 10th, 2017

    In another blow to Minnesota’s breath testing program last week a Hennepin County Judge ruled in this Order the Commissioner of Public Safety failed to prove our client’s alcohol concentration was 0.16 or more and rescinded the license revocation. Specifically, the Court found that the Minnesota... [Link]
  • Will Massachusetts Pardon Individuals Locked Up for Marijuana Crimes?

    January 10th, 2017

    Vermont governor Peter Shumlin recently issued 192 pardons to individuals with marijuana convictions, as long as the offenses were not related to DUI charges or violent crimes. This bold move begs the question, will Massachusetts follow suit? Although pot has been decriminalized in Vermont, the gree... [Link]
  • Virginia DWI Defense – The intersection of Birchfield, Wolfe, D’Amico & § 18.2-268.3

    January 9th, 2017

    Here is the current Virginia state of the law for taking blood draws of DWI suspects without a search warrant: Virginia statutory law tells police to advise DWI arrestees who refuse breath or blood tests of alcohol and drugs, of the criminal and civil penalties for such unreasonable refusal. Va. Cod... [Link]
  • House Corrections committee rethinking probation fees

    January 8th, 2017

    The House Corrections Committee interim report to the 84th Texas Legislature began with a discussion of excessive fees in the criminal justice system which merits readers' attention. The committee, chaired by Republican state Rep. Jim Murphy, focused on relatively obscure aspects of the system which... [Link]
  • 2017 Predictions

    January 6th, 2017

    Happy New Years!  Best wishes to you and yours in 2017.   Last week Ramsay Law Firm took a look back at 2016.  It was quite an eventful year: from cases going to the U.S. Supreme Court to finding significant success challenging the validity of breath tests in Minnesota.  Now I would like to ta... [Link]
  • California Law Attempts to Prevent Marijuana Use While Driving

    January 5th, 2017

    As many of you now know, California passed proposition 64 this past November making recreational marijuana use and possession legal. According to Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, proposition 64 contains a loophole that they intend to close. Last week, the legisl... [Link]
  • Court: A Wheelchair Isn’t a Vehicle….Duh!

    January 4th, 2017

    The surreal "War on Drunk Driving" never ceases to amaze…. In their frantic desire to win votes, satisfy MADD, meet arrest quotas and make money, politicians, cops, prosecutors and judges fall over themselves trying to look tough on DUI.  One ridiculous example of this is expanding the entire con... [Link]
  • Can I Get Arrested for Public Intoxication in Massachusetts?

    January 4th, 2017

    In Massachusetts, public intoxication is not a crime, but other alcohol-related issues may be. For example, if police are called because a “drunk man” is wandering around a residential neighborhood, the man will likely be assisted home, or into protective custody until he sobers up. However, if... [Link]
  • Minnesota Judge Orders Government To Stop Installing Ignition Interlock Devices

    January 3rd, 2017

    It's an issue we've been talking about for months, and now, a Minnesota judge has taken action. As reported by Eyewitness 5 News (KSTP) the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has just been ordered to stop their plan to GPS track every Minnesota driver (or at least, every Minnesota vehicle) that h... [Link]
  • Virginia reckless driving- Oppose proposal to criminalize Virginia cellphone use while driving

    January 1st, 2017

    Virginia legislators Scott Surovell and Kaye Kory are sponsoring legislation to further restrict, penalize, and under many circumstances make jailable the use of cellphones while driving. Virginia law already penalizes unlawful cellphone use while driving, as a law infraction that applies a fine. [Link]
  • “Driving Under the Influence of Coffee” Charges Dismissed

    December 30th, 2016

    In my previous post Driving Under the Influence of…Caffeine?, I reported on pending criminal charges against a citizen for driving under the influence of …yes, coffee.  This was after an ABC agent (California Alcohol Beverage Control) was apparently upset when she claims to have been cut off by... [Link]
  • What if I Get Arrested in Collin County on New Year’s Eve?

    December 30th, 2016

    If you happen to find yourself arrested in Collin County on New Year’s Eve for a DWI call our on-call attorneys at Rosenthal & Wadas. Texas law states that those who are put in jail for a crime must see…Read more ›... [Link]
  • 2016 Year in Review

    December 29th, 2016

    2016 has been quite the year for Ramsay Law Firm and Minnesota's DWI laws in general.  It's not every year a case is heard by the United States Supreme Court that drastically changes our laws and the laws across the country.  This is not being melodramatic, the events of the past year are unique a... [Link]
  • DUI Checkpoints Have to Follow Specific Rules in Florida But Other Checkpoints Do Not

    December 28th, 2016

    Every now and then, and often during holiday time like New Year’s Eve coming up, the police in Florida and other states will set up DUI checkpoints in strategic areas of the city.  These checkpoints are normally located down the street from a popular bar or other area where people often drink alc... [Link]
  • Three Straight Victories At The Court Of Appeals

    December 27th, 2016

    This morning our office won its third case at the Minnesota Court of Appeals in a row!  Here is the opinion.   Once again, the issue was a misleading advisory read to a driver prior to a chemical test.  Instead of rehashing this subject to death, I will point you to a blog we we wrote after our... [Link]
  • Driving Under the Influence of….Caffeine?

    December 27th, 2016

    Just when you thought the "War on Drunk Driving" could not get any crazier….. California Man Fights DUI Charge for Driving Under Influence of Caffeine San Francisco, CA.  Dec. 24 - Caffeine may be the “nootropic” brain drug of choice in Silicon Valley, but an hour’s drive north in Solano C... [Link]
  • Whether DWI arrests of police make cops more sensitive about all DWI defendants

    December 25th, 2016

    When police and prosecutors are arrested for DUI, does that make remaining police more sensitive about all DWI defendants? Whether or not that is the case, a Google search quickly returns the names of many police officers recently arrested for DWI. (A criminal defendant remains presumed innocent unl... [Link]
  • “You always smile when you object,” the prosecutor told me

    December 22nd, 2016

    A prosecutor recently pointed out "You always smile when you object" when we try cases together. I replied that I smile while firing my proverbial bullets, and mentioned the great World War II movie scene where the American soldier calmly smiles in the moment, while chomping on his cigar as he snipe... [Link]