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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!

  • Sonoma County DUI Enforcement Increased for Super Bowl

    February 1st, 2015

    Sonoma County law enforcement agencies will be sending out extra patrols to look for intoxicated drivers on Super Sunday. These special patrols are solely used to look for drunk drivers and to make DUI arrests. The Santa Rosa-area CHP, Santa Rosa and Petaluma police departments are all involved i... [Link]
  • Texas Man Allegedly Had Blood Forcibly Drawn without Consent After DUI Arrest

    January 31st, 2015

    Los Angeles DUI laws are very particular about what can and cannot be used as evidence during a DUI case. The following Texas case depicts what can happen if police officers don’t follow appropriate protocol. According to news reports, in early January, an allegedly DUI driver, Joel Garcia, slamme... [Link]
  • New Jersey Man Arrested for DUI on New Year’s Claims “Everyone Drives Drunk”

    January 31st, 2015

    When the police recently stopped you at a checkpoint or pulled you over on the freeway, you probably didn’t need a Los Angeles DUI attorney on hand to tell you to avoid saying obviously incriminating or stupid comments, such as “I only had 8 beers” or “my buddy left me at the bar — wha... [Link]
  • Extra DUI Patrols In Marin For Super Bowl Weekend

    January 31st, 2015

    The multi police agency DUI enforcement team, "Avoid the Marin 13" will be putting extra officer out this weekend to look for drunk drivers. Football fans on Super Bowl Sunday had better not drink and drive as the police will be on heightened alert. Police officers encourage people to not drink an... [Link]
  • Denver Woman Facing Serious Charges Stemming from DUI

    January 30th, 2015

    Charges for DUI (driving under the influence) are serious in Colorado and can have harsh penalties. However, these penalties only increase if offenders are accused of engaging in additional unlawful acts simultaneously and/or during their arrest. A recent Denver news story demonstrates how quickly... [Link]
  • “Chicken Suit” Man Arrested in Hueytown on Assault Charges

    January 30th, 2015

    When someone has an outstanding warrant for his or her arrest, sometimes police will send out a warrant squad to execute the warrant and arrest defendant.  Many times police will simply wait for defendant to get stopped in traffic or arrested for another crime rather than going out looking for the... [Link]
  • Fine line between presenting evidence and being inflammatory

    January 30th, 2015

    Interesting article today in the American Bar Association Journal about the prosecutor's use of 250 powerpoint slides in his closing.  The Washington Supreme Court overturned the conviction stating the presentation amounted to “egregious misconduct” during the trial of Odies Walker.The powe... [Link]
  • Mandatory Washington DUI Probation Violation Penalties

    January 29th, 2015

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  • What are the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests?

    January 29th, 2015

    When a law enforcement officer stops your vehicle, there are several factors that may lead to a suspicion that you may be driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI). In such cases, there are several kinds of tests that an officer may request you undergo in order to tr... [Link]
  • Whistleblower lab worker punished for Houston officer's mistake

    January 29th, 2015

    Following up on the story of errors at the Houston crime lab that led to dismissal of felony DWI charges, Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg concluded an article this week (Jan. 28) summarizing the case's significance:in the grand scheme of things, these lapses aren't earth-shattering. Nob... [Link]
  • Texas Man Gets Pulled Over for 8th DUI: Los Angeles DUI Lawyers React

    January 29th, 2015

    In Los Angeles, DUI offenses can be punished by a few hours in prison or many years – the harshness of the sentencing depends on many factors, such as the nature of the alleged offense, the amount of damage done to people and property, and the history of the alleged DUI driver. First non-injury of... [Link]
  • Commonwealth v. Fujita: Massachusetts SJC Rules Jury Lists to Be Made Public, January 27, 2015

    January 27th, 2015

    Overlooked to an extent because of the concurrent Blizzard of 2015, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ("SJC") issued an historic opinion today in the case of Commonwealth v. Nathaniel Fujita. The Fujita case was a murder trial that resulted in a guilty verdict against Mr. Fujita for killing h... [Link]
  • DUI Arrests in Birmingham Expected on Super Bowl Sunday

    January 27th, 2015

    Having a big Super Bowl party or going to one at a friend’s house can be a great time.  This year, given all the media coverage about “deflate gate,” media analysts are predicting even higher television ratings than previous years.   As you are well aware, in addition to watching the ga... [Link]
  • Colorado Researchers Race to Collect Data on Drug DUIs: Los Angeles DUI Attorney Assesses

    January 27th, 2015

    The recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington – in addition to the widespread and growing approval of medical pot — has spurred some fascinating research. Scientists want to understand how the growing wave of marijuana users is influencing the landscape of DUIs. Many police... [Link]
  • Los Angeles DUI Community Ponders Oklahoma’s New Anti-Alcohol Purchasing Restrictions

    January 27th, 2015

    This Los Angeles DUI blog constantly scours the national landscape (or at least attempts to do so) to identify important legal trends in the field. State lawmakers – often out of desperation – sometimes decide to “get tough” on DUI by arbitrarily imposing harsher sentencing. The general effi... [Link]
  • Changes to Nashville's Domestic Violence Docket

    January 26th, 2015

    Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk recently proposed a change in the procedure for docketing misdemeanor domestic violence cases once the cases are bound over to the grand jury from general sessions court . Currently, misdemeanor domestic violence cases are assigned to the criminal courts... [Link]
  • Denver Nuggets’ Ty Lawson Arrested for DUI, Apologized to Team

    January 26th, 2015

    On Friday, January 24, Denver Nuggets’ Ty Lawson was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Denver police said the starting point guard was pulled over after an officer noticed Lawson driving “fast and carelessly.” While the team had no comments regarding the arrest, Lawson did return to th... [Link]
  • Proposed Law would Ban DUI Offenders from Buying Alcohol

    January 26th, 2015

    Ban the instrumentality used during the commission of a crime and that will stop the crime, at least that’s the thought. Sen. Patrick Anderson (R) of Oklahoma has introduced a new bill which would allow a court to ban people convicted of driving under the influence from purchasing alcohol for... [Link]
  • Minnesota DWI Lawyer Blogs on Minnesota DWI: This Week's Featured Minnesota DWI Case

    January 26th, 2015

    The Minnesota DWI Case Of The Week is State v. Berry, (decided January 26, 2015, Minnesota Court of Appeals, Unpublished) which stands for the proposition that when it comes to vehicle stops, the police may intrude upon your right to be left alone if they are half-assed certain that something is&nbs... [Link]
  • Houston crime lab labeling errors led to dropped DWI charges

    January 26th, 2015

    More dysfunction at the Houston crime lab, where in Oct. 2013, before its transition from HPD to an independent entity, "A lack of attention by both the analyst and the analyst's supervisor allowed [a] report containing inaccurate information from the submitting officer to be reported to the Distric... [Link]
  • Los Angeles DUI Community Saddened as Redondo Beach Driver Kills Three After Taking Prescription Drugs

    January 24th, 2015

    Los Angeles DUI accidents can claim lives at any time; an awful crash in Redondo recently killed 3 Californians and injured many more. According to reports, twelve people suffered injuries, when a woman crashed into a group of Christmas concert-goers in a Redondo Beach church last December. Margo Br... [Link]
  • Father Charged with DUI While Driving His 2 Autistic Children

    January 24th, 2015

    All but four states in the nation have laws on the books that increase penalties for people who drive DUI while transporting children. In California, police recently arrested a man named Joel Feseer for precisely this crime and hit him with charges of DUI and child endangerment. Feseer’s job consi... [Link]
  • Proposed Bill Would Make Fourth Washington DUI a Felony

    January 24th, 2015

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  • Non-Moving Violations can Lead to DUI Arrests

    January 23rd, 2015

    Many people who drink believe that they know their limits and can drink moderately and get behind the wheel of a car. In some cases, they may even be right. Alcohol affects people differently, and the same amount of alcohol can cause one person to be significantly impaired while another shows no not... [Link]
  • WA State legislator proposes bill that would make fourth offense DUI a felony

    January 23rd, 2015

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  • San Francisco, Los Angeles DUI Rates Drop Thanks to…Taxis?

    January 22nd, 2015

    In September 2014, Los Angeles DUI rates dropped, as did similar rates in several cities across the nation. Many observers credit a new trend in cab services based on apps! Uber and other mobile friendly taxi services have revolutionized American perceptions of taxis. People no longer have to wait o... [Link]
  • Kentucky State Senator Begs Press for Special Treatment After DUI

    January 22nd, 2015

    As Los Angeles DUI attorneys can attest, some CEOs, politicians and celebrities really do feel entitled to special treatment in the legal system, even though the law strives to treat everyone equally. Long-time Kentucky Congressman Brandon Smith stands accused by many in the media of asking for this... [Link]
  • Information Regarding BAC

    January 21st, 2015

    Following a traffic stop, if you will be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI) will largely depend on your blood alcohol concentration, otherwise known as BAC. For example, if a breath or blood test shows you had a BAC of 0.08 percent, you will likel... [Link]
  • Did you receive Bad Mail from the State? Don't Let Bad Mail Get You Down, Call NH Defense Attorney Mark Stevens for a Free Consultation 603-893-0074

    January 21st, 2015

    Did you receive Bad Mail from the State Lab? Don't let bad mail get you down... Call an experienced attorney who can help you handle these frustrating legal matters. New Hampshire Criminal Defense Lawyer Mark Stevens is admitted to practice in all NH and MA courts. The consultati... [Link]
  • Colorado Explores [Much] Harsher DUI Laws: Implications for Los Angeles DUI Law in the Near Future?

    January 20th, 2015

    Los Angeles DUI attorneys are closely watching the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado to see whether that state will soon be cracking down hard on third offense DUIs. A lawmaker in Colorado’s general assembly recently introduced a bill with bipartisan support to treat a third DUI offense as a felony... [Link]
  • Los Angeles DUI Community Takes Note: Man Facing Two Felonies After Hit and Run Death in West Covina

    January 20th, 2015

    A felony Los Angeles DUI hit and run resulted in the recent death of a young woman in West Covina, horrifying the community and motivating a public cry for justice. On December 30, a man named Raymond Alvarado fled from the scene of a crash after slamming into a small car, injuring both the driver [... [Link]
  • Santa Maria Woman Arrested on Suspicion of Felony DUI

    January 19th, 2015

    On Saturday evening January 17, 50-year-old Linda Grace Mendoza of Santa Maria was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI. According to a news article at Noozhawk.com, Mendoza has three prior DUI convictions within the last 10 years, making this her fourth. Officers with the Santa Maria Police Departme... [Link]
  • Supreme Court Refuses to Decide Warrantless Forcible Blood Draw Dispute

    January 19th, 2015

    The United States Supreme Court has announced that it will not hear an appeal from Colorado by prosecutors on whether officers should be allowed to forcibly take blood from a DUI suspect without a warrant. The United States Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case means that the decision of th... [Link]
  • Criminal Mischief

    January 16th, 2015

    This weekend as I drove through my neighborhood, I noticed a street sign had been knocked down... it apparently, had been run over. I remember thinking, "Somebody in Jacksonville had a good time last night." My criminal defense lawyer hat wasn't quite on yet, but I did briefly start to think that... [Link]
  • New Year’s Goes Wrong for Many DUI Arrestees

    January 16th, 2015

    New Year’s Eve and Day are supposed to be a time of celebration of the year past and welcoming of a fresh start in the New Year. For many individuals, however, the start of 2015 meant time in handcuffs, spending the night in jail, and looming court dates. Many of these individuals who were arreste... [Link]
  • Fair DUI Flyer and Tennessee DUI Roadblocks

    January 15th, 2015

    The Fair DUI Flyer created quite a stir recently. A copy of the image is at the top of the post.  Recently , someone used the flyer and entered  a DUI checkpoint using the information in the flyer. The basic concept is that you put your driver's license in a bag and stick it on the ou... [Link]
  • Proposed Law Related to Colorado DUI

    January 15th, 2015

    Colorado is one of the few jurisdictions in the United States that has no felony charge for repeat DUI offenders. This does not mean that you may not face more strict penalties for multiple DUI charges, as Colorado does have minimum sentencing requirements that increase with each subsequent DUI. Des... [Link]
  • Lege-commissioned report suggests indigent defense caseload guidelines

    January 15th, 2015

    Pursuant to HB 1318 passed last session, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission commissioned a study (pdf) of indigent defense caseloads by the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M. Analyzing data from several sources, they concluded:for the delivery of reasonably competent and effective... [Link]
  • Maryland Bishop Faces Hit and Run DUI and Manslaughter Charges

    January 14th, 2015

    Our Los Angeles DUI lawyers were saddened to learn about a terrible fatal tragedy that rocked Maryland a few weeks ago and left a major church embroiled in public relations damage control. Heather Cook, an Episcopal bishop in Baltimore, Maryland, was arrested in early January for a hit-and-run incid... [Link]
  • Tim Jennings of the Chicago Bears Nabbed for DUI While Speeding

    January 12th, 2015

    The Los Angeles DUI community (and the rest of the country) may be focused on the NFL playoffs, but football fans have been temporarily distracted by yet another NFL DUI arrest. Police say that Tim Jennings, a member of the Chicago Bears, had been speeding while DUI – he allegedly had been zipping... [Link]
  • Controversial Florida Law Provides Safe Passage for DUI Drivers Through Checkpoints?

    January 12th, 2015

    The Los Angeles DUI community has been hotly debating the pros and cons of a recent stunt that drivers in Florida have been pulling to avoid getting arrested at checkpoints. A recent video posted to Youtube shows several drivers passing through a DUI checkpoint in Florida and passing through unscath... [Link]
  • Body Cameras for Law Enforcement Could Assist in DUI Cases

    January 12th, 2015

    In the wake of the recent events surrounding Michael Brown’s death, Eric Garner’s death, and other similar incidences raising concerns of excessive force by law enforcement, many police agencies are considering and some actually using body mounted cameras. In August, The Wall Street Jour... [Link]
  • Over 100 Cops Destroy DUI Suspect’s Home…for Failing to Appear in Court

    January 10th, 2015

    What happens when a citizen arrested for drunk driving doesn’t show up for his court hearing?  Well, a warrant is issued for his arrest….and if he refuses to surrender, over 100 cops destroy his home. New York Deputies Destroy Man’s Home During Standoff to Force "Peaceful... [Link]
  • What Defenses are Available in a Colorado DUI Case?

    January 9th, 2015

    Many people who are caught driving under the influence (DUI) may be tempted to simply plead guilty, especially for a first-time offense. While this may seem like the easiest course of action, it is important for people to understand that even a first offense can have significant legal and collateral... [Link]
  • Great wins today for Hunsucker Legal Group

    January 8th, 2015

    The Hunsucker Legal Group had a great day today. Nicholas Lee had a fantastic win with a complete dismissal of a DUI charge against our client. Client was arrested after driving out of the jurisdiction of the police officer. State argued "fresh pursuit doctrine" applied to misdemeanors. We argue... [Link]
  • Nice Win for Nick Lee

    January 8th, 2015

    Our Senior Associate Nicholas Lee had a nice win for our client today.  HLG was representing a Colorado citizen that was arrested for DUI in Woodward, OK.  After we obtained the patrol video of the stop as well as the other discovery, Nick sent the video to the prosecutor asking for outrig... [Link]
  • Motions to Change Venue in Criminal Trials by Attorney Mark Stevens 1-603-893-0074

    January 8th, 2015

    The motion to change venue in the trial of accused Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev gained recent significant attention. His second motion to change venue was denied by the trial court, Tsarnaev then appealed the decision to the First Circuit Court of Appeals for a stay (delay) in jury selec... [Link]
  • Actress Jennifer Lopez Survives a Scary Collision with DUI Driver in Malibu – Driver Faces Charges

    January 8th, 2015

    This blog spills plenty of virtual ink about celebrities arrested for Los Angeles DUI. But celebrities can be victims in DUI crashes as well. Consider, for instance, the harrowing recent ordeal of Jennifer Lopez, who survived a collision with an allegedly DUI driver in Malibu in September… with he... [Link]
  • Los Angeles DUI Arrests Skyrocket Over New Year’s Holiday, According to California Highway Patrol Reports

    January 8th, 2015

    Los Angeles DUI arrests spiked over the New Year’s holiday, as this blog (and other sources) predicted. But we had no idea that the damage would be as bad as it was. From 6 PM on December 31 through 6 AM on the 1st, local officers in Los Angeles arrested 219 people across the county, […]... [Link]
  • Late-Night Drinks can Result in a “Morning After DUI”

    January 8th, 2015

    Most adults who drink understand that it is a bad idea to drive home even after a moderate night of drinking. Under current Colorado law, a person is considered legally drunk if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is higher than .08, and can also be convicted of the lesser offense of Driving Whi... [Link]