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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!

  • In criminal defense, take nothing for granted & seize the opportunities

    February 26th, 2017

    Many criminal & DWI defendants at first may feel like they have been thrown to the lions. Beyond the veneer of smiling prosecutors, police and judges in the courthouse, is a criminal justice system ready to eat alive those who go to court alone or without the right lawyer. It is empowering for the c... [Link]
  • 2017 Aspiring Attorney Scholarship Winner Announced

    February 24th, 2017

    Rosenthal & Wadas is pleased to announce that Jayelle Lozoya is the recipient of the 2017 Aspiring Attorney Scholarship. Jayelle is a second-year law student at the South Texas College of Law. “Rosenthal & Wadas is committed to supporting the…Read more ›... [Link]
  • What Are the Most Commonly Committed Crimes in Massachusetts?

    February 23rd, 2017

    If you commit a crime in Massachusetts, you may find yourself in court, paying hefty fines, and possibly even doing time in jail or a state prison. Maybe you’re a first-time offender and your crime was an honest mistake. Maybe you have an extensive criminal record. Whatever the circumstances of yo... [Link]
  • Could Extending Last Call in California Increase DUI Incidences?

    February 23rd, 2017

    Many people know Nevada, particularly Las Vegas, as the obvious exception to widely accepted last call time of 2 a.m. and some know that a few states such as New York, Hawaii, and Alaska have later last calls than 2 a.m. California’s last call is 2 a.m. One senator hopes to extend the last call [... [Link]
  • Priorities, CPS reform and crime

    February 23rd, 2017

    This blog focuses on the criminal-justice system itself and Grits spends little time focused on other, related areas of government whose failures contribute to crime and hopelessness. There are those who think the ultimate solution to criminality is education, for example, but for want of bandwidth,... [Link]
  • What Is “Probable Cause”?

    February 21st, 2017

    You cannot be arrested for a crime in Collin County unless police and prosecutors have probable cause to charge you. But what exactly does “probable cause” mean? You have probably heard that phrase many times before without understanding its origin…Read more ›... [Link]
  • What is Vehicular Homicide and What Are the Penalties if I’m Charged With this Crime in MA?

    February 20th, 2017

    In Massachusetts, if you fatally injure another person while recklessly or negligently operating a motor vehicle, you may be charged with vehicular homicide. The severity of the charges you’re facing will be largely dependent on the unique circumstances of your case. For example, if you were commi... [Link]
  • How Much Marijuana Does It Take to Impair Driving?

    February 20th, 2017

    A number of posts on this blog have addressed the problems encountered in trying to measure levels of marijuana — or, more accurately the active ingredient Tetrahydrocannabinol ("THC") — in the blood of a person when he was driving.  See, for example, Oregon Legislative Study Criticizes "Per S... [Link]
  • Town Seeks to Increase Mall Security After Gang-Related Shooting at South Shore Mall

    February 17th, 2017

    Following a shooting that occurred at the South Shore Plaza earlier this month, town officials are meeting to discuss how to improve security at the mall. The meeting between South Shore’s General Manager Rick Tonzi, the town’s mayor Joseph Sullivan, and Chief of Police Paul Shastany is not the... [Link]
  • The Real Life Consequences of a Drunk Driving Conviction in MA

    February 14th, 2017

    It’s common knowledge that getting behind the wheel when you’re intoxicated is a bad idea. But determining whether you’ve had too much to drink isn’t always as cut and dried. In Massachusetts, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent is above the legal limit. If a large man has th... [Link]
  • Latest Facts and Figures About OUI on America’s Roadways

    February 14th, 2017

    In many ways, OUIs don’t discriminate. Rich or poor, young or old, male or female, white, black, Hispanic, or Asian, no group is immune to getting arrested for OUI. There is one group that accounts for more OUIs annually in the US than any other – young, white males. The facts and figures below... [Link]
  • Rare Disorder Causes DUI without Drinking

    February 11th, 2017

    A woman, who requested to be called Sara to maintain confidentiality and protect her legal career, was arrested in 2015 for driving under the influence when she collided with a parked vehicle. It was later determined that she had a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent. Sara had been arrested for DU... [Link]
  • Police in Florida Generally Need a Search Warrant for a Blood Draw in DUI Cases But There Are Exceptions

    February 10th, 2017

    In alleged DUI cases that involve serious accidents, the police are often not able to perform their usual DUI investigations which include field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test, if the suspect consents to them.  If the suspect is in no condition to perform those tests due to injuries from th... [Link]
  • Breath Test Defect Proves That Breathalyzers Aren’t Always Reliable

    February 10th, 2017

    A manufacturer of alcohol breath testing equipment used across the state of Massachusetts is conducting an inspection of several hundred breathalyzers following the discovery of a defect. On February 3, Draeger Safety Diagnostics testified that the machines in question were improperly programmed, re... [Link]
  • How Do I Get My Record Expunged in Massachusetts?

    February 7th, 2017

    Court records are public domain. Essentially that means that anyone with a few bucks to spend can access your criminal record, arrests, and even your mug shot. An expungement is a process in Massachusetts whereby these records are sealed. Although criminal records are not erased, they become inacces... [Link]
  • Are Nashville Public Defenders Overworked ?

    February 6th, 2017

    Steven Hale wrote an article in last week's Nashville Scene on the Nashville Public Defenders Office overwhelming caseload. One visit to any of the criminal courtrooms in Nashville supports that conclusion. The article does a great job setting out the facts and the money issues. A hearing was he... [Link]
  • Virginia Criminal & DWI defense tips and reminders on Super Bowl Sunday

    February 5th, 2017

    Super Bowl Sunday is a time of high energy, merrymaking, drinking beer and other alcohol, chowing down, cheering when one's team wins, and regretting when one's team loses. Getting tipsy on alcohol can be fun, at least when it does not unleash one's demons and at least when not followed by driving. [Link]
  • When Does a California DUI Become a Felony?

    February 3rd, 2017

    Generally, when a person is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in California, it is a misdemeanor charge. Misdemeanors are punishable by no more than a year in jail. Sometimes, however, a California DUI can be charged as a felony, meaning that it can be punishable by more than a ye... [Link]
  • New Felony Diversion Program in Collin County

    February 2nd, 2017

    Beginning this month, first-time felony offenders in Collin County now may be offered the opportunity to enter a Felony Diversion Program which would result in the underlying charges to be dismissed and eventually expunged. This is new program was developed…Read more ›... [Link]
  • Oregon Legislative Study Critcizes “Per Se” DUI Marijuana Laws

    February 1st, 2017

    As I’ve posted often in the recent past, with the increasing use — and legalization — of marijuana, legislators and law enforcement are falling over themselves trying to come up with answers to many uncomfortable questions, such as: Does marijuana, in fact, impair driving ability? How does an... [Link]
  • Don’t Fumble Your Future Away Just Because it’s Super Bowl Sunday

    January 31st, 2017

    Gathering friends and family around the TV on Super Bowl Sunday is a fan favorite in America. It is one of the most widely watched national events, with millions tuning in time to watch. With the increased drinking that occurs…Read more ›... [Link]
  • Facing OUI Charges in Massachusetts? What are the Long-Term Consequences?

    January 30th, 2017

    The thought of getting an OUI is an unpleasant one, regardless of the circumstances. However, depending on several factors including criminal history and previous OUIs, punishments can be quite severe, and a conviction could haunt you for years. Read on to learn more about different OUI scenarios an... [Link]
  • Time to mobilize against Trump’s onslaught against immigrants and search for a Scalia clone

    January 29th, 2017

    A refrain by many people is that it is important to support the office of the presidency and our nationhood by getting behind every new United States president as s/he begins the heavy lifting of the job. That idea, though, is countered by the fact that the presidency is not a dictatorship, and that... [Link]
  • Virginia prostitution/criminal defense- Winning a bawdy place & disorderly conduct trial

    January 28th, 2017

    Here are details on my recent bench trial acquittal for my client charged with visiting a bawdy place and with disorderly conduct: First, I made a brief opening statement, where I tried not to introduce discovery that might not ever see the light of day at trial, to include: The prosecutor will be u... [Link]
  • Company Behind Personal Breathalyzer Settles Dispute with FTC

    January 26th, 2017

    I’ve never hidden my belief that if a personal breathalyzer can prevent a DUI, it should be used. That being said, it seems the company behind one of the most popular personal breathalyzers on the market has settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over false claims of its accuracy. On the... [Link]