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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!

  • How Domestic Violence Charges Can Impact Your Immigration Status

    April 14th, 2021

    A domestic violence arrest can disrupt your life and your family on many levels on its own. But when you are an immigrant to the United States, and you’re facing domestic violence charges, things can get even more complicated very quickly. Depending on the circumstances and how severe the charge i... [Link]

    April 14th, 2021

    Is it Possible to be Extradited for a DUI? Each state handles charges for driving under the influence. However, leaving a state after being charged with a DUI does not necessarily mean you will escape prosecution. This is because sometimes states can extradite you for DUI charges. Extradition is the... [Link]
  • Blood alcohol content kept out when 20 minute rule not satisfied

    April 13th, 2021

    Blood alcohol content (BAC) testing is repeatedly relied on by prosecutors when they try to obtain DWI convictions. As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, I know the importance of fully challenging such prosecutions at every turn, including working to keep out BAC test results, which can make the difference betwe... [Link]
  • A dirty, uncomfortable feeling: TCOLE Sunset bill lame, inadequate, and kicks can down the road on the biggest police accountability issues

    April 12th, 2021

    After staff at the Texas Sunset Commission issued a scathing assessment of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, the legislation enacting their vision couldn't be more disappointing. The bill passed out of committee as filed this week with no changes.It would create a blue-ribbon commission to ev... [Link]
  • Ridding South Texas of DPS part of forgotten populist agenda for the region

    April 10th, 2021

    Many Democrats were surprised in November when their candidates lost ground in Texas border regions, but Grits was not: The party has no substantive agenda either to entice voters in rural areas or to address the unique challenges facing the sprawling mass of increasingly urban voters in the Rio Gra... [Link]
  • Man Gets 30 Years After Driving To Garland For Sex With Underage Girl

    April 9th, 2021

    A Longview man who drove from his East Texas home to Garland after arranging to have sex with a 10-year-old girl was recently sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News. According to the Dallas Morning News, 41-year-old Keith Lee Merchant wa... [Link]
  • Vanita Parker Begins Term as 2021 Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association President

    April 7th, 2021

    Attorney Vanita Budhrani Parker was voted in by peers as president of the Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (3CDLA) on April 1. Founded in 1995, 3CDLA serves as the voluntary professional organization for more than 80 lawyers. “Vanita leads by example, and the high ethical standar... [Link]
  • New Jersey Court Upholds DWI Conviction Following an Arrest of a Parked Motorist

    April 7th, 2021

    Typically, the police must harbor a reasonable suspicion that a person is engaging in unlawful activity to effectuate a traffic stop. As such, if they stop a person without just cause, any evidence obtained during the stop may ultimately be deemed inadmissible, making it very difficult for the prose... [Link]
  • Pill Mill Scheme Results in Federal Charges  

    April 5th, 2021

    Texas authorities are tough on drug crime. Federal officials are even tougher. A total of 46 people, including doctors and medical professionals, have been convicted of participating in an estimated $18 million “pill mill” scheme in Texas. The ringleader, a 61-year-old oncologist, faced multiple... [Link]
  • Suspect in Fatal 2019 DUI Crash Faces 15 Years in Prison

    April 1st, 2021

    Chelsea Annmarie Stiles, 27, was convicted of vehicular manslaughter in a DUI crash that left an elderly man dead in 2019 in San Luis Obispo, California. This week, District Attorney Dan Dow announced that Stiles has been sentenced to  serve 15 years and eight months in state prison. In December 20... [Link]
  • Trial preparedness is a threat that can improve criminal case negotiations

    April 1st, 2021

    Trial preparedness eliminates sweat in court, says Fairfax DUI lawyer Trial preparedness is the only option for a court date unless a settlement negotiation has been reached beforehand. As a Fairfax DUI lawyer, I do not prepare for trial in order to psyche out my opponent for the negotiations stage,... [Link]
  • Virginia DUI THC case dismissed for lack of causation with impairment

    March 31st, 2021

    Virginia DUI THC cases cannot be proven by prosecution with blood analyses alone Virginia DUI cases based on THC / marijuana blood content are insufficient to obtain a conviction on the mere basis of blood THC content alone. As a Fairfax DWI lawyer, I know this through experience dealing with a fore... [Link]
  • Fairfax misdemeanor prosecutions without prosecutors risk dismissal

    March 30th, 2021

    Fairfax misdemeanor prosecutions without a prosecutor now risk dismissal more than ever Fairfax misdemeanor prosecutions without prosecutors have been common in the majority of this county’s misdemeanor cases for most of 2020 through present, except for lawyers from the commonwealth’s attorney... [Link]
  • New Jersey Court Discusses Evidence of Impairment in DWI Cases

    March 29th, 2021

    While many DWI charges rely on the defendant’s blood-alcohol level to prove guilt, not all do. In fact, a defendant can be found guilty of DWI despite the lack of chemical testing. The evidence presented must nonetheless be sufficient to demonstrate that the defendant operated a vehicle while impa... [Link]
  • Fairfax prosecutor absence does mean to waive a lawyer in District Court

    March 27th, 2021

    Fairfax prosecutor absence should not be interpreted as an invitation to go to District Court by yourself Fairfax prosecutor absence has for nearly a year been common for most Virginia misdemeanor cases in this county courthouse, other than for DUI, intimate partner assault, and fatal reckless drivi... [Link]
  • Texas Man Arrested on Weapons Charge Near VP’s Home

    March 24th, 2021

    A Texas man who was wanted by the police was arrested on a weapons charge last Wednesday, March 17, near the Naval Observatory in Washington. The home of Vice President Kamala Harris is on the Naval Observatory’s grounds. The U.S. Secret Service initially observed 31-year old Paul Murray on survei... [Link]
  • Wet reckless results obtained by Fairfax DUI lawyer

    March 20th, 2021

    Wet reckless is better than a DWI conviction, says Fairfax DUI lawyer Wet reckless (WR) in Virginia typically means amending a DUI charge to reckless driving generally under Virginia Code § 46.2-852 in exchange for completing the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP), driving on a restrict... [Link]
  • New Jersey Court Discusses the Right to a Speedy Trial in DWI Cases

    March 19th, 2021

    Under New Jersey law, all criminal defendants, even those charged with DWI, are innocent until proven guilty and have numerous rights from the time the matter is under investigation through the resolution of their case. For example, a DWI defendant has the right to a speedy trial, and if the right i... [Link]
  • New Jersey Court Upholds DWI Conviction Based on Observational Evidence

    March 18th, 2021

    Not all DWI charges are based on a driver’s blood alcohol level at the time of the arrest. Instead, many DWI charges and convictions arise out of the fact that the arresting officer observed the defendant operating a vehicle while in an impaired state. Regardless of the nature of the evidence pres... [Link]
  • High Profile Sexual Assault Allegations 

    March 18th, 2021

    Being high-profile doesn’t protect you from the consequences of high-profile allegations. This is something that a well-known Texas sports figure is finding out. Several local media outlets are reporting that a second lawsuit has been filed against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Both... [Link]
  • When You Are Both a Victim and a Defendant in a Domestic Violence Dispute

    March 15th, 2021

    Being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence can be highly disruptive to your life—and of course, being the victim of domestic violence is nothing short of traumatic. But what happens when you are both a victim of domestic violence and the person accused of it—at the same time? What if the a... [Link]

    March 15th, 2021

    In 2016, an upstate New York woman she blew a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal limit and was charged with a DUI. However, the a judge dismissed the charges after being presented with evidence the woman suffers from “auto-brewery syndrome.” “I had never heard of auto-brewery s... [Link]
  • Data: When Texas ↓ pot prosecutions, the system focused more on violent crime

    March 15th, 2021

    Grits has been tracking what I've has called "The Great Texas Hemp Hiatus," referring to the Texas Legislature's legalization of industrial "hemp," requiring a THC test to prosecute for marijuana possession. It was ostensibly a legislative accident, but it appears the change is going to stick: No le... [Link]
  • Former Business Owner Faces 60 Years In Prison for Participation In Wire Fraud

    March 14th, 2021

    According to the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, a former business owner recently pled guilty to two counts of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity and two counts of wire fraud. If convicted, he could spend up to 60 years in federal... [Link]
  • Accusations of Sexual Misconduct Surrounding Netflix Show Cast Members

    March 8th, 2021

    Cheer, the Netflix six-part docuseries that aired in January 2020, follows a cheer team from Navarro College preparing for the annual National Cheerleading Championship. It captures the highs and lows of being a competitive cheerleader and what it takes to win. Unfortunately, some stars of the sho... [Link]