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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!

  • Admissibility of Your Portable Breath Test Taken at the Scene of Your DWI Arrest at a New York Criminal Trial

    December 20th, 2014

    In New York State from Manhattan and Brooklyn to Yonkers and White Plains, drunk driving, driving while intoxicated, DWI, DUI, or any way you want to describe it, VTL 1192 is an extremely serious offense. Simply, not only is a violation of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1192 a crimin... [Link]
  • In the Blood: Pros and Cons of Los Angeles DUI Blood Tests

    December 20th, 2014

    We’re going to look north today, to Idaho, for insight into the often misunderstood arena of Los Angeles DUI blood tests. In an Idaho Supreme Court decision on December 3, 2014, a judge ruled that police must get a warrant before performing a DUI blood test if a suspect refuses to give blood or pe... [Link]
  • Will New Anti-DUI App Really Help?

    December 19th, 2014

    These days, if you need almost anything, it seems there is “an app for that.” Recently, a new mobile device application was introduced that purports to help drivers avoid a DUI or at least discourage them from climbing behind the wheel after a certain amount to drink. The app, called ENDUI and p... [Link]
  • Fresno Man Could Face Life in Prison after DUI Kills Mother and Daughter

    December 18th, 2014

    Our Los Angeles DUI attorneys were heartbroken upon learning of the tragic story of Jacqueline Rivera and her 11-old daughter, Aailiyah. Both died after being rear-ended at a Fresno, California intersection on November 22, 2014. The man charged with the DUI that allegedly caused their deaths, Rafael... [Link]
  • DUI Charge Against Texas Judge Nora Longoria Dropped

    December 17th, 2014

    Los Angeles DUI attorneys and pundits have been following the story of Nora Longoria, a judge for the 13th Court of Appeals in Texas, who was charged with a DUI in July 2014. Recently, prosecutors dropped her charges. McAllen police say that Longoria “begged for special treatment” when faced wit... [Link]
  • Problems with Measuring Under the Influence Levels of Marijuana

    December 17th, 2014

    Opponents of the legalization of marijuana have historically cited the potential increase in drugged driving as one of their main arguments. As soon as recreational use of marijuana became legal in Colorado, numerous prohibitionist groups spoke out and warned legislators and residents that drugged d... [Link]
  • “Ignorance of the Law Is No Excuse”….Except for Cops?

    December 17th, 2014

    Ignorantia juris non excusat. It is a very old axiom of our legal system of justice that "ignorance of the laws is no excuse".  Anyone who violates a law may not escape responsibility merely because they are unaware of its existence or misunderstands it.  That means, for example, t... [Link]
  • Can I Get Jail Credit For Alcohol Treatment ?

    December 16th, 2014

    Under Tennessee's DUI laws ,  you can get jail credit for alcohol treatment on second offense DUI charges , third offense DUI charges , and felony DUI charges. . On July 1, 2014 , new laws went into effect granting jail credit for alcohol treatment on all multiple DUI charges. Before... [Link]
  • Celebrity DUI: Le’Von Bell Accepts Plea Deal for DUI With Marijuana

    December 16th, 2014

    Los Angeles DUI drug arrests may become increasingly common over the next few years, as an increasing number of Californians turn to legal medicinal marijuana for treatment. In August 2014, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Von Bell was arrested on charges of DUI and marijuana possession. Accord... [Link]
  • Man with Multiple DUI Convictions (An Astonishing 24!) Cited Yet Again

    December 16th, 2014

    Fingers crossed, your history of driving under the influence in Los Angeles looks nothing like that of David Louis Layne, a fifty-five-year-old resident of Alabaster, Alabama who was recently cited for driving under the influence…. For the 25th time. Come on! The Shelby County Circuit Court charge... [Link]
  • What are the three standardized field sobriety tests administered in a DUI investigation

    December 15th, 2014

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  • St. Petersburg Police Officer Pulled Over for Running a Red Light, Arrested for DUI

    December 15th, 2014

    On Monday morning, December 15, 51-year-old Allan Charles McTavish was stopped after a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy witnessed McTavish’s Chevrolet HHR run a red light, according to a news article at Tampabay.com. McTavish has been with the St. Petersburg Police Department since 1... [Link]
  • Can a Personal Breathalyzer Prevent a California DUI?

    December 15th, 2014

    Many people are arrested on suspicion of a California DUI after only having one or two drinks. Could those arrests have been prevented if the arrestees knew their blood alcohol content was only, say at a 0.09 percent blood alcohol content and they waited a little while before getting behind the whee... [Link]
  • Common Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Myths

    December 12th, 2014

    If your driver’s license has been suspended due to DUI, you may have a “little” knowledge about the restoration process and believe that with this basic understanding, you can win at a DAAD/DLAD hearing. As experienced Michigan driver’s license reinstatement attorneys, we wan... [Link]
  • Prosecutors and Legislators call for More Strict DUI Laws in Colorado

    December 12th, 2014

    In November, 57-year-old Denny Lovern was indicted on nine separate charges stemming from a DUI arrest by a grand jury in Arapahoe County. Generally, DUI cases do not go before the grand jury for a felony indictment, however prosecutors deemed that it was appropriate in this particular case due to C... [Link]
  • What is 'The Real Crisis in Journalism'?

    December 12th, 2014

    George Packer at The New Yorker this week offered up a comforting etiological myth regarding "The Real Crisis in Journalism," suggesting "It’s true that journalism is in crisis, but the crisis has nothing to do with the work journalists actually do."In what's either a disingenuous or ahistorical l... [Link]
  • California School Bus Driver Shows Up for Route Intoxicated

    December 11th, 2014

    Last week, a Thermalito, California woman who is employed as a school bus driver in the Thermalito Union School District was arrested while on her way for her morning bus route, according to a news article at Action News Now. Kimberly Oxley was reportedly on her way to work in her personal vehicle w... [Link]
  • Can a Drunk Driver Be Charged with Murder?

    December 11th, 2014

    In a word, yes. Some states have enacted statutes providing that murder in the second-degree is committed where a death is caused by a "wanton or reckless act" — the mental element of malice normally required for second-degree murder being inferred from the act of drunk driving.  ... [Link]
  • Reed on ridesharing and DWI

    December 11th, 2014

    Commenting on local anti-DWI efforts, outgoing Bexar County DA Susan Reed cited ridesharing services Lyft and Uber as a means to reduce drunk driving in a city without a robust public transportation system (which pretty much describes every Texas city).Grits found this interesting because local deba... [Link]
  • Christmas Crashes: Holiday-Related DUIs and How to Drive Safely This Season

    December 11th, 2014

    The holiday season is meant to be fun, relaxing, and cheerful. Unfortunately, some drivers take these concepts to the extreme when they drive under the influence in Los Angeles on roads filled with holiday crowds eager to get the Grove and/or Century City Mall (it seems like everyone in the city pou... [Link]
  • Common Mistakes Made Following a DUI Arrest

    December 10th, 2014

    Like any other criminal case, not all DUI cases are the same. Each case will have its own facts, different types of evidence, and different prosecutors pursuing the charges, all of which may have an effect on the outcome of the case. Another factor that may substantially affect the outcome of your c... [Link]
  • Check out the Smart on Crime Coalition agenda

    December 10th, 2014

    Texas' "Smart on Crime Coalition" is made up of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, ACLU of Texas, Goodwill, and the Texas Association of Business. Check out their agenda for the 84th Texas legislative session in 2015. [Link]
  • Judge skirts DWI bust, new guidelines for certifying juveniles, what crime really pays, and other stories

    December 10th, 2014

    Busy day today but here are several items that merit Grits readers attention, even if I don't have time to fully adumbrate them.  DA does favor for appellate judge on way out door Hidalgo DA Rene Guerra is on his way out the door (following 32 years in office and a primary defeat this spring) s... [Link]
  • Driver Arrested for DUI on Golden Gate Bridge: Amazing Footage Captivates Nation

    December 9th, 2014

    Some Los Angeles DUI crashes are more “picturesque” than others. Most people enjoy visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, but few tourists actually drive Ford Mustangs onto the bridge and get stuck there, even if they’re driving under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, this is exactly the posi... [Link]
  • Buzzed Driving Does Not Equal Drunk Driving

    December 8th, 2014

    As I was driving home from Memphis this past weekend , I heard quite a few radio spots . The theme of the ads was that " Buzzed Driving Equals Drunk Driving ". The ads are part of a campaign by the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office (GHSO) . The ads are designed to increa... [Link]
  • Drunk Driving Charges Following Drunk Flying Conviction

    December 8th, 2014

    It’s not uncommon for a person to get caught driving under the influence after they’ve already been convicted of a California DUI. What is uncommon, however, is for a person to be caught driving under the influence after they’ve previously been convicted of operating some other typ... [Link]
  • Teacher En route to School Crashes into Homes, Vehicles; Arrested for DUI

    December 8th, 2014

    On Thursday, December 4, 56-year-old Patricia Ann Robertson, a third grade teacher at Earl Warren Elementary School in Sacramento, was on her way to school when she missed a turn which resulted in her Mustang crashing into several vehicles and damaging two homes. According to a news article at News1... [Link]
  • Should Texas abolish rather than reform grand juries?

    December 7th, 2014

    State Sen. John Whitmire has filed legislation to eliminate the "key man" system of selecting grand juries in Texas. But in the wake of national debates of the failures of grand juries to hold police accountable, it's worth asking whether grand juries oughtn't be abolished entirely. Public Radio Int... [Link]
  • Cleveland Browns’ Fans Hearts Skip a Beat After Johnny Manziel’s Bodyguard Arrested for DUI

    December 5th, 2014

    One of the peculiar aspects of Los Angeles DUI cases is that arrests and convictions can touch dozens, even hundreds, of people and organizations. In other words, a single bad decision made by one driver at a single point in time can propagate and create problems – even huge crises – for many ot... [Link]
  • Increased Holiday DUI Enforcement Begins

    December 4th, 2014

    While Denver residents enjoyed Thanksgiving meals, law enforcement officers in the area and throughout the state were on the lookout for people who may be driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. The increased enforcement efforts are part of the year-long Heat is On campaign, which set... [Link]
  • Yes, You Can Get a DUI in Los Angeles, Even If You’re Driving a Bizarre Vehicle

    December 3rd, 2014

    The diverse circumstances in which people get arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles (and other places) never cease to surprise. A few years ago, we blogged about a spate of lawnmower DUIs that defied common sense – and earned more than a few snickers from the peanut gallery in pl... [Link]
  • Los Angeles DUI Blog Reflects on Xzibit’s Honeymoon DUI Bust

    December 3rd, 2014

    Our Los Angeles DUI blog has reported on dozens (hundreds?) of celebrity DUI arrests over the years, but each new story offers us an attempt to explain critical laws and concepts to defendants and their families. Our aim is not necessarily to discuss and promote these stories salaciously but rather... [Link]
  • “Retrograde Extrapolation”

    December 2nd, 2014

    Whether in a so-called "per se" case (driving with over .08% blood alcohol) or a traditional DUI situation (impaired driving due to alcohol), the prosecutor will usually introduce chemical evidence of the defendant’s blood alcohol level.  Of course, by itself, this is irrelevant:... [Link]
  • Is the Legal BAC Limit an Actual Limit at all?

    December 2nd, 2014

    Almost everyone is aware of the “legal Limit” for drinking and driving of 0.08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC). This limit refers to one of the following: 0.08 grams of ethyl alcohol for every 210 liters of breath; and 0.08 grams of ethyl alcohol for every 100 milliliters of blood. Every sta... [Link]
  • What big ticket criminal-justice items might TX Lege fund with 'surplus'?

    December 2nd, 2014

    Wow, I'm surprised at the size of the spending cap increase the Texas Legislative Budget Board estimated for the 2016-17 biennium: $3.4 billion above the amount of revenue allocated in the last budget, or $1.7 billion per year. Grits had guesstimated they might have about 2/3 that amount.Of course,... [Link]
  • Minnesota DWI Lawyer Blogs on Minnesota DWI: This Week's Featured Minnesota DWI Case

    December 2nd, 2014

    The Minnesota DWI Case Of The Week is State v. Menzie, (decided December 1, 2014, Minnesota Court of Appeals, Unpublished) which stands for the proposition that a prosecutor can say just about anything at trial and get away with it!In Menzie, the defendant testified in his own defense at his DWI tri... [Link]
  • Jionni LaValle, Husband of Jersey Shore’s Snooki, Arrested for DUI

    December 1st, 2014

    Getting arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles – especially if you are a celebrity – can lead to horrendous brand management problems as well as legal issues like potential jail time, forced probation, and mandatory fines and fees… not to mention indirect hassles like hikes in... [Link]
  • 16 Los Angeles DUI Convictions… Is That Too Many?

    December 1st, 2014

    At what point should the law say “enough is enough” when it comes to Los Angeles DUI arrests or convictions? Obviously, almost any person – no matter how vigilant or careful – can make a misstep or can find himself or herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. If police arrest you once [&... [Link]
  • Breathalyzer App Calls Uber For Impaired Users

    November 30th, 2014

    When out drinking for a night, it can be difficult to track how much alcohol you have consumed. It may also be difficult to know when you shouldn’t get behind the wheel. Certain breathalyzer apps have purported to help drivers in Alabama and nationwide better understand when they are over the le... [Link]
  • Breathalyzers and the Potential for Violation of Civil Liberties

    November 30th, 2014

    While you may know you have some rights during a police stop, do you know what your rights are related to a breathalyzer test? Law enforcement officers must have reasonable suspicion to pull you over and probable cause to search your person or your vehicle. Any unlawful search of your person or yo... [Link]
  • PROTESTORS ARE ARRESTED FOR DENOUNCING APPARENT CORRUPTION AND IN FERGUSON HOMICIDE (PART TWO)

    November 30th, 2014

    Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” Raw data, as well as the experiences of those regularly involved with the criminal justice system can attest to this. According to the Bureau of Justice Sta... [Link]
  • Issues of Oversight in Alabama’s Oldest Law Enforcement Agency

    November 29th, 2014

    Law enforcement officials who abuse their power are a constant source of struggle, especially at the local and state level. Now, Alabama’s oldest law enforcement agency is under scrutiny and could face a total overhaul. The Constables Association is being investigated for growing concerns regardin... [Link]
  • ARRESTED PROTESTORS PONDER MURDER, PROBABLE CAUSE AND FERGUSON (PART ONE)

    November 28th, 2014

    Here is hoping you had a great Thanksgiving. Here’s hoping you enjoy “Black Friday”. And here is a story that contains nothing for you to enjoy or be happy about. As you no doubt have heard from various sources, the grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has returned its decision regarding the death... [Link]
  • Man who Hit Police Cruiser in Colorado Springs was Allegedly Drunk

    November 28th, 2014

    Generally speaking, people who are driving under the influence of alcohol would like to avoid dealing with law enforcement at all costs. As most drivers in our state are aware, Colorado has extremely punitive laws regarding driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and has the somewhat u... [Link]
  • When Police Do Bad Things During Los Angeles DUI Stops – Like Shoot Dogs

    November 27th, 2014

    LAPD officers engage in the dangerous work of patrolling our streets and stopping drivers suspected of Los Angeles DUI and other crimes. Without these courageous men and women, it is absolutely true that our surface streets and freeways would be more dangerous and more people would die and get hurt. [Link]
  • Happy Thanksgiving from Salem, NH DWI Lawyer Mark Stevens (24/7) 603.893.0074

    November 27th, 2014

    Happy Turkey Day Everyone!  From Salem, NH DWI Defense Attorney Mark Stevens 1.603.893.0074 (24/7) Just a reminder that all New Hampshire courts are closed on Friday November 28, however, the New Hampshire DMV's  will be open  on Friday 11/28/14,  the day after Thanksgiving.Wis... [Link]
  • Reassessing Your Driving Behaviors After Your Los Angeles DUI Arrest

    November 26th, 2014

    In the wake of a recent Los Angeles DUI accident or arrest, you have been reflecting a lot on how to be a better driver and just become more generally conscientious and mindful in your life. You recognize (wisely) that poor driving habits can affect you not just in acute terms but also over the [... [Link]
  • Are Violent Criminal Acts Genetic?

    November 26th, 2014

    Violent crimes may range from a bar fight or domestic abuse case to a school shooting or other public attack. Legislators, health care workers, psychologists and other professionals are often researching violent criminal acts to determine the cause and source. What makes a violent offender? How can... [Link]
  • Smoke a Joint and Get Busted for DUI…a Month Later?

    November 26th, 2014

    How far have we gone in the continuing politically-correct War on Drunk Driving?  How about throwing citizens in jail for driving a car — days, weeks or even months after taking drugs or smoking marijuana?   Sound ridiculous? Reformers: Trace Law Unfairly Punishes Drug Users Who Are... [Link]
  • The Holiday Season can be Ruined by a Colorado DUI

    November 26th, 2014

    With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it is a safe bet that many of us will be attending several holiday parties and family gatherings in the upcoming weeks. As with any festive gathering, alcohol often plays an integral role in these events. Whether your holiday drink of choice is a traditio... [Link]