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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!

  • New Jersey Court Discusses Breath Test Results in DWI Cases

    May 13th, 2021

    When the police suspect that a person is driving while intoxicated, they will often administer a breath test. If the machine used to conduct the test does not comply with the parameters defined by law, though, a DWI defendant may be able to argue that the results are inaccurate and should be suppres... [Link]
  • Former State Trooper Arrested for Sexual Assault

    May 12th, 2021

    A former Texas state trooper faces federal and state charges of sexual abuse. The allegations stem from two separate traffic stops in August of 2020. In each instance, the officer pulled over a car containing a woman during a traffic stop.  The female complainant was a passenger in the car in both... [Link]
  • New Jersey Court Discusses Grounds for Denial of a PTI Application in a DWI Case

    May 12th, 2021

    Many people who are charged with DWI offenses are able to avoid the stress and risks associated with a criminal trial by entering into pre-trial intervention (PTI). PTI is not a right, however, and many people who apply for PTI are rejected. Recently, a New Jersey court explained the grounds for den... [Link]
  • New Jersey Court Discusses Grounds for Denial of a PTI Application in a DWI Case

    May 10th, 2021

    Many people who are charged with DWI offenses are able to avoid the stress and risks associated with a criminal trial by entering into pre-trial intervention (PTI). PTI is not a right, however, and many people who apply for PTI are rejected. Recently, a New Jersey court explained the grounds for den... [Link]
  • New Jersey Court Discusses Legality of DWI Sentences

    May 10th, 2021

    People charged with second-offense DWI crimes in New Jersey often face the risk of substantial penalties if they are convicted. As such, in some instances, they will plead guilty in hopes of being granted a reduced sentence. It is within the court’s discretion to determine an appropriate sentence,... [Link]
  • Fairfax criminal misdemeanor cases to get prosecutors again

    May 9th, 2021

    For nearly one year, chief Fairfax commonwealth's attorney Steve Descano made a gambit over being re-electable when he withdrew his office from most misdemeanor prosecutions beyond Virginia DUI, assault with intimate partners, and fatal collision prosecutions. His gamble may have paid off, based on... [Link]
  • Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian Announces Addition of 
New Attorney, Gonzalo Serrano

    May 5th, 2021

    Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian is pleased to announce that Attorney Gonzalo Serrano has joined the firm. Prior to joining the firm, Gonzalo served as an Assistant District Attorney in Dallas and the Equal Justice Center. Gonzalo earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from McMurry Univ... [Link]
  • Virginia DUI blood defenses- Your essential defensive guide

    May 5th, 2021

    Virginia DUI blood prosecutions arise in DWI cases where the defendant's blood is drawn to test for the alcohol and drug level in the blood. As a Fairfax DWI lawyer, I have blogged about various aspects of such defense, and this article provides you the convenience of having those key defensive appr... [Link]
  • Court Discusses the Consequences of the Failure to Provide a New Jersey DWI Defendant with Notice of Penalties for Subsequent Offenses

    April 29th, 2021

    People who are charged with third-offense DWI crimes are often rightfully concerned that they may face significant penalties, including jail time if they are convicted. As such, in some cases, people charged with third-offense DWIs may attempt to have earlier DWI convictions vacated on the grounds t... [Link]
  • New Jersey Court Discusses Warrantless Blood Draws in DWI Cases

    April 29th, 2021

    Generally, the police need a warrant to search a person, and searches conducted without a warrant are often unconstitutional. The courts have determined that blood draws in DWI cases constitute searches, and absent exigent circumstances, compulsory blood tests without warrants are impermissible. If... [Link]
  • DNA Genealogical Comparison Can Be Used to Find Suspects

    April 23rd, 2021

    Texas prosecutors take sex crimes seriously and will pursue the maximum penalty against perpetrators. Age does not protect an assailant from criminal conviction, which a Dallas resident, 74 years old, learned in August 2020 when he was arrested on serial rapist charges. The man (called “the August... [Link]
  • Breath test refusal convictions are unavailable without a valid arrest

    April 20th, 2021

    Breath test refusal and blood test refusal are an offense that often is charged along with Virginia DUI prosecutions, when the DWI defezndant declines to submit to such alcohol testing. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I am delighted that the Virginia Supreme Court this month confirmed that probable ca... [Link]
  • Son of Famous Cyclist Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Minor 

    April 19th, 2021

    Sex crimes are one of the most hotly prosecuted crimes in the state of Texas. That is something that Luke Armstrong, son of cyclist Lance Armstrong, may find out firsthand. According to a major Austin news outlet, Luke Armstrong has now been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a child.   T... [Link]
  • 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]