Thursday , July 2 2015
  • Cases Can Be Won

    Cases Can Be Won

    Many people mistakenly believe that there is no hope of avoiding a DUI conviction. In a large number of cases, legal and factual defenses may be used to obtain an agreement to a reduced charge or even a not guilty verdict.

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    Know the Science & the Law

    Educating yourself is the best way to contest a DUI charge. Leading DUI lawyers provide up to date information and knowledge on this site. Click on the “Find Your State” link above to find out the latest developments in your state.

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    Find the Right Attorney

    Knowledge, skill, and experience are exceedingly important in criminal law and particularly in the field of DUI defense. Second chances are rare. The attorneys featured on this site are recognized for excellence by their peers, keep pace with changes in science and the law, and focus their practices on criminal law and DUI defense.

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Welcome to the DUI News Blog. Some of the best DUI defense attorneys from across the country have been selected to provide the public with current information and analyses of legal issues relating to the defense of Driving Under the Influence cases.

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  • We hope you find this blog informative and welcome your comments. Be aware that laws change frequently and differ significantly from state to state, so don’t hesitate to contact a representative from your state of interest. Please email any questions about this blog, or topic of interest to duinewsblog@gmail.com.

    Recent DUI Posts

    What is a Felony?

    A felony offense is a criminal act committed in violation of the laws of the State of Tennessee. Punishment for a felony offense carries a jail service of a minimum one year in jail, to a maximum of LIFE in prison with possible fines and other penalties attached. Other consequences accompany a felony conviction, including, but not limited to loss of certain rights such as the right to vote, possess a firearm, etc.  Felonies are the most serious criminal charges ... Read More »

    Police Credibility Being Challenged In DUI

    I once talked to a criminal defense attorney who told me in the late ’60’s he won 17 consecutive motions to suppress evidence based on Fourth Amendment violations committed by the police. Many DUI defense attorneys have not prevailed on that many motions to suppress evidence in their careers. What happened is that our courts became packed with conservative judges following the ouster of Rose Bird and two of her colleagues on the California Supreme Court. Voters in California were ... Read More »

    Roadside Sniffers

    What is a “sniffer”? Should I be worried about it? We have addressed in a variety of ways the subject of how police officers make their decisions on whether to pull a driver over based on reasonable suspicion of drunk driving, and how once that takes place they interact with the driver to make a follow-up determination of whether to have the driver take field sobriety tests and a pre-arrest blood alcohol test. The intermediate stage of this process — ... Read More »

    New Michigan Drunk Boating Law Might Result in More Dangerous Waterways

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    2014 Public Act 402 was signed by Governor Snyder on December 27, 2014, and began being enforced earlier this year, with an effective date of March 31, 2015.  Many prior attempts were made to lower the legal limit applicable to watercraft, and this new law appears to be the result of a compromise reached by Congress during last year’s lame duck session. According to Michigan DUI Lawyer Patrick Barone, the new law may actually make our waterways more dangerous, and this ... Read More »

    Tennessee – Tough on DUIs!

    A 2015 study conducted and released by Wallethub.com, a personal finance website, ranks the strictness and/or leniency of penalties relating to DUI convictions in each state and the District of Columbia.   Analysts for the company based their ranking system on several different factors including, but not limited to, mandatory minimum jail sentences and fines, administrative driver’s license suspension, length of time that an Ignition Interlock Device is required to be used by a DUI offender, and average monetary increase of ... Read More »

    • Ignorance of the Law is an Excuse

      On December 15, 2014, the United States Supreme Court handed down a monumental case in the world of criminal justice. The U.S. Supreme Court declared in Heien v. North Carolina that ignorance of the law for a police officer is indeed an excuse justifying an otherwise invalid traffic stop. On April 29, 2009 shortly before 8:00 am, Sergeant Matt Darisse of the Surry County Sheriff’s Department pulled over Nicholas Heien on Highway 77 for having a brake light out. This ... Read More »