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‘Affluenza’ drunk driving victim refuses to settle civil lawsuit

KENS5 – BURLESON, TX The McConnell family made one thing clear Wednesday: they want a jury trial to reach a verdict in their civil lawsuit against Ethan Couch and his parents. Attorneys for the McConnells say they expect depositions to begin next month. They will seek a trail date soon after, although it’s likely that process could drag out for months. Read More »

Jury takes minutes to convict woman of ninth DWI

Brownwood Bulletin – Brownwood, TX A 35th District Court jury deliberated for just minutes Wednesday morning before convicting Brenda Kay Holland, 61, of DWI — her ninth conviction for drunken driving since the 1980s. Jurors heard punishment phase testimony for the rest of the day Wednesday but had not started to deliberate punishment as of late Wednesday afternoon. Holland testified during the punishment phase and asked jurors to show her mercy. Read More »

Can DUI Blood Draw Decision Impact Past Cases?

KELOLAND TV VERMILLION, SD – The highest court in South Dakota is being asked if a U.S. Supreme Court ruling can impact past drunk driving arrests. Donovan Siers was arrested for his third DUI in 2008 and his blood alcohol level was nearly three times the limit. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case called Missouri v. McNeely that officers need the suspect’s consent or a warrant to draw blood. Read More »

Sealing or Expunging your Massachusetts Record

You may be wondering if it is possible to have your OUI conviction expunged from your record.  The short answer is no.  An expungement order is a court order to remove and destroy records so that no trace of the information remains.  There are two instances, as it relates to DUI, where your record may be expunged.  First, a judge may have your name changed to “John or Jane Doe” on the criminal complaint and expunge your record if someone was charged ... Read More »

More Problems with the Alcohol Testing Program in Florida

For years, the State of Florida Alcohol Testing Program, a division of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been denying that they possessed the software used in the Intoxilyzer 8000 in Florida.  When the Intoxilyzer 8000 first starting being used in Florida the software in it was version 8100.26.  Many judges throughout the State ordered FDLE to disclose the software in their possession.  In response the State allegedly sent all copies of the software back to CMI, the manufacturer ... Read More »