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Ride-Sharing Services Look to Reduce Drunk Driving During Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl 50 is less than a week away and many across the country are solidifying their plans for one of the biggest sporting events of the year. As a time honored tradition, a lot of these plans will involve alcohol, and unfortunately, some may also involve driving. In an effort to reduce the historically high rates of drunk driving accidents, injuries, and fatalities during Super Bowl Sunday, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are stepping up big time to ... Read More »

Super Bowl Sunday & Drunk Driving

The time is near for the annual National Football League Championship game, and law enforcement officers – even the non-football fans – are gearing up for what may be a busy and dangerous weekend. That’s because Super Bowl Sunday has earned a reputation as not only one of the biggest sporting events of the year, but also one of the biggest drunk driving days of the year. The NFL Championship has long seen a corresponding spike in alcohol-related incidents, chief ... Read More »

Suppressing Chemical Test Results

You were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and told you were required to submit to a chemical test of your breath or blood. You may have also been told you had no right to speak with an attorney before deciding whether to submit to one or the other. There may be legal grounds under the Fourth and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution to suppress the test results from evidence. The seminal case of Missouri v. ... Read More »

Authorities Gear Up for Holiday High Visibility DUI Enforcement

We’re nearly a week away from Christmas, which means many of us are wrapping up the last work week before vacation, preparing to leave town, or getting ready for guests. As Christmas and the New Year approach, we at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. would like to remind everyone in Orange County and throughout California that law enforcement will be substantially increasing efforts to crack down on drunk and drugged drivers. If you plan on celebrating the ... Read More »

President Declares December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

The holiday season has become notorious for being one of the most dangerous times of the year on public roads and highways. In addition to the increase in traffic and congestion, this time of year also sees a significant spike in alcohol-related accidents, injuries, and deaths. In an effort to raise awareness and put an end to the cycle, lawmakers at the local, state, and federal level – and the President of the United States himself – have banded together ... Read More »

This Thanksgiving, Don’t Give Police Reason to Arrest You

Thanksgiving is one of the most cherished and widely celebrated holidays of the year. During Thanksgiving and the holiday weekend, many people across the country tend to commute in order to visit family and friends. When festivities begin, they also often choose to celebrate with alcohol. Unfortunately, because alcohol is such an accepted part of the holiday, this time of year often sees a marked increase in alcohol-related auto accidents, injuries, and deaths. Because statistics show a spike in DUI ... Read More »

Halloween DUI Enforcement & Government Blood Tests

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, which means this coming weekend will likely be filled with many celebrations. Whether you have plans to spend time with the family or attend a costume party or two, it’s important to remember that law enforcement agencies will be on high alert for motorists who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In Orange County, where our firm represents drivers accused of all types of DUI charges, law enforcement agencies often work ... Read More »

5 Tips to Avoid a DUI This Halloween

Halloween is on a Friday this year, which creates plenty of opportunities for late-night parties. It can be easy for people to overdo it on fun-size candy bars, but Halloween can get even scarier when the night ends with an arrest for DUI. In the midst of the fun and festivities, it is important to remember to stay safe and exercise good judgment when it comes to driving. Not only will you be doing yourself a favor by avoiding penalties ... 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 »

Can Body Temperature Affect Breath Test Results?

Law enforcement DUI investigation techniques depend largely upon the fictitious premise that all humans are physiologically identical. Without that presumption, field sobriety and breath alcohol tests would not be possible. There are, of course, many examples of physiological differences — from person to person and within one person from moment to moment — which will directly alter breath or blood alcohol testing in DUI investigations. A few examples are diabetes, GERD (acid reflux), anemia — even sex and race create ... Read More »