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Drunk? Just Ask Your Ice Cube

Created by a student at MIT, glowing ice cubes are now able to calculate how much you are drinking and respond by changing color: green after sip one, yellow after sip two, eventually changing to red signaling you should slow your alcohol intake.  The circuit in the ice cube keeps track of time and the number of sips you take.  This allows the ice cube to, according to reports, reliably guess your level of intoxication.  Should you drink too much, ... Read More »

Unnecessary Unrelated Recommendations in MA

In a recent press conference, Massachusetts State Police stated their drunk driving arrests increased over 30% from 2011 to 2012 – 3,728 to 4,866 respectively.  Overall conviction rates, however, are 42% with jury trials and 14% with bench trials according to a recent 148-page report by Jack Cinquegrana, special counsel commissioned by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to investigate operating under the influence (OUI) acquittal rates. As opposed to assuming that those charged, but not convicted of OUI were in ... Read More »

The Dookhan Disaster

Annie Dookhan, a former Massachusetts chemist is making national headlines for allegedly “dry-labbing” as many as 60,000 drug samples used in 34,000 criminal cases over the past eight to nine years. The count of current inmates affected is now over 1,100. “Dry-labbing” is a term used in the laboratory community for when a person claims to follow proper protocols for research and testing, but in reality, pulled the results out of thin air without doing any research or testing.  For ... Read More »

Massachusetts & Bad Breath: A Conundrum

A question often asked of jurors during jury selection is any variation of the following: “do any of you feel it is against the law to have something to drink and then get behind the wheel?  Slogans broadcast across many states, including Massachusetts, would lead you to believe it is in fact illegal to have a drink and drive: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving You Booze, You Cruise, You Lose Bad Breath is a Crime in Massachusetts However, defense attorneys ... Read More »

Canada, Oh Canada

If you had previously been convicted of DUI in the United States and were 18 years of age or older at the time, your chances of entering Canada were slim to none as you were considered criminally inadmissible under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). Under the new guidelines, which started March 1, 2012, this has changed.  The new policy allows the grant of a one-time fee exemption (normally $200) for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP), which covers DUI ... Read More »

RMV Dealt Blow on License Suspensions

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has dealt a blow to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles policy of suspending licenses for repeat offenders based upon prior cases that had been continued without a finding. The decision in Souza v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles will affect thousands of drivers who either pled guilty or were found guilty of second or subsequent offenses. The license losses for refusing the breathalyzer depend on whether the individual has prior offenses. If a person has ... Read More »

Trooper of the Year?

In 2007, Lisa Steed was named Utah Highway Patrol’s “Trooper of the Year” for making over 200 DUI arrests. Now, her credibility is on the line for admittedly violating procedure in a 2010 DUI arrest. During that arrest, Steed admitted that she deliberately left her microphone in her car to prevent her supervisor from knowing that she severely deviated from standard protocol by used a portable breath test (PBT) before conducting field sobriety testing. Steed’s attorney claims that her admission does not affect her ... Read More »

Red Sox Player Charged

After his alleged hit-and-run DUI arrest in Florida, Bobby Jenks stated “I am embarrassed by the situation and apologize to my teammates and to the Red Sox organization for any distractions I may have caused.” Jenks, a relief pitcher for the Red Sox, was arrested 9 days after his 31st birthday. According to the booking details on the Lee County Sheriff’s Office website, Jenks was charged with five misdemeanors including DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to property. In ... Read More »

Massachusetts First Offender Bill

Massachusetts’s lawmakers are currently considering and will likely pass a bill that would require first offenders to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicles. The law currently requires the device after a second or subsequent conviction. By taking this action, Massachusetts would join a minority of states that mandate an IID for anyone convicted of OUI.  This device would cause the cost of admitting to a first offense to rise by nearly $700.00 and would by its passing make fighting the case ... Read More »