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MASSACHUSETTS CLOSER TO REQUIRING IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE FOR ALL OUI/DUI OFFENDERS

The Massachusetts Senate approved a measure that would require an ignition interlock device for all drivers found to be operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Massachusetts is currently the only New England state that does not require the device for first offenders. The measure is now in the House where a representative of Mothers Against Drunk Driving testified in support of the legislation that is similar to laws enacted in 30 other states. The law would replace the ... Read More »

Drager 5000 Used to Detect Drugs in a Person’s System at Traffic Stops

Earlier this year, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) began to use the Drager 5000.  This machine was created to help police officers detect drivers who are driving while impaired from drugs. More particularly, the machine is mainly used to detect drivers who are under the influence of marijuana. In November of 2016, California voted to make marijuana legal throughout the state.  This new rise in legalization of marijuana leads to greater chances of driving under the influence of marijuana.  ... Read More »

Man charged with DUI for driving drunk on lawn tractor

AURORA, Ill. — A man was arrested and charged in Aurora for driving a John Deere lawn tractor in the street while he was drunk. Ruben Garza, 50, faces several charges including two counts of driving under the influence after driving the lawn tractor in the street near Fifth and Ashland around 3:40 p.m. on Friday, November 10. Police said a witness said the man appeared drunk, looked like he was falling asleep, and that he had stopped to urinate ... Read More »

Charged with a DUI in Mississippi? Tips on Finding the Best DUI Defense Lawyer

A new article from the popular Huffington Post provides some helpful guidance to this question.  In, “How to Find the Best DUI Lawyer by Yourself,” writer Victoria Yore advises, among other things: “Hiring a DUI attorney with experience affords you multiple benefits such as a behind-the-scenes knowledge of the court system, expert counseling on what to/to not say, knowledge of plea bargain details, and the ability to navigate difficult situations. If you decide to represent yourself, you may be confused ... Read More »

The Newest in BodyCam Technology

Officers may not particularly like recordings of traffic stops and DUI investigations—after all, who wants all their actions recorded for review by their supervisor and potentially the public? Nonetheless, body cameras are invaluable in protecting both officers and citizens during non-routine encounters because the video footage provides a complete and unbiased recordation of the full situation. In DUI cases, though, the recordings provide experienced defense counsel the opportunity to detect Constitutional violations and procedural mistakes. In particular, lawyers scrutinize the ... Read More »

Can a Cop Detect Marijuana Intoxication?

Our criminal justice system currently depends primarily upon the opinions of police officers to determine whether a driver is “driving stoned” — that is, unable to safely operate a vehicle due to marijuana impairment.  The main tool used to formulate this opinion is the same as that used for driving under the influence of alcohol: field sobriety tests.  These highly subjective roadside “tests”, administered and interpreted by cops with minimal training, are coming under increasing scrutiny — as reflected in ... Read More »

Woman with 3 DUI arrests in 19 days hopes to avoid prison

A 34-year-old Lake in the Hills woman has been sober since being arrested three times in 19 days for DUI in July 2013, and she’s attending AA meetings, earning her bachelor’s degree, regaining custody of her daughter and getting remarried. But Tiara Norris still could be sentenced to prison Thursday if a Kane County judge determines she’s had five overall DUI arrests. “I take full responsibility for the atrocious mistake I made the night of July 29, 2013,” a tearful ... Read More »

MISCONDUCT AT MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE LAB RESPONSIBLE FOR BREATH TEST MACHINES

Mounting problems at the Executive Office of Alcohol Testing (“OAT”), the Massachusetts State Police crime lab responsible for the use of the Dräger Alcotest 9510 breath test machines, have triggered the firing of Melissa O’Meara, head of the OAT. A report disclosed Monday found that “OAT leadership made serious errors of judgment in its responses to court-ordered discovery, errors which were enabled by a longstanding and insular institutional culture that was reflexively guarded . . . and which was inattentive ... Read More »

Man warns of ‘alien invasion’ during DUI arrest

CASPER, WYOMING (WPVI) — Police in Wyoming heard an “out of this world” excuse coming from a driver facing arrest. Bryant Johnson was pulled over for suspected DUI in Casper, Wyoming. He told officers he time-traveled from the 2048 to warn of an impending alien invasion. He even asked to speak to the town president. Johnson said in order to transport him through time, aliens had to fill his body with booze, explaining his slurred speech, blood shot eyes and ... Read More »

Driver held on $500K bail in DUI crash that killed 1, injured other

A West Side resident was ordered held on $500,000 bail Wednesday in an early Monday crash that killed a teenager and injured another. Prosecutors said at a bail hearing Wednesday, Jayalim Ford, 19, identified in jail records as a transgender woman and in court records as male, had been drinking wine with a friend Sunday at Ford’s house into Monday morning. The two also smoked cannabis, prosecutors said. Read More »