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BODY CAMERAS IN BOSTON

The Boston Police Department has been considering the use of body cameras. Police Commissioner William Evans and the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, the department’s largest union, had proposed that a voluntary pilot program begin September 2. That pilot program was to include 100 volunteers to wear the cameras for six months to determine the effectiveness of the cameras and the impact on privacy concerns for both officers and civilians. That pilot program, however, immediately faced a troubled start as not ... Read More »

DRAEGER ALCOTEST LITIGATION IN MASSACHUSETTS

The Massachusetts defense bar is challenging the scientific reliability of the Draeger Alcotest 9510. The 9510 is currently the only breath test machine used in Massachusetts to determine the alleged blood alcohol content of driver’s arrested for operating under the influence (“OUI”). This litigation had been proceeding simultaneously in the two separate district court departments of Massachusetts: Boston Municipal Court (consisting of 8 district courts in Boston) and the District Court Department (61 district courts outside of Boston). One judge ... Read More »

Cordova 19-year-old charged with DUI, manslaughter in crash that killed passenger

A driver faces manslaughter and DUI charges after a wreck Tuesday night in Cordova that fatally injured his passenger. Court records show John David Stimson, 19, has been charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and DUI as well as misconduct involving weapons. Cordova Police Chief Mike Hicks said in an email that the victim in the crash, 18-year-old Enrique Zamudio, was a friend of Stimson’s who had attended Cordova Jr./Sr. High School with him. The two were headed from a boat moored at Cordova’s Small ... Read More »

An Alcohol Monitoring…Tattoo?

As DUI defense practitioners are well aware, a transdermal monitoring device such as a “SCRAM” device (a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring Device) is a prevalent but sometimes onerous tool in the bond condition, plea bargaining and sentencing processes. A client may be ordered to wear a SCRAM device ankle bracelet prior to trial, during probation, or as part of a compromised resolution of the case. The transdermal monitoring device continuously monitors a person’s blood alcohol level through skin contact ... Read More »

PROPOSAL: IID’S FOR EVERY MA SUSPENSION, EVEN IF FOR LIFE

The Massachusetts legislature is currently considering a bill that would end mandatory license suspensions and waiting periods for hardship licenses for those convicted of driving under the influence.  If passed, the new law would give those drivers an option to install an ignition interlock device (“IID”) in every vehicle they operate rather than endure a minimum 1-year suspension of their driving privileges.  The bill has passed the Senate and was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means on ... Read More »

Police: DUI driver caused crash that killed woman, 21, on Penn Avenue

PITTSBURGH —A man who police say was drunk when he crashed his car, killing a young Penn Hills woman, turned himself in Tuesday. Court records show Tyrone Stephen Jackson, 30, of Pittsburgh, faces charges that include felony homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. A warrant was issued for his arrest Monday in connection with the March 13 crash. Pittsburgh police said Briauna Slaughter, 21, was ejected from the vehicle when it crashed in the 6800 block of Penn ... Read More »

Avoid a DUI Arrest this Labor Day Weekend

With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, many individuals and their families are planning the last of their summer barbecues, vacations, and various other outings. While many use this holiday weekend to celebrate the end of summer, many persons participate in unsafe driving behaviors such as drunk driving. In fact, according to some sources, 27% of all collision fatalities that occurred during Labor Day weekend involved drivers with blood alcohol contents of .15 or more. As a result, law ... Read More »

Dak Prescott found not guilty of DUI

Before quarterback Dak Prescott was selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the draft, he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in March. The arrest in Starkville, Mississippi may have affected Prescott’s landing spot in the draft, but he won’t have the charges hanging over his head at Cowboys camp this summer. Prescott was found not guilty of DUI and speeding in Starkville, where he attended Mississippi State, on Wednesday. Read More »

$275K bail set for motorist charged with reckless homicide, DUI

A judge Monday set bail at $275,000 for a Logan Square man charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI after he ran a light and struck a postal truck, killing a passenger in his Jeep, prosecutors said. Jimmy Payton, 27, was behind the wheel of a Jeep Cherokee in the 3800 block of West Congress Parkway around 3:20 a.m. Saturday when he failed to stop at a red light and collided with the truck being driven by a 55-year-old postal ... Read More »

DUI charges under review in fatal car-motorcycle crash in Champaign

URBANA — Prosecutors are reviewing criminal charges filed Tuesday against a Champaign man accused of drunk driving in the wake of the victim’s death. Chad Berry, 31, of the 600 block of West White Street, was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with a collision with a motorcyclist at the intersection of White and State streets in Champaign. Champaign police Lt. Robert Rea said Berry was driving west on White Street at 3:35 p.m. and either stopped for the stop sign ... Read More »