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Greig woman sent to jail on felony drunken-driving charge

LOWVILLE — A Greig woman was sentenced Friday in Lewis County Court to jail time on a drunken-driving charge. Jody L. Houghton, 49, of 7224 Sweeney Road, was sentenced to one year in county jail, a three-year conditional discharge, a $1,000 fine, $570 in court fees, an 18-month driver’s license revocation and mandatory participation in victim impact panel and ignition interlock programs on a charge of felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, to which she pleaded guilty Feb. 27. She was ... Read More »

Factors Affecting Oklahoma Intoxilyzer and Breathalyzer Tests

Breathing into a Intoxilyzer can feel like testifying against oneself. From the perspective of the person being subject to a breath test, there is no reasoning with it, and no arguing against it. Our faith in modern technology means that technology cannot lie. Or so police officers, prosecutors and their expert witnesses would like you to believe. But is that really the case? Are breathalyzer/Intoxilyzer tests infallible? Part of establishing the existence of a reasonable doubt when it comes to ... Read More »

No Powdered Alcohol for Sale in Tennessee

The Tennessee Senate has approved legislation in 2015 that would ban the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol in Tennessee. Specifically, Senate Bill 0374 would make it a Class A misdemeanor offense to sell the product. A similar Bill ( HB0404) has been filed in the Tennessee House of Representatives. A Class A misdemeanor generally carries a penalty of from straight probation to 11 months, 29 days in jail; a fine from $0 to $2,500; or both, plus court costs. ... Read More »

Providing Information at a Tennessee DUI Roadblock or Sobriety Checkpoint

At a typical sobriety checkpoint trying to identify drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, motorists are forced to stop their vehicle, roll down their window, and usually provide certain documentation to an officer.  The documentation generally includes a valid driver’s license, proof of registration and proof of financial responsibility (liability insurance). While the driver is gathering these documents, the officer may also ask questions about what the driver may or may not have been doing before reaching the ... Read More »

TEXTING VS. DRINKING WHILE DRIVING: LOL OR SOL?

  On November 8, 2014, University of Oregon linebacker Joe Walker returned a fumble one hundred (100) yards against the University of Utah for a touchdown.[1] Both football fans and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) agree—this is a long distance. A NHTSA report states that “sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent—when traveling at 55 mph—of driving the length of an entire football field while ... Read More »

Oklahoma Mandatory Jail Sentences and Costs

Incarceration in Oklahoma can leave released prisoners with an ongoing “debt to society” The combination of Oklahoma laws requiring mandatory minimum prison sentences and a state policy of making prisoners pay for the costs of their incarceration has led to a situation in Oklahoma that constitutes what some might call a “worst-of-both-worlds” result: overcrowded prisons, coupled with newly-released prisoners finding themselves confronted with substantial government-imposed debts that they find difficult if not impossible to pay. Oklahoma currently has more than ... Read More »