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Stopped For Not Using A Turn Signal

Many drivers fail to use a turn signal when they should, but in daytime hours it does not usually result in a traffic stop. The same is not true late at night because police officers are often looking for reasons to stop drivers just to see if they have had too much to drink. Some California counties have specific DUI police patrols active between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Yet a turn signal is not always legally required for a ... Read More »

The Uber Effect

The Uber Effect – Safety May Be Just One Click Away Launched in 2009, Uber has transformed travel habits through its popular and efficient system of matching potential passengers to Uber drivers and instantaneous wireless payments.  By virtue of Uber’s app or website,[1] individuals may personalize their means of transportation by price and vehicle type.  Expanding to over 200 cities world-wide, Uber has become a viable travel alternative for many. [2] Uber’s success derives from its claim of economic efficiency, ... Read More »

DUI Affects the Rich and Famous Too.

Some media would have you believe that police only pick on those at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum. But our firm continually provides the bulk of our DUI defense services to those situated toward the upper end of the spectrum. The truth is, especially when it comes to drunk driving, that anyone can and likely will be arrested for DUI, and the consequences can be just as severe, regardless of who you are. As a case in point, ... Read More »

Southern Drawl or Alcohol?

Southern Drawl or Alcohol? Effects of One’s Speech on an Officer’s Perception of Their Soberness There is an array of characteristics that affect the cadence of one’s speech and their accent. Culture, heritage, geographical location, and education are all contributing factors to the way we speak. For example, it is a widespread stereotype that those from the Southern states of America are pegged with having a “drawl.” But is this endearing charm equivalent to signs that police officers often label ... Read More »

No-Refusal Checkpoints in Mississippi

Many police agencies in Mississippi are adopting a common practice of obtaining warrants for blood when a suspect refuses a breath or other tests. And this is generally done on a case-by-case basis. But the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) took things to a new level this month by establishing a no-refusal checkpoint, as reported here. Over the recent Labor Day weekend, MHP set up a no-refusal checkpoint in Oxford, MS, home of The University of Mississippi, a.k.a. Ole Miss. “What ... Read More »

DUIs Soon Eligible for Expunction in Mississippi

In our recent blog we noted one of the key changes to Mississippi DUI law that will become effective October 1, 2014. Another major change is that DUI convictions will now be eligible for expunction. Previously, DUIs could be expunged from your arrest record only if you were found not guilty, the case was dismissed, or you were otherwise not convicted. But under Mississippi Code Annotated § 63-11-30(13), as of October 1, 2014, certain DUI convictions will be eligible for expunction. ... Read More »

Are Stoned Drivers Better Drivers?

With the advent of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington increased attention is being paid to the issue of stoned driving.  While it remains illegal to drive while stoned in every state in the union, including Michigan, clear scientific proof that stoned driving is dangerous remains elusive. This is because there are studies on both sides of the issue.  Some seem to show that mixing pot and driving is a dangerous combination, while others seem to show no ... Read More »

What can I expect from a first offense DUI charge in West Virginia?

When dealing with a first offense DUI charge in West Virginia, it’s important to know how the state handles each case. Not all first time DUI offenses are the same, which means not all punishments are the same either. West Virginia has a two-tier system on a DUI case, where the administrative court and the criminal court have separate dates, buildings, rules and procedures governing. The criminal court will be in a judicial building in the county of arrest. The administrative court will ... Read More »

Facial Recognition by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

Knoxville recently added its third self-service kiosk designed for convenient driver’s license renewal. This kiosk, like the forty others in Tennessee, functions using biometric facial recognition technology to recognize the driver. As of 2013, agencies in thirty-seven states, including the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, were using a database of photos for facial recognition: amounting to an estimated 120 million Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) photos kept in databases around the nation. Be aware, though that the implications ... Read More »

US Supreme Court Deals Another Blow to the 4th Amendment

U.S. Supreme Court Building

The United States Supreme Court dealt another blow to the 4th Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and seizures when it delivered a deeply divided opinion, declaring that a vehicle may be stopped based on an anonymous 911 tip. Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the opinion of the Court in which Justices Kennedy, Breyer and Alito joined. Justice Scalia, with a keen perspective on reality wrote a well-reasoned and scathing dissent. He was joined by the Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan. An ... Read More »