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The Administrative Driver’s License Revocation Office (ADLRO) has taken my driver’s license away, is there a way I can drive while the hearings are taking place?

The ADLRO process is administrative in nature.  The hearing officers are not judges and the rules of evidence do not apply.  The system assumes the officer acted properly and the ADLRO will ratify that with a cursory review.  Thereafter you might fight to regain your license.   It is, already revoked when the officer took it.  While the administrative process is going on, you may be entitled to a temporary permit if, the officers, after your attorney serves subpoenas on them, ... Read More »

OPTIONS FOR VETERANS IN MASSACHUSETTS

Veterans in Massachusetts may avoid convictions for operating under the influence in some cases. The Supreme Judicial Court recently cited the “often difficult return to civilian life” for veterans and affirmed that a 2012 state law, known as the Valor Act, allows judges to divert some veterans to rehabilitation programs in lieu of having their case prosecuted at court and brought to trial. See Commonwealth v. Morgan, 476 Mass. 768 (2017). If the veteran successfully completes the rehabilitation program their ... Read More »

Charleston man charged with felony DUI after fatal crash in McClellanville

Authorities say a man was driving under the influence early Saturday when he lost control of a vehicle and crashed in McClellanville, fatally injuring his passenger. Mark Alexander Zulawski, 21, of Nassau Street in Charleston, is charged with felony DUI resulting in death and having an open container of alcohol. The Charleston County Coroner’s Office has not yet identified the passenger who died in the hospital following the wreck at U.S. Highway 17 and Two Pines Road. Deputies, firefighters, EMS ... Read More »

Tempe PD: Mesa Councilman Ryan Winkle arrested for DUI

TEMPE, AZ – The Tempe Police Department says Mesa Councilman Ryan Winkle was arrested for suspicion of DUI early Sunday morning. Police say Winkle was spotted near Mill Avenue and Baseline Road weaving in the roadway by an officer before being pulled over. According to the police report, Winkle was also seen stopping abruptly at a red light. Winkle exhibited signs and symptoms consistent with impairment during the traffic stop, according to police. Blood samples were submitted as part of ... Read More »

Off-Duty NYPD Officer Critically Injures 2 Women While Drunk Behind the Wheel: Cops

NYPD officials say one of their own was driving drunk when he allegedly crashed a car on the highway before dawn Sunday, critically injuring two women. Neville Smith was charged with assault, vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breath test after cops say he crashed into a Honda being driven by Vanessa Raghubar while her sister, Maria, and Maria’s boyfriend, Justin Harricharran, were in the backseat. Read: Off-Duty Cop Fires Shot During Confrontation With Boy, 13, Sparking ... Read More »

Loudoun Co. teacher arrested at school, charged with DUI

WASHINGTON — A Loudoun County middle school teacher was arrested Friday on charges of driving under the influence and having alcohol in the school. The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said that Megan Debo, 29, a teacher at Sterling Middle School, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and of possessing or drinking alcohol on school grounds during school hours. A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said that staffers told a school resource officer that Debo might have been ... Read More »

What if I do not have a proper balance due to a previous accident, surgery or medical condition?

If you have some sort of medical problem or injury or recent surgery, even oral surgery, the physical ailment can have an effect on your ability to drive, walk, and obviously perform the so-called field sobriety tests.  Driving while post root canal is not a crime, nor is driving following ingrown toenail removal.  Both however, may very well make you look “impaired” to the officer.  As with medication, do not answer any questions and do not take any field sobriety ... Read More »

Forced Catheterization: Medically Acceptable and Reasonable?

Imagine you are pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence of an intoxicant (DUI or DWI). The Officer decides he has probable cause to arrest you for DUI, and pursuant to your state’s implied consent law, he requests that you provide a sample of urine to determine the alcohol and/or drug contents in your system. Again, he specifically requests a urine test, not a breath test or a blood test to determine the amount of alcohol, prescribed medication, ... Read More »

Requiem for the Pleader

Often people hire attorneys to represent them in criminal charges not knowing that their attorney plans on pleading them under, now available, court programs. This attorney’s plan and procedure to work out a plea is usually a unilateral decision without input by the client who hears, at court for the first time, that this plea is their only option. Pleading guilty and non-adjudicating a criminal charge could have long lasting and lingering consequences for many professionals such as nurses. It ... Read More »

Immigration Authorities Target Oregon ‘Dreamer’ Over DUI

Federal authorities targeted a so-called “DREAMer” in Portland, Oregon, over the weekend because of a driving under the influence charge from December, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman told NBC News on Monday. Francisco Rodriguez Dominguez, 25, was released on unspecified bond from the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, on Monday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties of Oregon said. Read More »