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Using Medical Marihuana While On Bond for DUI

If you are charged with virtually any alcohol and drug related driving offenses you will be entitled to bond.[i] This includes the most serious intoxicated driving offenses such as those involving death or serious injury. This does not mean that the Michigan court cannot keep close tabs on you while you are on bond.  The court can impose many different conditions on your bond, such as periodically reporting to a monitoring agency, not using alcohol, participate in therapy or AA, ... Read More »

Walking Under the Influence of an Intoxicant?

According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and reported in the Washington Post,  walking under the influence of an intoxicant may be more hazardous than driving under the influence of an intoxicant.[1] In 2011, 35% of pedestrians who were killed had blood alcohol content (BAC) levels above the legal limit for driving.  In those crashes that resulted in pedestrian deaths, only 13% of the involved drivers had BAC levels over the legal limit. The data ... Read More »

Cop Lets Drunk Driver Go Free After Sex With Her

A Florida lawsuit alleges that a Ft. Lauderdale cop turned a blind eye to a female drunk driver after the two of them have sex.  According to the suit, the officer followed a vehicle from a strip bar that was occupied by two women. As reported in the Detroit Free Press: Thomas Merenda, 34 and a 12-year veteran of the department, also turned himself in Thursday night and is out on a $4,500 bond, facing one count of unlawful compensation ... Read More »

DWI/DUI: Mass Hysteria, a Sociological Phenomena

Mass hysteria is a form of groupthink, in which several people with something in common begin to think in the same way. In mass hysteria, the group members all develop a common fear that often spirals into a panic. The group members feed off each other’s emotional reactions, causing the panic to escalate.Some riots, witch hunts and other events can be linked to mass hysteria. (about.com) DWI has turned into a sociological mass hysteria. Our highways blare out Drink.Drive.Go to ... Read More »

Can You Be Arrested for “Aiding and Abetting” a Drunk Driver?

Is it possible to be an accomplice to drunk driving – that is, to be convicted of “aiding and abetting” a person who was driving under the influence of alcohol? In one case in Maine, two men were drinking together in a bar.  When they left, the owner of the car had his friend drive since the friend was less intoxicated.  The two were stopped by the police, and the owner/passenger was taken to a police station — where he refused to take a breath test because ... Read More »

McNeely and Forced Blood Draws in Virginia

Under the implied consent law in Virginia, you are required to give a breath or blood test if an officer arrests you for driving under the influence. If you’ve been in an accident and end up at a hospital, the officer will usually ask for a blood test. You have the power to refuse, but will then face a separate refusal charge with additional penalties. The officer then has a choice to obtain a warrant for a forced blood test, ... Read More »

New Boating Under the Influence Law in Washington

Effective July 28, 2013, a newly-revised Boating Under the Influence (BUI)  law came into effect in the State of Washington.  Penalties were raised to that of a gross misdemeanor instead of a simple misdemeanor.  There still is no mandatory minimum jail term or fine.  A refusal to provide a breath sample is not admissible at the trial, however a boater can be subjected to a $1000 civil fine for refusing a test.  This legislation also authorizes search warrants for blood ... Read More »

Advice to those Accused of dwi dui; Arrested for dwi

If you get arrested for DWI please do yourself a favor: Mimi Coffey Words to Those Accused of DWI. Write out a 10 page autobiography of yourself (a recent Harvard grad told me his high school forced him to do it and it helped him fill out a successful application to Harvard). Focus on your achievements, what makes you shine above and beyond others, your contributions to society. Pick out ten pictures that define your life (kids, being a little league coach, ... Read More »

THE TIDE HAS SHIFTED AGAIN…..

The Supreme Court recently decided a case Missouri v. McNeely, 567 U.S. ____ (2012) holding that police officers cannot normally conduct blood-alcohol tests without a warrant. After being stopped by a police officer for speeding and crossing the centerline the officer noticed several signs that McNeely was intoxicated, including McNeely’s bloodshot eyes, his slurred speech, and the smell of alcohol on his breath. McNeely admitted to the officer that he had consumed “a couple of beers” at a bar, and ... Read More »

Binge Drinking among Women: A Serious Health Problem

According to a CDC report from January 2013, binge drinking has become a serious and under-recognized women’s health problem.  Binge drinking for women is defined as consuming four or more alcoholic beverages on an occasion.  According to this report, such women generally consume around six drinks per binge.  U.S. dietary guidelines define women drinking in moderation as consuming no more than one drink per day. The health problems associated with binge drinking among women include an increased risk of breast ... Read More »