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Road Signs in Georgia Remember “DUI Victims”

In Georgia, drivers along U.S. Highway 27 South near Attapulgus may have noticed a new sign recently, around Mile Marker 8. The sign, which is blue and has a white Georgia map in the center, features the names of two sisters — the late Joy and Jessica Alexander. They were among the five victims of a two-car crash in April 2011. The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s DUI Memorial Fund offers a program where the next of kin to victims of ... Read More »

What Are Breathalyzers, How Do They Work…and Are They Accurate?

Did you ever wonder how breathalyzers work? There is a website which will give you a pretty fair idea. But first, let’s clear up some confusion…. There are many different kinds of “breathalyzers” — or, more accurately, there are many kinds of breath testing devices. The first of the modern breath testers, manufactured by Smith and Wesson many years ago (yes, that Smith and Wesson), was called the Breathalyzer. Since then, various manufacturers have recognized the growing market and come out with ... Read More »

Trooper of the Year?

In 2007, Lisa Steed was named Utah Highway Patrol’s “Trooper of the Year” for making over 200 DUI arrests. Now, her credibility is on the line for admittedly violating procedure in a 2010 DUI arrest. During that arrest, Steed admitted that she deliberately left her microphone in her car to prevent her supervisor from knowing that she severely deviated from standard protocol by used a portable breath test (PBT) before conducting field sobriety testing. Steed’s attorney claims that her admission does not affect her ... Read More »

Breath Test Discovery Fight in West Virginia

Currently pending before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is the matter of Pamela Games-Neely v JoAnne Overington (Docket No.: 11-1648). I am lead counsel for the Respondent. The central issue before the high court of West Virginia is whether or not a citizen charged with driving under the influence may obtain through discovery request the download data, and accompanying maintenance records and associated operation/training manuals, from the specific Intoximeter EC/IR II breath machine used on the accused ... Read More »

Want To Get Drunk?

On May 2, 2012 news sources reported an American scientist and French designer unveiled a new product in Paris that allows people to become intoxicated or drunk in just a few seconds.  They claim it avoids the harmful effects of alcohol.  This mouth spray, called “WAHH Quantum Sensations,” is a lipstick-sized aerosol device that dispenses an amount equivalent to .075 ml of alcohol.  The manufacturers claim the rush lasts only a few seconds and quickly wears off.  Click here for ... Read More »

Red Sox Player Charged

After his alleged hit-and-run DUI arrest in Florida, Bobby Jenks stated “I am embarrassed by the situation and apologize to my teammates and to the Red Sox organization for any distractions I may have caused.” Jenks, a relief pitcher for the Red Sox, was arrested 9 days after his 31st birthday. According to the booking details on the Lee County Sheriff’s Office website, Jenks was charged with five misdemeanors including DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to property. In ... Read More »

Massachusetts First Offender Bill

Massachusetts’s lawmakers are currently considering and will likely pass a bill that would require first offenders to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicles. The law currently requires the device after a second or subsequent conviction. By taking this action, Massachusetts would join a minority of states that mandate an IID for anyone convicted of OUI.  This device would cause the cost of admitting to a first offense to rise by nearly $700.00 and would by its passing make fighting the case ... Read More »

California DMV Study – How To Obtain More DUI Conviction

The California Department of Motor Vehicles recently published the resultsof its six year study on DUI conviction rates throughout the State of Californiaentitled: AN EVALUATION OF FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH VARIATION IN DUI CONVICTION RATES AMONG CALIFORNIA COUNTIES, December 2011. The study’s recommendations focus on ways to achieve more convictions; reduce the rate of negotiated reduction of charges; obtain faster convictions; and prosecute more prescription medication cases. The study concluded with the following recommendations: 1. Reduce the number of delays and ... Read More »

Are Field Sobriety Tests Designed to be Failed?

Roadside field sobriety tests (“FSTs”) are commonly used by police officers in DUI investigations to determine whether a driver is under the influence of alcohol. Typically, they consist of a battery of 3-5 exercises, such as walk-and turn, one-leg stand, “nystagmus” (“follow the pencil with your eyes”), finger-to-nose, alphabet recitation, “Rohmberg” (eyes-closed-position-of-attention), etc. The officer may subjectively decide whether the individual “failed”, or he may decide after applying recent federal “standardized” scoring. These DUI tests have an aura of scientific ... Read More »

An Introduction to DUI Field Sobriety Tests

 Many people believe that every field sobriety test helps an officer determine if someone is intoxicated. This is not true. Officers may administer and reference many different types of field sobriety tests, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has validated and standardized only three to assist them in making a DUI arrest decision. Collectively these tests are often referred to as NHTSA’s Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, referred to by law enforcement officers as SFSTs, or just FSTs. It ... Read More »