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Welcome to the DUI News Blog. Some of the best DUI defense attorneys from across the country have been selected to provide the public with current information and analyses of legal issues relating to the defense of Driving Under the Influence cases.

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Recent DUI Posts

Ohio Legislature to Consider Increased Penalties for OVI and Vehicular Homicide

The Ohio General Assembly will soon be considering proposed legislation affecting cases of Operating a Vehicle under the Influence (OVI) and Aggravated Vehicular Homicide.  House Bill 37 was approved by the Criminal Justice Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives.  For OVI, the bill proposes changes to fines and limited driving privileges.  For Aggravated Vehicular Homicide resulting from an OVI offense, the bill proposes changes to the enhancement of the offense level, prison term, and fines.

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Good News-Alternatives to Jail for Tennessee DUI Offenders

As of April 8 2024, there is some rare good news for those convicted of DUI.  On that date, a new law (Tennessee Public Chapter 774) became effective. This new law amends Tennessee Code Annotated Section (T.C.A. §) 55-10-402(f)(1) and (2). Prior to the 2024 change, in the State of Tennessee the use of alternative facilities for service of jail time for DUI offenders was left to the discretion of the sheriff or chief administrative officer of a local jail or workhouse. In practice, this generally meant also approving the obtaining the approval of the prosecutor. It appears that the 2024 amendment contained in Pubic Chapter 774 eliminates the necessity of obtaining approval from the sheriff or chief administrative officer, and instead leaves the decision to use an alternative facility

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DUI Task Force In Franklin County to Operate Two DUI Checkpoints

The Franklin County DUI Task Force announced it will be operating two sobriety checkpoints tonight (April 19, 2024).  Both checkpoints will be located in the northwest part of the county.  Most people have not been through a sobriety checkpoint, so this article explains what happens at checkpoints, their legality, and their effectiveness. The Franklin County DUI Task ForceThe Franklin County DUI Task Force is a group of law enforcement officers with advanced training in DUI enforcement.  It includes officers from 26 law enforcement agencies and is funded by federal grants.  Established in 1993, the Franklin County DUI Task Force was the first county-wide organization in Ohio to address the problem of impaired driving.  To address the problem, the Task Force uses both education and enforcement.  The educational component includes awareness

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Watson Murder Conviction Upheld In Second Trial After Defendant Convicted On Only Gross Vehicular Manslaughter In First Trial

California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One, just affirmed the second degree murder conviction of Adam Barooshian.  People v. Barooshian (2024) __Cal.App.5th___ (Docket No. D081050). Barooshian was a Marine with a prior DUI conviction who drove the wrong way on a freeway with a high blood-alcohol content and killed a motorcyclist.       Along with other vehicle code offenses, Barooshian was charged with murder [Penal Code § 187, subd. (a)] under the Watson murder theory and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated [Vehicle Code § 191.5, subd. (a)].  The California Supreme Court held in People v. Watson (1981) 30 Cal.3d 290 that one who kills another while driving under the influence may be charged with second degree murder where the circumstances support a finding of implied malice.      The

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Alcohol Now Banned in Tennessee Wildlife Management Areas

Due to the alleged high number of incidents of driving under the influence (DUI/DWI) and frequent crashes in the Tennessee Wildlife Management Areas, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) have issued a ban of alcohol in most of the areas managed by the TWRA. As reported by WJHL-TV, starting April 15, 2024, possessing and consuming alcohol in TWRA Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) will become illegal, with a few exceptions to the rule. The WJHL-TV report shared that, “alcohol will still be permitted at designated TWRA campgrounds and on public waters bordering or within a WMA. Drunken disorderly conduct will still be prohibited on WMAs, including in those designated areas. The TWRA said the rule applies to everyone, including drivers and passengers of off-highway vehicles riding in WMAs. Tennessee’s DUI laws

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