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I am the owner and managing partner of Victor W.Carmody Jr.P.A. My practice has taken me into all 82 counties of this state and most of the cities. I have also been priviledged to have represented clients in 15 other states. And as founding regent of The National College of DUI Defense I have relationships with almost 1000 DUI attorneys around the country, and I keep constant contact to share ideas and techniques to better assist in and out-of-state clients. I have always enjoyed helping people with their DUI problems.

Is the new “autonomous” car really autonomous?

When we think about the new electrical cars we hear the terms “autonomous” or “self-driving cars” a lot. However, are these cars truly self-driving or autonomous? Malcolm Gladwell, in his article found in Cars and Drivers, makes the argument that these cars are not truly autonomous. These cars rely on formulas, algorithms, and networks to drive the car. Gladwell argues that this is taking the control out of the hands of the driver and placing it into a network. This ... Read More »

Drager 5000 Used to Detect Drugs in a Person’s System at Traffic Stops

Earlier this year, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) began to use the Drager 5000.  This machine was created to help police officers detect drivers who are driving while impaired from drugs. More particularly, the machine is mainly used to detect drivers who are under the influence of marijuana. In November of 2016, California voted to make marijuana legal throughout the state.  This new rise in legalization of marijuana leads to greater chances of driving under the influence of marijuana.  ... Read More »

Charged with a DUI in Mississippi? Tips on Finding the Best DUI Defense Lawyer

A new article from the popular Huffington Post provides some helpful guidance to this question.  In, “How to Find the Best DUI Lawyer by Yourself,” writer Victoria Yore advises, among other things: “Hiring a DUI attorney with experience affords you multiple benefits such as a behind-the-scenes knowledge of the court system, expert counseling on what to/to not say, knowledge of plea bargain details, and the ability to navigate difficult situations. If you decide to represent yourself, you may be confused ... Read More »

“Electronic Driving While Impaired”…?

State’s legislatures started salivating over the new E-DUI laws going into effect in the state of Washington this week. Driving under the influence took on an expanded definition by adding electronic devices to the already established “under the influence” substances like beer, wine, other alcoholic drinks, certain medical prescriptions, illegal drugs, and common household/over the counter medicines. “Put the cell phone down, preserve life,” Governor Jay Inslee said on the steps of the capitol in Olympia, Washington, according to Fox ... 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 »

Drunk-Driving Simulation Suit

Beer goggles and drunk leg and arm weights – this “drunk-suit” simulates what it feels like to be drunk while you are sober. Ford has teamed up with scientific engineers to create this drunk-suit to teach teens what it feels like to drive drunk. Over one million teens have already been trained with this suit and the training is completely free. At least 28 people a day die from alcohol related car accidents. Ford hopes to make a difference and ... Read More »

New Tostitos Party Bag Detects Alcohol and Gets You Home Safely

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. In 2015, 45 people were killed on Super Bowl Sunday in drunk-driving accidents. Frito-Lay hopes to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road this Sunday with their new “Tostitos Party Bag.” A micro-controller installed in the bag detects small traces of alcohol in your breath. After detecting alcohol, the bag will either show a green circle or a red steering wheel depending on whether alcohol is detected. If alcohol is detected the ... Read More »

Mississippi DUI Charges: Which State Courts Are They Filed In?

Mississippi DUI Charges: Which State Courts Are They Filed In? I am often asked by folks unfamiliar with the subject various questions regarding which court one must go to if charged with a DUI in Mississippi. Those are fair questions (usually), as the Mississippi state court system consists of a myriad of trial and appellate courts for civil, criminal, and family law cases. So, if you are indeed accused of a DUI charge in Mississippi, which of the various trial ... Read More »

Nervous Equals Drunk?

According to the “DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST)” manuals that are produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some of the post-stop “clues” of impairment that officers are trained to look for include fumbling with or having trouble retrieving and producing a driver’s license, registration, or proof of insurance. Such actions are, seemingly, indications of driver impairment from alcohol or drugs, or both. Recently, a Montana driver allegedly had a great deal of trouble producing ... Read More »

Trial by Jury, an Important Aspect of Our Legal System, is Disappearing

In a New York Times Article the Judiciary is quoted as saying that the criminal trial is becoming a rare occurrence in the American courtroom. A national reduction in the number of trials, “both criminal and civil, has been noted in law journal articles, bar association studies and judicial opinions.” This trend is a loss for the American Justice System because it is common knowledge that our system is one where justice is handed out by a jury of our ... Read More »