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Illinois Lawyers Say DUI Law Needs Tweaking

The Illinois State Bar Association wants the state’s DUI law changed. Supporters of changes to part of the state’s law on driving under the influence think they have a pretty good example to hold up. Three years ago, a father was charged with homicide after his son died in a car accident caused by another driver in the north eastern Illinois town of Lake Island. Scott Shirey’s car was hit by a distracted driver: and though not at fault in the ... Read More »

Ohio to give attorneys past data on DUI breath-testers

The Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 1 that DUI defendants are allowed to challenge the accuracy of their tests by obtaining data from previous results generated by the alcohol-test machine into which they blew. Health officials had said it was a difficult technical and financial challenge to turn over years’ worth of computerized data about previous drivers’ test results and calibration tests from the oft-questioned testers. Now, records provided in response to a request by The Dispatchshow that attorneys who ... Read More »

State Patrol upgrades its DUI breath-test machines

The Washington State Patrol is replacing its old breath-test machines with sleek, fast, new $9,500 devices that are used to test drivers arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. While the new machine allows law enforcement to send real-time data over the Internet, Sharpe said the State Patrol will not begin using this feature until security protocols are established on sending the information. Read More »

Blood Testing Changes for DUI Suspects in Idaho

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Prior to last year, DUI enforcement in Idaho was fairly simple.  If you are suspected of drinking and driving, you either take the breathalyzer test, or your blood will be drawn. The Supreme Court case Missouri v. McNeely in April of last year has brought about changes in DUI enforcement all across the country, and now officers have an extra step in the process. Read More »

DUI/DWI Penalties Vary From State to State

Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2014 – The consequences for DUI/DWI vary from state to state and if anyone is injured or killed, the penalties escalate. “Make certain you clearly understand the laws in the state where you live, as each state has its own set of laws dealing with DUI/DWI. This is not to say that the actual blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is different. It is 0.08 in every state, although there are calls to reduce ... Read More »

Downers Grove mayor responds to Tribune investigation into DUI fees

For years, Downers Grove and other towns throughout DuPage County have used outside attorneys to prosecute misdemeanor drunken driving arrests. That practice is under new scrutiny as a recent Tribune investigation revealed town prosecutors charge DUI defendants much higher fees and fines than do county prosecutors and routinely increase those costs in plea deals allowing drivers to avoid losing their driver’s license as mandated by Illinois law. Read More »