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Justin Bieber to take anger-management course as part of Miami careless-driving plea deal

Seven months after international pop star Justin Bieber was arrested in South Beach for driving under the influence, his case is expected to conclude Wednesday in a plea deal that includes an anger-management class. But Beliebers, don’t bother showing up to Miami criminal court — the Canadian paparazzi-magnet is not expected to appear at the Wednesday afternoon hearing. The state is expected to drop the DUI charge, and his lawyers will accept a guilty plea for careless driving and resisting ... Read More »

True Cost of a DUI in Washington After Insurance Increases

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Washington state ranks 25th in the nation for the highest number of drunk driving fatalities. If you get caught driving under the influence, you are putting yourself and others in danger, and the ticket itself is not the only price you will pay. In addition to the fine, drivers who receive a DUI might have to deal with attorney’s fees, alcohol education fees and lost wages, among other costs. One of the longest-lasting financial impacts from a DUI comes ... Read More »

County officials to repeat DUI offenders: SCRAM

Law-enforcement officials say there’s no silver bullet. But there are legislative and technological ways to combat habitual drunk drivers. One of the most promising involves the use of an electronic device about the size of a cellphone that’s already in limited use here, but is deployed far more widely in York County — where officials say it’s reduced the number of alcohol-related crashes by up to 20 percent. It’s called a SCRAM bracelet, short for “Secure Continuous Alcohol Monitoring.” The tamper-proof unit ... Read More »

Breath tests banned from courtrooms in DUI cases

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A panel of Orange County judges could decide as early as Thursday whether a previous ruling that resulted in breath tests being kept out of court will be overturned. Defense attorneys have been able to convince judges the results of the Intoxilyzer 8000 can’t be trusted in court without the company first turning over its secret source code to the defense. The company, CMI, won’t fully disclose what it calls its trade secrets, so the tests ... Read More »