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New Boating Under the Influence Law in Washington

Effective July 28, 2013, a newly-revised Boating Under the Influence (BUI)  law came into effect in the State of Washington.  Penalties were raised to that of a gross misdemeanor instead of a simple misdemeanor.  There still is no mandatory minimum jail term or fine.  A refusal to provide a breath sample is not admissible at the trial, however a boater can be subjected to a $1000 civil fine for refusing a test.  This legislation also authorizes search warrants for blood ... Read More »

Learning DUI Science

When defending a person charged with DUI, one of the most important questions is whether or not they submitted to a breath, blood, or urine test.  Because the truth of the matter is that it is sometimes difficult to win when there is, for example, a blood test showing a BAC of .13%.  But as law enforcement agencies strive to make DUI detection more scientific, the pitfalls become more evident; and there are plenty of them. Generally speaking, the scientific ... Read More »

State laboratory to suspend blood-alcohol and blood-drug testing

In a press release issued today, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has announced that it will suspend itself from blood-alcohol and blood-drug testing due to systemic failures and staff incompetence. DENVER – Effective July 3, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will suspend blood-alcohol and blood-drug testing performed at its toxicology laboratory until further notice. During this suspension, the state toxicology lab will complete the work on samples currently in the testing process. Unprocessed specimens will ... Read More »

Try getting past this one!

Marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines are just a few of the many different controlled substances that Swedish researchers have found can be detected by a commercially available breathing test device.  A control group of 47 individuals, who had taken a variety of drugs less than 24 hours prior, were tested to check the accuracy of the device. The test successfully detected drugs in 87% of the people. The device would allow police officers to test suspected drug users and DUI ... Read More »

NORML calls for Colorado Legislature to Reconsider DUID Marijuana Stardard Based on Biased State Lab

Colorado NORML On June 12th, Colorado NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), sent a letter to the Governor, Speaker of House Ferrandino, Senate President Morse and Colorado Attorney General asking  the Legislature reconsider its decision to impose an arbitrary DUID-marijuana standard of 5 ng/ml in light of the revelations of the drastic deficiencies in the lab training, qualification, accuracy, standard operating procedures, reporting, and alleged bias of employees of the state toxicology laboratory at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Next, NORML is ... Read More »

MAINE PROM & GRADUATION SEASON 2013

It is that time of year again.  It has taken forever, but it is spring!  Hopefully summer will be here before the Fourth of July.  And with that comes more young people out and about, particularly those that are attending prom and graduation ceremonies.  If you are under the age of 21, PLEASE remember that involving drugs and/or alcohol in your celebration not only doubles the danger but it doubles the consequences too. In Maine, the “Zero Tolerance” law as ... Read More »

Warrantless Blood Draws Are Presumptively Unconstitutional Absent Consent

SUPREME COURT HOLDS WARRANTLESS BLOOD DRAWS IN DUI CASES MAY VIOLATE FOURTH AMENDMENT The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has issued a major decision in Missouri v. McNeely (Docket No. 11-1425) concerning the collection of blood evidence in drunk driving cases. The following issue was presented to the high Court:  “Whether a law enforcement officer may obtain a nonconsensual and warrantless blood sample from a drunk driver under the exigent circumstances exception to the Fourth  Amendment warrant requirement ... Read More »

Massachusetts & Bad Breath: A Conundrum

A question often asked of jurors during jury selection is any variation of the following: “do any of you feel it is against the law to have something to drink and then get behind the wheel?  Slogans broadcast across many states, including Massachusetts, would lead you to believe it is in fact illegal to have a drink and drive: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving You Booze, You Cruise, You Lose Bad Breath is a Crime in Massachusetts However, defense attorneys ... Read More »