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Legally Prescribed Medication May Lead to a DUI Conviction

I receive many calls from persons arrested for DUI by prescription drugs who want to use as their defense the fact that they were taking the dosage of medication prescribed by their physician.  Today, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are a normal part of daily life for many people—many of whom are surprised to hear that taking a legally prescribed medication can still lead to a DUI conviction. Many prescription and over-the-counter drugs may impair a person’s ability to operate a ... Read More »

Pennsylvania Utilizing NHTSA’s ARIDE Training

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ARIDE course is described as a bridge between the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) courses.  ARIDE, which stands for Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement, is a 16-hour course that claims to teach officers how to look for signs of drug impairment during traffic stops.  On October 16-17, the Northeastern Pennsylvania DUI Task Force will provide local law enforcement with ARIDE training.  This is in response to what the Luzerne ... Read More »

Colorado DUI Enforcement: The Myths Behind the Numbers

Law enforcement officials in Colorado say they made 1,342 DUI arrests between August 16 and September 3 — a time period during which they typically ramp up enforcement efforts in preparation for Labor Day Weekend, reports TheDenverChannel.com. Just to put this in context, because it sounds like a lot, this works out to an annual number of 24,973 arrests.  The 10-year average is usually between 30,000 and 35,000 consistently. 1,300 arrests for 100 agencies over 19 days is two arrests every three ... 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 »

Colorado Senate Passes 5ng Bill

Recently in this blog, we’ve reported on the efforts Colorado lawmakers have made to establish a THC-blood limit for drivers in the Rocky Mountain State. At the end of April, a Senate committee rejected a bill proposing these changes to Colorado DUI law, however the measure quickly regained momentum. On Tuesday, May 7, the Senate voted 24-11 in favor of House Bill 1325, which states that motorists who have 5 nanograms of active THC in their blood are too stoned to drive ... Read More »

Bill to create marijuana BAC equivalent fails in Colorado Senate

As we’ve been reporting on this blog for some time, a proposed bill has been circulating in the Colorado legislature that aimed to establish a legal limit on the nanograms of THC per 100 milliliters of blood that state drivers could register in blood tests given by law enforcement officials.  The bill, formally known as House Bill 13-1114, would have made 5 nanograms of THC per 100 milliliters marijuana’s equivalent of the 0.08 blood alcohol content limit for drivers who are ... Read More »

St. Paddy’s Warning: Green Tongue Could Get You a DUI!

For all of those who will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, you may find yourself wanting to eat green-colored foods and drink green-colored beverages.  After all, that’s the tradition.  But in light of recent trends in DUI enforcement, especially in the state of Washington, that may not be a great idea. According to Mike Simmons, he was recently arrested for DUI in Kent, Washington, while on his lunch break.  When the officer stopped him, Simmons found it bizarre that the ... Read More »

Amendment 64 and DUID in Colorado

With marijuana now legal in Colorado, state lawmakers are still trying to decide how best to adapt existing laws to the new regulations, and in an attempt to do so, many are striving to balance personal freedoms with public safety. One of the fault lines in the ongoing state legislature debate regarding setting a per se limit for THC is determining where to set the bar for a driving offense that would be comparable to DUIs and DWAIs for alcohol. For example, ... Read More »

To Sleep or Not to Sleep? The DUI Ambien Defense

To Sleep or Not to Sleep? The DUI Ambien Defense By:       David Katz, Esquire  &  Andrew Nickolaou, J.D.             Even non-drinkers could be in danger of being charged with DUI in Florida.  If you are like the thousands of others who take prescription sleep medication like Ambien every year, you run the risk of a growing phenomenon of “sleep-driving” which could instantly land you in jail charged with drug related DUI and having no recollection of how you got ... Read More »