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KENTUCKY’S VIEW OF BIRCHFIELD

Birchfield involves a trilogy of cases dealing with criminalizing a refusal to submit to a blood or breath test in  DUI prosecutions. The Birchfield holding was significantly different as it distinguishes prosecutions of breath and blood refusals. The Birchfield Court held that you could criminalize the refusal to take a breath test in DUI prosecution because it was not coercive. Giving a breath test involves no intrusion into your body. The same could not be said for a refusal to ... Read More »

Tennessee BUI Convictions May Affect DUI Penalties

2022 legislation proposed by Tennessee Senator White and Tennessee Representative Ogles would amend current law so that a prior conviction for the offense of boating under the influence must be treated the same as a prior conviction for driving under the influence of an intoxicant for purposes of determining punishment for a violation of driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Likewise a conviction for driving under the influence of an intoxicant (or related offenses) must be treated the same ... Read More »

What is the Impact of Ohio DUI / OVI on Insurance Rates?

When we consider the impact of a DUI (called ‘OVI in Ohio), we typically think of the sentence imposed by the court.  The sentence for a first-offense OVI in Ohio includes a mandatory jail term of three days to 180 days, a mandatory license suspension for one year to three years, and a mandatory fine of $375 to $1,075.  In addition to those mandatory aspects of the sentence in court, there are secondary consequences for an OVI conviction.  One of ... Read More »

Can You be Convicted of a DUI / OVI in Your Garage?

Picture a woman standing in her garage beside her car.  The engine is not running, but the car is ‘on’ with the radio playing.  Police arrive at her residence, enter the garage, and give her field sobriety tests.  The officers determine she is under the influence of alcohol, arrest her, and charge her with DUI (called ‘OVI’ in Ohio).  Can she be convicted of OVI? Read More »

Missouri DWI Lab Testing is Weak on Standards

In Missouri driving while intoxicated (DWI) cases, police officers are required to follow certain standards. Standards are in place in an attempt to bring some degree of scientific certainty to testing procedures. Breath testing machines have been subject to weak oversight regarding testing standards. The result can be wrongful convictions. The Missouri Code of State Regulations (19 CSR 25-30) specifies the standards that should be followed when testing the accuracy of breath testing devices. If the standards are not followed, ... Read More »

To-Go Alcohol Law in Tennessee is Extended

Tennesseans may recall that  Governor Lee signed an executive order during the COVID-19 pandemic allowing restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages for take-out.  Apparently, this order was so popular that the Tennessee legislature extended the law to allow “To-Go” purchases of alcohol to continue. However, the extension of the “To-Go” law is only for two years. The bill summary for Tennessee House Bill 0241 states, “Generally under present law, the holder of a license to sell alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption ... Read More »

Tennessee Boating Under the Influence Penalties Increased

As of July 1, 2021, the penalties for boating under the influence in Tennessee will be substantially increased.  A number of Tennessee statutes will be amended by Senate Bill 0246 in the Tennessee 112th General Assembly to accomplish these changes.  In essence, the change in the law adjusts the penalties for boating under the influence (BUI, BWI) to align with the current driving under the influence (DUI) penalties. The Bill summary states: “This bill clarifies that the offenses of vehicular ... Read More »

Ohio Supreme Court Determines Whether Anonymous Informant Tip Justifies Stop

Sherry Tidwell was backing out of a parking space at a convenience store, and there happened to be a police officer in the parking lot.  A man in the doorway of the store yelled to the officer, “Hey, you need to stop that vehicle.  That lady is drunk.”  The officer watched as Tidwell backed slowly out of the parking space and then drove slowly toward the road.  The officer noticed that Tidwell had a blank stare, and the officer was ... Read More »

Save Time at the Tennessee DMV

First-time driver license and ID applicants; new resident applicants; and REAL ID applicants can now upload some identifying documents online before going to get their drivers licenses and other similar services in order to save time at the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Driver Services Center. The link for these services may be found here. These applicants should allow five business days for their documents to be reviewed. The approved uploaded documents must still be presented at a ... Read More »

New Report: Field Sobriety Testing and THC Levels Not Correlated With Marijuana Intoxication

Every state has a law which prohibits driving under the influence of marijuana.  To enforce those laws, governments use roadside field sobriety tests to detect marijuana intoxication and laboratory tests to measure THC levels in blood and urine.  The use of these tests is premised on the belief that performance on field sobriety tests and THC levels are correlated with marijuana intoxication.  A recent study conducted for the United States Department of Justice shows that belief is wrong. Read More »