What is a “sniffer”? Should I be worried about it? We have addressed in a variety of ways the subject of how police officers make their decisions on whether to pull a driver over based on reasonable suspicion of drunk driving, and how once that takes place they interact with the driver to make a follow-up determination of whether to have the driver take field sobriety tests and a pre-arrest blood alcohol test. The intermediate stage of this process — ... Read More »
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Oklahoma DUI Pilot Program
Cleveland County, Oklahoma Pilots Program to Reduce Repeat DUI Offenses It has been well-known for many years not only in Oklahoma but throughout the United States that drunk driving offenders have a high recidivism rate. Many states have tried various approaches to reduce the incidence of repeat DUI offenses, with varying degrees of success. According to Erik Smoot, a representative of the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission, Oklahoma has been possibly the least successful state-level jurisdiction in the ... Read More »
Powdered Alcohol Set To Go On Sale This Summer? In Oklahoma?
A new formulation of alcohol in powdered form has apparently been approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. What this will mean when it comes to state laws governing driving while under the influence of alcohol remains to be fully understood, but some states are already enacting legislation to restrict or even to prohibit the sale of the new product. The inventor of the new product has named it “Palcohol.” The formulation for how it is ... Read More »
DUI Blood Alcohol Concentration Significance?
What is the significance of blood alcohol concentration levels? Blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) levels are one of the most widely recognized means of determining whether a driver is under the influence of alcohol, particularly the .08% level which is used in Oklahoma as the threshold for police to make an arrest for DUI. But what is the significance of the various BAC levels? Aside from the .08% legal context, what is the difference between a .05% and .10%? The effects of ... Read More »
Factors Affecting Oklahoma Intoxilyzer and Breathalyzer Tests
Breathing into a Intoxilyzer can feel like testifying against oneself. From the perspective of the person being subject to a breath test, there is no reasoning with it, and no arguing against it. Our faith in modern technology means that technology cannot lie. Or so police officers, prosecutors and their expert witnesses would like you to believe. But is that really the case? Are breathalyzer/Intoxilyzer tests infallible? Part of establishing the existence of a reasonable doubt when it comes to ... Read More »