AZ Rules on Marijuana DUI Laws

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Arizona’s high court ruled today (April 22, 2014) that drivers who have a secondary marijuana metabolite on their system cannot be charged with a DUI based solely on that piece of evidence.

Prosecutors had argued that any trace of marijuana in one’s system should be grounds for charging the driver with a DUI. However, advocates of medical marijuana argued that marijuana metabolites can remain in one’s system for weeks after use and shouldn’t be used as grounds to charge someone with a DUI.

In the state of Arizona, an estimated 40,000 people are legally allowed to use medical marijuana to treat chronic conditions from pain to glaucoma.

This ruling comes after the state attempted to prosecute a driver for having Carboxy-THC in his system after he was pulled over. (Carboxy-THC is a metabolite of marijuana.) The judge ended up throwing out the case. The case went on to the Arizona Supreme Court where they ruled that considering any byproduct of marijuana in one’s system as a metabolite “leads to absurd results.”

The Arizona Supreme Court ruling stated:

“Most notably, this interpretation would create criminal liability regardless of how long the metabolite remains in the driver’s system or whether it has any impairing effect. For example, at oral argument the State acknowledged that, under its reading of the statute, if a metabolite could be detected five years after ingesting a proscribed drug, a driver who tests positive for trace elements of a non-impairing substance could be prosecuted. … this interpretation would criminalize otherwise legal conduct.”

If you are currently facing criminal charges for driving under the influence of marijuana, talk to an attorney today!

Source: AZ Central

 

Florida Rep Arrested for DUI

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Florida State Representative Dane Eagle was arrested for a DUI in Tallahassee on Monday, April 21, 2014. He was arrested outside of a Taco Bell drive-thru.

Police pulled Eagle over after they witnessed him pulled out of a Taco Bell drive-thru on West Tennessee Street. Eagle made a U-turn in his black SUV and almost hit the curb. He then proceeded to run a red light. Officers pulled Eagle over and suspected him to be under the influence as they could smell alcohol coming from his breath.

Eagle told officers he thought the light was yellow and that he wasn’t drinking. However, when he got out of the vehicle, he stumbled. Eagle refused a field sobriety test and told officers he was “good to get home”. However, officers didn’t believe him and arrested him and took him to the Leon County Jail.

Eagle has since issued the following written statement:

“I was arrested in Tallahassee and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. While there are some decisions I would have made differently, I do not believe there is a complete and accurate picture of the events. Under advice of my legal counsel, I cannot discuss all the details right now, but look forward to publically (sic) sharing the entire story at an appropriate time. Until then, I humbly ask for everyone’s patience. I know that I am accountable for my actions and I look forward to communicating with my constituents in the near future on this matter.”

If convicted of a DUI, Eagle could face possible jail time, a license suspension, expensive fines, community service and the installation of an ignition interlock device. (Learn more about Florida DUI laws.)

Source: News-Press

 

MADD Wants Florida to Use Ignition Interlocks

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is at odds with the National Sheriffs’ Association over a proposal that would require a DUI offender to take twice daily breath tests instead of installing an ignition interlock in their vehicle.

Jan Withers, MADD National Director wrote to Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford saying, “MADD believes that amendments allowing for twice a day testing or 24/7 sobriety programs are okay, but these programs should never replace the use of ignition interlock for a convicted drunk driver.”

MADD wants Florida lawmakers to adopt the use of ignition interlock devices for all DUI offenders. Currently, Florida law states that second-time and third-time DUI offenders are required to install an ignition interlock. Additionally, Florida law states that a first-time offender with a BAC of .15 or more is required to install one.

An ignition interlock is a device that a DUI offender plugs into to their vehicle. In order to start their car, they must blow into the device. If the device detects alcohol on their breath, the vehicle will not start. (Talk to a lawyer today to see if an ignition interlock can be an option for you.)

“MADD believes Florida needs . . . a new approach to handle persons arrested for drunk driving as license suspension alone is no longer practical,” Withers stated.

However, Sheriff Mike Leidholt, President of the National Sheriffs’ Association, stated he is in support of the proposal, known as HB 7005. HB 7005 was approved last week by the Florida House Economic Affairs Committee. It gives judges the ability to require DUI offenders to take twice daily breath tests instead of or in addition to installing ignition interlocks.

“Of all the wonderful programs that sheriffs are initiating, I have not seen one that is as successful in reducing recidivism, managing corrections populations, and reducing alcohol related crashes as the 24/7 Sobriety Program,” Leidholt stated.

Which program do you think would be the most effective in reducing recidivism?

Source: NorthEscambia.com

 

NY DWI Offender Was Trying to Tie Shoes

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A driver from upstate New York is facing DWI charges and he told officers the reason for his reckless driving was because he was trying to tie his shoes.

On Easter morning, Joshua T. Lesson, 35, was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Route 40 in Stillwater, New York. Officers say they witnessed Lesson drive his vehicle from the southbound lane into the northbound lane.

Officers pulled Lesson over and Lesson explained to them that his reason for swerving was that he was trying to tie his shoes.

That’s a smart thing to do behind the wheel.

Either way, officers suspected Lesson to be under the influence. They proceeded to give him a field sobriety test. Officers then asked Lesson to take a breathalyzer test where his blood alcohol level was .12 percent. The legal limit in the state of New York is .08 percent.

Lesson was arrested and later released.

The consequences for a DWI in New York are very serious. Lesson could be facing mandatory jail time, a license suspension and very expensive fines.

No matter what excuse you give police, you need an experienced DWI or DUI lawyer to fight your charges. DUI and DWI laws across the country are very strict. You have a lot at stake when it comes to pending DUI charges.

A drunk driving defense attorney can look over your case and make sure your rights are in tact. Don’t face your DUI or DWI charges alone. Find an experienced DUI or DWI lawyer today. Visit 1 800 DUI Laws.

Source: Times Union

 

Donovan McNabb Arrested for a DUI

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Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was arrested for a DUI. He served one day in jail this past Wednesday for misdemeanor DUI charges and was released Thursday.

McNabb was arrested on December 15, 2013 just east of Phoenix on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

McNabb was stopped on the Loop 101 freeway around 3am for speeding. Police suspected McNabb to be under the influence and arrested him for a DUI. No information has been released regarding McNabb’s blood alcohol level.

McNabb pleaded guilty on March 27 and was originally sentenced to 10 days in jail. However, 9 days were suspended.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office released McNabb’s mugshot Thursday morning. McNabb is currently an analyst for Fox Sports. Fox issued the following statement:

“We’re aware that Donovan McNabb was charged with DUI four months ago in Arizona. We have discussed this situation with Donovan at length, and we’re convinced that he understands the gravity of his offense and is sufficiently contrite. The legal process has been concluded and we plan no further disciplinary action at this time.”

McNabb is certainly lucky that he can keep his job. For other DUI offenders that’s not necessarily the case. Oftentimes, DUI convicts who work in the medical or teaching professions lose their professional license after a DUI. This is why you should fight your charges if you’ve been arrested. A DUI can cost you your job. However, a DUI lawyer can help you make sure your career aspirations are still on track. Contact a lawyer today if you’ve been arrested for a DUI.

Source: ESPN.com

 

Los Angeles DUI Checkpoints This Weekend

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Hello Hollywood drivers! If you’re in the Los Angeles area, be aware that there are going to be DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols this weekend.

Be safe and don’t drink and drive. If you do get arrested, be sure to contact a lawyer right away. An experienced DUI lawyer can help save your license and make sure you avoid jail after a drunk driving arrest.

Here’s where the police will be this weekend in Los Angeles.

Tonight (April 18, 2014):

From 8 pm until 2 am, LAPD will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Sunset Blvd at Orange Grove Avenue in Hollywood.

There will also be a DUI checkpoint taking place in the city of Santa Monica. The location is undisclosed but expect it to be in a high-traffic area. The checkpoint will take place from 7 pm until 3 am.

There will also be a saturation patrol from 4 pm until midnight in downtown LA, Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Montecito Heights and the surrounding areas.

Also, there will be another saturation patrol tonight in the 77th Street Division of South LA.

Finally, police will be conducting a DUI checkpoint in San Pedro on Gaffey Street at Santa Cruz Street from 8 pm until 2 am.

Saturday (April 19, 2014):

There will be a DUI checkpoint in Canoga Park on Topanga Canyon at Cohasset Street. It will run from 8 pm until 2 am.

Be safe this weekend and remember there’s a lawyer out there who can help if you get into any trouble! Contact 1 800 DUI Laws right away if you need legal help.

Source: LA Weekly

 

Firefighter Arrested for DUI

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A firefighter from Elmwood Park, New Jersey is facing DWI charges after he drove a firetruck while under the influence.

Russell Fenn IV, 37, was driving the truck and was returning from a call when he slammed into two utility poles on East 54th Street and Molnar Drive on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

According to the police report, Fenn was “visibly swaying” when he got out of the vehicle. Another firefighter aboard the truck was taken to the Hackensack University Medical Center for minor injuries.

Fenn was driving the fire department’s only ladder truck. It sustained $250,000 in damages and had to be impounded.

Fenn was charged with assault by a vehicle, DWI and reckless driving charges. Fenn has since been suspended from the fire department. Furthermore, officials have banned all alcoholic beverages from firehouses throughout Elmwood Park.

A DWI can be a devastating experience and, in many cases, can cost you your job. You definitely don’t want that to happen. That’s why you should fight your charges.

The best way to fight your DUI charges is to seek the help of an experienced DUI attorney. A DUI attorney can look over your case and advise you on what you should do. A DUI lawyer has both the legal and scientific knowledge to create an excellent defense. With the help of a DWI attorney, you can possibly get your charges reduced or dropped altogether.

Don’t wait to call an attorney if you’ve been arrested. There is a local and experienced DUI lawyer out there who is ready to help you. Find a DUI lawyer today!

Source: Cliffview Pilot

 

DUI Checkpoints in Mount Laurel, New Jersey

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It’s a DUI checkpoint alert! If you’re going to be in Mount Laurel, New Jersey from April 15 through May 15, you better be careful. The Mt. Laurel Police Department will be conducting DUI checkpoints throughout this time period.

No exact times and dates have been disclosed. However, people are speculating that checkpoints could potentially take place on Route 73 and 38, South Church Street, Fellowship Road and Hainesport Road. Be careful when you are driving on these streets, especially at night and over the weekend.

If you are arrested for a DWI in New Jersey and your blood alcohol concentration was less than .10 percent, you could lose your license for 3 months, pay up to $400 in fines, attend alcohol education classes and you may have to spend up to 30 days in jail.

If your blood alcohol concentration is above .10 percent, you could lose your license for up to a year, pay a $500 fine, attend alcohol education classes and you may also have to face jail time.

Furthermore, you may be required to install an ignition interlock. An ignition interlock is a device that you plug into your vehicle that can prevent your car from starting if it detects alcohol on your breath.

If you get arrested for a DWI in New Jersey, it’s important to contact a DUI lawyer right away. A DUI lawyer can go over your case and make sure that your rights are in tact. Furthermore, a DUI lawyer can possibly get your charges reduced or dropped altogether. Contact a DUI lawyer today!

Source: South Jersey Local News

 

DUI Checkpoint in Louisiana on Thursday

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On Thursday, April 17, 2014, The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location on the east bank of Jefferson Parish. The checkpoint will take place from 8pm until 2 am.

While the location of the checkpoint has been undisclosed, expect it to take place in a location known for a high rate of drunk driving incidents.

Be sure to be careful and remember to have your driver’s license on you if you are getting behind the wheel.

If you get stopped at the checkpoint be sure to cooperate with police officers. While you don’t have to answer any questions without a lawyer present, it’s important to remember to not act belligerent or aggressive. It can result in additional charges for resisting arrest.

The penalties for a first DWI in Louisiana include a driver’s license suspension that can last up to 90 days, up to 6 months in jail, and fines that can cost you up to a thousand dollars.

If you get arrested for a DWI in Louisiana, it’s important to contact a DWI lawyer right away. A DUI lawyer in Louisiana can look over your case and make your rights are in tact.

With the help of an experienced drunk driving attorney, you can possibly get your charges reduced or dropped altogether. Don’t plead guilty to your Louisiana DWI charges. Contact a lawyer today.

Source: NOLA.com

 

Lake Forest, IL Considering Towing Fee for DUI Offenders

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Lake Forest, Illinois officials are considering charging DUI offenders with a $500 fee to tow their car after a DUI arrest.

There are already other fees that occur when you are arrested for a DUI. There are required fines you have to pay to the state. Plus, there’s bail and fees you must pay for ignition interlocks and alcohol education classes. Currently, DUI offenders in Lake Forest pay between $150 and $175 to have their vehicle towed.

Lake Forest Police Chief Jim Held believes that charging a $500 towing fee can help raise $20,000 to $25,000 a year that can help pay for DUI processing and overtime pay for police officers. Additionally, the monies could be used for training and equipment in the police department’s anti-DUI campaign.

Surrounding communities already have a towing fee, including Highland Park, Bannockburn and Buffalo Grove.

The City Council is expected to go over this ordinance on Monday, April 21 2014. A preliminary approval has already been given.

A DUI is an expensive mistake. In addition to all the fees you have to pay, chances are your auto insurance rates will increase, as well. A DUI could nearly bankrupt you! This is why it is necessary to fight your charges. A DUI lawyer can go over your case and help you get your charges reduced or dropped altogether.

You don’t have to suffer the harsh consequences of a DUI. Talk to a lawyer today!

Source: Lake County News-Sun

 

DUI Offender Spits on Police Officers

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It’s always best to be cooperative with police officers if you’re getting arrested for a DUI. Getting belligerent or acting angry can cost you. Oftentimes, additional charges come up if you act aggressive toward the police officer. This exact situation happened to a woman in New Haven, Connecticut.

Shannon Collier, 25, was driving drunk early Saturday morning, April 12, 204. She apparently got into a car accident on the 400 block of 465 Norton Parkway.

Officers arrived to the scene to find Collier standing in the middle of the street and yelling. When they approached Collier, officers could sense something was up. A strong odor of alcohol was on Collier’s breath. Collier ended up admitting to having Hennessy and pineapple juice at a bar on Dixwell Ave in Hamden.

When police asked Collier to take a field sobriety test, Collier didn’t cooperate. Instead, she yelled out racially-charged insults at the officers. The officers arrested Collier and when she was in the police department’s DUI testing room, she spit on one of the police officers.

Because of Collier’s behavior, in addition to DUI charges, she is also being charged with interfering with police and assaulting a police officer.

Be on your best behavior when dealing with the police. While in many states you don’t have to take the field sobriety test or answer any questions, it’s important to be as polite as possible with the police.

Source: NH Register

 

Emma’s Law Passes

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has signed a new law that will require DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock if their BAC at the time of their arrest was .15 percent or above.

This law is known as Emma’s Law and the bill was approved on Monday, April 15, 2014. A signing ceremony has been planned.

With Emma’s Law, any DUI offender with a BAC of .15 percent or above will be required to install an ignition interlock device for 6 months.

An ignition interlock is a device that you plug into your vehicle. It’s no bigger than the size of a cellphone. In order to start your car, you must blow into the device. If the interlock detects alcohol on your breath, your car will not start.

If you are arrested for a second DUI, under Emma’s Law, you will be required to install an ignition interlock for two years.

Ignition interlocks have proven effective in carrying out DUI sentences. Furthermore, interlocks give DUI offenders the freedom to keep driving, even on a suspended license. To learn more about the benefits of an ignition interlock, visit SmartStartofCalifornia.com.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, an ignition interlock may be an option for you. However, you have to speak with an attorney to see if it’s a possibility. Not only will an attorney help you qualify for an ignition interlock, a DUI lawyer will fight your charges to get them reduced or dropped altogether. Find a DUI lawyer today!

Source: Greenville Online

 

DUI Offender Switches Places with Teen at a DUI Checkpoint

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This is something you definitely don’t do if you get stopped at a DUI checkpoint.

A man is currently facing criminal charges for putting his 17-year old nephew in the driver’s seat as he was approaching a DUI checkpoint in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

On Friday, April 11, 2014, NM police were conducting a DUI checkpoint near Bridge and Isleta.

43-year-old Raul Acosta was heading toward this checkpoint. However, just before he reached the checkpoint, he stopped his car and switched places with his 17-year-old nephew.

Deputies noticed Acosta perform this little stunt and proceeded to give him a field sobriety test. Acosta failed and was arrested for drunk driving.

Acosta appeared before a judge on Sunday where he not only is facing DUI charges, but he also facing 2 counts of child abuse and charges for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

DUI checkpoints can be a scary and intimidating process. However, it’s important that you cooperate with police and don’t attempt to do anything that might get you in even more trouble.

The smartest thing you can do at a checkpoint is to be polite with the police officers. While you don’t have to answer any questions, acting belligerent or lying can result in even more trouble.

If you do get arrested for a DUI, make the smart choice and hire an experienced DUI lawyer to help you fight your charges. Find an experienced DUI lawyer near you today.

Source: KRQE.com

 

AL Linebacker Dillon Lee Arrested for DUI

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Alabama linebacker Dillon Lee has been arrested for a DUI in Tuscaloosa, Alabama early this morning.

At around 2 am, Lee was driving drunk and got into a minor accident on the 800 block of 31st street. Luckily no one was injured. Police responded to the crash and suspected Lee to be under the influence.

Lee was arrested and taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail. He has since sobered up and has been released on a $1,000 bond.

Alabama coach Nick Saban made the following statement:

“I don’t have all of the details at this point and will handle it appropriately once I’ve had a chance to review all of the information.”

Lee is the third Alabama football player to be arrested this year. Freshman cornerback Tony Brown was arrested for resisting arrest back in January and running back Altee Tenpenny was arrested for marijuana possession.

Not only could Lee face possible jail time, he may also have to pay very expensive fines, lose his license or install an ignition interlock. An ignition interlock is a device that you plug into your vehicle that can prevent your car from starting if it detects alcohol on your breath.

Additionally, Lee may also face penalties from his team, including suspension from games.

If you’re a college athlete, a DUI can be dangerous to your athletic career. Oftentimes, students are benched for a DUI. This is why you should fight your charges if you feel you’ve been wrongfully arrested. To find a DUI lawyer near you, visit 1 800 DUI Laws today!

Source: AL.com

 

DUI Checkpoint in Bakersfield, CA

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There are even more DUI checkpoints in California this weekend. If you’re going to be in the Bakersfield area, be sure to be careful this Friday night, April 11, 2014.

The Bakersfield Area of the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a DUI checkpoint from 6 pm until 2 am. No exact location has been disclosed, but the checkpoint will take place somewhere within Kern County. You should expect the checkpoint to be held at a place that is heavily-trafficked and is known for a high rate of DUI incidents.

You should also be aware that this checkpoint will also be monitoring drivers to see if they have proper identification on them. Don’t forget your license when you go out. If you’re license is currently suspended, don’t get behind the wheel.

If you get stopped at a checkpoint, be sure to cooperate with officers. While you don’t have to answer any questions other than stating your name, it’s important to be as polite as possible. Acting belligerent or aggressive can result in charges of resisting arrest.

If you get arrested for a DUI, it’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. In the state of California, you only have a certain amount of time to schedule your administrative hearing or your driver’s license can be suspended regardless of the outcome of your criminal case. Be sure to get an attorney who can help you with this hearing. Contact a lawyer at 1 800 DUI Laws if you get arrested for drunk driving.

Source: Turn to 23

 

DUI Checkpoint in Long Beach, CA

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Will you be attending Toyota’s Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, CA? If you are and you plan on driving, you better be on the lookout. Long Beach police will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Saturday, April 12 from 6 pm until 2 am on Sunday.

While police didn’t disclose an exact location of the checkpoint, you should expect it to take place in an area known for a lot of DUI incidents.

Lt. Kris Klein of the Traffic Section is encouraging people to think about safety when it comes to attending Toyota’s Grand Prix of Long Beach.

“Come to Long Beach and enjoy the exciting race day activities, but please designate a sober driver ahead of time or call a taxi to make sure not only you but others in the community get home safely. Driving under the influence injuries and deaths are completely preventable tragedies.”

According to Long Beach police, getting a DUI can cost you up to $15,000 in required fines and other expenses.

If you do get pulled over by the Long Beach police, be sure to be as polite and cooperative as possible. While you are within your right to not answer any questions other than stating your name, acting aggressive or belligerent can result in additional charges if you are going to get arrested for a DUI.

If you get a DUI, be sure to act smart and hire an experienced DUI lawyer. A DUI lawyer can look over your case and make sure your rights are in tact. A DUI lawyer can possibly get your charges reduced or dropped altogether. Don’t plead guilty to your DUI. Find a lawyer as soon as you can to save your license and avoid jail.

Source: Press Telegram

 

DUI Checkpoint in York and Lancaster Counties This Weekend

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If you’re going to be in Pennsylvania over the weekend, particularly in York or Lancaster County, you better be on the lookout. According to a news release from the Center for Traffic Safety, police will be conducting DUI checkpoints throughout the weekend of April 11 – 13, 2014.

Checkpoints will take place between Friday at 6 pm until Sunday at 6 pm.

You should expect to see DUI checkpoints, roving patrols and “other enforcement activities”. Funding for this anti-DUI enforcement campaign was provided by federal grant money from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Although no exact locations have been announced, you should expect to see extra patrols and a possible checkpoint in locations known for DUI incidents.

If you get stopped by police over the weekend, be sure to remain as calm as possible. Acting belligerent or not listening to the officer can possibly result in additional charges of resisting arrest.

Remember, if you do get arrested, contact a DUI lawyer right away. A DUI lawyer is here to help you through this stressful time. Things may feel hopeless after a DUI, but a DUI lawyer from 1 800 DUI Laws can show you that you still have options after a DUI.

A DUI lawyer can possibly get your charges reduced or dropped altogether. Don’t wait until it is too late. If you get arrested for a DUI, call an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as you can by visiting 1 800 DUI Laws.

 

Source: YDR.com

DUI Offender Passes Out in Jack in the Box Drive-Thru

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We can’t tell you how many times a DUI arrest like this happens. A man was arrested for a DUI passed out at a Jack In the Box drive-thru in Spokane, Washington over the weekend.

Johnathan Meyers was found by police passed out at a Jack in the Box drive-thru at 1505 North Pines. His engine was still running.

Police suspected Meyers to be under the influence. He had slurred speech, glassy eyes, poor balance, slow movements and police could smell alcohol on Meyers’ breath.

They proceeded to give Meyers a field sobriety test, which Meyers failed. Meyers later admitted that he had a few to drink.

After a records check, it was confirmed that Meyers has had four previous DUI arrests and a suspended license. Furthermore, he was required to install an ignition interlock, but never did.

An ignition interlock is a device that you plug into your vehicle. In order to start your car, you must blow into the device. If the device detects alcohol on your breath, your car will not start.

Meyers was booked in the Spokane County Jail and will be facing felony DUI charges. He will also be facing charges for driving on a suspended license and driving without an ignition interlock.

Meyers’ story shows how important it is to install an ignition interlock if you are required to install one. An ignition interlock can let you keep driving, even on a suspended license depending on your case. To see if you can qualify for an ignition interlock. talk with your DUI lawyer today.

Source: KXLY.com

DUI Offender Arrested Wearing “Drunk as Sh*t” T-Shirt

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An Oregon DUI offender was arrested for drunk driving on Sunday, but get this. He was wearing a T-shirt that read, “Drunk as Shit.”

Ross McMakin was the one wearing the T-shirt and he was indeed drunk. Apparently, he was driving drunk with his girlfriend in the vehicle. According to the police report, the reason McMakin’s girlfriend wasn’t driving was because she couldn’t drive stick.

McMakin drove his car on the sidewalk and hit a parked car.

Furthermore, when it girlfriend tried to take his keys away, he proceeded to assault her.

Luckily, the cops arrived and arrested McMakin. McMakin is being charged with drunk driving, reckless endangerment, harassment and strangulation.

If convicted, McMakin could be facing some serious jail time. Additionally, he may have to pay some very expensive fines, seek counseling and attend alcohol education classes.

For his drunk driving charges, McMakin may have to install an ignition interlock. An ignition interlock is a device that you plug into your vehicle that can prevent your car from starting if it detects alcohol on your breath. You have to blow into the device in order to start your car.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, it’s very important that you hire an experienced DUI attorney. A DUI attorney can help you get your charges reduced or dropped altogether. Remember, you don’t have to go to jail after a DUI. A DUI lawyer can help. Find a DUI lawyer today!

Source: The Smoking Gun

 

Los Angeles DUI Checkpoints

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If you’re going to be in Los Angeles this weekend, it’s important to be careful. There will be some DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols taking place. If you do get arrested for a DUI, be sure to hire a lawyer right away.

Tonight (April 4, 2014), there will be a DUI checkpoint in El Sereno on Huntington Drive at Poplar Blvd. It will take place from 7 pm until 1 am.

On Saturday, there will be a saturation patrol in South Los Angeles from 5 pm until 1 am.

On Sunday, from 5 pm to 1 am, there will be a saturation patrol in the West Valley.

If you get stopped by police this weekend, it’s important that you remain calm. Acting belligerent or aggressive can result in even more charges so be sure to cooperate with the police officer.

Remember, you do not have to answer any of the police officer’s questions if you get pulled over. You only have to state your name. Politely decline by saying your lawyer advised you not to answer any questions.

You are not required to take the field sobriety test, but you are required to take a breathalyzer test. Refusing the breathalyzer test can result in an automatic license suspension.

After your DUI occurs, write down everything that happened as soon as possible. Be as detailed as possible. These notes will come in handy when you meet with your DUI lawyer.

Have a safe weekend and if you do get arrested, contact a lawyer right away.

Source: LA Weekly