DUI Attorney

Don’t Drive Into Jail Parking Lot When Drunk

by Zelick Glimelstein February 21, 2014 Accident Claims

When you’ve been out drinking all night, make sure you drive into a jail parking lot on your way home. Why? Well, it seems to be the place to go for at least two Florida residents. Law enforcement loves it when people who have had too much to drink, drive their vehicle to the county […]

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First Time DUI In Virginia: Prepare For Stricter Penalties

by ValerieC September 3, 2013 Arrest

The Commonwealth of Virginia has tightened its laws by enhancing the penalties for drunk driving and placing new demands on drivers convicted for the first time of DUI. Under legislation that took effect July 1, 2012, first-time DUI offenders must install Ignition Interlock Devices (IID) on all the vehicles that they own and operate. With […]

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Two Face DUI Charges after Crashing into Indiana State Police Cars

by ParkmanLawFirm July 1, 2013 Criminal Law

Two drivers have been arrested on DUI charges after they crashed into two Indiana State Police cars at the same location on I-465 early on Sunday morning.  The incident began just before 2:30 a.m. when State Trooper Josh Graves was dispatched to the southbound lanes near 56th street at the 39.2 mile marker to remove […]

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Idaho Cab Driver Charged With DUI

by ParkmanLawFirm May 30, 2013 Criminal Law

A Nampa cab driver, Jeffrey Knutson, is facing a DUI charge following a crash involving a motorcyclist.  Knutson, 43, slammed his taxi into a 38-year-old woman riding on a motorcycle last Saturday afternoon around 5:00 p.m.  The woman was taken to the hospital and is in serious condition. Corporal Jamie Burns, of the Nampa Police […]

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National Transportation Safety Board wishes to lower BAC limit

by ParkmanLawFirm May 15, 2013 Criminal Law

Currently every state in the United States makes it illegal to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08%.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has voted to recommend that each state lower their BAC level from .08% to .05%. The NTSB based their decision on several factors.  The NTSB argued that […]

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Indianapolis Police Officer Heads to Court on DUI Charge

by ParkmanLawFirm April 30, 2013 Criminal Law

David Bisard, a suspended Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer, is heading back to court on Wednesday for his latest arrest for suspected driving while intoxicated.  Bisard was already facing charges of reckless homicide and operating while intoxicated(OWI) from a crash in August of 2010 that took the life of motorcyclist Eric Wells.  Two others were injured […]

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Tennessee DUI Bill Aims to Reduce DUI Arrests

by ParkmanLawFirm April 29, 2013 Criminal Law

Last year the Tennessee Department of Safety reported that there were 28,735 DUI arrests which rank the state 11th in drunk driving fatalities.  According to the Mothers’ Against Drunk Driving(MADD), one third of those arrests were repeat offenders. So what is being done to combat this problem with repeat DUI offenders? Currently, a new piece […]

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DUI, Police Checkpoints and the Problem of Social Media

by gclatworthy April 25, 2013 Road Traffic Law

[U.S Law and General] Social media has become a seemingly unstoppable force over the past decade. From bringing long lost friends back together to starting revolutions in Middle Eastern countries, there’s very little that these sites cannot do. Unfortunately for police and victims of drunk drivers, individuals have also learned to use social media to […]

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Should You Provide A Breath Sample Or Not?

by ParkmanLawFirm April 10, 2013 Criminal Law

One of the most common questions I receive from individuals is whether they should provide a breath sample when they are stopped for DUI.  The first thing I tell them is that if they refuse, their driver’s license can be suspended for 90 days for a first time DUI.  The Alabama Code states, “[t]he director, […]

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National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Study 1981

by ParkmanLawFirm March 25, 2013 Criminal Law

After the initial 1977 study into field sobriety testing conducted by the Southern California Research Institute a second study was commissioned.  In 1981 the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded a second contract for the study of the three standardized tests.  These tests were the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Walk-and-Turn, and One-Leg Stand. The purpose […]

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Alabama Underage DUI

by ParkmanLawFirm March 13, 2013 Criminal Law

In the State of Alabama, individuals under the legal drinking age are held to a more stringent standard than those over the legal drinking age.  As most people know, the legal drinking age in the State of Alabama is 21. There are a couple instances where underage drinkers may be prosecuted for DUI.  The first […]

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National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Study 1977

by ParkmanLawFirm March 8, 2013 Criminal Law

Over the years, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded research contracts to several organizations to determine the effectiveness of field sobriety tests.  The Southern California Research Institute did the first of the studies conducted.  Marcelline Burns was the director of Southern California Research Institute. It was Burns understanding that the NHTSA was […]

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Top 5 Causes of False Positives While Using Ignition Interlock

by Vincent Ieda February 12, 2013 Criminal Law

A driving under the influence (DUI) conviction usually leads to several negative repercussions. These consequences can include high fines, community service and even jail time. One penalty that many people are finding it difficult to live with is the installation of an ignition interlock system on their vehicle. Interlock technology is meant to prevent drunk […]

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DUI Stop: Should I refuse the Breathalyzer?

by Ladyblogger December 23, 2012 Law

While most drivers don’t realize it, the fact is that police are out in full force searching for intoxicated drivers on a daily basis. If you’re stopped by a law enforcement officer for suspected drunk driving, you’ll most likely be asked to perform a variety of field sobriety tests in addition to a chemical breath […]

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How Law Enforcement Will Tackle Holiday Drunk Drivers

by gclatworthy December 6, 2012 Criminal Law

[US Law and General] For most people, the holidays are a time for celebration and relaxation. For others, the holidays can bring tragedy. During the holiday season, traffic accidents and deaths increase sharply as motorists turn to the stress of gift buying, visit friends, and engage in recreational alcohol consumption. Intoxicated motorists pose a significant […]

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What if I Refuse the DUI Breath Test?

by JasonAdams December 6, 2012 Criminal Law

Each state has its own rules and procedures to follow in dealing with driving under the influence (DUI). But for general purposes, there are common grounds by which states agree on. A blood alcohol content test is a procedure necessary to establish proof and evidence on implied driving under the influence charges. Chemical tests and […]

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Are DUI Offenders Allowed Too Many Chances?

by Ladyblogger October 6, 2012 Criminal Law

Every year approximately 1.5 million people are convicted of a DUI, but no state in the country permanently revokes a driver’s license after the first offense. Due to this, one-third of the people arrested each year are repeat offenders. DUI Laws Each state makes its own laws regarding DUI convictions, but none of them have […]

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Why Halloween’s No Treat If You’re Arrested For DUI

by gclatworthy October 4, 2012 Road Traffic Law

Halloween and ‘trick or treating’ is an American tradition and probably the favorite observance for most children across the country. Adults enjoy Halloween also, even though it is not a certified holiday. All local police departments are also aware of the tradition and as such anyone thinking they can drink and drive on Halloween may […]

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What Happens If You Refuse a Breath Test?

by Katie Hewatt September 24, 2012 Criminal Law

(Criminal law in the US) A field sobriety test is normally not presented as evidence in a driving under the influence criminal proceeding, but it can be used as a basis for reasonable suspicion in an attempt to find probable cause. Depending on the arresting officer, any individual that refuses a breath analysis can be […]

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Do I Really Need A DUI Attorney?

by CherrellT December 30, 2011 Law Blog

Anyone who has ever been taken to a detention center under suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), or driving while intoxicated (DWI), ends up reflecting upon what the next move should be. There are multiple facts to consider and decisions to make. Making up one’s mind after a DUI arrest is not easy, particularly […]

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DWI vs. DUI

by CherrellT December 30, 2011 Law Blog

DWI and DUI are two legal acronyms which have entered the popular lexicon due to the increased attention given to offenses involving alcohol and the operation of vehicles. DWI typically stands for “driving while intoxicated”, while DUI is mostly used to describe the act of “driving under the influence.” The use of one acronym over […]

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