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Federal judges allows DUI case to continue without evidence

Utah is already famous for its stringent laws regarding alcohol consumption, and soon will have the toughest DUI laws in the country. So some locals were not surprised when a woman was charged with DUI despite the fact that she had a blood alcohol level of .01 from one beer she had at lunch.

Do not use these excuses when pulled over

There are few if any excuses that will convince law enforcement that there is a good reason for driving under the influence. Instead, the best approach is to be polite but firm in not offering up any incriminating information before speaking with experienced criminal defense attorney.

What is legal with a OUI checkpoint in Massachusetts?

Law enforcement seems to set up DUI and OUI checkpoints here in Worcester every two to three weeks to catch drivers over the legal limit for drugs or alcohol. However, with the recent dismissal of a case in Tennessee because there was no public notice of the roadblock, it is a good idea to examine the laws here in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts courts still not using breathalyzer results

District attorneys across Massachusetts suspended the use of the Draeger 9510 Alcotest in August of last year. The reason for this is that the device could provide false readings because it failed to properly calibrate. The issue is being investigated by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. This means that law enforcement does not currently offer any evidence gathered by the 9510 Alcotest in trials or plea negotiations. This is despite the fact that law enforcement is still using the device. The commonwealth is also dismissing evidence provided by the similar but older Draeger Alcotest 7110.

Recent jump in July 4th drunk driving fatalities

The July Fourth holiday is just around the corner. So it should be no surprise that the driver safety programs are ramping up their awareness campaigns to remind drivers that it is dangerous to drink and drive. While law enforcement is always busy around the holidays, they know that this holiday is the most dangerous of the year for drinking and driving fatalities.

Vince Vaughan's DUI illustrates some rights and wrongs of a stop

Actor Vince Vaughn was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint early in the morning of June 10 between Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach in California. According to Manhattan Beach law enforcement and CNN, Vaughn was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence as well as resisting, delaying or obstructing officers. His unidentified male passenger was also arrested for public intoxication and obstructing officers. Despite the charges, there was no physical force used by officers. Vaughn was booked around 4 a.m. on a misdemeanor charge with $5,000 bail. He was later released.

Memorial Day weekend is a dangerous time to be on the road

The holidays can be a lot of fun. You get to see friends and family, share food, maybe drink a few adult beverages and have a good time. However, while you or another driver may have abstained because of driving responsibilities, it does change the fact that summer holidays like Memorial Day are a dangerous time to be on the road.

Don't be too quick to trust your breathalyzer test results.

You have a couple beers with some colleagues one night after work. On your way home, a police officer pulls you over and conducts a breathalyzer test, which you fail. While you might be shocked that just two beers over the course of an evening was enough to put you over the legal limit, you might not question the results. After all, what's a judge likely to believe in court: your personal perception of your level of impairment, or quantitative evidence?

Debunking common myths about driving

Have you ever heard one of your friends tell you that texting and driving isn't that bad? Or that they can spot a cop before they get pulled over for speeding? How about people who say that they can argue their way out of any ticket? Or people who think that they are still good drivers when they are drunk?

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