DUI Suspect Barks at Police Dog

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James Paul Andrews of Cranberry Township, PA, was arrested with DUI charges. However, he also has to face additional charges because apparently during his DUI arrest, he barked and growled at a police dog.

The police dog, named Chaos, was assisting police at a DUI checkpoint that was set up in Western PA. Around 2:40 am on September 15, the unit stopped Andrews to see if he was under the influence.

Andrews began taunting poor Chaos by “barking, hissing and growling” at the police pup. Apparently, Andrews was irritated that he was pulled over. Needless to say, Andrews was also found to be under the influence.

DU charges were filed against Andrews today, September 30, 2013. He will also have to face additional charges for taunting the dog. Apparently, this could be seen as a felony charge with a penalty of up to 7 years in prison.

We know that it can be very irritating to get stopped at a DUI checkpoint. It can also be very scary and we know your emotions are high. We always recommend you be as polite and courteous to the police officer as possible. Getting angry can only result in irritating the police officer which can result you facing even more charges.

When we say be polite and courteous to a police officer, it should go without saying that you should also be polite and courteous to any drug-sniffing canines who are assisting officers. Not only is it mean to animals, but, technically, you’re also obstructing justice! It may seem funny at the time, but it can only result in even more charges in addition to your DUI charges.

To get more answers about your DUI arrest, speak with a local attorney today.

Source: Radio.Foxnews.com 

 

DUI Checkpoint in Redondo Beach Tonight

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Attention California Drivers! There will be a DUI checkpoint in Redondo Beach, CA that will take place tonight, September 27, 2013.

The checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location within city limits. Therefore, you should be on the lookout for police in areas known for a high rate of DUI arrests.

The checkpoint will take place from 7pm until 2am.

Police at the checkpoint will also be checking for driver’s licenses, so make sure you have your license ready!

If you get stopped at the checkpoint and the police officer suspects you’ve been drinking, make sure to stay as calm as possible. If the police officer asks any questions, politely decline. While you are required to state your name, you do not have to answer any questions.

Furthermore, you do not have to take the field sobriety test. You should politely decline or tell the officer that your attorney advised you not to take the field sobriety test.

While the field sobriety test isn’t required, a breathalyzer test IS required. If you refuse a breathalyzer test, you could face a license suspension regardless if you’re found guilty or not guilty of a DUI.

If you find yourself arrested for a DUI, don’t wait to contact an attorney. Remember, you have a limited amount of time to act, as you could lose your license. With a court date looming, make sure you hire an attorney who specializes in DUI defense. It is the smartest way to avoid a DUI conviction on your record and the best way to help you move from this embarrassing ordeal. To find a DUI lawyer near you, fill out this simple and safe form right away. 

Update: There will also be a DUI checkpoint in Sebastool on Saturday. The time and location have been undisclosed. (PressDemocrat.com)

 

Source: The Beach Reporter

More Mothers Getting Busted with Kids in the Car

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In an article posted on the WXYZ News website, studies are showing that more mothers are getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

It is all too often we hear news stories about people getting busted for a DUI with children in the car. Judge Brian MacKenzie believes that a lot of people are denying that mothers would ever do such a thing.

“People don’t want to believe they have a problem. Alcohol is so prevalent and accepted, a person who has a problem can lie to themselves and say everyone has a problem.”

Judge MacKenzie sees a lot of DUI cases in his courtroom and has seen the number of women driving drunk with kids in the vehicle increase.

“More and more women are working and are more likely to go drinking with fellow workers afterwards, more likely to engage in drinking activities,” he stated.

In almost all states, getting a DUI with a minor in the vehicle can be considered a felony. It means that you could possibly spend a lengthy time in jail and lose your driving privileges after that. A felony conviction is a serious matter that can cost you your job, your house and more.

Furthermore, going to court with a looming felony conviction can feel confusing and overwhelming, at the very least. That’s why it is always recommended you hire a DUI defense lawyer to see what your options are.

Angel Harris, a victim services specialist with MADD, states that driving with children in the car isn’t just a “mother’s problem”.

“We need to continue to make the community aware of this problem. It’s not just moms having a drink, this is going on everyday in your neighborhood, your community.”

Let’s hope communities can become aware and drink more responsibly before it is too late.

Source: WXYZ.com

Amanda Bynes: Incompetent to Stand Trial

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As you probably already know, Amanda Bynes was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial yesterday. Her attorney, Rich Hutton, appeared on her behalf in court yesterday, September 24, 2013,  to inform the judge that Bynes “did not have the mental capacity to understand the nature of the legal proceedings.”

As a result, the judge has ordered the case to be transferred to a mental health court. There, proceedings will take place to determine if Bynes is able to stand trial.

In terms of the law, mental incompetency means that a person is unable to understand the legal consequences of their actions. Furthermore, it means that they are unable to comprehend the legal proceedings.

In terms of criminal law, a defense attorney has to request a competency hearing to determine if the defendant is able to qualify as incompetent to stand trial.

A defense lawyer may request a competency hearing for a variety of reasons. One, such as in Amanda Bynes’ case, can be due out of concern for the defendant’s life. As you probably know from the tabloids, Bynes had been acting erratically. As of now, she is currently seeking treatment in a psychiatric hospital and is under conservatorship of her mother.

Another reason for a competency hearing could be strategical. Oftentimes attorneys will seek a plea bargain or use an insanity defense in criminal cases.

Above all, it is important to understand that a court must declare you incompetent. If you know someone arrested for a DUI and worry about their competency, you should still seek the help of an experienced DUI lawyer who understands the law. To find a DUI lawyer near you, fill out this form today.

Source: CelebrityDUI.com

 

4 DUI Offenders Arrested Outside Courthouse

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If your license got suspended after a DUI, do yourself a favor and don’t drive away from the courthouse where officials can easily witness you behind the wheel.

This is exactly what happened to four DUI offenders in Napa County on Monday, September, 23, 2013.

Early in the morning, when DUI hearings were taking place, officers were monitoring the Napa County Superior Courthouse. These officers witnessed four DUI offenders, who were ordered by the judge to not drive, get behind the wheel.

The officers stationed at the courthouse then went on to notify other officers in the field. These officers pulled over these drivers and arrested them for driving on a suspended license. Furthermore, these four DUI offenders also had their vehicles impounded for 30 days.

Napa Police Sgt. Brian Campagna stated:

“Many people arrested for DUI or who are driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license are under the impression that if they drive anyway, the consequences aren’t that tough or that the law doesn’t apply to them, or that they can drive without a license and won’t get caught.”

The truth is you can get caught. Plus, the consequences for driving on a suspended license can be devastating. The penalties for driving on a suspended license include an even longer suspension and probation period as well as the possibility of mandatory jail time. You would need to make another appearance in court and possibly pay additional fines.

This is why it is important to make sure your license doesn’t get suspended in the first place after a DUI arrest. Contact your state’s DMV right away to schedule your administrative hearing. This is the best thing you can do to save your license, besides seeking help from an experienced DUI lawyer.

Source: Napa Valley Patch

DUI Crackdown in Parts of PA This Weekend

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Pennsylvania drivers, consider yourself warned!

Even though it’s only Monday, PA police have announced that roving patrols and a DUI checkpoint will take place this weekend.

If you’re going to be driving on York County or Lancaster County, please be careful and don’t drink and drive.

York County police will be conducting a roving patrol this weekend that will begin at 6pm on Friday, September 27 at 6pm and will last until Sunday, September 29 at 6pm.

Furthermore, Lancaster County police will be having a DUI checkpoint that will take place during the same time period.

When stopped at a DUI checkpoint, many DUI attorneys will suggest that you don’t answer any questions. Typically, the cops may ask, “Have you been drinking tonight?” or “Where are you coming from?” These are questions that you don’t necessarily have to answer without an attorney present. If you choose to not answer these questions, it is important to be as polite and cooperative as possible so the police don’t misinterpret your refusals as a sign of aggression.

However, if you refuse to take a breathalyzer test, you may have to face a license suspension and you may be required to install an ignition interlock device.

The minimum fines for a DUI in Pennsylvania can usually run you around $300. However, sometimes these fines can be as much as $5,000 depending on your criminal history and specific details regarding your DUI arrest. These expensive fines are just one of the reasons why it is necessary to contact an experienced PA DUI lawyer to fight your charges. A DUI can cost a significant amount of money. If you’re worried about how much a DUI will cost you, speak with a lawyer today to learn about your options.

Source: YDR.com 

 

Woman Arrested for DUI Within Hours at Same Location

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Recently in Black Diamond, Washington, a woman was arrested twice in one day for a DUI. While we have seen this happen before (unfortunately), this woman’s case is pretty interesting. Both of her arrests took place at the same location: a liquor store.

The first arrest occurred in the parking lot of the liquor store where she accidentally crashed into a Black Diamond business. The woman totaled her car and damaged the building.

The woman was arrested and taken to jail. However, the jail was too full, so police officers took her home.

That sure didn’t keep the woman from going back to the liquor store. The woman then took her husbands truck and drove back to the store where she was arrested again.

This woman is due to be arraigned within the next couple of days.

While some people may be rolling their eyes at this story, it certainly shows that many people arrested for a DUI struggle with alcohol addiction. This is why a lot of states let DUI offenders opt to seek treatment for their substance abuse, as opposed to serving time behind bars. Not only does the offender fulfill their sentencing obligations, they also seek treatment for their addiction issues.

The best way to ensure you don’t go to jail after a DUI arrest is to hire an experienced DUI attorney. A lawyer can help you avoid going to jail after a DUI and can be your advocate during what might be one of the most stressful ordeals you’ll ever have to experience. To find an attorney near you, visit 1800DUILaws.com today and click on your state.

Source: KiroTV.com – http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/within-hours-woman-arrested-dui-twice-same-liquor-/nZ3gg/

DUI Checkpoint in Marysville, CA Tomorrow

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We already mentioned that there will be a DUI checkpoint in Laguna Beach this Friday. Click here for more information.

However, California drivers should also be aware that there will be another DUI checkpoint taking place in Marysville, California, tomorrow, September, 21, 2013. The checkpoint will take place from 6pm until 2am. While the exact location of the checkpoint is unknown, you should expect it to be in a location known for a high amount of traffic.

You should also be aware that the checkpoint is also a driver’s license checkpoint. Therefore, if you’re going to be driving in the Marysville area, make sure to have all of your necessary documents on you.

A few tips if you get stopped at a checkpoint:

  1. Always be polite to the officer. Remember, acting angry or aggressive can result in additional charges if you get arrested for a DUI.
  2. Always show the officer your driver’s license, proof of insurance and registration if they ask. You are also required to state your name.
  3. You are not required to answer any of the officer’s questions. If they ask, “have you been drinking?” or “where are you coming from?”. politely respond that your attorney advised you not to answer any questions.
  4. Refusing a breathalyzer test may result in additional charges such as a license suspension. However, the field sobriety test is optional. If an officer asks you to complete a field sobriety test, politely state that your attorney advised you not to take one.
  5. If you do get arrested for a DUI, it is important to contact an attorney right away. You can lose your driver’s license and live with the embarrassment of a criminal conviction on your record. Don’t let this happen to you. Contact a DUI lawyer right away and fight your charges.

Source: Appeal Democrat 

 

Tougher Wisconsin OWI Laws

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If you’re a Wisconsin driver, now is the time to really start to make better choices when it comes to driving responsibly. The state has approved updates to their current DUI laws that will create harsher penalties for OWI (“operating while intoxicated”) offenders.

Today, September 19, 2013, a Wisconsin state legislative committee has approved six bills aimed at creating stricter penalties for people convicted of drunk driving. These bills were brought to the state by Representative Jim Ott and Senator Alberta Darling.

Here are some important changes to the Wisconsin OWI laws:

  • A second OWI offense in Wisconsin will now be a misdemeanor charge. A fourth OWI offense will now be a felony conviction.
  • If you are involved in an OWI that results in the injury of another person, you must make a mandatory appearance in court and you may have to face up to 3 years in jail.
  • If the drunk driving accident results in the death of another individual, you may have to face up to 10 years in jail.
  • While first OWI offenses are still going to be considered a civil violation, if your blood alcohol content at the time of your arrest is .15 or above, your OWI will be treated as a misdemeanor.

The Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau will review the effectiveness of these laws after they’ve been implemented for a little over a year.

Stricter DUI laws usually means that more people will need the assistance of a skilled DUI attorney. Of course we all know you don’t intend on getting a DUI, but you never know what the future has in store. Sometimes people make errors in judgment. That is why it is important to know that there help for you if you get arrested for a DUI in Wisconsin. You can head to 1800DUILaws.com and find a local attorney who will be by your side. You don’t have to go to jail after a DUI.

 

Source: HNG News

Matthew Cordle Pleads Guilty

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Matthew Cordle pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in  Franklin County, Ohio.

Cordle made national headlines in beginning of the month by making an online video where he confessed to killing Vincent Canzani in a drunk driving accident. He made this video to encourage other people to not drink and drive.

In his court appearance, Cordle also pled guilty to OVI, or operating a vehicle under the influence. He’s due for sentencing October 10, 2013 where he will likely face 8 and 1/2 years in prison.

On September 12, 2013, Cordle raised eyebrows by pleading not guilty to operating under the influence, even though in his video he promised to receive the full punishment for his actions. While this seemed like he was going against the promise he made in the video, Cordle’s not guilty plea was actually a procedural move to ensure that a random judge would be assigned to his case. However, this plea wasn’t accepted as Franklin County Judge Julie Lynch believed it didn’t follow court procedure. However, Cordlie appeared in court the next day where Lynch accepted his not guilty plea and set a $255,000 bond.

In today’s appearance, Cordle appeared before Judge David Fais.

Cordle’s drunk driving case shows just how complicated the judicial process can be. It’s one of the reasons why its necessary to hire an experienced DUI lawyer to assist you with the process, no matter what type of drunk driving offense you are facing. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, find a lawyer today!

Source: USA Today