TN DUI Cases Called into Question

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If any case shows the necessity of hiring a DUI lawyer, it is this one.

Almost 3,000 DUI cases in Tennessee could be called into question after it was discovered that a TBI agent who handles blood test samples mishandled the evidence.

Special agent Kyle Bayer of Hamilton County, TN was fired on Monday for switching two blood samples in a case that involved drunk driving and vehicular homicide.

The TBI became aware of this situation when a Chattanooga defense attorney named Jerry Summers crossed-checked his client’s BAC results with the TBI’s lab results.

Summers’ client, Dale Edward Ferrell, was being charged with vehicular homicide. At the time of the incident, the TBI recorded his BAC to be .24. However, DUI attorney Jerry Summers obtained a sample of Ferrell’s blood that night and sent it off to a private lab. The private lab measured his BAC at .01 percent – - definitely below the legal limit in Tennessee. Ferrell’s DUI and vehicular homicide charges were dismissed.

According to Robert Daniel Royse, the assistant director of TBI, “All indications are that this was an isolated incident by an examiner who, despite extensive training, switched two adjacent blood samples at the onset of the analysis process and then failed to follow a number of procedural checkpoints that would have caught the error.”

However, Summers has other clients that could be affected by Bayer’s mishandling of evidence. This past Tuesday, the District Attorney released the names of 323 DUI offenders in Hamilton County that could be affected. Altogether, 2800 DUI cases throughout Tennessee with tests handled by Bayer could be called into question.

“I’m glad the TBI is diligently looking into this,” Summers stated. “Hopefully if there have been people convicted wrongfully, it will be corrected. There may be several people who might be wrongfully convicted and that’s not the way our justice system should work.”

It’s important that a DUI offender work with the justice system to make sure their charges are handled correctly. That’s why an offender should exercise their right to an experienced DUI lawyer to fight their charges. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, find a lawyer right away!

Source: Times Free Press

 

Jon Sandusky Pleads Guilty

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Jon Sandusky, the son of the the notorious Jerry Sandusky, has pleaded guilty to refusing a chemical test when he was pulled over earlier this month for a DUI in Fargo, North Dakota. Sandusky serves as the director of player personnel for the Cleveland Browns.

Sandusky pleaded guilty in Fargo Municipal Court today, October 30, 2013. His sentence includes an unsupervised probation which will require him to submit to a chemical dependency evaluation.

Luckily for Sandusky, he will not have to face DUI charges. He will only face charges for refusing to take a chemical test when he was arrested. Furthermore, Sandusky is pretty lucky that he won’t have to face jail time, unless he violates his probation.

A spokesperson for the Cleveland Browns stated that Sandusky has already been disciplined by the team but no details were given as to what those disciplinary actions entailed.

Sandusky’s attorney, Mark Friese, told the Associated Press that Sandusky greatly regrets the decision his made on October 8, 2013.

“Jon is genuinely sorry for the incident. He takes full responsibility for his actions and he’s glad to put this matter behind him.”

On October 8, Sandusky was driving in the early morning hours in downtown Fargo. He crossed three lanes to make an illegal turn. Therefore, police pulled him over.

Officers suspected Sandusky was under the influence and proceeded to give him a field sobriety test. Sandusky failed. Then, when Sandusky was to submit to a chemical test to measure his BAC, he refused.

Sandusky’s case shows that it is possible to get your DUI charges dismissed with the help of an experienced DUI attorney. To find a lawyer near you, visit 1800DUILaws.com today.

Source: ABC News

Halloween DUI Patrols

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Let’s hope you get a lot of treats this Halloween and not a DUI. Many areas across the country will be patrolling for drunk drivers this Halloween, so it’s important to be careful. Don’t get behind the wheel if you had anything to drink. If you do get arrested for a DUI, contact a lawyer right away to begin fighting your charges.

Here are some specific areas that will be having enhanced DUI enforcements this Halloween.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas will be having a “Spooktacular Sobriety Checkpoint” on Thursday in the Convention Center Area Command. The checkpoint will take place from 7pm until 3am. (Source: My News 3)

Hampton, VA

Officers will be employing the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign this Halloween. On Thursday night, expect to see more patrols on the road. No exact locations or times have been disclosed so it’s important to be careful throughout the evening. (Source: HamptonRoads.com)

San Mateo County, CA

Police will conduct DUI saturation patrols throughout the county and will pay particular attention to areas known for frequent DUI arrests. This saturation patrol will take place from 6pm until 2am. (Source: San Bruno Patch)

Honolulu, HI

Honolulu has already announced it will be holding DUI checkpoints this holiday season. Checkpoints will take place throughout the city at undisclosed times and locations from now until New Years. Police will be patrolling on holiday weekends so it is important to be on high alert from now until the end of the holiday season. (Source: Maui News)

Mayor of Traverse City, CO Arrested for DUI

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The mayor of Traverse City, Colorado was arrested for a DUI last Wednesday, October 24, 2013. Because of this incident, the future of Michael Estes’ position as the city’s mayor may be in question.

On Wednesday evening, police witnessed Estes swerving on East Eighth Street near Woodmere Avenue. They pulled him over. In the police report, Mayor Estes “smelled of intoxicants and had watery, glassy eyes.” Estes told police he had one beer before getting behind the wheel.

Estes took a couple of field sobriety tests and failed. He later took a breathalyzer test where his BAC measured at .120. The legal limit in Colorado is .08.

Estes was arrested and taken to the Grand Traverse County Jail. He was later released Thursday morning and his arraignment has yet to be scheduled.

(An arraignment is a first court appearance where the judge reads the official charges against you and where you would plead guilty or not guilty.)

Estes is up for reelection this November. He released the following statement regarding his arrest:

“I deeply regret my actions that led to my drunk driving arrest on October 23. My actions are an embarrassment to my family and the office of mayor of Traverse City. I apologize to all and accept all the consequences of my actions. For my poor behavior I am taking the appropriate corrections and working with my friends and  family to improve myself as a human being. To my surprise my wife, family, friends and individuals I have never met have all encouraged me to continue in my role as mayor. However, that decision is still pending. Again, I apologize to all and realize that forgiveness must be earned and takes a great deal of time.”

It’s true that after a DUI you may have to deal with very personal issues involving your relationships with your friends and family. However, that should not keep you from hiring an experienced DUI attorney to help you fight your charges. Expensive fines and jail should not get in the way of you trying to better your life after a DUI. Find a lawyer near you today.

 Source: UpNorthLive.com

 

DUI Checkpoint in Los Angeles Tonight

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Tonight, Friday, October 25, 2013, Los Angeles police will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Cahuenga Blvd at Fredonia Driver in the Universal City area. The checkpoint will take place from 8pm to 2am.

What should you do if you get arrested for a DUI?

Remember your court date. This is very important as you can get in a lot of trouble if you fail to show up for court. Technically, a judge can issue a warrant for your arrest if you are absent. Therefore, it is important to remember your court date.

Write everything down. Try to recall everything that happened during your DUI arrest. What did the cops say to you? What did you say to the cops? Were there any witnesses? Be as detailed as possible. This is important information that your attorney can use to create a strong defense.

Contact the DMV. Most DUI arrests result in two hearings. One is with the criminal court and the other is with the DMV. The DMV hearing determines whether or not your license should be suspended. However, you need to contact the DMV to schedule this hearing. If you do not schedule this hearing within 10 days of your arrest, your license could get suspended regardless of the outcome of your criminal case.

Contact an attorney. The consequences for a DUI are serious. You could pay a lot of money in fines and even have to spend time in jail. These are consequences you obviously want to avoid. What’s the smart way to avoid these terrible penalties? The answer is through quality legal representation. Hire a lawyer who understands the court system as well as the science behind a DUI arrest. They will work for you to help get you the results you want. Contact a lawyer today!

Source: LA Weekly

DUI Patrols in Las Vegas This Weekend

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Don’t risk it getting a DUI this weekend if you’re going to be in Vegas.

Las Vegas, NV police are going to be on high alert for drunk drivers and any drivers making traffic infractions this weekend.

In a campaign called “Joining Forces” police will be saturated on two major streets within the city on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 3 am. The exact streets have been undisclosed.

Not only will police be on the lookout for drunk drivers, they will also be patrolling for drivers who are speeding, running red light and failing to stay in one lane. These traffic infractions are good indicators for police that a driver is under the influence. Therefore, it is important to be as careful as possible and follow all traffic laws.

If you are going to be in Las Vegas this weekend, be sure to know your limits. If you feel at all under the influence, don’t plan on driving. Call a cab or driving service.

Getting a DUI is an expensive mistake that can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Not only do you lose money in required fines, a DUI will cause you to spend money towards alcohol education classes, ignition interlock devices and maintenance, raised auto insurance rates and license reinstatement fees. Above all, a DUI is more expensive than you may expect.

If you do get arrested for a DUI, it is important to get help right away. Play your cards right. Find a lawyer as soon as you can. Save your driver’s license and avoid jail with the help of an experienced DUI lawyer.

Source: Fox 5 Vegas

Matthew Cordle Receives 6 and 1/2 Years in Prison

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Matthew Cordle has been sentenced to 6 and half years in jail for aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Franklin County, OH.

If you remember, Matthew Cordle was the DUI offender who confessed to killing Vincent Canzani in an online video that gained over 2 million views.

Cordle was sentenced in Franklin County, OH by Judge David Fais. Cordle also received a lifelong driving suspension.

Cordle was facing 8 years in prison and Canzani’s family asked for the maximum sentence. His daughter, Angela, told the judge, “My father got a death sentence and did nothing wrong.”

However, Cordle’s DUI attorneys argued for a fairer sentence. The judge issued Cordle six and a half years for his crime.

Matthew Cordle’s father also had the opportunity to speak at his son’s sentencing, where he stated that he was “disappointed, disgusted and heartbroken” over his son’s poor choices.

Cordle revealed that he suffered from a drinking problem and was seeking treatment as the prosecutors gained evidence against him for his trial. Cordle also stated in his video that he suffered from depression.

“I drank so much I was blacked out,” Cordle admitted during his September 18 hearing where he pleaded guilty.

Cordle’s video was viewed on YouTube over 2.3 million times. In it, Cordle states, “My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June, 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani. This video will act as my confession.”

Cordle’s face is blurred in the beginning of the video but it later becomes clear once he reveals his identity. The video also urges people to not drink and drive.

 

Source: USA Today

DUI Checkpoints in Pinellas County, FL

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If you are located in Pinellas County FL, you should be very careful when you’re out on the roads. Police have reinstated their DUI checkpoint program. Therefore, be prepared to be stopped in locations known for many DUI incidents.

Since 2008, you may have been a drop in DUI checkpoints. This was due to budget issues that forced Sheriff Jim Coates to disband his DUI task force. While DUI arrests dropped, according to TampaBay.com, the fatalities almost doubled.

However, since being elected last fall, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri reinstated Pinellas County’s DUI squad. According to Chief Deputy George Steffen, Gualtieri was very interested in bringing back the DUI squad once the budget worked itself out.

“Once we survived all the trials and tribulations with the budget, it was very important for us to bring this back. It was something (Gualtieri) felt very strongly about. He felt it was the right thing to do, be pushed hard for it and we did it.”

Sgt. Howard Skaggs, who runs the DUI squad is happy to be back in business as it keeps the streets safer.

“We’re out here to save lives. We’re out here to prevent injuries. There was a lot more of this problem on the streets that was not being addressed, and it’s very important for us to go after it.”

Therefore, if you drive frequently in Pinellas County, expect to see more patrols on the road. If you do wind up getting arrested for a DUI, don’t panic. Be sure to call an experienced DUI attorney who can assist you with the process and ensure you won’t be paying any unnecessary penalties. For more information on Florida DUI laws, click here.

Source: TampaBay.com

 

The Joker Gets Arrested for a DUI

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It’s that time of year again, folks. As you probably know, when you get arrested for a DUI, your mug shot is taken. However, around Halloween, these mug shots get interesting.

Dennis Lalime was arrested for a DUI in Somerset County, Maine early Sunday morning. However, take a look at his mugshot.

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Yes, friends. The Somerset County police finally caught the Joker and didn’t even need the aid of Batman! The Joker made an irresponsible choice and got behind the wheel after having too much to drink. Let’s hope this villain hires an experienced DUI attorney to fight his charges.

Lalime, 64, was coming from a Halloween party when he lost control of his car around 2am Sunday morning. He ran into some trees and rocks and a nearby homeowner heard the crash. The homeowner called the police.

The cops suspected Lalime to be under the influence and apprehended him. Like we said, no Bat signal was needed.

Like other holidays, Halloween is a notorious holiday where many people get arrested for a DUI – - in costume, no less! With Halloween parties and parades, many people make an error in judgement and get behind the wheel after having too much to drink.

If you’re going to be celebrating Halloween this year, be sure to know your limits and call a cab or driving service if you feel like you’ve had too much to drink.

If you do get arrested for a DUI, don’t accept your charges and plead guilty. Hire a DUI lawyer and fight your charges. With a DUI lawyer, you can avoid jail, expensive fines and a driver’s license suspension. Find a lawyer today!

Source: Arizona Daily Star

DUI Suspect Heads to Bar After Crash

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Early this morning, Friday, October 18, an Atlanta DUI suspect crashed his vehicle into a pharmacy and then got out of his vehicle to head to a bar for one last drink before police arrested him.

Rashad Williams was driving his 2012 Chrysler 2000 early this morning when he crashed into a Walgreens Community Pharmacy at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Cheshire Bridge in Atlanta.

What’s pretty interesting about this story is that he barely missed a DUI school that was next door to the pharmacy. If he’s convicted of a DUI, Williams may have to attend this DUI school! Talk about a full circle.

After the crash, Williams got out of his car and walked next door to the Anchor Bar and got himself a drink.

Police arrived to the scene of the accident where a witness told them that Williams headed to the bar.

According to the police report, “… the driver was sitting at the bar drinking a beer. We then escorted the driver outside after he paid for his tab.”

Williams was arrested for a DUI and taken to jail.

Because his DUI resulted in property damage, Williams may have this face a harsher sentence. This could mean a longer probation, license suspension and even a longer stay in jail.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, there is a way you can avoid jail by fighting your charges. By hiring an experienced DUI lawyer, you will have an advocate on your side to make sure you don’t spend any time behind bars. Find a DUI lawyer today!

Source: AJC.com