Happy New Year!


Don’t get a DUI this evening. However, if you do get pulled over and arrested, be sure to hire an experienced DUI lawyer right away.

New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration. However, it is the most notorious holiday for DUI arrests. Police departments across the country are having anti-DUI crackdowns to nab drunk drivers. If you get pulled over by the police remember the following tips:

Don’t answer any questions. The only question you’re required to answer is stating your name.

Do show the officer your paperwork. The officer will likely ask for your license, registration and proof of insurance. You are required to show the officer this paperwork.

Don’t become hostile. Sure, it’s frustrating to get pulled over but arguing with the cop or acting aggressive can only make matters worse.

Do write down everything that happens. It’s always important to write down everything that happens during your DUI arrest. Write it down as soon as you can. This information will prove useful when you meet with your lawyer or when you meet with the judge.

Do hire an attorney. If you plead guilty to a DUI, you will likely be found guilty of a DUI. Your best bet, depending on your lawyer’s sound advice, is to fight your charges. However, you shouldn’t go into court alone. Hire an experienced DUI lawyer to help you with your case. A lawyer can go over the details of your case and show you that you still have options after a DUI.

Do visit 1800DUILaws.com. If you need help finding an attorney, visit 1800duilaws.com to find an experienced lawyer in your state. Our attorneys specialize in helping people in the exact same situation as you and you can trust that you have a skilled DUI lawyer on your side.

Be sure to stay safe tonight. Happy New Year!

LA DUI Checkpoints to Start Drug Testing


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DUI checkpoints in LA county will now be testing for drivers under the influence of drugs. If you get stopped at a checkpoint and get arrested, it’s important to hire a DUI lawyer right away.

Right around the holidays, LAPD began employing new tactics for curbing the amount of drugged drivers on the road.

“Using drugs and driving is a combination that won’t be tolerated in this city,” says LA City Attorney Mike Feuer.

Basically, at DUI checkpoints throughout Los Angeles, police will check for drugs in a driver’s system by using saliva swab tests. This tactic has already been employed this past weekend. However, you should expect saliva tests to be used at checkpoints in the months to come, as a $520,000 grant has been awarded to the LA City Attorney’s Office to make these swab tests a regular practice.

While it is required to submit to a BAC test when you are pulled over or stopped at a checkpoint, it is important to understand that these drug tests are completely voluntary. According to deputy city attorney Michelle DeCasas drivers have a right to refuse to take the oral swab tests.

“We are seeking to have it introduced as en evidential piece in our prosecutions of DUI (cases). But at this point, if drivers elect not to do it, it’s their right not to.”

That’s right, it is completely up to you, at this point in time, whether or not you want to submit to this drug test. However, once again, remember that blood alcohol tests, such as breathalyzers or blood tests, are required. If you refuse a BAC test, this can be considered another crime and you will be charged with fines and a license suspension if you are found guilty.

No matter what happens during your DUI arrest, you should always contact a lawyer right away. Click here to find a DUI lawyer near you.

Source: Southern California Public Radio

Ohio To Launch New Registry of Habitual DUI Offenders


The Ohio Department of Public Safety has launched a registry of DUI offenders who have been convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence at least five times within the past 20 years.

This system is more up-to-date as it compiles information from offenders that already exists in electronic records.

Here are some important things to know about the registry:

  • It only includes five-time DUI offenders who have committed their offenses within the past 20 years. Convictions that are more than 20 years old will not be included.
  • The registry does not include out-of-state convictions.
  • Underage DUI offenses will be included in the registry.

What’s important to understand is that even if you commit one offense in Ohio, your conviction will still be found on your record if you plead guilty. An OUI conviction in Ohio can be very serious. Not only do you face possible jail time, you also have to pay very expensive fines, have your license suspension and you may even be required to install an ignition interlock device.

If you’re worried that you may be facing possible jail time, now is the time to contact an experienced DUI lawyer. Jail time can cause personal damage to you and can cost you your job. It is not worth it. Fight your OUI charges with the help of an experienced DUI lawyer. A DUI lawyer will analyze the details of your case and may possibly get your charges reduced or dropped altogether.

Click here to learn more about Ohio OUI laws.

Source: Journal Gazette

Most Honest DUI Offender Ever



Karen Williams seems to be the most blatantly honest DUI offender we’ve ever seen. The Cottonwood, AZ native was arrested on December 19, 2013, and you’d be surprise as to the nature of some of her responses and actions.

Police spotted Williams parked on the sidewalk. When they approached the vehicle, Williams was talking on her cellphone. However, police still suspected Williams to be under the influence. Her speech was slurred. Her eyes were bloodshot and police could smell alcohol emanating from her person. Later on, police noticed that she had an open can of beer in her lap.

This whole time, mind you, Williams is still on her phone. In fact, she ended her conversation by saying, “I have to go, I’m getting arrested for a DUI again.”

Apparently, Williams was on her way to pick up her daughter from youth group. Williams admitted to drinking six beers. When police asked Williams to take a field sobriety test, Williams responded that she “did not feel like it.”

Police arrested Williams and later learned that she had been driving on a revoked license. Williams was taken to county jail. She will be facing DUI charges as well as a violation for having an open container of alcohol on the car.

Getting arrested can be an overwhelming experience and sometimes people say things to the police that they immediately regret later. However, no matter how you acted with police, you should always get an experienced DUI lawyer to help you with your charges. A DUI lawyer will go over your case and guide you on what to do so you can avoid jail time. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, find a lawyer today!

Source: The Blaze

Three Buddies Get Busted for DWI in One Night


Three New Jersey DWI offenders are making headlines across the country for their actions on Thursday night. Even Gawker is calling the trio the “Human Centipede of DUI”.

Here’s what happened:

Carmen Reategui was pulled over Thursday night for swerving on Route 22 in Readington Township, NJ. She was given the field sobriety test which she failed. Therefore, police arrested her for a DUI.

Reategui was booked. However, she could be released as long as she could get a safe ride home. Reategui contacted her buddy, Nina Petracca, for a ride.

Petracca arrived to the station and as the police were telling her about the liability form, they could sense something was off about Petracca. Yes, Petracca was also drunk. They performed a field sobriety test which Petracca failed.

So, at this point Reategui and Petracca were both in need of a sober ride home. As a result, they called their other friend, Ryan Hogan. When Hogan arrived to the station, police then suspected him to be under the influence! Hogan was given a field sobriety test and failed. Holy moly.

Therefore, all three friends were arrested for a DUI. However, they called a fourth friend who finally arrived to the station completely sober.

Crazy story, right?

Needless to say, we here at 1 800 DUI Laws have actually heard crazier stories. However, no matter how crazy, if you’ve been arrested for a DUI, you should always contact an experienced DUI lawyer to help you sort things out. It’s the smartest thing you can do after making a not-so-smart decision. Find a lawyer today!

Source: Gawker

Giant Nutcrackers Remind Drivers to Not Drink and Drive



If you live in Utah, you’ve probably noticed some interesting figures standing outside of your favorite liquor stores.

Liquor stores throughout the state have been displaying giant Nutcracker figurines to encourage people not to drink and drive this holiday season. These Nutcrackers aim to remind drivers that Utah police will be out and about this holiday season patrolling for drivers who are under the influence.

Utah Second District Court Judge Thomas L. Kay says most people are unaware of the consequences of a Utah DUI.

“Most of these people think they are never going to get caught, and if they are they don’t know the consequences.”

Typically, for a first offense DUI in Utah, you may have to pay a $700 fine, face a 120-day license suspension and even spend up to 48 hours in jail. However, it all varies depending on your case. You may also have to attend alcohol education classes or even seek treatment for alcohol abuse.

Despite the Nutcracker’s warnings, Chief Tom Ross of the Bountiful Police Department is still encouraging people to enjoy the holidays while still acting responsible.

“You can have those parties, have a great time, and still be safe on the roads.”

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in Utah, remember, there is an attorney who can assist you with your charges. With the help of an experienced DUI lawyer, you may be able to get your charges reduced or dropped altogether.

Learn more about Utah DUI laws.

Source: Fox 13 Now

DUI Checkpoint in Reno This Saturday


If you’re driving to a holiday party in Reno this weekend, be sure to be as safe and careful as you can possibly be. The Nevada Highway Patrol, Reno and Sparks Police, as well as the Washoe County Sheriff’s office will be conducting a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Reno this Saturday, December 21, 2013.

The checkpoint is due to start in the afternoon on Saturday, December 21 and last until the evening.

Not only will officers be on the lookout for drunk drivers, they will also be looking for drivers who aren’t wearing their seat belts as well as drivers who are texting or on their phone while at the wheel.

This checkpoint is in addition to the extra troopers that have been deployed throughout the area looking for impaired motorists.

The consequences for a first offense DUI in Nevada can include 2 days in jail or 48 hours of community service. However, depending on the nature of your arrest, you could possibly spend up to six months in jail. You may have to pay required fines that cost you up to $1,000. Furthermore, your license will be suspended for an average of 90 days and you may be required to install an ignition interlock.

Please be aware that Nevada has an implied consent law. This means that if you refuse to take a chemical test you may face a longer license suspension as well as additional fines.

If you do get arrested for a DUI in Nevada, it is essential that you speak with a DUI lawyer right away. A DUI lawyer can help you get your charges reduced or even dropped.

Learn more about Nevada DUI laws.

Source: RGJ.com

Bill Murray’s Brother Arrested for DUI


The brother of Bill Murray- John Collins Murray- has been arrested for a DUI in St. Johns County, Florida.

Police spotted an Oldsmobile driving on the front yards of homes in the neighborhood of St. Andrews. When police arrived to the scene, the vehicle had come to a stop and was parked diagonally on Island Green Drive.

Police found Murray slumped over the steering wheel and were able to identify him via his California driver’s license.

Police stated that Murray showed signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes and boozy breath.

Murray refused to take a field sobriety test, but did submit to a breath test. His BAC measured at .222 percent. The legal limit in Florida is .08.

Murray faces DUI charges. He also received a citation for obstructing a roadway.

Oftentimes when you are arrested for a DUI, you receive an additional citation for committing a traffic infraction. This citation can be anything from speeding to failure to stop at a stop sign.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, it’s important to find a DUI lawyer right away. The punishments can cost you up to $10,000 in required fines, insurance rates and other costs. Furthermore, you may even be required to spend time in jail. In order to avoid these consequences, it is important that you speak with an attorney right away.

Source: Action News Jax

Buddy Arrested for a DUI



Buddy the Elf has been arrested for a DUI!

Well, not the actual Buddy the Elf. Someone dressed as Buddy the Elf has been arrested.

Brandon Touchet, 34, was dressed like the popular character from the Will Ferrell movie this past Sunday, December 15, 2013, in Louisiana.

He apparently got behind the wheel under the influence and was pulled over. Police could smell an odor of alcohol coming from Touchet. Furthermore, Touchet was slurring his words and he was unsteady on his feet.

Police administered a BAC test where his blood alcohol concentration measured .124. The legal limit in the state of Louisiana is .08.

Touchet was arrested and booked for a DUI while still wearing his Buddy the Elf costume. He was taken to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and later released on $1,500 bond. He’s being charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving at an excessive speed.

No matter what you were wearing, a DUI arrest can be very embarrassing. You feel ashamed and guilty because of your actions. It’s understandable. However, your embarrassment should not keep you from hiring an experienced DUI attorney to help you fight your charges.

The punishments for a DUI can include expensive fines, loss of driver’s license, and even jail time depending on your case. These are punishments that can negatively interfere with your life. A DUI can cost you your job and so much more.

However, a DUI lawyer is here to help. A DUI lawyer understands exactly what you’re going through and will assist you in getting your life back on track. Contact a lawyer today.

Source: NY Daily News

DUI Suspect Tells Cops They Are Wasting Their Time


There are a few things you shouldn’t say to the police when you are getting arrested for a DUI. One of them is “You’re wasting your time.”

However, that’s exactly what Stuart Ledman did when he was arrested for a DUI Sunday (December 15, 2013) in Memphis, TN.

Ledman was driving under the influence in East Memphis early Sunday morning when his vehicle drove into a mailbox on Walnut Grove near Goodlett. After he hit the mailbox, Ledman apparently pulled over and just sat in his still-running car.

Police arrived to Ledman’s vehicle and asked him to roll down the window. However, Ledman pretended to be asleep! Eventually, police managed to “wake” him up. As they were arresting him for a DUI, Ledman stated, “What a waste of time, messing with a drunk driver.”

Obviously, it’s not a good idea to give the cops any information nor is it a good idea to tell the cops that they’re wasting their time. However, no matter what you utter to the police during your arrest, you should always find a DUI lawyer to help you with your charges. The aftermath of a DUI can be harsh. You could face some really strict consequences such as expensive fines, a license suspension, and even jail time. These consequences can cost you your job and can ruin your personal life.

However, a DUI lawyer is here to help you avoid these consequences. The lawyers at 1 800 DUI Laws understand exactly what you’re going through and they can help you like they’ve helped countless other people in the exact same situation as you. You’re not alone in this. Find a DUI lawyer today.

Source: Commercial Appeal