Don’t Get a DUI This Cinco de Mayo!


Cinco De Mayo

Though not traditionally the biggest holiday in Mexico, many people across the US will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo, complete with frivolity and alcoholic beverages. Cinco de Mayor is traditionally a notorious time for drunk drivers and the police will be out and about patrolling for DUI offenders.

If you plan on celebrating Cinco de Mayo, it’s important to be careful. Even though we may not list an exact location near you, you should expect the police to be patrolling your area for drunk drivers.

Monterey and San Benito counties in California will be participating in the anti-DUI crackdown known as Avoid the 20. Extra DUI patrols will be enforced from May 2 through May 5. You should also expect the Avoid the 20 campaign to occur on Memorial Day and Independence Day Weekends.

If you’re located in Washington State, you should expect to see extra patrols in Kent, King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. These extra patrols will be taking place from May 2 until May 5.

If you do get stopped by police, it’s important to be very cooperative. Acting belligerent or angry with the officer can result in charges for resisting arrest.

If you get arrested for a DUI, note that the charges are quite serious. You could go to jail for a DUI or pay expensive fines and be required to complete community service. This is why you should hire a skilled DUI attorney to help you if you’ve been arrested. A DUI lawyer can explain your charges to you and help you avoid the unnecessary consequences of a DUI arrest.

Find a DUI lawyer near you.

Source: The Californian The Kent Reporter

Man Celebrating Divorce Arrested for a DUI



A man from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin was celebrating the end of his marriage last week when he decided to make the mistake of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.

James Snell, originally from Vancouver, was in Fond du Lac to finalize his divorce with his ex-wife. Once everything was settled, Snell decided to go out and celebrate the end of his marriage with a couple of drinks. He then got behind the wheel of his vehicle.

However, after a traffic stop, Snell found himself in a lot of trouble with the police. Suspecting Snell to be under the influence, police tested his blood alcohol level where his BAC measured at .18 percent. The legal limit in Wisconsin is .08 percent.

Snell was arrested and charged with drunk driving after appearing in a Fond du Lac County Circuit Court. He has since been released from jail on a $1,000 cash bond.

Unfortunately, Snell does have a DUI past which means he could be facing harsher punishments. According to police reports, Snell was arrested for a DUI in 1996, 1999, 2001, 2006, and 2008.

In some states a third or higher DUI arrest could mean felony charges. This could result in mandatory jail time, very expensive fines and loss of one’s driver’s license.

A DUI arrest is serious and it requires the help of a legal professional if you want to avoid jail time. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, talk to an attorney today.

Source: Columbian


First-Grade Teacher Arrested for DUI



A first-grade teacher from Warren Township, Indiana has been arrested for a DUI and it looks like her job is on the line.

Megan Brotherton is a teacher at Pleasant Run Elementary School. On Sunday, April 27, Brotherton got into a car accident on 54th Street and Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis.

Brotherton attempted to leave the scene but police eventually found her on East 46th Street. Police found that she had a open container of alcohol in her car as well as a “large amount of suspected marijuana”. She also had drug paraphernalia on her.

Brotherton took a blood test but police have not released her blood alcohol level. She was arrested and booked into Marion County Jail. She was later released on a $2,500 bond.

Brian Simkins, the human resources director for Warren Township schools, announced to the public that Brotherton has been suspended with pay effective immediately, pending an investigation into the matter.

“We didn’t have any indication that any of this would ever happen,” stated Superintendent Dena Cushenberry. “It’s a disappointment, and we struggle every time a situation with a teacher comes up. Our priority is the students. Right now, we just know the kids will be well taken care of today. We make sure those arrangements are made, and we will continue to monitor the students for any effects from this. It is certainly a sad time for us.”

The superintendent added, “If the charges (prove true), we certainly hope she finds the support she needs to have a healthier life.”

Brotherton is due to appear in Marion Superior Court this Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

If you are facing DUI charges and are worried about your job, talk to a DUI lawyer today. You may learn you still have options.

Source: Indystar


Englewood DUI Checkpoints


Chicago police will be holding a DUI strike force patrol in Englewood throughout this weekend.

On Saturday, April 26, officers from the 7th District will be conducting DUI checkpoints in the area to make sure motorists are sober enough to drive. The checkpoint will take place from 8 pm until 4 am on Sunday.

In addition to drunk driving, officers will also be making sure drivers are not speeding and are properly wearing their seat belts,

A Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit will be on site at the DUI checkpoints to allow police officers to measure the blood alcohol level of possible DUI offenders. The legal BAC limit in the state of Illinois is .08 percent.

If you get arrested for a DUI it’s important to know that the consequences are quite serious. You could possibly go to jail for a DUI or be required to perform community service. You may also have to pay very expensive fines and attend alcohol education classes.

If you get arrested for a DUI, you may also have to install an ignition interlock device. An ignition interlock is a device that you plug into your vehicle. In order to start your car, you must blow into the device. If the interlock detects alcohol on your breath, your car will not start.

It’s very important that you hire a skilled DUI lawyer to look over your case if you get arrested. A DUI lawyer can help you get your charges reduced or dropped altogether. Find an experienced DUI attorney today.

Source: DNA Info Chicago


AZ Rules on Marijuana DUI Laws


Arizona’s high court ruled today (April 22, 2014) that drivers who have a secondary marijuana metabolite on their system cannot be charged with a DUI based solely on that piece of evidence.

Prosecutors had argued that any trace of marijuana in one’s system should be grounds for charging the driver with a DUI. However, advocates of medical marijuana argued that marijuana metabolites can remain in one’s system for weeks after use and shouldn’t be used as grounds to charge someone with a DUI.

In the state of Arizona, an estimated 40,000 people are legally allowed to use medical marijuana to treat chronic conditions from pain to glaucoma.

This ruling comes after the state attempted to prosecute a driver for having Carboxy-THC in his system after he was pulled over. (Carboxy-THC is a metabolite of marijuana.) The judge ended up throwing out the case. The case went on to the Arizona Supreme Court where they ruled that considering any byproduct of marijuana in one’s system as a metabolite “leads to absurd results.”

The Arizona Supreme Court ruling stated:

“Most notably, this interpretation would create criminal liability regardless of how long the metabolite remains in the driver’s system or whether it has any impairing effect. For example, at oral argument the State acknowledged that, under its reading of the statute, if a metabolite could be detected five years after ingesting a proscribed drug, a driver who tests positive for trace elements of a non-impairing substance could be prosecuted. … this interpretation would criminalize otherwise legal conduct.”

If you are currently facing criminal charges for driving under the influence of marijuana, talk to an attorney today!

Source: AZ Central


Florida Rep Arrested for DUI


Dane Eagle

Florida State Representative Dane Eagle was arrested for a DUI in Tallahassee on Monday, April 21, 2014. He was arrested outside of a Taco Bell drive-thru.

Police pulled Eagle over after they witnessed him pulled out of a Taco Bell drive-thru on West Tennessee Street. Eagle made a U-turn in his black SUV and almost hit the curb. He then proceeded to run a red light. Officers pulled Eagle over and suspected him to be under the influence as they could smell alcohol coming from his breath.

Eagle told officers he thought the light was yellow and that he wasn’t drinking. However, when he got out of the vehicle, he stumbled. Eagle refused a field sobriety test and told officers he was “good to get home”. However, officers didn’t believe him and arrested him and took him to the Leon County Jail.

Eagle has since issued the following written statement:

“I was arrested in Tallahassee and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. While there are some decisions I would have made differently, I do not believe there is a complete and accurate picture of the events. Under advice of my legal counsel, I cannot discuss all the details right now, but look forward to publically (sic) sharing the entire story at an appropriate time. Until then, I humbly ask for everyone’s patience. I know that I am accountable for my actions and I look forward to communicating with my constituents in the near future on this matter.”

If convicted of a DUI, Eagle could face possible jail time, a license suspension, expensive fines, community service and the installation of an ignition interlock device. (Learn more about Florida DUI laws.)

Source: News-Press


MADD Wants Florida to Use Ignition Interlocks


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is at odds with the National Sheriffs’ Association over a proposal that would require a DUI offender to take twice daily breath tests instead of installing an ignition interlock in their vehicle.

Jan Withers, MADD National Director wrote to Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford saying, “MADD believes that amendments allowing for twice a day testing or 24/7 sobriety programs are okay, but these programs should never replace the use of ignition interlock for a convicted drunk driver.”

MADD wants Florida lawmakers to adopt the use of ignition interlock devices for all DUI offenders. Currently, Florida law states that second-time and third-time DUI offenders are required to install an ignition interlock. Additionally, Florida law states that a first-time offender with a BAC of .15 or more is required to install one.

An ignition interlock is a device that a DUI offender plugs into to their vehicle. In order to start their car, they must blow into the device. If the device detects alcohol on their breath, the vehicle will not start. (Talk to a lawyer today to see if an ignition interlock can be an option for you.)

“MADD believes Florida needs . . . a new approach to handle persons arrested for drunk driving as license suspension alone is no longer practical,” Withers stated.

However, Sheriff Mike Leidholt, President of the National Sheriffs’ Association, stated he is in support of the proposal, known as HB 7005. HB 7005 was approved last week by the Florida House Economic Affairs Committee. It gives judges the ability to require DUI offenders to take twice daily breath tests instead of or in addition to installing ignition interlocks.

“Of all the wonderful programs that sheriffs are initiating, I have not seen one that is as successful in reducing recidivism, managing corrections populations, and reducing alcohol related crashes as the 24/7 Sobriety Program,” Leidholt stated.

Which program do you think would be the most effective in reducing recidivism?



NY DWI Offender Was Trying to Tie Shoes



A driver from upstate New York is facing DWI charges and he told officers the reason for his reckless driving was because he was trying to tie his shoes.

On Easter morning, Joshua T. Lesson, 35, was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Route 40 in Stillwater, New York. Officers say they witnessed Lesson drive his vehicle from the southbound lane into the northbound lane.

Officers pulled Lesson over and Lesson explained to them that his reason for swerving was that he was trying to tie his shoes.

That’s a smart thing to do behind the wheel.

Either way, officers suspected Lesson to be under the influence. They proceeded to give him a field sobriety test. Officers then asked Lesson to take a breathalyzer test where his blood alcohol level was .12 percent. The legal limit in the state of New York is .08 percent.

Lesson was arrested and later released.

The consequences for a DWI in New York are very serious. Lesson could be facing mandatory jail time, a license suspension and very expensive fines.

No matter what excuse you give police, you need an experienced DWI or DUI lawyer to fight your charges. DUI and DWI laws across the country are very strict. You have a lot at stake when it comes to pending DUI charges.

A drunk driving defense attorney can look over your case and make sure your rights are in tact. Don’t face your DUI or DWI charges alone. Find an experienced DUI or DWI lawyer today. Visit 1 800 DUI Laws.

Source: Times Union


Donovan McNabb Arrested for a DUI



Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was arrested for a DUI. He served one day in jail this past Wednesday for misdemeanor DUI charges and was released Thursday.

McNabb was arrested on December 15, 2013 just east of Phoenix on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

McNabb was stopped on the Loop 101 freeway around 3am for speeding. Police suspected McNabb to be under the influence and arrested him for a DUI. No information has been released regarding McNabb’s blood alcohol level.

McNabb pleaded guilty on March 27 and was originally sentenced to 10 days in jail. However, 9 days were suspended.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office released McNabb’s mugshot Thursday morning. McNabb is currently an analyst for Fox Sports. Fox issued the following statement:

“We’re aware that Donovan McNabb was charged with DUI four months ago in Arizona. We have discussed this situation with Donovan at length, and we’re convinced that he understands the gravity of his offense and is sufficiently contrite. The legal process has been concluded and we plan no further disciplinary action at this time.”

McNabb is certainly lucky that he can keep his job. For other DUI offenders that’s not necessarily the case. Oftentimes, DUI convicts who work in the medical or teaching professions lose their professional license after a DUI. This is why you should fight your charges if you’ve been arrested. A DUI can cost you your job. However, a DUI lawyer can help you make sure your career aspirations are still on track. Contact a lawyer today if you’ve been arrested for a DUI.



Los Angeles DUI Checkpoints This Weekend


Hello Hollywood drivers! If you’re in the Los Angeles area, be aware that there are going to be DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols this weekend.

Be safe and don’t drink and drive. If you do get arrested, be sure to contact a lawyer right away. An experienced DUI lawyer can help save your license and make sure you avoid jail after a drunk driving arrest.

Here’s where the police will be this weekend in Los Angeles.

Tonight (April 18, 2014):

From 8 pm until 2 am, LAPD will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Sunset Blvd at Orange Grove Avenue in Hollywood.

There will also be a DUI checkpoint taking place in the city of Santa Monica. The location is undisclosed but expect it to be in a high-traffic area. The checkpoint will take place from 7 pm until 3 am.

There will also be a saturation patrol from 4 pm until midnight in downtown LA, Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Montecito Heights and the surrounding areas.

Also, there will be another saturation patrol tonight in the 77th Street Division of South LA.

Finally, police will be conducting a DUI checkpoint in San Pedro on Gaffey Street at Santa Cruz Street from 8 pm until 2 am.

Saturday (April 19, 2014):

There will be a DUI checkpoint in Canoga Park on Topanga Canyon at Cohasset Street. It will run from 8 pm until 2 am.

Be safe this weekend and remember there’s a lawyer out there who can help if you get into any trouble! Contact 1 800 DUI Laws right away if you need legal help.

Source: LA Weekly