Naked Man Arrested for a DUI

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An Alabama man was arrested for a DUI on Wednesday, May 28 and besides his better judgement that was missing, he was also without clothes.

Yes, a naked Christopher Robert Vaughn, 26, was pulled over in Morgan County, AL after he was spotted by police driving erratically on Highway 67 near Blue Springs Road near Brewer High School.

According to Sheriff Ana Franklin, “The deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Christopher Robert Vaughn, who was not wearing clothes at the time of the traffic stop. The deputy stated the driver was very unresponsive to questioning and unable to perform and complete any type of field sobriety test.”

Franklin added that nine different types of prescription medication were “strewn about the interior of the vehicle.” Two types of these medications included Clonazepam and Lorazepam. Vaughn allegedly stole these medications from a home in Cullman County where he had been working earlier in the day.

Vaughn was arrested and taken to jail with his bond set at $21,000. He is being charged with DUI and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Cullman County authorities are also charging Vaughn with theft for stealing the prescription medications.

If convicted, Vaughn could face some serious jail and expensive fines. He also may be required to seek treatment for substance abuse issues.

Learn more about DUID – driving under the influence of drugs. Remember, the drug does not necessarily have to be illegal for someone to be charged with a DUI.

Source: AL.com

 

 

NYPD Detective Arrested for a DWI

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A NYPD homicide detective has been arrested for a DWI following a car accident on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

James Nash, 53, works for the Brooklyn South Homicide Squad. He got into a fender bender on West Fourth Street near Ave P in Gravesend at around 5:15 pm.

Police arrived to the scene and suspected Nash to be under the influence. Officers brought him into the 62nd Precinct station house. While at the station, Nash refused to take a breathalyzer test.

In many states, refusing a breathalyzer test can result in additional charges and the automatic suspension of your license.

Nash was later charged with a DWI as well as a breath test refusal charge. He was released on his own recognizance at his arraignment.

Many people who work in law enforcement receive suspensions from their positions, in addition to the criminal penalties they face after a being arrested for a DWI. The consequences for a DWI include possible jail time, a license suspension, expensive fines and community service.

Many DWI offenders are also required to attend alcohol education classes or install an ignition interlock. Ignition interlocks are devices that DWI offenders plug into their vehicles that detect if there is alcohol in their system. Drivers must blow into the device in order to start their car.

Learn more about ignition interlocks.

‘NY Daily News’ states that Nash’s arrest is one of many DWI arrests involving off-duty cops. Last month Detective Jay Poggi was arrested for a DWI. He also accidentally shot his partner in the wrist while under the influence. In addition to criminal charges, Police Commission Bill Bratton fired Poggi from his position.

Source: NY Daily News

 

BAC App Alcohoot Partners with Liquor Companies

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If you had a device on your phone that measured your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), do you think you would use it?

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A company called Alcohoot aims to fashion a breathalyzer out of your smartphone. Ideally, you would purchase the breathalyzer device for $99 off of Alcohoot’s website or from Amazon. The device plugs into our smartphone’s headphone jack. Utilizing “police-grade” fuel cell sensor technology, you would blow into the device and the free Alcohoot app on your smartphone will determine your blood alcohol concentration.

Alcohoot also has another app known as “Smartline”. Basically, you would preset your desired BAC limit before you head out drinking. The next day you take something called a “Morning Quiz” where you describe how you feel. If you’re not feeling great, the app suggests a lower BAC limit.

Recently, Alcohoot partnered with liquor giant Pernod Ricard, USA. You may have heard of some of Pernod Ricard USA’s products, which include Absolut, Jameson and Malibu. Alcohoot also recently partnered with Heineken USA.

“Alcohoot engages people and has the potential to change behavior,” stated Bryan Fry, president-CEO of Pernod Ricard USA. Fry believes that Alcohoot is “totally in line with Pernod Ricard’s strong sense of ethics and our overall commitment to fight against irresponsible consumption of our products.”

Ben Biron, Alcohoot’s co-founder, wants to make the app more of a “lifestyle brand” in addition to being an effective tool in preventing DUI incidents. He sees the app as being “part of the fun of the night”.

What do you think? Can an app like Alcohoot really prevent people from drinking and driving? Or are devices such as ignition interlocks more effective?

(Learn more about ignition interlocks at SmartStartofCalifornia.com.)

Source: AdAge

 

PA Bicyclists Must Submit to Sobriety Tests

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We get this question quite a bit. Can you get arrested for a DUI on a bicycle? The answer is a resounding yes. In fact, recently, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ruled that you can also get your driver’s license suspended if you are arrested for a DUI on a bike.

Commonwealth Court ruled today, May 28, 2014, that bicyclists who are stopped are subject to the same Implied Consent Law as drivers. In Pennsylvania, implied consent means that you must submit to a sobriety test or have your driver’s license automatically suspended. Therefore, if you are a bike-rider in PA, you, too, must submit to a sobriety test or you will automatically lose your driving privileges.

Learn more about cycling under the influence.

This decision came after a case in Butler County in which a man was stopped on his bike after riding through a red light. Police suspected the bicyclist to be under the influence as he was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. Police stated that the man refused to submit to a field sobriety test as well as a blood test.

The man was charged with a DUI but ended up pleading no contest to disorderly conduct. He received a year of probation. However, because he refused sobriety testing, he license still ended up getting suspended. The man attempted to appeal his license suspension, but was unsuccessful.

In 2004, Pennsylvania changed the wording of its DUI laws to omit the word “motor” in front of “vehicle.” Therefore, an operator of any type of vehicle, including a bicycle, is subject to sobriety testing.

In his decision Senior Judge James Gardner Colins wrote, “Deletion of the word ‘motor’ prior to the word ‘vehicle’ clearly shows that the Legislature intended to extend the Implied Consent Law to apply to the operators of vehicles… including bicycles, in recognition of the fact that the drunken operator of a bicycle poses danger to himself and to others on the roads.”

So, yes, you can still get arrested for a DUI and lose your license on a bicycle.

Source: PennLive

 

Woman Arrested for DUI Three Times in One Week

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Hopefully this will be the wake up call that will result in her turning her life around. Kimberly Micheloni of Douglas County, Colorado, was arrested for a DUI three times within one week.

Micheloni, 40, who works as an office manager for the IRS, was first arrested on May 13, 2014. Not only is she facing DUI charges from this arrest, she will also be facing charges of child abuse because she was driving her 14-year-old daughter. In many states it is a felony to drive drunk with a child in the vehicle and this type of charge can result in a possible mandatory jail sentence.

The next day, May 14, Micheloni was arrested for driving drunk again. Then, on May 20, 2014, Micheloni was arrested for a third time. She was also charged with careless driving and two counts of contempt of court.

Micheloni is currently behind bars on a $225,000 bond. In a jailhouse interview, Micheloni told reporters that she is currently taking prescription medication, which may be the reason for her reckless driving.

“I’m so sorry and if I hurt anyone it was wrong, it was just wrong,” Micheloni told reporters.

In many states a third DUI results in felony charges. In addition to possible jail time, many third time offenders are required to seek treatment, pay expensive fines, and have their driving privileges revoked.

No matter what type of DUI charge your are facing, it’s important to speak with a DUI lawyer right away. A DUI lawyer can guide you through the judicial process and help make sense of what is happening in and out of the courtroom. Find an attorney today.

Source: NY Daily News

 

Another Florida Judge Arrested for a DUI

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Something is happening with the judges in Broward County, Florida where they aren’t practicing what the law is preaching. A third Broward County judge has been arrested for a DUI within six months. Irony aside, this arrest shows that a DUI arrest can happen to anyone, no matter what walk of life.

Circuit Judge Lynn Rosenthal was arrested for a DUI on the morning of Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Apparently, at around 8 am, Rosenthal hit a vehicle belonging to the Sheriff’s Office that was parked in the courthouse parking lot.

Not a lot of details have been released about the incident, but Rosenthal was shortly arrested after the accident and taken to Broward Main Jail.

Rosenthal bas been a Broward County judge since 2012. She was appointed by Governor Rick Scott. She had previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney working cases that involved trafficking, money laundering, human smuggling, fraud and other federal crimes.

As mentioned earlier, this is the third DUI case involving a Broward County judge in the past six months. In November 2013, Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato was arrested in Boca Raton. Her case is still pending.

Earlier this month, Judge Gisele Pollack was arrested for a DUI where she actually injured another driver. She was charged with 4 counts of DUI and failure to use due care. She has since been suspended from the bench and is currently under investigation for possibly performing her job while under the influence.

Not only could Judge Rosenthal face a suspension from her job, she could also be facing possible jail time and a license suspension, depending on her case.

Source: Sun-Sentinel

 

Nassau County Brings Back DWI Enforcement Team

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If you’re located or spend a lot of time driving in Nassau County, New York, you should expect to be seeing more DWI patrols on the road. Nassau County has reimplemented it’s Selective Enforcement Team, or SET, to combat the growing numbers of drunk drivers.

SET was in effect from 2008 to 2011. On Thursday, May 22, 2014, District Attorney Kathleen Rice and County Executive Edward Mangano issued a statement saying that the newly established SET unit will now be called the DWI Alcohol-Related Incident Team. The team will be conducting more DWI checkpoints and enforce roving patrols in areas known for DWI-related incidents.

Marge Lee, the president of the group, Drive Educated Drive Informed Commit and Totally End Drunk Driving, believes that the DWI Alcohol-Related Incident Team is an indication that “clearly the county’s gone back to the drawing board and is looking for ways to make our roads safe. I’m very excited to hear the county’s bringing back SET.”

Rice and Mangano stated that the funding for the DWI Alcohol-Related Incident Team will come from police and prosecutors’ asset forfeiture funds or money taken in connection with criminal investigations. This amounts to $1 million.

Additionally, Nassau police plan on training more officers in the field of DWI enforcement as well as add staff members to its program that sniffs out drugged drivers. It also aims to add more breath testers.

“Nassau County’s new DWI Alcohol-Related Incident Team, together with the re-established Selective Enforcement Team, will be targeting drunk drivers – - not just this Memorial Day weekend but all year round – - looking to prevent senseless alcohol-related accidents and locking up those who break the law,” Mangano stated.

Source: Newsday

 

Don’t Get a DUI This Memorial Day Weekend

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You may be looking forward to celebrating the start of summer this Memorial Day weekend. We’re sure many of you will be attending barbecues and other events that may possibly involve alcoholic beverages. The rate of DUI incidents typically skyrockets during Memorial Day weekend. Many people drink way past their limit, resulting in a DUI arrest and possibly a tragic consequence.

The police are quite aware that drunk drivers are rampant on Memorial Day weekend. You may have heard through your local news that police will be increasing their enforcement this weekend. Whether it is through DUI checkpoints or saturation patrols, it is a smart idea to expect more cops on the roads this weekend. Many states are implementing anti-DUI campaigns this weekend that may potentially last throughout the summer.

Your chances of getting a DUI are greatly increased, no matter who you are or what kind of car you drive. The sad truth is that a DUI can happen to anyone. The only control you have over not getting a DUI is by abstaining from drugs, alcoholic beverages or any substance that contains alcohol in it.

If you are attending an event, be sure to designate a sober driver. Better yet, use a transportation service such as a taxi or Uber to take you to and from your event. Use your judgement. If you or anyone you know has anything to drink and if you have any doubt that it may be unsafe to drive, don’t get behind the wheel.

However, even with smart planning, sometimes people make a mistake. They use poor judgement and still manage to get behind the wheel. It happens. It’s inexcusable but it does happen.

If you do get pulled over by the cops, be sure to be as cooperative as possible. Don’t act belligerent, even if the officer is behaving in a way that may tempt you to get angry. Acting aggressive or being argumentative or violent can possibly result in a charge for resisting arrest.

Remember, you do not have to answer any questions without a lawyer present. While you are required to state your name and hand the officer your paperwork, you are within your right to remain silent. Be sure to do so in a way that is as polite as possible.

It’s important to know that in many states refusing to take a blood alcohol concentration test (in the form of a blood or breathalyzer test) may result in a charge and automatic license suspension. While it may not be required to take a field sobriety test, it may be required for an officer to measure how much alcohol is in your system.

Above all, use common sense this weekend. Don’t drink and drive. If you do get in trouble, it’s not too late to use common sense. Be cooperative with the officers and talk to an attorney right away who can help you with your DUI charges.

Happy Memorial Day!

What’s the Difference Between Traffic School and DUI School?

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There is often confusion about the difference between DUI school and traffic school. Many people think they are one in the same but actually they are quite different. A person who gets arrested for drunk driving is often required to attend DUI school. A person with a traffic violation is required to attend traffic school. Now, if you get arrested for a DUI and also have charges for a traffic violation, you may have to attend traffic school in addition to DUI school. It may be a requirement in order to get your license reinstated. However, it all depends on your case.

Unlike DUI school, traffic school may not necessarily be ordered by the judge. Many people opt to take traffic school to erase their poor driving record or to lower their auto insurance rates. However, other people who are ordered to attend traffic school by a judge may do so to avoid paying the expensive fines that result from a traffic violation. Many traffic schools are now being offered online.

In traffic school, students learn about defensive driving techniques and traffic laws. They learn ways to prevent automobile accidents as well as the effects drugs and alcohol can have on driving. A multiple-choice exam typically comes at the end of traffic school. The student receives a certificate of completion that they may be required to show to the judge or their auto insurance company.

DUI school is much different from traffic school. Most of the time, DUI offenders are ordered to attend DUI school as part of their probation. How long one must attend DUI school depends on the case. If someone has multiple DUI offenses or a high BAC, they may be required to attend more classes than if they were a one-time offender with a lower BAC.

In DUI school, you typically learn about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and ways to abstain from drinking or taking drugs. You may be required to participate in discussions and quite often members of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous lead talks on how you can get involved in local chapters. Staying sober is a requirement of DUI school and you may be subject to sobriety tests while you attend.

Attendance is key when it comes to DUI school. Unlike traffic school, you may not necessarily be required to take a test at the end of the session. You’re often graded on attendance and participation. Failing to attend all of your classes may result in a probation violation or even a warrant for your arrest.

Similar to traffic school, DUI school students receive a certificate of completion once they have finished their classes. It’s very important to hang on to this certificate in case you need to use it as proof to their judge or your auto insurance company.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI and are required to attend DUI school, you may be required to enroll within a certain amount of time. It’s important to enroll as soon as possible so you can avoid a probation violation. Luckily, 1 800 DUI Laws can help. We have a listing of DUI and DWI education programs throughout the country. Find a DUI school near you today.

 

New Teen Alcohol Craze: Vaping

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No matter what the statistics, the dangers of teens getting drunk and getting behind the wheel are serious. Recently, experts have noticed a new way teens have been getting intoxicated. It’s through a process called vaping.

Vaping is not to be confused with the smokeless cigarette trend. Vaping is a process where teens are inhaling the vapors of alcohol. It causes them to get drunker, faster.

“When you vaporize it or ‘vape’ it, it goes directly into your bloodstream. They’re doing a whole lot of alcohol,” stated Dr. Stephen Dewey.

When you drink alcohol, the body absorbs it over time. (Learn more about how the body responds to alcohol.) However, with vaping, the alcohol is inhaled immediately. This causes the person to get intoxicated much quicker than normal. It also causes the user to stay drunk longer.

Dr. Dewey also stated that there is a bigger risk of alcohol poisoning with vaping.

“You can’t vomit it out, so it becomes much more toxic. That means the levels in your blood are higher, faster. The likelihood that it will kill you is greater the higher the dose in the blood, so vaping will kill you much faster than drinking it will.”

Additionally, when a person partakes in vaping, there is a rush of alcohol to the brain. Researchers believe that this makes vaping much more addictive than regular drinking.

“For the adolescent it’s very exciting because the effects are immediate, and, which meets their impulsive nature. And so this is something that they’re very into right now,” stated adolescent addiction specialist, John Corbet.

Source: CBS Local