Watch a Reporter Get Drunk

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After the NTSB suggested the United States change the legal drinking limit from .08 to .05, a local reporter decided to see how alcohol, even below the current legal limit, could affect her driving.

Yesterday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended to the United States that it change its legal drinking limit from .08 percent blood alcohol content to .05 percent. According to statistics, the NTSB stated that amount of drunk drivers on the road would be cut in half. This recommendation received the support of both MADD and the Governors Highway Safety Association.

However, this recommendation did receive some criticism, especially from the American Beverage Institute. Many people believe that changing the legal limit would punish moderate drinkers. Furthermore, most DUI accidents occur when the driver has a BAC level that is significantly over the legal limit.

As a result, reporter Suzanne Phan decided to see if she could operate a vehicle with her blood alcohol concentration being at .07 percent. Watch the video here.

Though the video shows that even having a little alcohol in your system can affect your judgment, what is important to understand is that everyone absorbs alcohol differently.

The way your body absorbs alcohol is just one of the many details a DUI attorney will look into if you hire one to help with your drunk driving case.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, it is imperative that you find a DUI lawyer right away. Let 1800DUILaws.com help. You’ll be glad you did!

New North Dakota DUI Laws

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A new bill has been signed into law in North Dakota that will likely affect all drivers arrested for a DUI after August 1st of this year. Governor Jack Dalrymple has signed into law House Bill 1302 which calls for harsher penalties for DUI offenders, especially for first-time DUI offenders.

Here are some the new DUI laws that will affect many North Dakota drivers.

Aggravated DUI: If you’re arrested for a DUI and your BAC was .16 % or higher, your charges will increase to an offense that will now be known as an aggravated DUI. If you are convicted of an aggravated DUI, you will have to spend 2 days in jail or complete community service.

Repeat Offenders: Not only will repeat offenders be required to face jail time, they will also be required to enroll in a 24/7 sobriety program.

Class A Felony: If a DUI results in the death of another, the DUI will be considered a Class A Felony. The offender will be required to serve 3 to 20 years in prison, depending on the nature of the crime.

Class C Felony: If injury resulted from a DUI, the offender will be facing a Class C Felony. He or she could face up to 2 years in jail if found guilty.

Obviously these laws may prove to be effective in keeping the roads safer in North Dakota and reduce the amount of repeat DUI offenders. However, it also means that more patrols and DUI checkpoints may take place throughout the state. It is important to understand that more police will be on the road, scouting for drunk drivers. Be careful, North Dakota!

While it is integral that you should never drink and drive, it is important for North Dakota drivers to understand that the judicial process can be very complex. If you get arrested for drinking and driving in North Dakota, don’t go into court alone. Hire an experienced DUI attorney and fight your charges.

Now that the penalties have increased, a DUI conviction can be very detrimental to your life. A DUI attorney understands what is at stake for you and will fight maintain your privileges and help you avoid jail.

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, contact a DUI attorney today!

AZ DUI Cases Affected by Old Breath Test Software

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In Scottsdale, AZ, almost a dozen DUI cases could be dismissed due to the police station’s use of faulty breath test machines.

Apparently, the Scottsdale Police lab has been using older software with their newer breath test machine. However, the older software was found to be incompatible with the new breath test machine. It recorded false results.

Furthermore, the new breath test machine was using this software since 2009. That means Scottsdale DUI cases that have taken place for the past 4 years will be called into question.

Remember, breath test machines are not the most accurate way to determine your BAC. In fact, 1 800 DUI Laws attorney Harley Wagner proved just that in his home state of West Virginia. You can read more about it here.

Faulty breath machines are just one of the many ways you may still have a case. You don’t have to be hopeless after a DUI. The only way to most effectively comb through the details of your DUI arrest is to hire an experienced DUI attorney.

If you are unsure where to find one, 1800DUILaws.com can help you! Just fill out this simple form and we’ll put you in touch with a lawyer who has handled DUI cases exactly like yours. Best of luck and remember, don’t go into court alone!

Nebraska Mayor Arrested for DUI

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The Mayor of Grand Island, Nebraska was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving on Saturday evening. Mayor Jay Vavricek was stopped after a local Nebraska citizen called in a tip about a drunk driver, with a vehicle description and license plate number that matched Vavricek’s.

Vavricek is awaiting the results of a blood test, but said in a statement that he was embarrassed by his own actions, and apologized ot his family, and the community. He also said he would take preventative action to be sure this incident did not repeat itself.

The Mayor has faced a tumultuous year in office, he was given a censure and a public reprimand by the city council, as they clashed over the resignation of a city administrator. He was also the target of a recall campaign, but the campaign organizer was unable to fulfill the signature requirements.

If convicted of the DUI, Vavricek faces a mandatory minimum of 7 days in jail, 6 months license revocation, a $500 fine, and other punishments.

Fullerton Police Using State Grants to Stop Drunk Driving

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Police in Fullerton, CA are using state grants to help fight against drunk driving. So far, in 2013, there have been 121 DUI arrests in Fullerton, and since 2009 there have been 14 motor-vehicle deaths, seven of those were alcohol related. The Police have admitted the city has a bar problem, and now they’re doing something to fight back against it.

The department will be using two grants, one for $146,222, the other for $50,000, to reduce the number of drunk driving incidents. The grants have allowed the department to implement 35 saturation patrols, where a pair of officers patrols the popular downtown destination for suspected drunk drivers. They have also staged one sobriety checkpoint, and four more are planned throughout the year.

They are also running undercover operations at court houses, where officers are following drivers with suspended licenses to the parking lot. Most of the drivers have had alternate transportation, but some unlucky residents have gotten into their cars and driven away, only to get pulled over and cited for driving without a license.

Drunk driving has been a problem in Fullerton, with the number of bars (47), and the close proximity of two college campuses. The grants will help fund different operations to help prevent drunk driving, as well as pay for overtime for the police officers.

Washington Councilman Takes DUI Plea Deal

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A City Councilman in Tacoma, Washington who was accused of driving under the influence will be able to avoid a criminal record with a plea deal. Kitsap County prosecutors agreed to the deal that will allow him to avoid the criminal record as long as he stays out of trouble, and follows other guidelines of the plea deal for the next two years.

Ryan Mello, the Tacoma City Councilman, must adhere to the following stipulations for this plea deal: maintain a valid driver’s license and insurance, attend a DUI victim’s panel, seek chemical dependency treatment, avoid drinking and driving and complete a six-hour defensive driving course. Mello must also pay $900 in fees.

The deal is fairly standard for a first time offender, like Mello, who’s blood alcohol level was near the legal limit at the time of his arrest. According to court records, Mello has already complied with most of the conditions set forth. Mello was arrested in January, after making a series of lane changes. He admitted to having a rum and Coke, and a glass of wine.

Snow Leads to DUI Conviction

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A DUI conviction that followed an arrest in January of 2011, was upheld in Montana last week. Mark Haldane, a Montana resident, was arrested after a police officer stopped him because snow was obstructing his view of the license plate. All of the license and registration information on the car was current, as it had just been purchased a few days earlier. After approaching the vehicle, the officer noticed that Haldane was intoxicated.

After his conviction in February of 2012, Haldane filed an appeal saying the officer had no cause for pulling him over, and that the snow covering the license plate was not sufficient. The Montana Supreme Court disagreed with Haldane, saying state law allows for the seizure of a private citizen based on merely a partial obstruction.

The Supreme Court did order for a new sentence after finding that the district court had handed down the highest penalty. He was originally sentenced to six months in jail, and ordering fines of $935. While this appeal did not vacate his conviction entirely, at least he was able to get his punishment lessened.

Phony DUI Arrests at Heart of State Trooper Lawsuit

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A Utah State Trooper is facing a lawsuit after 10 years of record setting arrest numbers. Lisa Steed built a reputation as an excellent officer, with a flair for finding drunken motorists. One supervisor even referred to it as an uncanny ability.

As it turns out, those abilities may not have been so much uncanny, as they were unrealistic. Steed and her former superiors are facing a lawsuit that alleges she filed falsified DUI reports. Those she arrested have said the arrests were disruptive and costly.

One man, Michael Choate, was stopped because he was wearing a Halloween costume, and Steed arrested him even though three breathalyzers showed no evidence of alcohol in his system. Choate took four days off of work to fight his DUI charges. They were ultimately dismissed, but he spent $3,800 on DUI attorneys in the process.

Steed was added to the DUI squad in 2009, and she garnered 400 DUI arrests that year. Those arrests were thought to be a state record, until recent allegations, and were more than double the previous DUI arrest record. Her arrests came into question in 2010 when Sgt. Rob Nixon noted that most of her arrests were on signs of impairment of drugs. A bulk of those arrests had no signs of impairing drugs in their systems.

Those listed on the lawsuit want the entire agency removed from their positions and held responsible for the damages Steed caused.

Officer Resigns After DUI Misconduct

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A trooper from Yakima, Washington has submitted his letter of resignation after an investigation that focused on his lies, sex, and misconduct on the job. Investigators say that Travis Lamb had sex with a woman just three hours after he booked her into jail for a DUI.

The investigation determined that Lamb had not broken any laws, but had violated the official misconduct statue. The woman he had arrested earlier that day, told investigators that he showed up in his patrol car and in his uniform. Lamb was not on duty at the time, but he was on call.

Lamb said the woman acted out of jealousy after he told her he wasn’t interested in pursuing a relationship with her. The investigators decided the woman’s story was more credible, because Lamb resigned, but no charges were ever filed. Lamb admitted that resigning from his ‘dream job’ was the hardest thing he had ever done.

It is believed that this investigation had no impact on the woman’s Washington DUI case.

Tennessee Man Collects a Dozen DUIs

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Anthony McGowan of Nashville, Tennessee, was arrested Tuesday morning for a DUI after dropping a child off at school. Police pulled him over after noticing his expired plates, and that’s when they noticed his slurred speech, and that he smelled of alcohol.

McGowan admitted to having several drinks that morning, and then told police he had just dropped a child off at school. He consented to a field sobriety test, before informing police that was on disability for back pain, and was taking his depression medication, as well as Celebrex, which is a pain medication.

McGowan’s license was revoked for being a habitual offender, any offense after four is considered habitual. . He has had eight DUI convictions since 1989, but also has three other DUI arrests, not including the arrest this week. He was taken into custody and charged with another DUI, and his bail was set at $70,000.

According to Tennessee law, penalties are substantially worse after the second offense, and can include forfeiture of the vehicle used. Any offense after the third is classified as a felony.