DUI Suspect Asks Cops for a Beer

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Leianne Francine Lazarus of Marion County, FL was arrested for a DUI recently. Police pulled her over and she took a field sobriety test. Lazarus also took a breathalyzer test where her BAC measured at .447! That’s nearly five times the legal limit.

However, the antics don’t stop here. After the cops arrested her, Lazarus had the audacity to ask the cops for a beer. We guess she wasn’t ready to stop partying yet.

Watch the video here:

Lazarus will face some serious charges if she’s convicted of a DUI. She may have to face a license suspension and pay some pretty expensive fines. Lazarus may also be required to spend some time in jail and she may be required to take alcohol education classes.

 

A DUI arrest is no joke. The consequences of a DUI conviction can be severe. With a DUI conviction on your record you could have trouble getting approved for a loan if you ever wanted to make a big purchase in the future.

 

Additionally, you wouldn’t be allowed to apply for a professional license if you are seeking to have a nursing or teaching career. Furthermore, a DUI can be a hindrance to any type of employment. A lot of employers will frown upon a DUI conviction when it pops up on a background check.

 

Your career is just one of the many important reasons why it is necessary to hire an experienced DUI lawyer to fight your charges. If you’ve been arrested and need help finding an experienced and qualified lawyer, you’ve come to the right place. Let 1800DUILaws.com put you in touch with a lawyer who is ready to help you.

Woman Sues Police Over Strip Search During DUI Arrest

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Dana Holmes, a 33-year old woman from Coal City, IL, is suing La Salle County police over a strip search that took place during her DUI arrest.

Back in May 2013, Holmes was arrested for a DUI where police say that her blood alcohol concentration was nearly three times the legal limit. According to Holmes, she had volunteered to take a breathalyzer test.

Holmes was taken to the police station where four police officers, 3 men and 1 woman, proceeded to perform a strip search on her. They took her to a cell, pulled her to the floor and stripped Holmes. They walked out of the cell with Holmes’ clothing. After a few moments, an officer returned with some blankets.

Dana Holmes and her attorneys believe there was no reason for this strip search to take place. They will be suing the La Salle County police. Holmes’ attorney has provided the local CBS news affiliate with a video of the strip search which they plan on airing during the local evening news tonight, October 1, 2013.

Whether or not the officers were within their right to strip search Holmes, this case shows how important it is to have an attorney look over the details of your case. Police officers aren’t perfect and if you feel you were mistreated during your DUI arrest, it is important to make that known to an experienced DUI lawyer. With the help of a DUI lawyer, you can possibly get your DUI charges reduced or dropped altogether.

Source: CBS News

More Mothers Getting Busted with Kids in the Car

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In an article posted on the WXYZ News website, studies are showing that more mothers are getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

It is all too often we hear news stories about people getting busted for a DUI with children in the car. Judge Brian MacKenzie believes that a lot of people are denying that mothers would ever do such a thing.

“People don’t want to believe they have a problem. Alcohol is so prevalent and accepted, a person who has a problem can lie to themselves and say everyone has a problem.”

Judge MacKenzie sees a lot of DUI cases in his courtroom and has seen the number of women driving drunk with kids in the vehicle increase.

“More and more women are working and are more likely to go drinking with fellow workers afterwards, more likely to engage in drinking activities,” he stated.

In almost all states, getting a DUI with a minor in the vehicle can be considered a felony. It means that you could possibly spend a lengthy time in jail and lose your driving privileges after that. A felony conviction is a serious matter that can cost you your job, your house and more.

Furthermore, going to court with a looming felony conviction can feel confusing and overwhelming, at the very least. That’s why it is always recommended you hire a DUI defense lawyer to see what your options are.

Angel Harris, a victim services specialist with MADD, states that driving with children in the car isn’t just a “mother’s problem”.

“We need to continue to make the community aware of this problem. It’s not just moms having a drink, this is going on everyday in your neighborhood, your community.”

Let’s hope communities can become aware and drink more responsibly before it is too late.

Source: WXYZ.com

4 DUI Offenders Arrested Outside Courthouse

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If your license got suspended after a DUI, do yourself a favor and don’t drive away from the courthouse where officials can easily witness you behind the wheel.

This is exactly what happened to four DUI offenders in Napa County on Monday, September, 23, 2013.

Early in the morning, when DUI hearings were taking place, officers were monitoring the Napa County Superior Courthouse. These officers witnessed four DUI offenders, who were ordered by the judge to not drive, get behind the wheel.

The officers stationed at the courthouse then went on to notify other officers in the field. These officers pulled over these drivers and arrested them for driving on a suspended license. Furthermore, these four DUI offenders also had their vehicles impounded for 30 days.

Napa Police Sgt. Brian Campagna stated:

“Many people arrested for DUI or who are driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license are under the impression that if they drive anyway, the consequences aren’t that tough or that the law doesn’t apply to them, or that they can drive without a license and won’t get caught.”

The truth is you can get caught. Plus, the consequences for driving on a suspended license can be devastating. The penalties for driving on a suspended license include an even longer suspension and probation period as well as the possibility of mandatory jail time. You would need to make another appearance in court and possibly pay additional fines.

This is why it is important to make sure your license doesn’t get suspended in the first place after a DUI arrest. Contact your state’s DMV right away to schedule your administrative hearing. This is the best thing you can do to save your license, besides seeking help from an experienced DUI lawyer.

Source: Napa Valley Patch

Tougher Wisconsin OWI Laws

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If you’re a Wisconsin driver, now is the time to really start to make better choices when it comes to driving responsibly. The state has approved updates to their current DUI laws that will create harsher penalties for OWI (“operating while intoxicated”) offenders.

Today, September 19, 2013, a Wisconsin state legislative committee has approved six bills aimed at creating stricter penalties for people convicted of drunk driving. These bills were brought to the state by Representative Jim Ott and Senator Alberta Darling.

Here are some important changes to the Wisconsin OWI laws:

  • A second OWI offense in Wisconsin will now be a misdemeanor charge. A fourth OWI offense will now be a felony conviction.
  • If you are involved in an OWI that results in the injury of another person, you must make a mandatory appearance in court and you may have to face up to 3 years in jail.
  • If the drunk driving accident results in the death of another individual, you may have to face up to 10 years in jail.
  • While first OWI offenses are still going to be considered a civil violation, if your blood alcohol content at the time of your arrest is .15 or above, your OWI will be treated as a misdemeanor.

The Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau will review the effectiveness of these laws after they’ve been implemented for a little over a year.

Stricter DUI laws usually means that more people will need the assistance of a skilled DUI attorney. Of course we all know you don’t intend on getting a DUI, but you never know what the future has in store. Sometimes people make errors in judgment. That is why it is important to know that there help for you if you get arrested for a DUI in Wisconsin. You can head to 1800DUILaws.com and find a local attorney who will be by your side. You don’t have to go to jail after a DUI.

 

Source: HNG News

Matthew Cordle Pleads Guilty

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Matthew Cordle pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in  Franklin County, Ohio.

Cordle made national headlines in beginning of the month by making an online video where he confessed to killing Vincent Canzani in a drunk driving accident. He made this video to encourage other people to not drink and drive.

In his court appearance, Cordle also pled guilty to OVI, or operating a vehicle under the influence. He’s due for sentencing October 10, 2013 where he will likely face 8 and 1/2 years in prison.

On September 12, 2013, Cordle raised eyebrows by pleading not guilty to operating under the influence, even though in his video he promised to receive the full punishment for his actions. While this seemed like he was going against the promise he made in the video, Cordle’s not guilty plea was actually a procedural move to ensure that a random judge would be assigned to his case. However, this plea wasn’t accepted as Franklin County Judge Julie Lynch believed it didn’t follow court procedure. However, Cordlie appeared in court the next day where Lynch accepted his not guilty plea and set a $255,000 bond.

In today’s appearance, Cordle appeared before Judge David Fais.

Cordle’s drunk driving case shows just how complicated the judicial process can be. It’s one of the reasons why its necessary to hire an experienced DUI lawyer to assist you with the process, no matter what type of drunk driving offense you are facing. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, find a lawyer today!

Source: USA Today

What Are the Chances Your DUI or Criminal Case Will Go to Trial?

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While there is no comprehensive study on the subject, it is a generally accepted fact that within the United States justice system, about 10% (or less) of people charged with a crime will ever have a jury hear his or her case.

The reasons for this seemingly low figure are plentiful. Below are the three most common reasons that help to explain the 10% figure.

Reason #1 – It’s Rare for Prosecutors to Seek the Maximum Penalty (or Unusually Severe Sentence)

These types of cases make up the majority of matters that proceed to jury trial, and the reasoning behind them is simple: when a prosecutor in a murder case, for example, seeks the maximum punishment allowed by state law (i.e., the death penalty in some states or life in prison without parole in others), the defendant has no risk in proceeding to defend himself before a jury. Because the prosecutor is not offering any type of incentive for the defendant to enter into a plea agreement, these types of cases will always be decided by 12 peers of the defendant.

Reason #2 – Prosecutors and Judges Want to Avoid Clogging Up the Court System

If fair plea agreements being offered were routinely unfair or overly harsh, too many trials would occur. While crime prevention is incredibly important to almost everyone in 2013, governments do not have unlimited money to see every case through to trial (it is estimated that a jury trial costs local governments $5,000 per day).

Prosecutors and judges need to conserve resources by providing an incentive (through a reasonable settlement offer) that will convince the vast majority of those accused of criminal conduct to accept an agreement and enter a guilty or no contest plea.  These reasonable offers free up valuable courtrooms, court staff, prosecutors and judges to try cases that have no realistic prospect of settlement.

Reason #3 – The Prosecution’s Case Falls Apart

Although this is the outcome is somewhat less common, there are times when the prosecutor has a problem proving his or her case (such as the chain of custody for an important piece of evidence, or weak evidence to begin with). Fourth Amendment violations resulting in law enforcement obtaining evidence that will be ruled inadmissible also occurs sporadically. The same potential problems can be found when confessions are ruled inadmissible because they were obtained without the famously known Miranda warnings.

By Los Angeles Attorney Jason Lieber

Man Gets DUI After Driving on Two Flat Tires

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Alcohol can do severe damage to your body. However, alcohol can also do severe damage to your car.

Stephen Matthew Sisson of Cooper City, Florida, was arrested for a DUI on Sunday, September 15, after police spotted him driving for 3 miles on two flat tires.

Police stopped Sisson after running a couple of red lights. They also noticed he had two flat tires. Apparently, Sisson had been driving for three miles while having flat tires.

When police proceeded to take Sisson’s BAC, they realized he was 4 times the legal limit. His BAC measured at .32 percent.

We all know that alcohol severely impacts our judgment, especially when it comes to deciding if we are sober enough to drive. It’s an unfortunate mistake a lot of people make on a regular basis.

While some people are smart enough not to get behind the wheel, others take the risk and end up getting arrested for a DUI. If this happens to you, you can still be smart about taking action to fight your charges. Find a knowledgable and experienced DUI attorney in your neighborhood by using 1800DUILaws.com. Fight your charges and save your driving privileges. It’s the best choice you can make after a DUI arrest.

Source: Sun Sentinel

 

Man Gets DUI at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

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Though it surprises many people, it is all too common to get arrested for a DUI at a fast-food drive-thru.

A Louisville man was arrested for a DUI at a McDonald’s drive-thru on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

Dwayne E. Blissett pulled his convertible into the drive-thru and began arguing with other customers in line. When police arrived to the scene, Blissett immediately admitted that he had a couple of shots of alcohol and that he had marijuana and cocaine on his person.

When he took a sobriety test, Blissett’s BAC measured at .165 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent.

Furthermore, the registration number on Blissett’s vehicle was rubbed off and Blissett did not provide any information on the owner of the convertible.

Blissett is being charged with DUI, possession and obscuring the identity of a machine or property.

If you were arrested for a DUI this past weekend, be sure to contact a DUI lawyer right away. You can possibly save your driver’s license and avoid jail.

Source: Wave 3

Study Shows Beliefs Change While Drunk

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A study from the University of Missouri suggests that people under the influence drastically change their beliefs about getting behind the wheel. The study was funded by the national Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and was published in the journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

82 people participated in the study. The first part of the study included the participants drinking alcoholic beverages to the point where their BAC would be above the legal limit to drive. They were then asked if they felt capable enough to drive. Most of the participants perceived that it was safe for them to drive as their BAC was coming down.

However, the participants were then asked the same question while sober. Many of them did not think it was safe for them to drive.

According to researcher Denis McCarthy, “It’s a good thing to keep in mind that your judgement when intoxicated is going to be different than your judgment the rest of the time. We showed that there are bigger effects on the descending limb of the BrAC [BAC] curve, which is important because that’s when people are typically driving home. People on the way down later in the evening are worse judges of how impaired they are, and they’re more impaired than they think.”

So, let’s say you go to a party and drink a little too much. You decide to hang around longer so you can sober up and be able to drive home. This study hypothesizes that your judgement may be more off than you think as you begin to sober up. For more people, they are less sober than they perceive.

This just shows how hard it is to make a responsible choice and how easy it is to get busted for a DUI. A DUI is a mistake a lot of people make, but you should rest assured there is help. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, contact a DUI lawyer right away.

Source: Philly.com