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Survey Raises Constitutional Questions

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Survey Raises Constitutional Questions

He was driving in Reading, Pennsylvania, on December 13, as the flashing lights appeared. A man stepped in front of his car and forced him into a parking lot.

A woman there badgered him with questions and insisted on a mouth swab to determine if he was drunk or using drugs. Richard Nieves declined to comply. Instead, he sued.

The federal government insists that its National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving is a practical way to monitor road safety. The ...

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The NDR And The DLC

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The NDR And The DLC

The Driver License Compact (DLC) is an agreement among 45 states to exchange information regarding driver’s license suspensions, DUIs, and other traffic violations. When a driver violates driving laws outside the driver’s home state, the home state treats the offense as if it had been committed there; in other words, if California suspends your driving privilege and convicts you of driving under influence, but you live in Kansas, then Kansas suspends your driving privilege and recognizes your driving under influence conviction. ...

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Utah May Put Breathalyzers In Bars

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Utah May Put Breathalyzers In Bars

Drinkers at bars in Utah may soon have help deciding if they’re sober enough to drive. Breathalyzers could appear in bars across the state if Utah’s legislature adopts a measure proposed by Republican Representative Greg Hughes, who wants to reduce drunk driving in Utah.

Installing breathalyzer machines near juke boxes, video games, and pool tables would help younger drinkers who are still learning their limits, Hughes told the Associated Press in February. “It makes good sense,” Hughes said.

The proposal doesn’t mandate ...

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DUI Can Ruin Your Career

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DUI Can Ruin Your Career

If you are charged with DUI in California, you’ll probably worry about jail time, a fine, and a temporary driver’s license suspension. For the most part, those are serious but short-term consequences.

However, a DUI conviction can have another consequence that’s even more severe in the long run; it can ruin your current career and devastate your job prospects for the future.

Listed here are several ways a DUI can hurt your job and your future:

1. License suspension: If your license is ...

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DUI, Expungement, and your Professional License

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DUI, Expungement, and your Professional License

If you hold a professional license such as those held by doctors, nurses, or teachers, a DUI conviction can very negatively impact your professional career. For example, if you’re an RN in California, the state’s Board of Registered Nursing will be notified of a driving under influence conviction, and sanctions may be issued against your license. You can, however, have the conviction expunged with the help of an experienced California DUI defense attorney. An expungement is evidence that you have ...

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Fatal Crashes And Pot

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Fatal Crashes And Pot

One out of every nine drivers involved in a fatal car crash in the United States today would test positive for marijuana. That’s the finding of a study from Columbia University’s School of Public Health, which analyzed data on 23,500 drivers involved in fatal crashes from 1999 to 2010.

he report concludes that drug use by drivers is increasing. Drugs were a factor in 12 percent of the deadly crashes in 1999; but drugs were a factor in 28 percent of the ...

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What To Do At A Sobriety Checkpoint

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What To Do At A Sobriety Checkpoint

When you and your friends go out to celebrate the weekend, the festivities may include alcohol. If so, hopefully you’ll have a designated driver, or you’ll use a taxi or a car service. Real friends will let you sleep over rather than drive. But let’s say you have one glass of wine and after an hour or so, you feel fine. You decide to drive.

Drivers in California have the right to avoid sobriety checkpoints. If you aren’t driving suspiciously or ...

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When a DUI is a Felony

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When a DUI is a Felony

California enforces some of the harshest felony driving under influence laws and penalties in the nation. In California, even with no prior DUI record, a “Watson murder,” or “implied malice” murder can be charged if a person drives recklessly and causes the death of another while under the influence. When no fatality occurs, a felony driving under influence charge – typically a misdemeanor in California – can be upgraded to a felony in several ways. For example, a fourth (or ...

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Woman Not Guilty of San Francisco DUI

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Woman Not Guilty of San Francisco DUI

Even when you’re arrested and charged with DUI in California, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be convicted. After a four-day trial in January, a woman was acquitted of driving drunk in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood because she was running from an abusive boyfriend, according to the San Francisco city public defender’s office.

A jury found Marlise Paulo, 25, not guilty of misdemeanor driving under influence in connection with an incident in September. Paulo was visiting San Francisco with her ...

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