September

Blog Posts in September, 2011

  • 30-Sep-2011

    Liquor Control Board Member Arrested for Drunk Driving

    Members of the Liquor Control Board in Pittsburgh, PA, are probably a little embarrassed after one of their own, an unnamed woman, was taken into custody for driving under the influence. Thursday night, after a football game, she was involved in a ...
  • 30-Sep-2011

    President Obama's Half-Uncle Appears in Court for Drunk Driving Charge

    In one of our earlier blogs, we discussed president Obama's half-uncle being charged with drunk driving. On September 29, 2011, the half-uncle, Onyango Obama appeared in court for the charge. Reportedly, he found found the media's attention ...
  • 29-Sep-2011

    Social Network Sites Used Against Defendants

    Posting on social network sites, like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter can be extremely damaging to a defendant's case. In the past two years, in numerous cases, as a criminal defense attorney, I have seen prosecutors use defendants' posts ...
  • 28-Sep-2011

    DUI Issued to Person Driving School Bus

    Picture this: during your Monday morning commute, you've just left your neighborhood and you see a school bus up ahead. You expect to see the bus slow down and stop to pick up children at the street corner, but instead, the bus careens into a ...
  • 27-Sep-2011

    Life Sentence Imposed For 9th DUI

    A Texas judge sentenced a habitual drunk driver to life in prison after his ninth drunk driving conviction. In Kansas, the max sentence for a first time DUI is 6 months. The max sentence for any DUI after that is 1 year. Even the most lenient judges ...
  • 26-Sep-2011

    State Representative Sentenced For 1st Time DUI

    The DuPage County Republican Party chairman, State Representative Randy Ramey pleaded guilty to a first time DUI. He was fines fined $1,750, order to attend a victims' impact panel, and placed on one year of supervised probation. Additionally, he ...
  • 24-Sep-2011

    Ice Cream Shop Damaged by Drunk Driver

    Imagine enjoying a treat at your local ice cream shop, when a car races over the curb, smashing into the table you were just eating at. Crazy. While a drunk driver recently did just that, it was late at night and there were no people sitting around ...
  • 23-Sep-2011

    Man charged with second drunk driving charge 15 minutes after first DUI charge.

    Man charged with second drunk driving charge 15 minutes after first DUI charge. 58 year old Robert Brodnick, of Washington, Pa., was arrested September 19, 2011 and charged with drunk driving. Law Enforcement let Brodnick call a friend to come pick ...
  • 22-Sep-2011

    Diversion More Difficult In Some Cases

    While diversion is often a legitimate option for a first time DUI offender, sometimes it won't be available. The prosecutor will consider other factors, such as other accompanying charges. For example, the following scenario, which actually ...
  • 21-Sep-2011

    MIssouri Court of Appeals Makes Ruling Regarding Administrative Hearings in DWI Cases

    In a recent opinion, Hilkemeyer v. MO Director of Revenue, Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District—SD30811, the Missouri Court of Appeals dealt with the suspension of the Petitioner's driving privileges following a DWI arrest. The ...
  • 20-Sep-2011

    City Council Considers Posting on Facebook to Shame Drunk Drivers

    The City council of Huntington Beach voted against a proposal allowing the police department to post mug shots on Facebook of people arrested for DUI. The purpose of this law was to shame drunk drivers, in an attempt to prevent future drunk driving. ...
  • 19-Sep-2011

    Police Oppose DUI Checkpoint Legislation

    Police Officials oppose legislation which require warning prior to police conducting a DUI checkpoint. Santa Rosa legislators have encountered stiff resistance from local law enforcement regarding this potential bill. The bill, would require law ...
  • 15-Sep-2011

    Jaimie Pressly Sentenced to Probation For DUI

    After pleading no contest to drunk driving charges in Santa Monica, actress Jaime Pressly was sentenced to three years of probation. Pressly was also ordered to attend a six-month alcohol education class. Additionally, Pressley will be required to ...
  • 12-Sep-2011

    How Many Drinks Can You Have Before You Are Over The Legal Limit?

    People often tell me all that they don't believe the breath results. Sometimes it's because the machine may not be working and the results really are incorrect Other times it's simply because its hard to know what your BAC is. It's ...
  • 11-Sep-2011

    President Obama's Uncle Arrested for Drunk Driving

    President Obama's uncle, Onyango Obama, was arrested in Framingham, about 20 miles west of Boston. Police stopped him for after police said he made a rolling stop through a stop sign and nearly causing a wreck with another person. Police then ...
  • 10-Sep-2011

    College Wrestler Charged For Providing His Teammates Alcohol

    Penn State wrestler, Bryan Pearsall, was charged for furnishing alcohol to his teammates, who were minors. The minors were charged with underage drinking, often known as an MIP. All four involved are wrestlers who were listed on Penn State's ...
  • 9-Sep-2011

    New DUI Trailer in Kansas

    Kansas law enforcement showed off their newly purchased DUI trailer at their annual "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit Arrest" event. Kansas Law Enforcement had an increased focus on drunk driving arrests through the Labor Day weekend. During ...
  • 8-Sep-2011

    Celebrity Issued DUI For Listening To CD

    Celebrity Issued DUI For Listening To CD Orlando Brown, the star of "That's so Raven," was issued a DUI on August 12, 2011. However, he claims that he was not even driving! Brown's manager, Reno Rankin, claims that Orlando Brown may ...
  • 7-Sep-2011

    Not Above the Law

    Not Above the Law The Mayor of Highwood was arrested over the weekend for drunk driving. Charles Pecaro was cited for DUI by the police in Highland Park on September 4, 2011. Pecaro's vehicle was pulled over at 1:05 a.m. because he allegedly had ...
  • 6-Sep-2011

    DUI Arrest Probabilities

    DUI Arrest Probabilities Is the current amount of DUI arrests too much or too little? Is the public generally aware of the risk of arrest enough to prevent them from drinking and driving? Or do more people need to be arrested? As a DUI attorney, it ...
  • 5-Sep-2011

    Expungement of DUIs in Kansas

    Expungement of DUI convictions in Kansas Generally, under Kansas law expungements are permissible so long as the statutory requirements for expungement are met. However, specific crimes are listed in the expungement statutes as NOT subject to ...
  • 5-Sep-2011

    Teenager Wearing Breathalyzer Outfit Arrested and Blows Into Actual Breathalyzer

    Just a few hours after Halloween was over, Lincoln, Nebraska police officers pulled over a Ford pickup for allegedly observing him drive erratically. Inside they found a 19 yeqar-old male dressed as a Breathalyzer machine. The teen was arrested and ...
  • 4-Sep-2011

    Underage Drinking Challenges For Court System

    Experts indicate that minors are difficult for the criminal justice system because studies show they're more likely to drink harder and faster, and they're more likely to re-offend. The older teenager, just under 21, is more prone to binge ...
  • 3-Sep-2011

    Prison's ability to collect DNA versus Inmates' Religious Rights

    The Bureau of Prisons' practice of obtaining DNA samples from convicted felons was deemed acceptable by a Federal Court of Appeals recently. Federal inmate, Russell Kaemmerling, challenged the prisons' practice of collecting DNA, claiming it ...

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