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Raleigh DWI Lawyer Questions the State of Utah Bill to Change DUI/DWI Laws to Lower Level of Impairment The national standard for determining whether a driver is impaired by alcohol has stood at .08 for over 10 years. Now, the Utah legislature has sent a law outlining a new standard to the governor for his signature. That new standard lowers the threshold of intoxication to .05, which would make state’s law the strictest in the nation.
Raleigh DWI Lawyer Wonders, Is Caffeine on its Way to America’s Controlled Substances List? According to current figures, an estimated 1.5 million Driving While Impaired (DWI) arrests take place each year in the United States. While alcohol accounts for the vast majority of those cases, an entire laundry list of controlled substances are covered by DUI and DWI laws.
Raleigh DWI Lawyer Notes Ignition Interlock Device Increasingly Required in Many States Ignition interlock devices (IID) have become a booming business. Since IIDs first came into use in the 1980s, some type of ignition interlock legislation has been passed in all 50 states. Many states now mandate the use of an IID for the first conviction.
Raleigh DWI Lawyer Questions Supreme Court Ruling on Compelling Blood Test in DWI Cases In the summer of 2016, the Supreme Court settled the matter of whether or not a law enforcement officer has the right to collect a blood sample without consent from an individual suspected of driving under the influence. In a decision that was 7 to 1 in favor of requiring a warrant for blood collection and testing, the Court preserved the right of law enforcement officers to request that the driver take a Breathalyzer test.
Raleigh DWI Lawyer Ponders New Challenges for States That Have Legalized Marijuana Use Marijuana has certainly been making its fair share of headlines over the last few years with just over half the nation joining Colorado and Washington in legalizing use of the drug in some capacity. As the number of states jumping on board grows, those lines once drawn between acceptable levels and outright impairment are becoming decidedly more blurred.
Conviction holding you back? When it is possible to expunge a prior conviction Criminal convictions can pose a great many problems. Even relatively minor convictions can be a huge headache. If you are eligible, an expunction can clean your record and give you a fresh start
NC Supreme Court Clarifies Expert Opinion Testimony Standards NC has changed the way it admits expert testimony in court. Expert opinions are now to be admitted only by a witnesses qualified as an expert. It is our hope that this will cut down on the junk science currently admitted in our courts.
NC State Highway Patrol arrests nearly 600 drivers for drunk driving during the July 4th Weekend Law enforcement officers were able to arrest 600 drivers during the 4th of July weekend. These numbers make it all the more important to seek help from a Raleigh DWI lawyer.
Raleigh DWI Lawyer says Research Shows that Cannabis Consumption Not Enough to Prove Impairment With many states becoming more lenient and legalizing medical use and even recreational use of cannabis, state lawmakers have been proposing changes to decriminalize its use. One major concern that both proponents and opponents share is the effect of cannabis on driver performance and traffic safety.
DWI Lawyer Says: "Peeling Out" Isn’t Necessarily Reasonable Suspicion When a police officer suspects that a driver is intoxicated, he may only stop the suspect under very specific circumstances within the confines of the US Constitution. If an arresting officer conducts an unlawful stop, an unlawful arrest, or an unlawful search or seizure, any evidence against the suspect collected during the arrest may be suppressed at trial. This can and often does lead to the charges getting dropped.