Sunday, July 12, 2015

DUI Attorney on New Car Tech: Is the End of Drunk Driving In Sight?

"There might actually be a way to eliminate drunk driving on America’s roads—perhaps, even the world. A new technology is being developed that will allow vehicles to detect the level of alcohol in the bloodstream of drivers. If the driver’s blood alcohol concentration has exceeded the legal limit, he or she won’t be able to start the car. The technology will employ either a passive set of breath sensors or touch-sensitive contact points on a starter button or gear shift. According to federal officials, the technology could start appearing in cars in as little as five years. “The message today is not ‘Can we do this?’ but ‘How soon can we do this?’ ”—said administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mark Rosekind. “It is a huge step forward,” he adds."

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Role of a Criminal Defense Lawyer in the American Judicial System

"A crime is defined as any act or omission of an act that goes against a public law that forbids or commands it. All crimes feature four particular elements, namely, mental state (mens rea), conduct (actus reus), concurrence (mens rea and actus reus, occurring at the same time), and causation (occurrence of actual harm). Two categories of crimes Crimes are generally classified into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are considered lesser crimes, and offenders may only be required to pay a fine or endure a few days in prison, examples of which are drug possession and traffic violations. A felony, on the other hand, is considered a serious crime and is liable to be punished by imprisonment of no less than one year. Examples of felonies are theft, assault, battery, rape, and murder. "

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A DUI Attorney Can Assail the Evidentiary Value of Breathalyzer Test

"If you are stopped on the road, and suspected of alcohol DUI in Washington, you will be required to take a breath test. The state follows the ‘implied consent’ principle which rules that if an officer stops you with probable cause to believe that you’ve been driving under the influence, then you must comply to take a breath test to gauge your blood alcohol content (BAC). An exception to this compliance would be when you feel that the evidentiary breath or blood test would damage your heath due to a pre-existing medical condition, or due to an injury at the accident scene."

Monday, July 6, 2015

DUI Attorney: When Taking Legal Medications Leads to Drug DUI Charges

Everybody knows it’s illegal to drive while drunk in Kent, and anywhere else in the U.S. However, not many are aware that they can be criminally prosecuted for getting on the road while under the influence of drugs as well. Clearly, driving while under the influence of illegal drugs, like ecstasy, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines, among others, puts an individual at greater risk of accident. But what does the law say about legal over-the-counter (OTC) and doctor-prescribed medications? As any DUI attorney will remind you, anyone can be equally prosecuted for DUI when found impaired by legally prescribed, OTC, or illicit drugs. In Washington, as long as these drugs impair your ability to drive safely, you can be arrested and/or convicted for drug DUI, and depending on the extent of damage you caused, be penalized in virtually the same way as a regular DUI conviction.