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- Ignition Interlock Devices: What You Need to Know
An Ignition Interlock Device (“IID”) is a device that connects to a vehicle’s ignition and requires a breath sample from the driver in order to start the vehicle and to keep the car operating.
- DWI Over State Lines: Out-of-State Residents and DWI
One complication that can make handling a DWI much harder is when the defendant is from another state. This raises numerous issues that may not have simple answers. Every state has slightly different laws, and these laws can change at any time, so it is difficult to know how some of these issues may be resolved. We will separate common types of issues that arise when cases occur across state lines.
- How Are Crimes Charged?
In order to get charged with a criminal offense in Colorado, the police are going to be involved in some way. This means any law enforcement agency.
- Field Sobriety Tests
Before a driver can be arrested for a DUI offense, the investigating officer must be able to form a reasonable suspicion that the driver is under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating substance. This will be based on the officer’s observations of the driver’s appearance and demeanor and information about drinking or drug use the driver voluntarily provides when asked.
- Can a Cop Use a Drug Sniff Dog at My Traffic Stop?
The Fourth Amendment protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures. However, the United States Supreme Court has held that a drug dog sniff that is conducted during a lawful traffic stop does not constitute a search as an individual does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in illegal contraband within a vehicle. However, there are specific rules that police officers must follow when bringing a dog sniff dog to the scene.
- Reasonable Suspicion in DWI Cases
Law enforcement officers are adamant about cracking down on drunk drivers. But what is considered reasonable suspicion when making those stops? Reasonable suspicion can be complicated in DWI cases, but officers must believe some form of criminal activity has taken place before a stop can be made.
- Evidence Needed for a Family Violence Protective Order
Seeking a protective order after an instance of family violence can be complex. A protective order can be used to help a victim of family violence feel safer by restricting his or her interactions with the alleged abuser. However, there are several elements that must be proven to ensure a court would approve a protective order.
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in New Jersey
A discussion about what constitutes drug paraphernalia in New Jersey, as well as the penalties and consequences.
- DUI and the Military
One frequent concern that those arrested for driving under the influence may have is what effect a DUI conviction would have on a potential military career.
- Why is Michael Phelps Going to Trial?
For those of you who have not been following this story, let me catch you up. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete in modern history, was charged with his second DUI on September 20th, 2014.