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17Aug 2020

New Jersey DUI Conviction Upheld Without Any Blood Alcohol Concentration Evidence

Most of the time, when an individual is convicted of a DUI, the state will present chemical (blood alcohol concentration) evidence to support its charge. This evidence is usually provided as the result of either a breathalyzer test or a blood test. However, a recent case in New Jersey saw an individual convicted of DUI without any chemical evidence, and that conviction was upheld upon appeal.The case centered around a...

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17Aug 2020

Can Prior Crimes Be Used Against You In A DUI Trial?

In our justice system, a prior bad act is usually inadmissible in a trial about a current crime. This is done for a number of reasons. One reason might be that prior crimes are so old an individual may have changed very much since the time of a prior infraction. The main reason is that knowledge of a prior crime may "poison" the jury's mind into preconceiving guilt, unrelated to...

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17Aug 2020

Which States Have Some Of The Harshest DUI Laws?

You should, of course, never drive under the influence of anything, anywhere. However, there are some states in our country where, depending on circumstances, you will definitely receive far more than a "wrist slap" for your first DUI conviction.Massachusetts has a BAC level of .08. It also allows an arrest for "suspicion" of driving under the influence as well as the most potential jail time for a first offense. You...

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21Jul 2020

New Jersey Man Has Blood Drawn Twice, First Without Consent, Second With, Are Both Illegal?

A New Jersey man was recently involved in a crash that resulted in the death of the driver of the car he hit. After the man under arrest was taken to the hospital, the arresting officer ordered a drug screening blood test, without the consent of the individual.After a brief period of time, a second officer arrived at the hospital and heard that the arresting officer had requested a...

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21Jul 2020

The Interesting Case Of Push Button Cars And DUI

Everybody knows that if you are under the influence, know you should not drive under the influence and want to "sleep it off" in your car, you need to make absolutely sure that your keys are not in the ignition. However, cars that have a push-button ignition have created some problems for drivers around the country.There are some states where police and prosecutors are trying to make that case that...

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