Monthly Archives: October 2012

DUI vs. DWI


A client recently asked me what difference was between a DUI and a DWI. It’s a simple question, but one worth asking nonetheless. Both refer to the crime of driving a vehicle while impaired either by drugs or alcohol or both. The main difference is in what each acronym means. Continue reading

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DUI Hotel


Many people, myself included, love breaking the monotony of their everyday lives with the occasional hotel getaway. People associate hotels with vacation, room service, and spas. At least in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, hotels can now be associated with a DUI sentence. Continue reading

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The Anonymous DUI Tipster


Generally, an officer can stop a motorist if the officer has reasonable suspicion based on facts known to the officer that the motorist violated a traffic law. What if an anonymous tipster calls the police claiming someone is driving recklessly, possibly drunkenly? Continue reading

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US Supreme Court to Decide Forcible Blood Withdrawal Case


When you think of warrantless searches by law enforcement, you think of officers searching homes or cars. But what about searches into your body? Continue reading

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Involuntary Intoxication and DUI


Many jurisdictions consider driving under the influence a “strict liability” offense. This means that in order for a person to be convicted of driving under the influence, the prosecution need not prove that the person intended to drive drunk. In other words, you can be convicted of driving under the influence even if you did not intend to drive drunk. Continue reading

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