Monthly Archives: March 2013

Hospital and Morgue Program (HAM)


Another increasingly popular condition of probation for a DUI offense is that the defendant completes the Hospital and Morgue Program. Most of my clients who have been ordered to complete this program had no idea what it was or what it involved, other than what the name suggests. Continue reading

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DUI Suspect Held in Solitary Confinement for Two Years Awarded $15.5 Million


59 year old Stephen Slevin decided to drive across county in 2005. However, his trip was stopped short in Dona Ana, New Mexico when he was pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He was taken to the Dona Ana County Detention Center and was held there for nearly two years without ever going to court. Continue reading

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What is MADD’s Victim Impact Panel?


One of my clients was ordered to attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Victim Impact Panel as part of his DUI sentence. He asked me what it was and what to expect. After explaining it to him, I thought it was probably a question that many people have as attendance at “VIP” meetings are becoming a popular term of DUI probation. Continue reading

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Power Wheels, a DUI Getaway Car?


While most DUI arrests are no laughing matter, every so once in a while there comes a DUI story that I can’t help chuckling at. Continue reading

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New Zero-Tolerance Law Introduced in the State Senate


In June of 2012, I wrote about Assemblywoman, Norma Torres’s proposed zero-tolerance marijuana DUI law, AB 2552. The law would have made it illegal to drive with any measurable amount of marijuana in their systems. Fortunately the bill was eventually defeated, although it wasn’t without its successor. Continue reading

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