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August 2012 Archives

Do I Have to Take Standard Field Sobriety Tests?

Most people have probably heard about, seen or experienced the variety of tests police give to suspected drunk drivers to try to determine if individuals are impaired. These tests are collectively referred to as standard field sobriety tests (SFST). Many people may be surprised to learn that they may refuse an officer's request to take them, and generally it is in a person's best interests to decline to have them administered.

Feds Push for More Ignition Interlocks in DUI Cases

Several months ago, we discuss how an insurance group was advocating for wider use of ignition interlocks in DUI cases. Now federal officials have gotten involved in the issue, and are trying to entice states to adopt laws requiring even first-time drunk driving offenders to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles.

Tennessee's DUI Law: More Than Automobiles and Alcohol

When most people think of a DUI they think of a person driving a car under the influence of alcohol. Tennessee's DUI law, however, encompasses many more activities besides driving an automobile after drinking. A Tennessee man recently learned this the hard way.

Multiple Warrants Issued Under Tennessee's "No Refusal" Law

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed how police were going to begin enforcing the new "No Refusal" law in Tennessee. This law gives police the ability to seek a warrant for a blood sample to support a DUI charge if the driver refuses to give consent to the test. At least eight warrants have already been issued under the new measure.

"Scarlet Letter" Plates Becoming Popular DUI Punishment in Some States

Imagine that you have been convicted of a DUI. You serve a short jail sentence, pay a large fine, and your license is suspended. You have paid for your mistake and you are ready to move on with your life. But wait-you are now told that you must put a special license plate on your vehicle indicating to the world that you have been convicted of a DUI. For drivers in Minnesota, Ohio, and a growing number of states, this form of public-shaming is part of the harsh reality of a DUI conviction.

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