Starting next year, ignition interlocks will be required for all drunk driving offenders. An ignition interlock is a small device that is wired into a vehicle's ignition system. The driver must blow into the device before starting the vehicle. If the ignition interlock detects a certain measurable amount of alcohol, the vehicle will not start.
Police are now required to obtain a warrant before searching the cellphone of a person who has been placed under arrest, according to the United States Supreme Court. With certain limited exceptions, the Court's recent ruling establishes that warrantless cellphone searches by police are unconstitutional.
Under Connecticut law, motorists are prohibited from driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI), which is otherwise known as "operating under the influence" (OUI) in the Constitution State. In most cases, a driver will face possible drunk driving charges in Connecticut if he or she is found to have an "elevated" blood alcohol content (BAC) while behind the wheel - defined under state law as a BAC of 0.08 percent or more.
Earlier this year, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he had directed federal prosecutors to adjust the ways in which they charged first-time, nonviolent offenders with drug crimes.
14-227a. Operation while under the influence of liquor or drug or while having an elevated blood alcohol content.
DUI / DWI Law. Statute 14a-227a, Sec. 14-227a. Operation while under the influence of liquor or drug or while having an elevated blood alcohol content.
Drunk driving charges against women have risen sharply in recent decades, FBI data shows, even as the number of male drivers arrested for DUI has been in decline.
If you believe that you are being investigated for a crime, you may want to consider hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases involving drug-sniffing dogs this term. Recently, Justice Elena Kagan issued the unanimous decision for the court for one of the cases. The decision for the second case is expected later this year.
A separate justice system for juveniles is not some sentimental Victorian notion that has no place in today's tough-minded criminal justice system. Cutting-edge research increasingly shows that the parts of the brain regulating risk taking and rational control are still not fully formed in teenagers.
Back in the day, couples would meet at family gatherings, parties, bars or church outings. Today, in an age of electronic connectivity, old-fashioned courtship can seem quaint. Like so much else, dating has gone digital, and more and more people are turning to online dating sites to find love - often successfully. Of course, the Web contains dangers as well as opportunities. Internet crimes are not an urban myth. But excessive concern about so-called predators should not lead to excessive infringement of the right to free speech and association, either.
The problem of domestic violence within families is very real. According to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control, nearly 3 of every 10 women in the US have experienced a form of what the CDC calls "intimate partner violence." This includes not only rape and physical violence, but also stalking.
If you are a motorist charged with drinking and driving for the first time, you might fear the worst. You could be worried about jail time, fines or losing your driver's license. While repeated convictions for driving under the influence usually mean stiff penalties, first-time offenders should not lose hope.