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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2014 – The consequences for DUI/DWI vary from state to state and if anyone is injured or killed, the penalties escalate. “Make certain you clearly understand the laws in the state where you live, as each state has its own set of laws dealing with DUI/DWI. This is not to say that the actual blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is different. It is 0.08 in every state, although there are calls to reduce the level to 0.05,” explained Lakeland criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek. First-time offenders are not necessarily subjected to the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 20, 2014 – A recent federal court ruling in Texas stated that a man arrested numerous times for taking video footage of the police has both the right to file a lawsuit against the force and the right to photograph or film them in the first place. “The ruling could impact drivers arrested for DUI,” said Austin personal injury attorney Brooks Schuelke, who is not involved with the case. “Filming police in public has been a touchy issue for years. This particular case may change how the police handle DUIs.” Law enforcement prefers not […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2014 – A 19-year old man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed into a school bus. He admitted to officers on the scene that he had taken methadone before driving. The driver, Columbia, Missouri resident Devin Barnes, claims that he takes methadone under a doctor’s prescription as a treatment for heroin abuse. “This arrest raises a host of legal issues,” commented Charlie James, a Missouri DWI lawyer who does not represent Barnes. “Methadone can be taken legally with a prescription, but it is still a controlled substance. In […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2014 – During the Fourth of July period, a crackdown on drunk driving led to 236 arrests for alleged drunk driving, according to officials with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). Law enforcement officers from over 160 sheriff’s offices, Michigan State Police posts and local police departments participated in the crackdown from July 1 to July 13. In total, over 7,800 vehicles were stopped during the two-week period. “Law enforcement officials are more active in apprehending alleged drunk drivers during periods when drunk driving rates are higher, like the Fourth of […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2014 – A jury in Greene County has found a Springfield man guilty of driving while intoxicated, considering his refusals to provide a breath sample to police among the evidence. The accused, Steven Souter, hit another vehicle with his truck at a red light and then refused police requests for field sobriety tests and breath samples. Under Missouri law, a driver’s refusal to provide a blood, breath, saliva or urine sample to the police can be presented to a jury or judge as evidence of intoxication. “The decision to take or to […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2014 – There are exceptions to police warrant requirements. In some cases, officers can search a person or his or her personal property without a warrant. “The most common exception allows a vehicle search with probable cause. The main question here is, what kind of facts may lead to probable cause for a search for legal possession of medical cannabis?” said Thomas C. Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. “States that have legalized some forms of marijuana possession and/or use are trying to determine when the possession of cannabis triggers probable cause for […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2014 – DUIs usually refer to driving while under the influence of alcohol. With marijuara being more commonly used for a variety of reasons, such as medically/recreationally, comes the debut of marijuana DUIs. “As marijuana is sometimes used for medical purposes, there is a huge gap among states as to what defines driving under the influence. Twenty-three states and The District of Columbia are currently struggling to find an answer to that question. Interestingly, an Arizona court may have provided the solution to the question –and not just for Arizona, but across the […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2014 – Scooter taxi services designed to prevent drunk driving have popped up across the country. Scooter taxi services, also known as designated driver services, charge a fee less than double the cost of a taxi ride to pick customers up and drive them home in their own cars. A foldable scooter is stored in the trunk of the client’s car while the chauffeur drives the car to the client’s residence. The chauffeur then leaves on the scooter. “Services like this are a great way to help prevent drunk driving,” said Shaun R. […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2014 – Michigan saw far fewer traffic fatalities during the Fourth of July weekend in 2014 than it did in 2013. Over the 2014 holiday, police engaged in targeted enforcement of laws against drunk driving. This year, there were four traffic deaths in Michigan during the period from 6:00 p.m. July 3 until midnight July 6, according to a statement from Michigan State Police. In 2013, there were 19 traffic fatalities over the holiday weekend, and 40 percent of them involved alcohol. This year’s crackdown on drunk driving involved police agencies in 26 […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2014 – Under legislation recently approved by the Michigan House Appropriations Committee, driver responsibility fees for drunk driving and other offenses would be phased out. Under current law, drivers whose records accumulate seven or more points must pay a driver responsibility fee of not less than $100 for two years.This fee is charged in addition to any fines for the offense itself. Drivers convicted of other offenses, including drunk driving and reckless driving, often have to pay driver responsibility fees of between $500 and $1,000 in addition to their other fines and penalties. […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2014 – Legislation that would increase penalties for driving under the influence of drugs has passed the Michigan House. The proposal would bring drug-related penalties more in line with the penalties for drunk driving. Under the proposed legislation, drivers who refuse or fail a chemical test for driving under the influence of drugs could be subject to confiscation of their driver’s license. Drivers would be given a temporary permit issued pending conviction. Drivers would also receive a conditional bond and have their information added to a database to help law enforcement identify repeat […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2014 – All states define driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or above as a crime, but beyond that, drunk driving laws vary from state to state. According to Michigan drunk driving attorney Shaun R. Marks, Michigan’s laws are neither the harshest nor the most lenient in the nation. “Make sure you understand the state of Michigan’s laws and penalties for drunk driving,” says Marks, “and, if you are charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or with a related offense, seek legal counsel immediately.” State laws vary in […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – It is never wise to violate probation for a drunk driving conviction, but leaving posts about such violations on social media is an even worse move. A Michigan woman recently learned the consequences of probation violation, a prominent Michigan drunk driving attorney explained. “Violating the terms of probation only leads to worse legal consequences,” indicates attorney Shaun R. Marks, who is not involved with the woman’s case. “People need to be aware that the authorities monitor compliance with the terms of their probation — and that monitoring can include viewing their […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2014 – In the state of Michigan, more serious charges apply to drivers alleged to be driving with unusually high blood alcohol content (BAC), says a prominent Michigan drunk driving attorney, “Drivers whose blood alcohol content is alleged to be 0.08 or higher may still be charged with drunk driving, but when a driver’s blood alcohol content is measured at 0.17 or higher, then so-called “super-drunk” driving charges apply,” explains Shaun R. Marks, a Flint drunk driving attorney. One Troy police officer was recently charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2014 – Drivers accused of drunk driving causing death face very serious charges, explains a prominent Michigan drunk driving attorney. “When a death results from a car accident allegedly caused by a drunk driver, the driver is likely to be charged with a felony,” says Flint DUI defense attorney Shaun R. Marks. A 17-year-old student at Wyoming Park High School has been charged accordingly. He allegedly crashed a car while under the influence, resulting in the death of two of his classmates. He was charged with four drunk driving counts; two of the […]


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Participants are paid to review branding material and provide feedback on proposed designs. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – When law firms rebrand, create new marketing literature or design a new website, they want to know what their target market thinks. Anyone who has hired a lawyer in the United States after 2004 can now receive compensation for participation in a Custom Legal Marketing focus group. To qualify, a focus group participant must have retained a lawyer within the last 10 years. Both the focus group member and the retained attorney must have been (and be) […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2014 – According to Michigan criminal defense attorney Shaun R. Marks, those charged with drunk driving face higher penalties if they have prior convictions on their records. “Penalties increase substantially after the first drunk driving offense,” says Marks. “While a first offense for an ordinary OWI carries a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail, the maximum for a second offense is one year and a third offense can bring a felony charge with up to five years imprisonment.” That is what a Ypsilanti man is facing after police say his car entered […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – In Michigan, enhanced drunk driving penalties apply for convicted drivers with a high blood alcohol content (BAC), explains attorney Shaun R. Marks. “A drunk driving conviction with a BAC below 0.17, with no prior convictions in the past seven years, carries a maximum of 93 days in jail,” says Marks, who handles DUI cases. “However, a case with a BAC of 0.17 or higher brings a maximum of 180 days in jail.” Other penalties are enhanced for drunk driving convictions that involve unusually high blood alcohol content. A first offense with […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2014 – A Michigan resident who has had a driver’s license suspended because of an alcohol-impaired driving offense may have an opportunity to have that license reinstated. “A person convicted of DUI or OWI may be able to get his or her license reinstated if an attorney argues the case at an administrative hearing held by the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division of the Michigan Department of State,” said Michigan criminal defense attorney Shaun R. Marks, who handles driver’s license reinstatement cases. “However, it is important to be represented by an attorney who […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 10 , 2014 – Federal auto safety officials are pushing for ignition interlocks for anyone, even first offenders, convicted of driving under the influence. Ignition interlocks prevent a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. Although all 50 states and the District of Columbia use these devices, requirements vary. Currently only 20 states require ignition interlocks for anyone convicted of any drunk driving offense (including a first offense), but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now pushing more states to follow suit. “Currently, in Michigan, only people convicted of driving with […]


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