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Proposal to Ban DUI Checkpoints in Rhode Island

Posted April 13, 2011

The Fresno Police Department is notorious for operating driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoints around the city. Interestingly, the checkpoints are almost always operated at a few predetermined locations throughout the city. One of the most commonly operated checkpoints is near the intersection of Palm Avenue and Nees Avenue. While the Fresno Police Department claims that the checkpoints are designed…Continue Reading

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Fresno Police Conduct St. Patrick’s Day DUI Sting

Posted March 18, 2011

According to the Fresno Bee, members of the Fresno Police Department conducted a Driving Under the Influence Sting on St. Patrick’s Day. Apparently, undercover officers with the Fresno Police Department watched allegedly intoxicated individuals leave local establishments and attempt to drive home. Once the individuals attempted to drive, the undercover officers would contact uniformed officers,…Continue Reading

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Penalties for Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Posted March 10, 2011

Over the years penalties for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) have become harsher. With few exceptions (How To Obtain a Restricted License After a Second Conviction) the penalties and related licensing consequences an individual will face if convicted of driving under the influence will cause many to suffer additional hardships in both their personal and…Continue Reading

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Ten Steps to Consider if Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

Posted March 8, 2011

The only way to avoid an arrest for driving under the influence is to not drink and drive. However, if you have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence there are a few steps you should consider taking in order to protect your rights. Within 10-days following your arrest for driving under the…Continue Reading

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How to Obtain a Restricted License After a Second DUI Conviction

Posted March 7, 2011

Recently, the Legislature amended the law with respect to an individual’s ability to obtain a restricted license if convicted of a second violation, within ten years, of driving under the influence. On July 1, 2010, Vehicle Code section 13352 was amended, in part, to allow an individual who has been convicted of a second violation…Continue Reading

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Lose Your Sobriety, Lose Your Driver’s License, Lose Your Job

Posted January 21, 2011

Recently, a California court affirmed in Ziehlke v. Valverde (2011) Cal.App.Lexis 77, that a commercial driver can lose his or her driving privilege for one year, if convicted of driving any vehicle with a blood alcohol level greater than .08%. The court determined that a commercial driver who is “convicted” of driving with a blood…Continue Reading

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Does The Fresno Police Have To Show DUI Checkpoint Locations?

Posted January 20, 2011

The Fresno Police Department Operated a DUI Checkpoint over the weekend. According to the local media, approximately 33 motorists were arrested by members of the Fresno Police Department over the weekend (January 24, 25 of 2011) at a DUI checkpoint in Southeast Fresno. Over the past several years, the Fresno Police Department has routinely set up checkpoints at various locations in the city…Continue Reading

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