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New Laws Passed in 2016 (Police Quotas Unlawful in SC)

Written on January 2nd 2017.

I found a handful of interesting laws that were enacted in 2016, most of which passed and were signed into law by Governor Haley with no fanfare.  For instance, South Carolina Code Section 23-1-245 deems police quotas unlawful.  Specifically, the statue mandates that a law enforcement agency may not… read more

Posted in Criminal Law

Coffee Jitters = DUI?

Written on January 1st 2017.

A California man was charged wtih DUI and there was nothing in his system except for Caffeine.  The man was pulled over by an undercover agent with the California Alcohol and Beverage Control agency and arrested for Driving Under the Influence.  He registered .00% on the breath test and a blood draw… read more

Posted in DUI

Breathalyzer Problems

Written on November 11th 2016.

 

Below is an article out of New Jersey detailing a class action law suit seeking to overturn 20,000 DUI convictions.  It is alleged that an officer with the New Jersey Highway Patrol missed a step when calibrating thier breathalyzer machine, thereby invalidating thoursands of breath test results… read more

Posted in DUI

State Chemist Accused of Perjury in DUI Cases

Written on October 18th 2016.

Below is a link to an article out of Texas detailing a chemist from a state lab allegedly offering perjured testimony in DUI trials.  The chemist has two problems, first he mixed up blood that was drawn as evidence in DUI cases, and second it appears that he has been offering perjured testimony conc… read more

Posted in DUI

DUI and the Ignition Interlock Device

Written on October 12th 2016.

Ignition Interlock Device

In 2014 the South Carolina Legislature passed “Emma’s Law” which retooled many of the Driving Under the Influence (DUI) laws.  The largest overhaul dealt with the expansion of the use of the Ignition Interlock Device.  This can be good or bad for a person who is facing a… read more

Posted in DUI
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