SETTING THC LIMITS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA

There is an interesting article on FindLaw Blotter. Scientists are developing a roadside test, much like tests currently used to test for alcohol to determine if a driver is under the influence of marijuana. Some states have already set limits. Ohio and Nevada have set limits at 2 nanograms(ng) of THC per milliliter(mL) of blood. Pennsylvania’s limit is half of that, 1 ng/mL of blood. Washington residents are voting on a proposition that sets the limit at 5 ng/mL of […] Read more »

LINDSAY LOHAN: BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

Lindsay Lohan is in a difficult position. She is facing both a hearing on whether she violated her probation and a felony trial for grand theft. She is on misdemeanor probation for a third DUI. She could get up to a year on the probation violation since it is a third DUI with credit for the time she has done on prior violations and she could get up to three years in prison for the felony. More likely she will […] Read more »

VIDEO CAMERAS MOUNTED IN POLICE VEHICLES

Chicago mayor Richard Daley told the ABA conference this week that cameras in police cars will reduce the amount the city will have to pay out in damages for police malfeasance. He may be right. But let’s not forget the case of Raymond Bell who was arrested by Chicago police officer Joe D. Baker, a 23 year veteran of the force, for driving under the influence. According to Baker, Parker staggered when he got out of the car and could […] Read more »

HOW STUPID CAN YOU GET–No. 6.

A Woodbine, Maryland woman was arrested twice in a five hour period for driving under the influence of alcohol according to the Baltimore Sun. Police stopped the twenty year old woman for swerving across lane markers at 2:15 am on the third in Ocean City.She was charged with being under the influence. Maryland law prohibits a driver who has been arrested for a DUI from driving within twelve hours of her arrest. So when less than five hours after her […] Read more »

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT RULES PARTITION RATIO EVIDENSE ADMISSIBLE IN SOME DUI CASES

The California Supreme Court joined courts in Vermont and Arizona in finding that partition ratio evidence is admissible in defending against a generic DUI allegation. All states have separate charges for driving under the influence of intoxicating substances (generic DUI law) and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 (per se DUI law). Often people are charged with both generic and per se violations. Anyone driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or above is guilty of violating […] Read more »