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January 2017 Archives

Breathalyzers and DUI cases

California motorists should be aware that there many tests besides the Breathalyzer that can used against them in court as proof that they were over the legal limit while they were operating a motor vehicle. Passing or failing the Breathalyzer test does not result in an automatic conviction or acquittal.

Obama commutes 330 sentences on his last day as president

California residents may be interested in learning that, as his final act as president, former president Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 330 inmates. During his presidency, Obama commuted the sentences of 1,715 inmates. Approximately 560 of those inmates were facing life sentences for drug offenses.

Auto-brewery syndrome no laughing matter for sufferers

California residents may recall media stories from early 2016 about drunk driving charges against a New York woman being dismissed despite clear evidence that she was behind the wheel with a blood alcohol level of .40 percent. The case was widely reported because the woman suffered from a rare medical condition that essentially turned her body into a brewery. While the case provided fodder for the nation's late-night talk show hosts, auto-brewery syndrome is no laughing matter for those who suffer from the condition.

Prosecutor drops DUI charge after tests find only caffeine

Drunk driving charges against a 36-year-old California man were dropped on Dec. 28 when a Solano County prosecutor admitted that she had no hope of winning the case. Police say that the man was weaving in and out of busy traffic and almost caused several accidents before they pulled his vehicle over in August 2015, and they suspected that he was under the influence of drugs when they saw several health supplements and powders in his car. However, subsequent blood tests discovered only caffeine in his system.

The drop in drunk driving rates

Drivers in California and across the country may be pleased to know that the drunk driving rate fell to its lowest point in 13 years in 2014. This is according to federal statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The survey has been conducted since 2002 using the same methodology and is used as a measurement of drunk and drugged driving trends over time.

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