DUI and Driving Offenses

DUI Lawyers Get No Respect

March 21, 2014 DUI and Driving Offenses

I am attending the “Mastering Scientific Evidence” for DUI cases sponsored by the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA).  New Orleans is a wonderfully decadent city:  It is fun to see tourists strolling down Bourbon Street with Mardi Gras beads and a large, fluorescent-colored drink at 10:00 […]

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Drunk Cowboy in DWI/DUI Video

January 13, 2014 DUI and Driving Offenses
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Ready for DUI/DWI Appeals in D.C.

November 5, 2013 Appellate Practice

It is amazing to me there aren’t more appellate DUI/DWI decisions in D.C. Yes, a recent case – Taylor v. District of Columbia – dealt with the legal definition of impairment. Beyond that, however, there are few cases in an area of the law that is in urgent need of reform. Take existing case law on […]

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No More Weekends in DUI Cases

September 24, 2013 DUI and Driving Offenses

Always looking out for the best interests of clients, Michael Bruckheim has come up with a creative way for getting around the new requirement in D.C. that mandatory days of incarceration in DUI cases be served back-to-back. According to the new law that took effect in August 2012, second-time DUI offenders who are sentenced to […]

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DUI Trial Testimony: Basis for Car Stop

September 19, 2013 DUI and Driving Offenses

Q:            Officer, as I understand it, you were parked behind my client at the intersection of 19th and M Streets northwest? A:            Yes. Q:            And there were two reasons you decided to pull him over? A:            Yes. Q:            The first reason was that he didn’t pull forward immediately when the light turned green? A:            Yes, […]

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DUI Trial Transcript: One-Leg Stand

September 17, 2013 DUI and Driving Offenses

Q:            Turning your attention now, Officer, to the one-leg stand. A:            Okay. Q:            Mr. Jones had you step into the well of the court and demonstrate how you delivered the instructions on the night in question. A:            Yes, sir. Q:            And, in fact, you were speaking so quickly that the stenographer had to interrupt you.  […]

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DUI Trial Testimony: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus

September 7, 2013 DUI and Driving Offenses

BY DEFENSE ATTORNEY Q:            Now, officer, turning to the HGN? A:            Yes. Q:            The horizontal gaze nystagmus? A:            Yes. Q:            It’s fair to say that you are not an opthamologist? A:            That’s right. Q:            Or an optometrist? A:            No. Q:            Or an optician? A:            No.  I am not. Q.            But, according to the government, you […]

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DUI Trial Testimony: The Car Stop

September 4, 2013 DUI and Driving Offenses

Q:            Officer, you testified on direct that when you first saw my client, he was driving southbound on 7th Street? A:            Yes. Q:            You were driving northbound? A:            Actually I was parked.  I was parked facing north. Q:            When you first saw my client, he wasn’t speeding, right? A:            Not that I’m aware, no. Q:            […]

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Classic D.C. Trial Transcript: Key on St. Ledger, Part II

August 11, 2013 DUI and Driving Offenses

BY MR. KEY: Q:  When was the last time this particular machine, the one in Government’s Exhibit Number 4, was actually calibrated? A:  You mean auto-cal’d?  Are you talking recertified or auto-cal’d? Q:  All of them. You tell me when is the last time you calibrated this machine? A:  That machine I haven’t calibrated. Q:  […]

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Classic D.C. Trial Transcript: Thomas Key on William St. Ledger, Part I

August 10, 2013 DUI and Driving Offenses

In 2010, Thomas Key and Bryan Brown almost single-handedly dismantled the Metropolitan Police Department’s DUI program through a series of remarkable revelations about the inadequacies of the program. In 2011, the two defense attorneys set their sights on the program run by U.S. Capitol Police.  Here is Thomas Key cross-examining U.S. Capitol Police Officer William St. […]

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