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    I just got arrested on a DUI – what’s next?

    150 150 Joel Leppard

    Driving under the influence (DUI) is defined as operating a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, a chemical substance, or a controlled substance. Those under 21 years old can be charged with a DUI if their BAC is 0.02% or over and commercial drivers can be charged if their…

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    Florida’s new drone privacy bill affects multiple industries

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    The global market for non-military drones has recently been estimated as a $2.5 billion industry that is continuing to grow. While Fortune 500 companies such as Amazon are investigating potential drone use for their delivery service, less publicized industries are also prepared for drone operation. The benefits of drones to the agriculture, construction, energy and mining…

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    New law makes traffic ticket quotas illegal in Florida

    150 150 Joel Leppard

    It is not uncommon to see police officers implementing speed traps in areas where the speed limit drops drastically within short distances. Sometimes, officers feel the need to implement these speed traps in order to meet monthly traffic ticket quotas. Fortunately for motorists, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law this week that forbids local governments…

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    New York state settles landmark suit over public defenders

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    Apparently, the reperesentation by public defenders is so bad in NY that the state settled  a lawsuit claiming its public defense system is underfunded and violates indigent’s rights to effective counsel. Under the agreement, New York must spend $4 million in the next two years to “increase attorney communications with poor criminal defendants, promote the…

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    Nevada SC strikes down DUI implied consent law

    150 150 Joel Leppard

    Last week, the Nevada Supreme Court  ruled [opinion, PDF] that Nevada’s implied consent law, which allows police officers to take blood samples of motorists to determine impairment, is unconstitutional under the 4th Amendment.  It’s ruling relied on the US SC  decision in Missouri v. McNeely [SCOTUS blog background] which held that the fourth amendment may require a warrant [JURIST report] for…

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