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September 2012 Archives

Driving under the influence: Amanda Bynes faces criminal charges

Former child star Amanda Bynes is back in the media following her recent driving woes. The recent reports indicate that, at the beginning of September, Bynes' California driver's license was suspended. Though she has always maintained her innocence against the allegations against her, the former actress is faces two hit-and-run charges, as well as one driving under the influence charge.

California highway patrolman arrested for DUI, tests negative

Blood alcohol tests are getting positive press in an unusual case where the results of blood toxicology testing have indicated that a California Highway Patrol officer arrested for DUI was not drunk. The CHP officer was arrested in August on a DUI charge after he allegedly collided with more than one parked car. He apparently also failed a DUI test, but the nature and results were not disclosed. He pleaded not guilty recently in court.

California clergyman facing DUI charges after checkpoint arrest

When anyone in California chooses to get behind the wheel of a car after even one or two drinks, they face the risk of drunk driving charges if evidence indicates that they have exceeded the legal limit under our state laws. This is true for anyone, no matter what their profession, as was seen in one recent case involving the future archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco that now faces DUI charges. He was arrested recently while driving his mother home after he went through a sobriety checkpoint and police suspected he had been drinking.

California assemblyman acquitted on DUI charge

A recent California DUI case underscores how tedious navigating such charges can be. As we discussed in a previous blog, a state assemblyman was arrested earlier this year on a misdemeanor count of DUI and another misdemeanor count of driving with a blood-alcohol level equal to or greater than .08 percent. However, a jury recently found him not guilty of DUI and could not reach a verdict on the second charge. One of the vital pieces of information said to be missing increases the potential for mishandled blood alcohol tests, which can result in false DUI readings.