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Can You Be Arrested If a Cop Thinks You’re on Drugs?

Recently, a Georgia woman was arrested by an officer who had received ‘drug recognition expert’ training. The woman passed the drug test, but had to spend a night in jail and temporarily lost her license to serve alcohol at a restaurant before her case was dropped. Drivers in the area have reported being arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance even when tests prove otherwise. Many people that are pulled over by the police may have blood-shot eyes from allergies or being tired, have strange reactions to questioning because of nervousness, or have other reasons that would lead an officer to falsely think you’re on drugs. Unlike suspected alcohol use, drug-use cannot be proven on-site with a breathalyzer. What Are Your Rights After Being Accused of Drugged Driving? Right to Refusal: A common response to an officer suspecting you of drug use is to deny that you…
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Can I Sleep in the Car While Drunk?

You’ve had too much to drink at the bar after driving there, and you no longer feel sober enough to drive. You’re miles away from home, so calling an uber would be too expensive. Why not just sleep in the car until you sober up? Well, it turns out there’s more risks to that than you might think. Precautions to Take Before You Sleep in Your Car Drunk Don’t leave your keys in the ignition – This one is pretty obvious. What’s an officer supposed to think if he sees you asleep at the wheel while drunk, with the keys in the ignition? Don’t sleep in the driver’s seat – To a cop who’s pulling up, it looks like you’re drunk at the wheel. And technically, you are. Why give an officer probable cause to arrest you for a DUI? Sleeping in the driver’s seat gives him that. Don’t park…
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This Dallas Lab’s Mistake Could Affect Thousands of DWI Cases

Thousands of Texas DWI cases may now be contested as the creditability of a forensic scientist has fallen into question. Christopher Youngkin does blood alcohol tests for the Texas Department of Public Safety’s crime lab. He frequently testifies as an expert in DWI cases. He has become the subject of controversy since he may have mixed up lab results in 2013, then provided conflicting testimonies on the results while under oath. Because of his mistake, the crime lab’s results showed that a woman who hadn’t been drinking had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit. This error was quickly discovered, and the department called the incident a one-time error. The biggest issue is the way that this expert handled the mistake. The scientist appears to have provided conflicting testimony on his mistake. In one case he is on record denying that the incident occurred, while in another…
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