DWI Blog Review

Some recent good stuff about DWI and DUI defense around the web that I’ve been meaning to catch up with:

Lawrence Taylor discusses an important random variable in the DWI arrest decision process: the officer himself.

Stephen Isaacs writes about problems correlating standardized field sobriety tests and actual impairment.

Anthony Colleluori educates on the differences between “drinking and driving” and DWI. (The back and forth comment section is as good as the original post – that’s one of the great things about lawyer blogging.)

Pete Guthier posts about a recent news story involving marijuana and driving while intoxicated.

Ken Gibson updates us on the most recent bars the Austin DWI Task Force is targeting. (Also see my past comments on how this practice becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.)

And Matthew Guilfoil starts his recently launched Missouri DWI Blog off with a flurry of posts, including an impressive article on the Missouri requirement that the State prove BAC at time of driving to sustain a driver’s license suspension, and the rising breath alcohol content defense. (Sadly, Texas has no such retrograde extrapolation requirement for its ALR suspensions.)

DWI Blog Review

Jon Katz posts about the junk science aspects of the standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Tests able to detect the presence of alcohol, but not the level of alcohol, such as the HGN should be recognized as such.

Lawrence Taylor finds a story about a DWI enforcement officer who himself refused to submit to a breath test when investigated for drunk driving. (That should tell you all need to know about whether or not it is a good idea to provide a breath test.)

George Creal finds himself encouraged by the Palm Beach Police Department’s long standing policy of providing rides home for folks who feel they’ve had too much to drink.

Stephen Isaacs discusses the requirements for probable cause to arrest for DUI.

Washington State DUI Blog describes the Finger to Nose field sobriety test. Despite, as he notes, this not being among NHTSA’s battery of standardized field sobriety tests, it’s not unheard of for me to see it administered to some of my Austin clients accused of DWI. (If I haven’t yet received a response based on my request for the arresting officer’s training records, this can sometimes be an initial indication to me that the officer who arrested my client doesn’t always “go by the book”.)

Guy Sharpe discusses one of the physiological differences between men and women that can lead to an overestimation of true breath alcohol content during testing.