Archive, July 2011.

Those charged with crimes, especially serious crimes, should be aware that the current economic environment has adversely affected the legal profession---just like most other industries. As a result, unqualified and inexperienced lawyers are taking on cases that are over their heads---and without the supervision of more competant and experienced counsel. Therefore, defendants and potential defendants should independently investigate the credentials of the attorneys who may represent them. Don't just listen to an attorney's hype. Talk to people who know him or her. Examine their records. Ask …

Remember, you don't need to commit a traffic violation to be stopped for a dui. Roadblocks or so-called "safty checks" are prevalant this time of the year. However, roadblocks require certain preconditions in order to be legal. For example, there must be publication announcing the roadblock. It must be conducted under the supervision of superior officers, and the cars pulled over must be based on a non-discriminatory basis. Also, remember drivers, be polite and respectful, but understand that field sobriety testing and breath tests are designed to gather evidence AGAINST you. You are not …