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Both the state and federal governments often provide funding for DUI related research. Los Angeles residents constantly see new studies about the effects of alcohol and other drugs, and how impairment affects driving ability. New developments in research can provide a basic understanding to the public on why we have the DUI laws that are in place.

A Los Angeles DUI attorney can also help people make sense California’s DUI laws. A Los Angeles DUI attorney would also be able to explain how DUI related research may impact your own life. If you have any questions about understanding DUIs, contacting a Los Angeles attorney may be advantageous for you. If you’re interested in contacting an attorney, visit FindLaw’s Los Angeles DUI Attorney Directory. For more information about Los Angeles DUIs and DUI defense, see:


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LAPD Adds Drug Swabs to DUI Checkpoints

In Los Angeles, law enforcement officers have begun to use drug swabs at DUI checkpoints to stem the tide of drugged driving. The swabs, which were used New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, allow officials to test for marijuana, cocaine, and other illicit substances.

But is it legal for the LAPD to use these drug swabs at DUI checkpoints?

The Where, What, and How of DUI Checkpoints

With law enforcement cracking down on drunken driving across the nation, the use of DUI checkpoints is becoming increasingly popular. But what exactly are they and how are they legal?

Here's the what, where, and how of DUI checkpoints:

What Does Pleading Not Guilty to a DUI Mean?

In mid-October 2013, Lamar Odom has pleaded "not guilty" to a DUI charge. The reality TV celebrity and former Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers forward was charged with one misdemeanor count of a DUI, stemming from an arrest in August, Los Angeles' KCBS-TV reports.

On the day of his arrest, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer pulled Odom over after he appeared to be driving slowly and weaving between lanes, reportedly showing "objective signs or symptoms of intoxication." Odom was also unable to perform the standard field sobriety tests as explained.

Despite all the objective signs of possible guilt for a DUI, why would Odom plead not guilty?

Immigration Consequences of DUI

What are the consequences of a DUI for immigrants? Privileges for immigrants have been expanding recently. Perhaps most notably in California, where a law was just signed allowing undocumented immigrants living in California to be eligible to apply for driver's licenses, Reuters reports.

However, these privileges are not without consequences. If a non-citizen is convicted of a DUI, the results may look very different for an immigrant as opposed to a U.S. citizen. Here's a breakdown of what immigration consequences may come from a DUI for three immigration categories:

UCLA's Nick Pasquale Killed in Pedestrian-Car Crash

UCLA wide receiver Nick Pasquale was killed in a pedestrian-car crash on Sunday. Pasquale, 20, was walking in a residential neighborhood when he was struck by a car, and died at the scene, reports The Orange County Register. The driver of the vehicle was questioned, but then released. According to the Orange County Sheriff's department, there were no indicators of drug or alcohol involvement.

The sad tragedy of the former San Clemente High School graduate is an unfortunate reminder that, in car accidents, it's not only the driver, passengers, or vehicles that get hurt, but also pedestrians.

Here are some general legal and safety considerations when it comes to pedestrian-car accidents.

After the Breathalyzer test, field sobriety tests (FSTs) may be the part of a DUI stop that most people remember. But FSTs can often be challenged in court.

Based on a driver's specific situation, the FST may have been performed incorrectly or may not be a reliable indicator that a driver is intoxicated.

Here are three common weak points in field sobriety tests that can potentially be challenged by a driver facing a DUI charge:

After a DUI, What Happens to Your Driving Privileges?

If you've been arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles, you may lose your driving privileges.

Typically, authorities will take away your driver's license, or issue an order of suspension following a drunken driving arrest. The inability to drive can impact your work and your personal life.

To help you through this process, here are five things you may want to know regarding driving privileges following a DUI arrest:

5 Tips for Hiring a Los Angeles DUI Attorney

If you are charged with a DUI, you may be faced with choosing one of hundreds of options for a Los Angeles DUI defense attorney.

Choosing the right DUI attorney is extremely important, as you have very high stakes in the outcome of the case. A DUI conviction can lead to jail time, monetary fines, and a criminal record that can follow you for life.

To help you choose an attorney, here are five tips to remember:

Year in Review: 2012's Most Popular LA DUI Stories (Part I of II)

We would've thought celebrity DUIs would be the most popular topic for our readers. After all, this is LA. We're a bit of an industry town, if you haven't noticed. At least, that's the stereotype.

What were the readers really interested in? For the most part, non-celebrity crashes and information on how to handle or prevent a DUI conviction.

2 DUI Enforcement Efforts, 2 Very Different Results

When someone says "DUI enforcement," what is the first thing that comes to mind? For many it is the traditional DUI checkpoint, where officers stop passing vehicles at random and determine if there is reasonable suspicion of intoxication by alcohol or drugs. If so, the driver performs field sobriety tests. If those fail, a chemical test is requested.

DUI checkpoints aren't the only method of planned enforcement, however. If you've seen our regular checkpoint posts, you'll notice that both checkpoints and saturation patrols are listed. The latter is a different approach to the same problem. Instead of a stationary sobriety checkpoint, the same officers overload an area with patrol cars and stop drivers who show signs of intoxication or violate traffic laws. The same process is then used to evaluate sobriety.