April 22, 2015

Fairborn Municipal Court Judge Honored

Congratulation to Fairborn Municipal Court Judge Beth Root on her selection to the Fairborn City Schools Hall of Honor.  The Hall of Honor program recognizes the outstanding achievements of Fairborn graduates, former Fairborn faculty members and those community members who have provided exemplary service to the school district.

Judge Root, a 1985 FHS Valedictorian will be honored in a ceremony on April 24th at the Fairborn High School Auditorium.

Like Judge Root, we try to honor our home city of Fairborn by upholding the highest standards of the legal community. We hope that you consider us your Fairborn hometown attorneys. Call Charlie at (937) 318-1384 for a free Fairborn DUI consultation, and contact the Fairborn law firm of Babb & Rowland, LLC to help with your case.  We are a full service law firm dedicated to customer service.

"All I Do is DUI Defense." 24 hr. DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671 or my office at (937) 318-1384. I've been helping people accused of drunk driving for over 20 years, let me help you.
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April 21, 2015

What happens if I get a DUI in Utah, but my license is from out of State?

If you get a DUI from another state, and have a Utah Drivers License, Utah will suspend your license as if the DUI conviction occurred in Utah.  Many states have similar laws.  My friend, Evan Levow, from New Jersery, compiled a database from most states.  While his information looks correct, it is always best to contact a DUI attorney in your state to verify the information.  Laws change all of the time and there are always exceptions to the rules.  The link to database is  State by State DUI Penalties.

Thank you Evan to your hard work.

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April 20, 2015

Can Raising Taxes on Alcohol Reduce Drunk Driving Accidents?

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that raising the taxes on alcohol could reduce the number of drunk driving related collisions.

Researchers from the University of Florida studied the results of a 2009 tax increase on alcohol in the state of Illinois. In that year, the state increased its excise tax on beer by 4.6 cents a gallon, on wine by 66 cents a gallon and on distilled spirits by $4.05 a gallon, or by 1 cent more that consumers pay per glass of beer or wine and nearly 5 cents more for a serving of spirits.

According to the researchers, alcohol-related traffic deaths in Illinois fell 26 percent. The decrease was higher among young people, at 37 percent. Fatal crashes involving alcohol-impaired and extremely drunk drivers fell 22 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

"Similar alcohol tax increases implemented across the country could prevent thousands of deaths from car crashes each year," Alexander Wagenaar, a professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida, said in a university news release. "If policymakers are looking to address dangerous drivers on our roads and reduce the number of fatalities, they should reverse the trend of allowing inflation to erode alcohol taxes.”

Wagenaar’s comments reflect the study’s observation that alcohol has become less expensive in recent years as the result of a decrease in alcohol tax rates. The study notes that having 10 or more drinks a day would have costs the average person approximately half of their disposable income in 1950. Modernly, however, having 10 or more drinks a day would cost the average person about three percent of their disposable income.

"This goes against the conventional wisdom of many economists, who assert that heavy drinkers are less responsive to tax changes, and has powerful implications for how we can keep our communities safer," said Wagenaar.

As with many studies, you have to ask yourself, “Is this a true cause and effect situation?”

U.S. News reported that David Ozgo, vice president for economic and strategic analysis for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, had the same question. According to Ozgo, fatal collisions involving alcohol were decreasing before the tax increase.

 “In fact, the largest annual decline over the last eight years occurred in 2008, the year before the tax rate changed,” he said. “Importantly, Illinois alcohol-related traffic fatalities declined faster than the national average before the tax increase and this has not been the case since the tax increase.”

Ozgo’s observation makes us wonder whether it really is the tax that is causing the decrease in DUI related fatalities in the state.

Think about the averages alcohol abuser. Is the rather trivial increase in alcohol taxes mentioned above really going to stop someone from purchasing the alcohol? Is it going to keep them from driving after drinking?

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April 12, 2015 Should I request an attorney before I take the breath test?Absolutely. Upon arrest for DUI, you should ask to speak with an attorney immediately or as soon as possible. Do not make any statements to the police. There is an attorney (public defender) on call for that purpose. The officer will help you get in touch with them.

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April 19, 2015

Suspected DUI Driver Rockets Down Interstate the Wrong Way, Nearly Kills 20 Year Old Woman

Driving under the influence is never the right way to travel, and sometimes that lesson is quite literally true. Even an experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney could have difficulty making a case for someone who decides to drive along an interstate highway while under the influence—especially when that driver is headed in the wrong direction.wrongway-los-angeles-DUI

According to the Illinois News Gazette, police officers managed to stop 60-year old Michael Jay Nolan from driving west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 74 in Champaign County. The alleged DUI driver had traveled five miles in the wrong directions, from Ogden to St. Joseph, before a sheriff’s deputy was able to get his pickup truck to stop.

Considering the distance that Nolan covered, it’s fortunate that he forced only two drivers off the road during his wrong-way drive. A 20-year-old woman, Ashley Lurry, ended up in the median after meeting up with Nolan in her Chevrolet Cobalt. She and her passenger received treatment for minor injuries at a nearby hospital.

A Toyota Camry driven by 61-year-old Denise Chestnut landed in a ditch after swerving to avoid a head-on collision with Nolan’s truck. Although her Camry may never be the same—and Chestnut will probably never forget the sight of the headlights coming towards her on an expressway—she wasn’t injured.

Police were able to stop Nolan about 15 minutes after they received the first calls from frantic motorists alerting them to the problem. Nolan received tickets for illegal transportation of alcohol and improper lane usage—not his biggest problems, since the police also charged him with DUI.

One thing that Nolan and the two other drivers did right, however. According to the paper, all of the people involved had buckled up before they hit the road.

Locating a seasoned and qualified Los Angeles DUI defense lawyer is a critical part of the process of reclaiming your life, your time and your peace of mind. Call ex-prosecutor Michael Kraut for a free consultation right now.

Call attorney Michael Kraut at (323) 464-6453 for help if you’ve been stopped for DUI in Los Angeles. Or Contact our team online. We’re located at 6255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 1480, Los Angeles, California 90028.

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