Tiger Woods was arrested upon suspicion of DUI early Monday morning. Woods was reportedly driving “erratically, all over the road” when he was stopped law-enforcement sources told TMZ. As the officer approached he reportedly smelled alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. However, Woods states it was a bad reaction to his medications, and not alcohol, that caused him to drive so erratically. Woods refused a breathalyzer test on scene and was arrested for DUI. DUI’s are not just the result of alcohol; driving under the influence of any intoxicating substance can result in a DUI or DUID charge. There is plenty of confusion regarding legal blood concentrations of prescribed medications while driving. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Colorado DUI, Denver DUID Defense, Traffic, and Criminal Defense. Call our Denver office today for a free consultation.
Cite: Yaron Steinbuch, Gabrielle Fonrouge, and Bruce Golding, New York Post, 5/29/2017; Doug Ferguson, AP Gold Write, ABC News, 5/30/2017.
Link: http://nypost.com/2017/05/29/tiger-woods-arrested-for-dui-in-florida/ ; http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/tiger-woods-medication-alcohol-led-dui-arrest-47715908
Dash Cam Video
A California driver was almost ecstatic to get a ticket for driving 88 MPH in his vintage DeLorean. The man decided in the moment to recreate the scene from “Back to the Future.” Unfortunately, he was caught and ticketed by a police officer. The man reportedly did not travel back in time to avoid the ticket, choosing instead to own up to his crime and pay the speeding ticket. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal and Denver Traffic Ticket Defense. Call our Denver office today for a free consultation.
Cite: CNN, 5/31/2017
The three then homeless individuals were convicted of violating Denver’s law banning camping on public property. The three have since called the ban a “survival ban” as they claim the law only allows them to wear basic clothes to deal with the elements. The sentences for all three included fines and probation. Randy Russell, one of the defendants who is still homeless, is just hoping he won’t be cited again. City officials have said there is enough space in shelters to house Denver’s homeless population, but people who have pets or do not want to follow shelter rules cannot stay in them. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense. Contact our Denver office today for a Free consultation.
Cite: Colleen Slevin, Associated Press, 4/5/2017
Greeley Woman gets 20-Years for Dealing Drugs
Elizabeth Navarro was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday. She pleaded guilty to money laundering and possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute. The task force that made the arrest seized more than 20 pounds of meth, a pound of heroin, 6 pounds of marijuana, 300 marijuana plants, nine handguns and $110,000. Navarro hid the drugs in her child’s bedroom. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense including felony drug offenses. Call our Denver office today for a Free Consultation.
Cite: Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, 3/1/2017
Using a fraudulent lift ticket carries a maximum fine of up to $999 and 180 days in jail. So far this winter, there have been 39 such cases reported to police, as opposed to 4 cases during the same period last year. Vail police say suspects are either issued a summons or are arrested depending on the circumstances. Police say tickets are being unlawfully sold online. Vail Police tell a story of a buyer who bought $2,000 worth of ticket with a credit card, and then sold them on Craigslist. The tickets eventually came up as invalid after the buyer reported his credit card as stolen. Vail Police say the only authorized dealer of lift ticket is Vail Resorts. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense. Call our Denver office today for a Free Consultation.
Cite: Jesse Paul, The Denver Post, 2/22/2017
A 25-year-old bouncer at a daquiri bar, was allegedly driving drunk when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into 32 people at one of New Orleans’ biggest Mardi Gras parades. Many people were hurt. Police arrived and the driver registered a BAC of .232, almost three times the legal limit of .08 in that state. The driver faces charges of first-degree vehicular negligence, hit-and-run driving, DUI and reckless driving. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the fields of DUI, and Traffic Ticket Defense. If you have been charged with DUI, Careless Driving, or Reckless Driving, you need a skilled attorney to represent your interests. Call our Denver office today at 303-635-6768 for a Free Consultation.
Cite: Emily Saul, New York Post, 2/26/2017
New information reveals that insurance companies use your driving record to when determining risk. This is not news when it comes to your auto insurance premium, but it does come as a surprise to some that your driving record could be a factor in your Life Insurance and Home Owners Insurance policies. Based on 7.4 million vehicle records from 2006 to 2010 crossed referenced with death records from 2007 to 2010, companies found correlation between a person driving record and likelihood of death. For example, people with serious violations, such as DUI, had a 71% higher death rate than people of the same age with clean driving records or minor violations. In this digital age, your driving record is becoming increasingly important. If you are charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, or any other type of traffic offense, call our office. We can help keep your record clean. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense. Call our Denver office today for a free consultation.
Cite: Barbara Marquand, USA Today, 1/13/2017
The main entrance to the Lindsey Flanigan Denver Criminal Courthouse is finally back open. Security lines remain long on Monday’s and Tuesday’s so show up early and bring as little as possible to speed through security.
The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has ruled that a documented “pattern of racial profiling of black males in the city of Boston,” makes an instinctive reaction to flee reasonable. “We do not eliminate flight as a factor in the reasonable suspicion analysis whenever a black male is the subject of an investigatory stop. However, in such circumstances, flight is not necessarily probative of a suspect’s state of mind or consciousness of guilty,” the decision reads. The law goes a long way to protecting common-sense reactions but fails in its scope. Why is this only limited to black males? Surely, given recent events of police shootings and unlawful civil forfeiture, everyone has an instinctive reaction to flee. Earlier, this office wrote a blog about a woman who had plead guilty to Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance after a flawed roadside chemical test read that her Advil was Crack Cocaine. Surely she now has an instinctive miss-trust of police. How about the Police in Mesa County who used a S.W.A.T. team to raid the wrong house? Surely that family has reason to flee from the police. The decision is a step in the right direction but is flawed and inherently racist. All peoples should have this protection. Fleeing the cops should not be used to demonstrate guilt or for reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense. We know that not all cops are out to protect society. If you have been wrongfully charged with an offense don’t hesitate to give our office a call.
Cite: Kenya Downs, PBS, 9/22/2016