It is rarely beneficial to be overconfident when it comes to the law and our justice system. Aaron Carter, The less-successful brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, was recorded on camera bragging that he will never get a DUI just five days before the Georgia police pulled him over and arrested him on DUI and marijuana charges. His girlfriend, Madison Parker, was in the car with him at the time and was charged with possession of marijuana and obstruction of law enforcement officers. Maybe the has-been pop star should have knocked on wood after he made such a bold claim. Or at least gotten somebody else to drive. The Law Offices of Steven J Pisani specialize in DUI, traffic, and criminal defense. Call our Denver office today for a free consultation at 303-635-6768.
Page Six, Linda Massarella, 7/16/2017
Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor plead guilty to DUI on Monday, June 19th. The former New York Giant was sentenced to 75 hours community service and 12 months probation after reportedly crashing into a parked police car in Florida. His blood alcohol levels were recorded at .082 and .084, just over the legal limit. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in Denver DUI Defense, Colorado traffic Defense, and Denver criminal defense. Call for a free consultation.
NY Post, Todd Venezla, June 19, 2017
Former golfer Tiger Woods reportedly was on both Vicodin and Xanax when he was arrested for a DUI on May 29, 2017. Xanax and Vicodin can cause unintended side affects such as drowsiness, unconsciousness, slurred speech, or worse when used together. Although Woods denies being drunk he failed to pass the DUI field sobriety test administered by the police officers who pulled him over. A body camera caught the interaction with police. Tiger Woods will be facing Driving under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) charges. Even if the driver does not intend to drive under the influence, taking medications that impair your ability to drive safely may result in DUI charges. The Law Offices of Steven J Pisani specialize in DUI, traffic ticket, and criminal defense. Call us for a free consultation.
NY Daily News, Graham Rayman
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
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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 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
Once again there was an example that criminal law and specifically driving under the influence affects citizens in all walks of life. Former New York Knick, Iman Shumpert, was arrested over the weekend on charges of DUI. Originally drafted in the first round by the New York Knicks in 2011 and later traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2015, he was part of the 2016 championship team. Inman was reportedly pulled over for a lane violation. On scene, Fayette County Police found a jar with marijuana in his car. Inman reportedly admitted to smoking but refused a blood test out of fear of being recognized. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in DUI and Traffic Ticket Defense. Steven Pisani has over a decade experience in the field of Criminal Defense. Our office offers competitive pricing and flat rate retainer fees. Contact our Denver office today for a Free Consultation.
Cite: Justin Tasch, New York Daily News, 9/9/2016
Since Colorado legalized cannabis (marijuana) in 2014, The Colorado State Patrol has kept records of those arrested for driving with THC (the pyscho-active chemical found in marijuana) in their system. In 2015, 665 of 4,546 those charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol or Both had active THC in their system. That number is down 1.3% of the total from 2014. The State Patrol began tracking marijuana-specific citations in what is called “a new era of impaired driving.” One of the fears of legalization is that the number of impaired drivers would spike. This new evidence suggests that this may not be the case. Those caught Driving Under the Influence of THC face the same penalties as those driving under the influence of alcohol: hefty fines, a suspended license, alcohol treatment classes, community service and in many cases jail time. If you have been charged with a DUI or a DUID, you need the best and brightest to ensure your interests are represented at court. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in DUI and DUID Defense. We offer flat rates, competitive pricing and high client satisfaction. Call our Denver office today for a Free Consultation and protect your rights.
Cite: Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, 2/11/2016