Ongoing DUI Myths

  

Why economic theory tells us that the legal limit for DUI of 0.08 is dangerous and should be raised.

Monday, January 03, 2011
The law of diminishing returns is a fundamental principle of economics which is defined as: 
  1. The for a continuing effort toward a particular goal to decline in effectiveness after a certain amount of success has been achieved.
  2. (economics) A relationship between input and output, such that adding units of any one input labor, capital etc.) to fixed amounts of the others will yield successively smaller increments of output.
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Do DUI Standardized Field SobrietyTests Convict the Innocent?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Colorado Doctor claims that DUI Standardized Field Sobriety Tests convict 3 out of 4 innocent people.  DUI Standardized Field Sobriety Tests include the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, the 9 step Walk and Turn, and the One Leg Stand. The Doctor compares the accuracy of DUI standardized field sobriety test with courthouse security metal detectors.  He argues that they are great at finding guns but also find things like phones and car keys.  The machines can not discriminate between the illegal and legal.  The Doctor surmises that DUI Standardized Field Sobriety Tests do the same thing.   more

Are Atlanta and Georgia DUI police officers required to read Miranda Rights at a DUI traffic stop?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The answer is yes and no. Georgia DUI arrestees like all criminal suspects possess a right to remain silent and not incriminate themselves. These are most commonly known as Miranda rights, but come from the Fifth Amendment rights of the United State Constitution, rights under the Georgia Constitution, or rights under O.C.G.A. 24-9-20. See O’Donnell v. State, 225 Ga. App. 502 (1997)(Atlanta Fulton County DUI arrest)  Price v. State, 269 Ga. 222 (1998)(DeKalb County DUI).  Based on these rights an Atlanta DUI defendant who is "in custody" can not be compelled to perform field sobriety tests or give statements in response to police questioning.  The Federal Miranda rights only protect testimonial evidence or statements.  However, the Georgia Code extends those protections to things like field sobriety tests.  Although generally, a person stopped for suspected DUI in for example Atlanta, Georgia is not "in custody" certain actions by the Atlanta police or other local Georgia police can turn a investigative detention into a custodial detention which requires the reading of Miranda rights even without a formal arrest and a trip to the Atlanta Detention Center.    more







                                                       


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