DUI

Bill would require interlock devices for all DUI offenders

Because drivers must pay for the devices themselves, opponents fear the bill would have a disproportionate impact on low-income Vermonters.

Rutland Herald-Times Argus publisher pleads no contest

The new publisher of one of Vermont’s largest newspaper companies has pleaded no contest to charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Catherine T. Nelson did not contest the charges at her arraignment in criminal court in Rutland earlier this week. Nelson was arrested Dec. 26, two days before she […]

School bus driver arraigned on DUI charge

Editor’s note: This article is by Jordan Cuddemi of the Valley News, in which it was first published Oct. 28, 2015. WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A 34-year-old Northfield man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to driving a school bus to Whitcomb Junior-Senior High School — bound for a field trip to Boston — under the influence […]

Off-duty Burlington police officer charged with DUI

The 30-year-old policewoman is the fourth Vermont law enforcement officer to face drunken driving charges this year.

Windham sheriff claims Vernon official tried to interfere with DUI case

Selectboard Chairwoman Patty O’Donnell vehemently denies that she wanted the sheriff’s department to not arrest Lisa M. McKenney, 47, after a Sept. 20 traffic stop.

Fatalities mar otherwise calm Fourth, police say

Police encountered less unsafe driving this Fourth of July weekend but did respond to two fatal crashes, including one involving a lawn mower operator, according to state police. The Independence Day holiday is one of the deadliest of the year because of drunken driving, police said. Officers responded to 61 car crashes this year, up […]

Law enforcement, prosecutors want same standard for drunk, drugged driving

Unequal burden-of-proof standards for DUI-drugs and DUI-alcohol charges make it harder to convict someone of driving under the influence of drugs, officials say.

House lawmakers may consider drugged driving bill

Time is running out to come up with a bill to set standards for what constitutes driving under the influence of drugs.

SCOV Law Blog: ‘We control the horizontal’

Police officer stopped defendant because the passenger’s side of defendant’s front license plate was two inches lower than the driver’s side.

SCOV Law Blog: Amendments 4 and 5, where are you?

On a cold January night, a police officer was driving down the road when he passed a car stuck in a snowbank, partially off the road.

Newport mayor sentenced to community service, fine for second DUI

Editor’s note: This article was written by Jennifer Hersey Cleveland of The Caledonian Record, in which it was first published Oct. 2, 2013. NEWPORT — The mayor of Newport pleaded guilty to a second offense of drunken driving Tuesday in Orleans Superior Court-Criminal Division and was sentenced to serve 200 hours of community service. Mayor […]

SCOV Law Blog: Is hospital liable in nonconsensual blood draw requested by police?

As the SCOV explains, plaintiff consented to medical treatment, but not a nonmedical blood draw for evidentiary purposes.

SCOV Law Blog: Sizing up the situation

The question is not whether the troopers’ observations were sufficient to arrest the defendants for DUI but whether they were enough to justify the pursuit and initial stop.

SCOV Law Blog: Drawing things out

A DUI can be and often is a person’s only crime or contact with the criminal justice system. It can come at any age and to any level of society. It usually stems from a mixture of the ubiquitous alcohol and poor judgment.

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