DC DUI Lawyer In Court Today: Client Found Not Guilty of DUI Charges after Trial!

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  When the client is adamant (fairly so, but not overly) that he is NOT guilty and the judge agrees after trial. Client is arrested for DUI in Washington, DC and maintains (it is captured on police Body Worn Camera/BWC)* that he only had a couple of drinks and was of the opinion that he  … Read more

Washington, DC DUI Lawyer Gets DUI Charges Dismissed At Trial

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#InCourt @DC Superior Court: (It must be) the government see me coming in this tie. (I can’t tell the number of cases I’ve had dismissed wearing it.) Game face ready! Client is arrested and charged a couple months ago for Driving under the Influence. The police reports that ‘Officer X’ was on his way home when  … Read more

#InCourt Today

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DUI (Refusal) trial. “Show me the video*.” Defense request for continuance granted. Today’s DC DUI Lawyer Tip: REFUSE all field sobriety tests – HGN/pen or flashlight test, Walk & Turn and One-Legged Stand. These are designed to gather evidence to use against you in a DUI prosecution. There is ZERO negative consequence to your driving  … Read more

US Supreme Court To Revise DUI Law; Considers Criminalizing Refusal Of Taking Tests

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My advice today, notwithstanding this ruling, would still be to REFUSE the breath, urine or blood tests at the station. This especially so if one has, as is your right, refused the standard field sobriety tests at the traffic stop in the street. [It would beg the question, what would have been the legal basis  … Read more

Washington, DC DUI Attorney #InCourt: DC DUI Charges (Refusal) Dismissed At Trial

  • K. Lawson Wellington,
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‪#‎DUI‬ (*Refusal) charges dismissed… Client is pulled over on K Street, NW for making an ‘illegal’ left turn. A DUI investigation ensues and he is arrested on suspicion of DUI and OWI. At the station he refuses to submit to chemical breath testing and is charged with a DUI Refusal. At trial time the government offers  … Read more

DUI Question of the Day: I was sitting in my car vomiting when I was approached by the police and subsequently arrested for a DC DUI. Is That Legal?

  • K. Lawson Wellington,
  •   DC DUI Attorney
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Yes; unfortunately, though it would depend on where you were in the car. In DC you cannot be behind the wheels of a car if you had previously consumed alcohol. The DUI laws in the District of Columbia states a person is “impaired, or influenced, if his/her ability to operate or be inPHYSICAL control of a  … Read more

Washington, DC DUI Lawyer In Court: Police Body Cameras And The Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFST’s)

  • K. Lawson Wellington,
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#‎InCourt‬: DUI trial call except the government has – after two (2) requests and three months elapsed time – not provided me with the ‘body cam’ footage: captured at the arrest scene. It supposedly shows video footage of the interaction and subsequent performance of my client on the field sobriety tests: the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Walk-and-Turn and  … Read more

DC DUI Lawyer In Court: DUI Charges Dismissed At Trial

  • K. Lawson Wellington,
  •   DC DUI Attorney, Washington
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#InCourt Today: #Hedge! This was a second trial date. At the first, I requested and was granted a continuance – government provided ‘radio run’ communication (discoverable material) on the morning of trial. Judge agrees that this was not sufficient time for counsel to investigate and properly prepare for defense and trial matters. Four (4) officers  … Read more

Top 5 Tips How to Perform the DC DUI Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFST’s): DON’T!

1. Don’t! You are under immense pressure and the average citizen under those circumstances will ‘fail’ to perform to optimum ability. Nervousness will wreak havoc with your coordination. Moreover, all too often, the officer is going to invariably find some “clue of impairment” to satisfy his suspicions resulting in a DUI arrest. It is a  … Read more