Predictive Policing Contest Fraught With Problems

Posted by William Bly | Aug 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the agency of the U.S. Department of Justice thats responsible for research and development of law enforcement techniques, recently named the winners of its “Real-Time Crime Forecasting Challenge,” a data science contest for predictive policing with over ...

Tiger Woods Takes OUI Diversion Program in Plea Deal

Posted by William Bly | Aug 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Back in June, legendary golfer Tiger Woods was arrested for operating under the influence (OUI) in Florida. As we detailed in our blog back then, hed been found asleep in his car on the side of the road, was disoriented when police apprehended him, and seemed impaired, despite blowing a 0.00% on...

Alternative Charges and Lesser Included Offenses

Posted by William Bly | Aug 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a recent blog post, we discussed lesser included offenses and the merger doctrine. Together, these two legal ideas prevent you from being convicted under different criminal statutes for the same act, in violation of the Double Jeopardy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. However, this only appli...

Teen Arrested Twice for OUI Within Three Hours

Posted by William Bly | Jun 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

A driver in Wisconsin was arrested for operating under the influence (OUI) twice in the span of three hours. The situation highlights the importance of letting alcohol dissipate after being arrested, and shows how other people can be pulled into the criminal justice system in an OUI case. Two OU...

Tiger Woods' Arrest for OUI Highlights Draconian Laws

Posted by William Bly | Jun 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

At this point, nearly everyone has heard of the legendary golfer Tiger Woods being arrested for operating under the influence (OUI) in Florida. The incident, however, highlights two important things about OUI law – it applies to people who innocently take medications that can have serious side-ef...

Can You Be Too Drunk to Consent to a BAC Test?

Posted by William Bly | Jun 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

A recent case in Colorado dealt with that state's implied consent and operating under the influence (OUI) laws, and decided that, no, a driver can't be too drunk to consent to a blood alcohol content (BAC) test. People v. Simpson The case, People v. Simpson, involved a driver, William Paul Simp...

Deer Driving Case Makes it to the Maine Supreme Court

Posted by William Bly | May 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Maine Supreme Court recently handed down a decision on an issue near and dear to many Mainers, but that almost never gets any attention in the court system: Deer hunting. The case involved the controversial strategy of “deer driving,” and the level of intent necessary to support a conviction....

The Harmless Error Rule: An Overview

Posted by William Bly | May 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Out of all of the ways that the criminal justice system is stacked against someone who's been charged with a crime, the harmless error rule is one of the worst. As we'll point out in this blog post, the harmless error rule makes it far more difficult to overturn a criminal conviction on an appeal...

Apparent Intention to Speed Does Not Support a Traffic Stop

Posted by William Bly | May 04, 2017 | 0 Comments

If a police officer is going to pull you over for drunk driving, they need to have probable cause that you're violating the law before they put on their lights and sirens and conduct a traffic stop. What “probable cause” means, though, is a difficult question to answer, and is often left for cour...

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