Will convicted serial killer Charles Manson really get married?
On February 28, President Barack Obama urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban. His action is the first time a U.S. president has urged the nation's highest court to allow gays and lesbians to marry.
Statewide, there was an increase in drunken driving arrests and alcohol-related fatalities this Labor Day weekend compared to last year, the California Highway Patrol reported Tuesday.
According to Terry Davidson of the Toronto Sun, if Mothers Against Drunk Driving CEO Andrew Murie has his way, drivers across Canada could be forced to take a breathalyzer test anywhere, anytime - whether police suspect drunk driving or not. This new policy would replace Canada's current, 40-year-old way of doing things, where police can demand a breath test only if they have reason to suspect a driver is too drunk to drive. I for one believe, as Nathalie Des Rosiers of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association does, this new policy would be a slippery slope for a free and democratic country such as Canada and the United States. DUI attorney Lawrence Taylor is correct when he warned that MADD USA will soon push to make random stops and breath tests their next legislative goal. This is a logical progression in the long series of drunk driving laws and court decisions which have steadily eroded our Constitutional rights. Where does it end? I, like the majority of Americans, recognize that the number of drunk drivers must be minimized, but at what cost? Remember, there is a very delicate balance between freedom and security. You can't have an increase in one without a decrease in the other. At what cost to our personal freedom are people willing to accept to gain some sense of artificial security? I for one value security but at no time do I ever want to live in a police state. As Thomas Paine once wrote: "It is the responsibility of the patriot to protect his country from its government." While government does exist to protect us from each other, government has gone beyond its limits when it decides to protect us from ourselves.
Although the Holidays are when many Police Officers and California Highway Patrol are stepping up their enforcement of Sonoma County DUI checkpoints. Any time of year a Santa Rosa DUI checkpoint can be in place. It's often the off time of year when some folks reckon that they can get away with a few drinks. Avoiding DUI penalties and hefty DUI insurance rate increases.A sobriety checkpoint is a tool that law enforcement use to evaluate random drivers for signs of drug and alcohol impairment. A sobriety checkpoint may be a stop on the road, freeway, or other public road. Law enforcement decides ahead of time what process to use when stopping vehicles (i.e. every fourth car is stopped).Contrary to what many people thing, sobriety checkpoints are legal. In 1990, the United States Supreme Court declared that sobriety checkpoints did not violate citizen's Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure. They decided that when these checks are preformed with minimal intrusion under specified guidelines, the benefit of these checkpoints greatly outweighs the minor intrusion on individual's rights. Each state has adopted laws of their own regarding sobriety checkpoints. Currently, approximately eleven states prohibit the use of sobriety roadblocks; however California is NOT one of the eleven. The most common signs of impairment which are looked for during a sobriety checkpoint stop are:
Being charged with a DUI or drunk driving conviction can be a frightening and confusing experience. With so much riding on a favorable outcome to your charges, the assistance of an experienced lawyer can be vital to protecting your wallet, your driving privileges and even your freedom.