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Archive for May, 2012

Get a FREE wallet-size card on “What to do if stopped for suspicion of DUI”

DUI checkpointThe attorneys and staff at Crawford and Boyle wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend, and urge you not to drink and drive.  We are frequently asked, however, “what should I do if I am stopped by a police officer for suspicion of DUI?”  We have come up with nine simple steps to follow to give you the greatest possible chance to minimize a DUI conviction and the numerous collateral consequences that come with such a conviction.

For your convenience, we’ve listed those steps below, and we’ve also put them on a credit-card sized card that you can download by clicking here (PDF format).  Print out a copy for your wallet, your glove box, your driver’s side visor, or wherever it will be handy in the event you need it.  Feel free to share it with one friend or all of your friends and family.

WHAT TO DO IF PULLED OVER FOR SUSPICION OF DUI:

1. Be polite and respectful. (You’re probably on camera.)

2. NEVER lie to the officer.

3. NEVER admit to drinking or using drugs, even prescription drugs.  Say “I’m sorry officer, but my attorney told me not to answer any questions without him here.”

4. Decline ALL field sobriety tests.

5. Decline to take the roadside (handheld) breathalizer test.

6. If you are arrested, agree to take the breath or blood test unless:

– you’re under 21

– you were in an accident involving injury or death

– you’ve been convicted of DUI within the last 10 years.

7. Always request an independent test of your blood at a hospital.  (You may be required to pay the cost of the testing.)

8. If there is anything illegal in your car, call a friend or tow truck to retrieve it, preventing a police search.  NEVER consent to a police search of your car.

9. Call Crawford and Boyle IMMEDIATELY so we can begin building a defense strategy.

“60% of People Can’t Go 10 Minutes Without Lying”

This is what makes being a defense attorney such a fun job.

courtesy: Kathy Benjamin at http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/125840

Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/125840#ixzz1uzQHG0gA
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There are two things you can say for sure about human beings: our opposable thumbs make us great at using tools, and we are all big, fat liars. By age four, 90% of children have grasped the concept of lying, and it just gets worse from there.

Just how bad is it? According to a 2002 study conducted by the University of Massachusetts, 60% of adults can’t have a ten minute conversation without lying at least once. But even that number makes it sound better than it really is; those people in the study who did lie actually told an average of 3 lies during their brief chat. And I know you’re sitting there right now insisting you would be part of the 40% that didn’t lie. That’s what the liars in the study thought, too. When they watched the taped conversations back, they were shocked at how many fibs they had told.

We lie to everyone. Our parents get the worst of it, according to The Day America Told the Truth, with 86% of us lying to them regularly, followed by friends (75%), siblings (73%), and spouses (69%). But in general we lie about things that aren’t important, little things that we think will make us look better or more likeable. In a survey by a British film rental company, 30% of respondents had lied about seeing The Godfather.

I’ll admit that I am part of that 30%. The Godfather is a classic film, so you assume everyone has seen it. Since we want to fit in, we tell a little white lie. This in turn makes others think everyone else has seen the film and before you know it 3 out of every ten people are trying to carry on a conversation about the classic armed only with the knowledge that Marlon Brando was going to make someone an offer they couldn’t refuse.

Sometimes we do lie about things that matter. According to one estimate, 40% of people lie on their resumes. While that’s something for employers to be wary of, it’s worse if you are part of the 30% of internet users looking for love on a dating site. According to a study by Scientific American, a whopping 90% of people looking for a date online lie in their profile. The biggest fib told by women is an obvious one; on average ladies claim to weigh eight and a half pounds less than they actually do. Men, on the other hand, try to use their profile to convince potential partners that they are taller, richer, and/or better educated than they actually are.

But before you vow never to trust anyone again, here’s some food for thought: A study by the University of Toronto found that it is actually the most trusting people who are best able to tell when they are being lied to.

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Your felony dismissed in 30 minutes or less!

A Crawford and Boyle success story from last Friday:

Eric was in a Gwinnett Superior courtroom on a case, and the judge appointed him to represent H.D. on a felony suspended license charge.  H.D. was in custody without a bond, and the prosecutor said she couldn’t offer a “time-served” plea on the felony.  Eric posed a simple foundational question to the prosecutor about the case; after a quick review of her file, she agreed that she didn’t have everything she needed and reduced the charge to a misdemeanor, releasing H.D. from the Gwinnett jail later that afternoon.

While we probably can’t get all felonies dismissed in less than half an hour, we’re happy to put our knowledge to work for you and give it our best!

Are you a runner? Like to jog or walk? Want to support a great cause? We’ve got an event for you on May 26!

Crawford and Boyle is a proud sponsor of the 4th Annual Run for Kids 5k and 1 mile Fun Run, which supports the Walton County Boys and Girls Clubs.  Sign up for this May 26 race by clicking here, or read more about it below (courtesy The Walton Tribune).

 

Officials from Walton County Boys & Girls Clubs hope fundraiser will help with shortfall

By Robbie Schwartz

While there are no delusions the event will erase the $100,000 projected shortfall for the Walton County Boys & Girls Clubs, officials are hoping to put a dent with the fourth annual Run for Kids 5K and 1-mile fun run.

Registration is already under way for the May 26 event, which will begin with the fun run at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K at 8 a.m., both beginning at Felker Park, 725 S. Madison Ave., Monroe. The 5K will be through town and the fun run on a paved trail in the park

 In addition to adding such things as a vocalist performing the national anthem, the race has now been certified as a Peachtree Road Race qualifier.

“I have been a runner for more than 30 years and laid out this course. It is flat and fast,” said David Dickinson, president of the Walton County Boys & Girls Clubs advisory board of directors. “If you want to see what you can do, this is the course for you.”

While the course is certain to attract the most avid runners, the event itself is a family-oriented event, with those wishing to just walk as well as parents pushing strollers encouraged to participate.

The money raised by the event will stay in Walton County and benefit the two clubs in Walton County — John P. and Joyce C. Stevens center in Monroe as well as the club in Social Circle. With the projected shortfall, quarterly fundraisers like this are a means for the nonprofit to help make up funding where possible. This year’s goal is to raise $10,000.

“This year we have had very good support from the community in terms of sponsorship,” Dickinson said. “It’s just the economy. It’s tough, but we have still enjoyed great community support.”

The fees are the same as last year, at $15 per runner if registered before May 16. Registration will be $20 after that day leading up to the day of the race. There is also a family rate of $50 that covers four family members and special rates for high school cross country teams. Registration can be done online at www.active.com or checks made out to Walton County Boys & Girls Club can be mailed to Run for Kids, Attn: David Dickinson, 38 N. Broad St., Monroe, GA 30655. Those mailed must be postmarked by May 16.

Awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers in overall, master, grand masters and three deep in standard five-year age groups. Race sponsors are also still needed. For more information on the race or becoming a sponsor, call 770-601-9809 or email mayord@monroe access.net.

The Boys & Girls Clubs provide educational and social activities to more than 700 youth in the community, 96 percent of which are classified as economically disadvantaged. The two centers are open after school Mondays through Fridays and longer when schools are closed during spring break, intersessions and the summer.

The shortfall will represent about 20 percent of the overall budget for the two clubs and would men the club would have to cut back on programs offered as well as hours of operation.

“We need every penny to keep the doors open and lights on,” said Melanie Unchuan, executive director of the Monroe club. “Last year we could not open during fall break. This was a challenge for many of the parents.”

“The Boys & Girls Club is not a top-down organization,” Dickinson added. “The local board has to raise every penny through grants, local sponsors and other funding mechanisms. If we don’t get it, there is no parent organization to come bail us out.”

 

Student Claims He Drank Own Urine After Being Forgotten In Holding Cell For 5 Days

Yet another reason to re-think the war on drugs.  How much money compensates him for something like this?  Unreal.

Courtesy CBS Washington DC: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/05/02/student-claims-he-drank-own-urine-after-being-forgotten-in-holding-cell-for-5-days/

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration issued an apology Wednesday to a California student who was picked up during a drug raid and left in a holding cell for several days without food, water or access to a toilet.

DEA San Diego Acting Special Agent-In-Charge William R. Sherman said in a statement that he was troubled by the treatment of Daniel Chong and extended his “deepest apologies” to him.

The agency is investigating how its agents forgot about Chong.

Chong, 23, was never arrested, was not going to be charged with a crime and should have been released, said a law enforcement official who was briefed on the DEA case and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Chong told U-T San Diego that he drank his own urine to survive and that he bit into his glasses to break them and tried to use a shard to scratch “Sorry Mom” into his arm.

The engineering student at University of California, San Diego, was swept up as one of nine suspects in an April 21 drug raid that netted 18,000 ecstasy pills, other drugs and weapons.

Chong said DEA agents told him he would be released. One agent even promised to drive him home from the DEA field office in Kearny Mesa, he said.

Instead, he was returned to a holding cell to await release. He also said the lights went off at one point and stayed off for several days.

Sherman says the event is not indicative of the high standards to which he holds his employees. He says he has personally ordered an extensive review of his office’s policies and procedures.

Chong said he could hear the muffled voices of agents outside his windowless cell and the sound of the door of the next cell being opened and closed. He kicked and screamed as loud as he could. His cries for help went unheard.

“I had to recycle my own urine,” he said. “I had to do what I had to do to survive.”

When he was found on April 25, he was taken to a hospital and treated for cramps, dehydration and a perforated lung — the result of ingesting some of the broken glass.

“When they opened the door, one of them said: ‘Here’s the water you’ve been asking for,’” Chong said. “But I was pretty out of it at the time.”

Chong also ingested a white powder DEA agents said was left in the cell accidentally and later identified as methamphetamine. He described having hallucinations, saying: “I was completely insane.”

Chong’s attorney, Eugene Iredale, said he plans to file a claim against the federal government and, if it is denied, he will proceed with filing a federal lawsuit.