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lpFox 4 News had an interesting story on the front license plate law.  The law has always been that you have to have a front and back license plate on your car.  Other states, however, only require a back plate.

Some people don’t know about this law, or purposely defy it because they don’t want to drill holes in their front bumper.

Time and time again, I have seen local police use this as an excuse to pull people over to see if they have been drinking.  Its one of the may little traffic laws that law enforcement use as a pretext to stop a car when they are only looking for drunk drivers.

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Recently, I was in contact with Michael Salas, a licensed counselor.  He had read my article, Substance Abuse Evaluations (SASSI) in DWI cases, which is one of the highest read pages from my blog.

He wrote an article about the other side of substance abuse evaluations — they way they should be done.  Objective Substance Abuse Evaluations is the title and I’ve included the text below:

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dwi15Well, there’s a new law in town, and the local police and District Attorneys are already pushing it hard. Its a DWI with a breath or blood alcohol level of .15 or more.

The amended text of Penal Code 49.04 reads:

(d) If it is shown on the trial of an offense under this section that an analysis of a specimen of the person’s blood, breath, or urine showed an alcohol concentration level of 0/15 or more at the time the analysis was performed, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor.

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scalesIt was a sad day in Collin County. Yet another innocent person was convicted of a crime based on circumstantial evidence and the testimony of an admitted felon and child molester. On Friday, Judge Suzanne Wooten was convicted of 9 counts of bribery, money laundering.  Judge Wooten allegedly took money in return for a promise to give favorable rulings.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. In a county and era notorious for overzealous prosecution, observers might already be hardened to the notion of innocent people being convicted of crimes. 

– Nationally there have been 280 DNA exonerations.

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With the upcoming retirement of District Judge Robert Dry in the 199th, candidates have begun their preparations for seeking the Collin County District Bench.  So far, I have received two mailers from attorneys seeking the bench.  As new candidates pop up, I will add them here once I receive solid information that are running. ("Solid Information" generally means a public website or candidate contacting me directly)

 

ANGELA TUCKER                        angelatucker

Angela Tucker has practiced civil, family, and criminal law. After spending four years as an Assistant District Attorney in Collin County, she opened her law office and currently is a solo practitioner at Angela M. Tucker, PC.

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Drunken moose ends up stuck in Swedish apple tree

By Per Nyberg, CNN
September 8, 2011 9:08 p.m. EDT

A moose got stuck in a tree after eating fermented apples in Saro, Sweden, Wednesday night.
A moose got stuck in a tree after eating fermented apples in Saro, Sweden, Wednesday night.
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by Andrea Grimes
  Published 8.24.2011  From D Magazine SEPT 2011

No matter how easy it looks on prime-time television, putting bad guys in jail isn’t as simple as slipping on a dark pair of sunglasses, coming up with a scathing quip, and having an invariably sexy forensic biologist deliver irrefutable evidence that eliminates all reasonable doubt. Forensic science is a lot

messier than that.

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dic24After being arrested for DWI, a police officer will read the citizen accused their "Statutory Warnings" before asking them to submit to a breath test.

This form, the DIC-24, goes through the warnings to a person discussing potential license suspension for refusal, failure, and hearing requests.  It was originally created as a "dummy proof" form so that officers weren’t illegally coercing people into giving breath or blood samples.

The DIC-24 is often criticized by DWI attorneys as overly complicated, and in some cases, flat out deceiving.

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ViewDocumentFragment-1In an interesting filing, Greg Willis, the current elected Collin County District Attorney filed a "Motion for the Appointment of a New, Impartial and Disinterested Attorney Pro Tem" in the case against Judge Wooten.

In the filing, Willis explains that it was the previously elected District Attorney who had the conflict and no him.  He states:

Regardless of the existence of actual conflicts of interest, this prosecution is cloaked in the appearance of impropriety and should not continue on its present course.