If you are arrested for DUI, you will be read an “implied consent advisory” and asked whether you will consent to take a blood alcohol test, usually in the form of a breath test. You should consider the following when deciding whether to refuse or take the test. Effective July 1, 2012, it is a…

Tip 1 Exercise your right to remain silent. You do not need to answer any questions, such as whether you have been drinking. Exercising your right to remain silent may cause you to feel awkward, but it is important. You simply need to hand your driver’s license, insurance, and registration to the officer. Tip 2…

  When you are arrested for DUI, police usually take your license and hand you a pink sheet (a DC-27 form) that notifies you of an administrative suspension of your license. You have 14 calendar days from your arrest to request an administrative hearing if you want to challenge the suspension of your license. Even…

The potential penalty for a DUI conviction depends on whether you are charged with a first, second, third, fourth, or subsequent DUI. For arrests on or after July 1, 2012, only convictions after July 1, 2001 count as prior convictions. A prior diversion is considered a prior conviction. The rules for determining what counts as…

(DERBY, Kan.) A Derby father says all Kansans should be disappointed with the state’s DUI laws. Matt Liston’s son, Colby, lost both his legs in a crash in Lawrence last August. After a four month investigation, Liston says he’s been told the Douglas County District Attorney is charging the driver involved with misdemeanor DUI. The…

A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that a drug checkpoint ruse is not sufficient grounds to justify law enforcement authorities stopping vehicles, a decision that has far-reaching implications for the constitutional rights of motorists. The ruling is the first in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to grapple with the widespread practice by law…

No action taken on proposal for handling DUI convictions A proposed new way of dealing with people convicted of driving under the influence likely would be unpopular with the public, so Shawnee County commissioners took no action on it Thursday. State law requires 48 hours of “imprisonment” for anyone convicted of their first or second…

A 49-year-old man arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death on July 14 of a pedestrian in North Topeka has no criminal convictions and has a steady job history, the man’s defense attorney said Tuesday. Francis Edward Verschelden, of 1933 N.W. West, made his first appearance in Shawnee County District Court on Wednesday morning. He…

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