Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center at the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC
Phone: 816-318-7943
Offices in Kansas City and Belton, Missouri

September 2019 Archives

Cannabis breath test aims to measure intoxication

As cannabis becomes decriminalized or legalized for recreational or medical use in Missouri and many other states, questions have been raised about driving under the influence of marijuana. Drunk driving charges are based on blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, and the legal limit of 0.08 was established after lengthy studies examining the effect of alcohol on driving. It is relatively easy for police to test BAC without invasive devices by making use of roadside or in-station breath tests. The driver blows into the device, which measures BAC through assessing alcohol in the breath. While the breath test is now standard and widely accepted, it was initially controversial and heavily disputed.

Prisoners say how often wrongful conviction happens

While there are high-profile and sensational stories involving wrongful convictions that make national news, there was little data about the total amount of people incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. One study sought to change this, and Missouri residents might like to know the results of the study.

Why do police officers stop some drivers to check for impairment?

Police officers look for specific signs that a driver is under the influence of alcohol, but not all of these occur after the vehicle has been stopped. Sometimes, officers spot things that indicate that a driver might not be able to drive safely, so they will initiate a traffic stop. This enables them to evaluate the driver to determine what is going on.

Despite mounting evidence, Missouri man remains behind bars

The wrongly convicted often experience extensive challenges when trying to clear their names and gain freedom. One such example of false incarceration may have happened to a Missouri man who has spent nearly 25 years in prison. The struggles Lamar Johnson faces are particularly interesting because he may have little hope of being released even though people in the prosecutor's office are not convinced of his guilt.

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