December 24, 2013

Driver Gets Conditional Sentence in Vehicular Assault Case

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Felony DWI on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. An alleged drunk driver has entered a guilty plea for assault charges in connection with a collision in Missouri that severely injured a college student. The 20-year-old victim reportedly suffered serious injury during the wreck, which has caused her to walk with a cane and take time away from her studies at Tulane University. News reports indicate that the driver wept openly at the courtroom proceedings, during which he entered his guilty plea for vehicular assault. Authorities report that the man […]
December 20, 2013

Affluenza Defense Prevents Jail for Vehicular Manslaughter

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Felony DWI on Friday, December 20, 2013. They call it “affluenza” — the inability to understand the consequences of your actions because you are simply too rich and entitled. Although it is not an official diagnosis, it was recently used in a successful courtroom defense in the South, allowing a wealthy teen to avoid prison time even though he reportedly killed four pedestrians in a drunk driving wreck. The boy’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was three times the legal limit, according to official […]
December 11, 2013

Cops: Research Intimidation Prevented Breath Test Refusal

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Breath Test Refusal on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. First, imagine being randomly pulled over by the police even though you have not done anything wrong. Then, picture yourself being forced to provide saliva, breath and even blood samples as part of a national transportation research study. That is exactly what is happening in jurisdictions throughout Missouri and the rest of the nation, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducts a federal research study about drunk driving. At least one municipality in Texas is refusing to participate in […]
December 7, 2013

Why Refuse the Breath Test if Not Drunk?

By Jason Korner of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Breath Test Refusal on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The question often comes up during DWI cases that include a breath test refusal, “Why would he refuse the breath test if he was not drunk?” There are many different answers to this question. “I was always told not to blow, no matter what” is a common answer. Another common, and justified, answer is “I did not trust the breath test machine.” Occasionally this is even followed up with by the person requesting a blood test instead because he […]
December 4, 2013

Young Missourians More Likely to Drink Underage During Holiday

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Underage Drinking on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings, over-indulgence in delicious food and last-minute grocery shopping. Would you believe that this innocuous holiday is also the most common time for underage drinking to occur? That’s right: The night before Thanksgiving is widely known as the biggest night for underage drinking. Many of those drinkers may be prone to driving even after illegally consuming booze. Young people who consume alcohol and get behind the wheel during the holidays could face big penalties, even […]
March 5, 2014

License Suspensions Lifted After Breath Tests Deemed Inadmissible

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Driver’s License Suspension or Revocation on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The outcome in a Missouri drunk driving case may come down to the distinction between two little words: “and” and “or.” Defense attorneys in the state are seeking to prevent license suspension and other penalties for their clients by arguing that blood alcohol testing equipment must be calibrated using three different values. That camp — advocates for the “and” interpretation of the statute — argues that any evidence collected by a breathalyzer that was not calibrated to all […]
February 28, 2014

Driver Awaits Sentencing for DWI Charge After Three Delays

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Friday, February 28, 2014. A drunk driver who allegedly caused a fatal accident in 2012 may still be waiting for his day in court after sentencing was delayed yet again in his case. The Missouri man pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges in October 2013, one year after causing the deadly wreck. He was released on bond immediately after that criminal proceeding, and he has been free ever since. The man could be facing three to 14 years’ prison time in connection […]
February 21, 2014

Should Stoned Driving Warrant a DWI Charge?

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Friday, February 21, 2014. Missouri residents who have been stopped for drunk driving may be familiar with the standard panel of field sobriety tests. An officer will likely require drivers to follow a pen with their eyes, walk in a straight line and stand on one leg for 30 seconds. Drivers who complete those tests without incident are likely not intoxicated. So far, though, tests do not exist to accurately predict whether a stoned driver should face a DWI charge. With a […]
February 14, 2014

Missouri Mayor’s Son’s Charges Downgraded After DWI Traffic Stop

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Breath Test Refusal on Friday, February 14, 2014. The son of a Missouri mayor is facing allegations of careless driving in connection with a December encounter with officers. The man, age 25, had initially been suspected of drunken driving, but the charges were downgraded after the initial DWI traffic stop. Prosecutors in the case said they did not have enough evidence to bring DWI charges against the son of Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Authorities report that the man was pulled over in mid-December after officers saw him […]
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