January 15, 2014

Man Facing Drunk Driving Charge for Injurious August Accident

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. An out-of-state driver is facing charges of second-degree assault by operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he was indicted by Missouri judge this month. The man, age 27, is accused of causing an accident in early August 2013 west of Carthage, injuring one man so severely that he was sent to the hospital emergency room. That driver admitted to drinking before getting behind the wheel, and he reportedly failed field sobriety tests at the scene of the accident. […]
January 10, 2014

Missouri Man Gets 14 Years for Vehicular Manslaughter

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Felony DWI on Friday, January 10, 2014. A 34-year-old Missouri man will spend 14 years in prison in connection with a car accident that killed his young son and injured four other victims. The man was recently sentenced in connection with the car accident. He had pleaded guilty to several charges, including involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault. The man received a total of 21 years’ prison time, but two of the sentences will be served concurrently, lowering the total to 14 years. Official reports show that the vehicular […]
January 6, 2014

2,200 DWI Cases Impacted by Crime Lab Errors

By Jason Korner of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Monday, January 6, 2014. Prosecutors have admitted errors in blood alcohol test results in 2,200 DWI investigations. The crime lab errors occurred at a lab in Orange County, California. The lab error was caused by a calibration problem in a machine used to test blood alcohol samples. The calibration error will affect well over a thousand samples, including samples that may result in a higher blood alcohol content when retested on a properly calibrated machine. The lab errors are so worrisome […]
January 4, 2014

The St. Louis “No Refusal Zone” and Politics

By Jason Korner of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Breath Test Refusal on Saturday, January 4, 2014. St. Louis City recently set up a highly publicized “No Refusal” Zone for New Year’s Eve. The idea of a No Refusal Zone is that any person arrested for DWI who refuses to voluntarily submit to a chemical test to determine blood alcohol level will then be forced to submit to the test. The person is forced into the test because the arresting police officer and the prosecutor’s office, here the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, will request search […]
January 3, 2014

St. Louis Cops to Push BAC Tests After DWI Arrests

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Breath Test Refusal on Friday, January 3, 2014. Missouri law enforcement officers have announced a new tactic to combat drunk driving in the state. Police in St. Louis say they will start using a “No Refusal Zone” technique during traffic stops this holiday season, prohibiting motorists from opting out of Breathalyzer tests. Those pulled over for DWI traffic stops will be required to submit to a blood test if they refuse to take a breath analysis at the scene. A system has already been set up to accommodate […]
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 […]
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