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Saturday, October 25, 2014

California DUI Lawyer Center Blog: New Way to Use Cell Phone to Get DUI Dismissed in California, attorneys relate

California DUI Lawyer Center Blog: New Way to Use Cell Phone to Get DUI Dismissed in California, attorneys relate

Exposed: Cops Sharing Suspect's Intimate Photos | DUI Cops Under Investigation

Fourth Amendment, 4th Amendment, search and seizure, cell phone
Exposed: Cops Sharing DUI
Suspect's Intimate Photos
A developing story claims that Highway Patrol Officers are demanding passwords, opening suspect's phones, and then sharing photos with fellow officers. The photos may be of a woman in various stages of undress. Standby for update.

"Taken from the phone of my 10-15x while she's in X-rays. Enjoy buddy!!!"

DUI Cell Phone Search

Initial reports allege that the police gained access to the suspect's phone during DUI arrest and investigation and then sent the photos to themselves and possibly to others. To cover tracks, the cop then deleted the history of the file transfer from the phone, according to a report we have seen. The caper was was caught when a suspect noticed the activity on her iCloud account. The transfer of the files was logged and deletion from the phone was not a good tactic to prevent her from finding this.

Other cops may be involved. It is alleged that it was a practice to share suspect's surreptitiously-obtained photos with other officers.


Contra Costa Times now reports that a Search Warrant has been issued to investigate this scandal. There are text messages between cops, including one that expressed disappointment that there was an arrest, a search, and no nude photos found.

One Lawyer has commented, "If you enjoy nude or half-nude photographs of yourself, keep them on your cell phone.  If arrested for California DUI, and a cop decides to forward those photos to his or her phone, your lawyer can probably move to dismiss the drunk driving charges no matter how high your blood alcohol level is."


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Big Brother and Cameras - Automatic License Plate Recognition System

Automatic License Plate Recognition System
Just spotted and photographed the latest addition to the Sheriff's Office "Big Brother is Watching" arsenal - two trunk-mounted Automatic License Plate Recognition Systems have now been installed on some marked (photo) and unmarked cars.

Automatic License Plate Recognition System

The system has a camera on each side that optically character recognizes a license plate, then compares the license number to massive databases containing the license status of the registered car owner. According to Thomas M. Manson "Every now and then, a technology comes along that changes the way we do business. Automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) systems will revolutionize law enforcement procedure by providing officers instant information about their contacts via the automobile license plate."

It is expected that a single cop could process hundreds or thousands of plates per shift. The databases will be searched, including the FBI's NCIC database for wanted vehicles or plates, for stolen vehicles, for wanted felons, people with outstanding warrants, or outstanding traffic citations.

Manson reports, "Scott McCallum, system analyst for Pinellas County Sheriff's Department in Florida, manages data processing for several of his agency's ALPR units. He addresses its success at reading the variety of national plates, 'We can pretty much read any plate in the U.S. As long as it's a standardize[d] plate with a maximum of seven characters, we're not going to have an issue reading it.'"

The Cost: A two-camera ALPR system currently costs between $20,000 and $25,000.


Pinellas DUI Attorney

USF Study: Designated drivers not so sober

Designated drivers not so sober
"When it comes to going out and drinking with friends, most students are capable of securing a designated driver. But according to a USF study, most of these students are putting their lives in the hands of 'less drunk' rather than 'sober' drivers."

"A group of public relations students, led by assistant professor Kelly Werder, conducted surveys and focus-group research for the Tampa Alcohol Coalition and found most USF students think a DUI has the same consequential impact as a speeding ticket. "

By Elise Bouchard of the USF Oracle

Friday, October 03, 2014

Florida DUI Checkpoint Results - 1000 Stops - Zero Arrests for DUI

Florida DUI Checkpoint Results

A Florida DUI checkpoint nets 10 arrests. But, none of them were for DUI! The Florida Highway Patrol set up the checkpoint. There were actually 1,131 vehicles checked.

Here's the Tally:

Zero arrested for DUI

Two arrested on outstanding warrants.

Seven arrested on felony charges, including six on drug-related charges.

One arrested for misdemeanor drugs.

104 traffic citations issued.
10 faulty equipment warnings were issued.
10 warnings were issued.

Complete Florida DUI Checkpoint Story is Here.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Update - 1 DUI Arrest 4 Vehicles Seized - DUI Checkpoint Map - 4501 66th Street in Kenneth City Florida

DUI Checkpoint Map 

Pinellas County DUI Checkpoint is located at Kmart at 4501 66th Street in Kenneth City from 10 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m. Saturday.

Update: 1 DUI Arrest 4 Vehicles Seized 

Deputies Release DUI Checkpoint Results

774 vehicles that passed through the DUI Checkpoint
8 physical arrests
4 vehicles impounded.

Previous Details on this Location

Here is our April 2012 report on this checkpoint location:

  1. Pinellas County DUI Checkpoint Tonight | Tampa DUI ...

    DUI Checkpoint 4501 66th St N Kenneth CityFL 33709.
  2. Video on this Location