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National Trial Lawyers Names Evan Levow A Top 100 Trial Lawyer
07 Jan 2014
THE TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS are the most qualified and premier trial attorneys in our nation. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the finest lawyers in America who demonstrate superior leadership, influence, reputation, stature and public...
The National DUI Bar Association, DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA), Elects Evan Levow As First Ever President
10 Jan 2014
Evan Levow Challenges Alcotest Before NJ Supreme Court
02 Jan 2015
Evan Levow made headlines for his recent argument before the New Jersey Supreme Court to scrap the Alcotest breath testing machine. In 2001, the Alcotest replaced the breathalyzer in New Jersey DWI cases. Evan Levow and other counsel challenged the reliability of the Alcotest machine in 2008, in the landmark case before the New Jersey Supreme Court, State v Chun. At that time, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled the machine “generally scientifically reliable”, but ordered the state to make 9 modifications to the machine’s software to offset its technical shortcomings. State officials never made the court–ordered modifications, despite a 5 year old court order telling them to. Evan Levow argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court on September 10, 2013, that the conditional reliability of the machine no longer remains. Levow questioned the validity of the state’s DWI convictions for this reason. “Alcotest is scientifically unreliable, because the state never made the changes.” Levow said. “Consequently the machine should no longer be used.” In 2008, the court also ordered state officials to create a centralized, searchable state-wide database of Alcotest results that would be available to defendants and their attorneys. According to Levow, the database is not searchable and omits some test errors that could show machine malfunction. This is important information needed when defending a DWI arrest. Mr. Levow also argued that since the current Alcotest machine has an algorithm that is not on a future version of the machine, this is a tacit admission that there is a problem with the current Alcotest machine. Additionally, one of the 9 mandated software modifications pertained to women over the age of 60. This group is not capable of reaching the minimum 1.5 liters of breath volume. However, if they don’t blow 1.5 liters they can be charged with a refusal to blow. The 2008 ruling ordered the state to re-program the minimum to 1.2 liters for this group. “That hasn’t been done.” said Levow. “This means a woman who does not blow 1.5 liters can be unfairly charged with a refusal – a serious offense resulting in loss of license and other fines and surcharges.” Levow contended. Evan Levow called for Alcotest to be retired and for the state to rely on observational evidence. “Breath testing is trial by machine, “ Levow told the justices. “It’s imperative that the public has trust” in the technology being used. News Articles: N.J. needs to scrap its Alcotest devices, lawyers argue at state’s top court The Star Ledger September 10, 2013 New Jersey DWI Alcotest Breath Testing Challenged Before NJ Supreme Court Digital Journal September 10, 2013 DWI Attorney Evan Levow Critical of NJ Breath Testing Program After Supreme Court Ruling, Urges Arrestees to Re-Double Their Efforts to Protect Their Rights Newsday October 29, 2013 DWI Lawyer Evan levow Weighs in After NJ Supreme Court Decides on Alcohol Test Reliability October 30, 2013 DWI Lawyer Evan Levow Says New Jersey State Needs to Find an Alternative to Unreliable Breath testing Alcotest Device Newsday October 31,...
Evan Levow Makes Headlines Urging NJ Supreme Court To Scrap Alcotest
03 Jan 2015
N.J. needs to scrap its Alcotest devices, lawyers argue at state’s top court The Star Ledger September 10, 2013 New Jersey DWI Alcotest Breath Testing Challenged Before NJ Supreme Court Digital Journal September 10, 2013 Breath test argued before N.J. high court Philly.com September 11, 2013 NJ high court to again consider reliability of test used in drunken driving cases The...
Levow Makes Headlines Again! Evan Levow Critical Of NJ Breath Testing Program Urges Arrestees To Re-Double Efforts To Protect Rights
05 Jan 2015
DWI Attorney Evan Levow Critical of NJ Breath Testing Program After Supreme Court Ruling, Urges Arrestees to Re-Double Their Efforts to Protect Their Rights Newsday October 29, 2013 DWI Lawyer Evan levow Weighs in After NJ Supreme Court Decides on Alcohol Test Reliability October 30, 2013 DWI Lawyer Evan Levow Says New Jersey State Needs to Find an Alternative to Unreliable Breath testing Alcotest Device Newsday October 31,...
On June 13, Evan Levow, Considered A Breath Testing Expert, Was The Lead Instructor At The Faulkner University Jones School Of Law’s “Advanced DUI Seminar”.
13 Jan 2015
Mr. Levow lectured on the Draeger Alcotest 7110 breath testing machine. Topics covered included: Principles of infrared spectroscopy; theory and practice of breath testing; relationship to blood testing; probable and potential errors in breath testing. The Draeger 7110 and 9510 dual sensor breath test instruments – design, instrumentation, reliability and certainty of...
Ocean County, NJ To Increase DWI / DUI Enforcement During Summer
29 Apr 2016
With the summer season fast approaching, Ocean County is preparing to increase its DWI enforcement efforts as people start heading to the shore. The DWI enforcement program is being headed up by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in cooperation with the Sheriff’s Department and local law enforcement agencies. According to an official statement, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato stated, “The tremendous added volume of summer shore traffic and all our area High Schools hosting Senior Proms calls for increased vigilance by law enforcement, and that will be the focus over the coming months to keep motorists safe. We ask that drivers do their part by driving responsibly and making smart choices behind the wheel every day of the year.” About The Ocean County DWI Enforcement Program The DWI enforcement program is intended to regionalize and supplement the DWI enforcement efforts of local police agencies throughout the county. In addition to an increased number of patrolling vehicles in Ocean County, the program will include additional DWI checkpoints intended to deter intoxicated driving. Each DWI checkpoint will also have two Drug Recognition Evaluators (DRE) to help detect drivers under the influence of drugs and other controlled substances. These extra checkpoints are being funded in part by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Be Careful On New Jersey Roads This Summer While it is not against the law to operate a vehicle after consuming alcohol, it is illegal to drive after consuming too much alcohol. With DWI enforcement efforts ramping up at the Jersey Shore this summer, it is important to be aware of the legal limit (0.08% BAC) and remember to play it safe by using alternative methods of transportation if you believe that you are over the legal limit. If you do happen to find yourself arrested on DWI charges in New Jersey, you can contact Levow DWI Law for a free consultation. Our experienced DUI defense lawyers have successfully represented many drivers arrested on suspicion of DWI in Ocean County and throughout the entire State of New Jersey. We can help you understand all of your legal options and work with you to create a strategic defense based on your specific...
US Supreme Court Reviews The Constitutionality Of Implied Consent Laws
28 Jun 2016
The US Supreme Court is currently considering the constitutionality of implied consent laws after hearing several cases pertaining to these controversial DUI laws in Minnesota and North Dakota. Implied Consent Laws: A Heavily Debated Topic In The US All 50 US States have implied consent laws which require a driver to submit to certain chemical tests (breath, blood or urine) if lawfully arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. These chemical tests are used to estimate a driver’s level of intoxication by calculating their blood-alcohol concentration (BAC). The results from these chemical tests can be used in a court of law to prosecute a driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Proponents of implied consent laws argue that these laws are necessary in order to catch and prosecute drunk drivers. But opponents argue that these laws are unconstitutional by fundamentally violating the Fourth Amendment which protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. What Happens If You Refuse A Chemical Test? By refusing to submit to a chemical test, a driver faces minimum penalties which usually include a suspended driver’s license and can include additional penalties. For example, the minimum mandatory sentence for refusing to submit to a chemical test in New Jersey is a seven month license revocation and a fine of between $300 – $500. Are Implied Consent Laws Constitutional? This is the big question… Drivers and DWI defense attorneys throughout the country have been fighting these laws for decades, arguing that these laws are unconstitutional and violate an individual’s rights under the Fourth Amendment and Fifth Amendment. After recently hearing cases involving implied consent laws in Minnesota and North Dakota, the U.S. Supreme Court is reconsidering the constitutionality of these laws throughout the nation. Progress has already been made in some states which have decided to reverse implied consent laws. For example, on February 26th, 2016, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Kansas’ implied consent law to be unconstitutional and reversed the law which had required drivers in Kansas to submit to chemical tests without a court-ordered warrant. It is important to know that drivers in Kansas can still be required to submit to chemical tests after being arrested for DUI, but only if police obtain a warrant. The US Supreme Court is expected to reach a decision about implied consent laws within the next few...
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