Judge Permits Challenged Evidence in Fatal DUI Case

A judge in the trial of Pittsburgh-area native Christa Logue recently suppressed a motion to deny statements made during a police interview as evidence against the woman. Judges all over the country are cracking down on drunk driving cases, and whether you live in Pittsburgh, New York, or Castle Rock, DUI laws are nothing to sneeze at. If the case were under Colorado DUI law jurisdiction, whether a Castle Rock DUI attorney would’ve gotten the evidence dismissed or not is academic; the truth is, every attorney faces victories and defeats both small and large.

On August 1, 2010, a Pittsburgh-area woman named Christa Logue was arrested and charged with the death of her own son during a DUI-related accident. Following her release from emergency medical treatment, she allegedly made detailed statements to the police regarding the alcohol she had consumed that night, recanting an earlier claim that she hadn’t drunk at all.

Laws regulating driving under the influence vary from state to state. Colorado express consent laws state that just by getting behind the wheel of a car, you consent to blood or breathalyzer tests if the officer has probable cause to believe you are under the influence. Miranda laws, on the other hand, are federal, and in this case the argument was that Logue was not in her right mind to voluntarily waive her right against self-incrimination. The judge, however, disagreed.

We have to presume that the decision was predicated upon Logue being read her rights prior to the interview; otherwise any competent criminal law attorney would have solid ground upon which to challenge her admission. As it is, the case against Logue is harsh; she is charged not only with DUI, but with homicide by vehicle while under the influence, and endangering a child.

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