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Defending your second or third DUI Charge

California has some of the toughest DUI statutes and harshest penalties in the country. Multiple DUI convictions compound the potential punishments imposed by the California courts....more

2/7/2014 - DUI

Drug Crimes Defense

The severity of drug offense penalties vary depending on two factors, which are whether the intent to procure or actual possession of the substance was for personal use or for profit. While possession for personal use has...more

2/4/2014 - Drug Possession Illegal Drugs

Learn What You Should Do After Your California DUI Arrest

Take action to protect your rights - After you have been pulled over for a DUI, shock and fear can quickly take root. However, the actions you take in the moments and days following your arrest are crucial to your...more

1/31/2014 - DUI

Should I Go To Trial On My DUI Case?

Understanding burden of proof in the criminal court - To secure a conviction, the state must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecution fails to reach its burden of proof, jurors are instructed to...more

1/27/2014 - DUI

How Breathalyzer Tests Affects Your DUI Case in California

After you were pulled over and before you were formally arrested, an officer likely asked you to blow into a handheld Breathalyzer®, which is referred to as a preliminary alcohol screening device or PAS device. How you...more

1/24/2014 - Alcohol Testing Breathalyzer DUI

Defending Drug Sales and Distribution Charges

Possessing or transporting a controlled substance with the intent to sell or distribute is always a felony and is deemed ineligible for drug diversion. Conviction carries harsh sentences that include significant fines,...more

1/21/2014 - Drug Distribution Drug Possession Illegal Drugs

The Legal Process After Your First DUI Offense

Know your rights in the California criminal justice system - A DUI charge may be the first and only time you ever deal with the criminal justice system. An arrest is a frightening experience and your anticipation of...more

1/17/2014 - Driver's License Suspensions DUI

California DMV Hearing

When you are arrested for a DUI, you face both an administrative suspension action from DMV and a separate criminal case. Each matter is heard independently in separate proceedings with their own sets of rules and procedures....more

1/14/2014 - Car Accident Driver's License Suspensions Drunk Driving DUI Ignition Interlock Device Traffic Laws Traffic Stops

Summary of California Ignition Interlock Device laws enacted in 2010

On July 1st, 2010, the California legislature implemented an ignition interlock device or IID pilot program to run through December 31st, 2015. The new legislation required all individuals convicted of 1st or repeat offense...more

1/10/2014 - Car Accident Cars Driver's License Suspensions Drunk Driving DUI Ignition Interlock Device Traffic Laws Traffic Stops

Possession and Distribution Charges

Possession of a controlled substance is a crime under Health & Safety Code 11350. Furthermore, the controlled substance in question, along with one's prior criminal record can influence the severity of the offense and...more

1/7/2014 - Drug Distribution Drug Possession

What You Can Do if the California DMV Has Suspended Your License

While the exploits and troubles of singer Bobby Brown have been well documented, his brother Tommy (who has appeared on the reality shows “Being Bobby Brown” and “The Houstons: On Our Own,” about his famous sibling and late...more

1/3/2014 - Driver's License Suspensions

How to Defend Yourself Against Child Molestation Charges

Sexual abuse of minors is a terrible thing, but so, too, are false accusations of child molestation. The latter has happened in several highly publicized cases ? such as in Wenatchee, Washington in the 1990s, to two couples...more

12/31/2013 - Child Abuse Rape Sexual Abuse

How a DUI Charge Can Become a Murder Case

A fatal accident in Santa Barbara in 2012 provides ample evidence of how a case of driving under the influence (DUI) can escalate vehicular manslaughter to a second-degree murder charge. In that incident, two women...more

12/27/2013 - Drunk Driving DUI Second-Degree Murder Vehicular Homicide

What Are Effective DUI Defense Legal Strategies?

It would be a mistake to think that average people charged with driving under the influence (DUI) receive the same treatment as troubled actress Lindsay Lohan. Count that as a good thing, because even though it might seem as...more

12/24/2013 - Blood Tests Breathalyzer Drunk Driving DUI Traffic Stops

What O.J. Simpson’s Case Did for Domestic Violence

About 20 years ago, a significant shift occurred in how the legal system in California and across the country dealt with domestic violence. This can be attributed to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman ? her...more

12/20/2013 - Criminal Prosecution Domestic Violence O.J. Simpson

What Are the Penalties for Marijuana Possession in California?

While recreational marijuana legalization has come to Colorado and Washington State, it may seem odd that it remains possible to be arrested for pot possession in California. But the defeat of Proposition 19 by voter...more

12/17/2013 - Decriminalization of Marijuana Marijuana Medical Marijuana

Driving on a Suspended License: What is Your Defense?

Hollywood actress Amanda Bynes may not be the best role model, but her troubles with the law help us understand the flexible nature of driving laws in California. It is possible to fight charges of driving on a suspended...more

12/13/2013 - Criminal Defense Suspended Driver's License

Juvenile Delinquency: How To Mount Your Child’s Defense

It’s every responsible parent’s nightmare to have a child charged with a criminal offense. But certain parts of the culture actually glorify those young people who commit crimes....more

12/10/2013 - Criminal Prosecution Drug Treatment Juveniles Right to Remain Silent

Penalties for Driving Under the Influence (including Reese Witherspoon)

The DUI case involving actor Reese Witherspoon and her husband illustrated some of the unfortunate results of a drunk driving arrest. When the two were stopped by police officers for driving the wrong way down a road in...more

12/6/2013 - DUI Reese Witherspoon

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