5 Steps To Follow When Pulled Over For A DUI

Being pulled over for a DUI can have some serious ramifications. However, knowing the best course of action to take when pulled over by the police can help to avoid furthering the charges an individual may face. Demeanor Obviously it is inconvenient to be pulled over by the police and in some situations the stop may […]

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What Is An Arraignment After A DUI Arrest?

An arraignment is the first formal hearing following an arrest. The purpose of an arraignment is to provide the defendant (the person being charged) with the specific crime they are being charged with, to advise the defendant of his or her constitutional rights, to allow the defendant to enter a plea, to set bail, and […]

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Will I Go To Jail For A DUI?

When faced with a DUI charge, there is a very real fear of the outcome. Skillful representation will help you avoid as many penalties as possible after a DUI arrest. However, if a plea deal or a guilty verdict are the only options, there are two possibilities available for sentencing: jail time and probation. Understanding […]

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Can I Get Probation For A DUI?

In California, a defendant found guilty of DUI may be sentenced to formal or informal probation. For many misdemeanor DUI cases, informal probation is assigned. Formal probation may be assigned if the DUI has enhancements (such as having a child under 14 in the car during the arrest, refusing a specimen test, or having prior […]

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Should I Fight A Marijuana DUI?

A Marijuana DUI is very similar to the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Officers can arrest someone if they drive a motor vehicle while their mental abilities are impaired by marijuana, to the extent that they are unable to drive with the caution of a sober person using ordinary care. Even if […]

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If I Get Convicted of DUI, Will I Have to Get an Ignition Interlock Device?

If your case ultimately ends up in a guilty plea or conviction, you may have to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in your vehicle. What is an IID? An IID is a small machine which is connected to the steering column in your vehicle. Once it in installed, you must blow into it […]

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Is a Marijuana Breathalyzer On the Way in California?

Driving under the influence of marijuana to the extent you are impaired has always been illegal in California, prior to the invention of a new marijuana breathalyzer. California has yet to establish a standard measurable intoxication level for marijuana for law enforcement official use. With a new marijuana breathalyzer, that may be changing. California police […]

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All About the Bench Warrant

Most people have heard the term warrant at some point in their lives, usually in the form of an arrest or search warrant.  In California, there is another type of warrant that is quite common and could land you in jail: the bench warrant. A bench warrant is an arrest warrant issued by a judge […]

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Why You Should Never Talk to the Police

I am constantly asked how best to answer questions posed by the police. The answer is surprisingly simple, although the advice is rarely followed. Unless you absolutely have to answer a question, you should never talk to the police. Anything that you say in response to police questioning is likely to make your situation much […]

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The People vs. OJ Simpson: Closing Thoughts on “The Verdict”

The “Trial of the Century” started nine episodes ago, taking us back to the night of the killing of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson and then to the famous chase of the Ford Bronco through Los Angeles. Prosecutor Marcia Clark appeared to have an overwhelming case–a glove matching the one found near the victims surfaced on […]

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