What Does an Expungement Do in California?

These days, people want a clean record more than ever. However, few understand the options available and how expungement law works. That’s why I am often asked: “what does an expungement do in California?” An expungement (actually know as a “petition for dismissal”) is a granted by motion under California law, typically via Penal Code, […]

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How to Fight a California Misdemeanor Hit and Run Under VC 20002

Hit and run charges often come from what was actually a misunderstanding of the situation or the law. Or maybe you hit someone and simply drove off. Either way, I am not here to judge you, but to help you get the best possible outcome if you are suspected of a California hit and run […]

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The Breathalyzer Flaws California DUI Lawyers Are Talking About

If you are stopped for suspicion of DUI in California, you will likely be asked to take a Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS). A PAS device is a portable breath tester used by California police including California Highway Patrol (CHP), or Federal National Park Service Police Officers. Typically the Alco Sensor IV manufactured by Intoximeters Inc. is used during DUI […]

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Arrested for DUI in California: What Should I Do?

Most drunk driving cases begin with a similar story. You decide to have a few drinks, but you don’t think you really feel “drunk.” You decide to get behind the wheel, even though a part of you knows that maybe you shouldn’t. The next thing you know, you hear the sirens and you’re looking for […]

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Ask a DUI Lawyer: How Do I Answer Questions from the Police?

I’m here to help people out of difficult situations. But you can help me help you, if you avoid common pitfalls that I see every day. One of the most frustrating examples is when my DUI clients make a bad situation worse with what I call a “lying admission.” It’s a double whammy. The better […]

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What Can the Court Do After a California DUI Conviction?

QUESTION: “What the #$%^% is the court going to do to me if I am convicted of a California DUI Conviction? I’ve been reading a lot of scary stuff online and I want to know what’s in store for me. What kind of penalties can the court impose upon me?” ANSWER: Classes, fines, Mothers Against Drunk […]

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Justin Bieber DUI Arrest – What Can We Learn?

Once again Justin Bieber serves as an example of what NOT to do. As you have probably heard, the 19-year-old Canadian pop star, is being charged with DUI, driving without a valid driver’s license and resisting arrest without violence. The Bieber DUI arrest comes after an apparent drag race occurred between him and one of his […]

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How Many Drinks Before it is Illegal to Drive in California

One of the reasons that so many people are arrested for DUI in California is because it is often hard to know whether or not you are over the legal limit. The chart below offers a rough guide, but it is very difficult to know whether you are over the legal limit when you have […]

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What Are the Penalties for Driving With a Suspended License in California?

Is driving with a suspended license really that big of a deal? (Yes.) Driving without a license is a crime in California (CVC 12500.) Driving without a license simply means that you do not have or have never had a license. This is something that the courts take seriously and in some counties, the District Attorney may get […]

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