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Blog Posts in 2012

  • Court Date Set for Senator Charged with DUI

    It's been an embarrassing few weeks for conservative US Senator Michael Crapo, who was arrested recently for DUI . A court has now set a date of January 4 to hear his case. Senator Michael Crapo, Republican-Idaho was arrested for drunk driving earlier this month, after he was stopped by a police officer in the early hours of the weekend. His vehicle had run a red light, and police officers ...
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  • Mothers with Drinking Problems Can Pass Their Habits onto Children

    In many cases, San José DUI lawyers find that driving under the influence of alcohol tends to be the result of an alcohol-related problem. Excessive consumption of alcohol is very often linked to behaviors like DUI, which can get you into trouble with the law. A new study finds that children of mothers who have drinking problems are much more likely to develop alcohol-related problems during ...
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  • Pre-Drinking Increases Teen Risk of DUI

    Underage DUI is a serious problem facing parents, colleges and Pasadena DUI lawyers. Teenagers are at a higher risk for a number of destructive alcohol-related practices like binge drinking that increase their risks of driving under the influence and being arrested for DUI. However, there's another new practice that many teenagers are indulging in that also increases their risk of dangerous ...
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  • Use a Breathalyzer So the Police Won't Have To

    If you’ve had anything at all to drink, it’s wise to use a Breathalyzer to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) before you get behind the wheel. BAC is usually expressed as a percentage of alcohol in the blood. A BAC of 0.10 means that 0.10% (one tenth of one percent) of the person's blood, by volume, is alcohol. In California the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers is 0.08. Implied ...
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  • The Ignition Interlock: a Dash-Mounted Breathalyzer

    California DUI penalties include fines, jail, license suspensions and installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in the driver’s vehicle. In every California county, the device is prescribed for second and third offenders; in some, the offender must install it on the first offense. The IID is really a mobile breathalyzer, and a judge can order anyone convicted of DUI to have it installed. ...
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  • Aggressive DUI Defense Team

    Getting a DUI can be one of the most frightening things you may ever face in your life. You may have a lot of unanswered questions and, without the appropriate answers, you could potentially face a much harsher sentence and penalties. A first time DUI carry penalties of jail time with a mandatory 48 hours in custody and a maximum 6 months in jail. Also, you can face a maximum of $1000 in fines, ...
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  • A Primer on California Drunk Driving Penalties

    Drunk driving conviction penalties in California are hefty, and depending on previous convictions can max out to jail time of one year, fines up to $18,000 and license suspension for three years. Here’s a rundown: First offense Jail time can be anywhere from 4 days to 6 months. Look for fines and penalties from $1,400 to $2,600 and a license suspension of 30 days to 10 months. In some counties an ...
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  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident: The Fast Lane to a Felony

    If you have been in a car accident, regardless of who was at fault, it is important to always stay at the scene until the authorities arrive to investigate. If you do leave the scene of an accident, you may face a variety of criminal charges. This is especially true if you were at fault in the accident and someone was injured. If it is determined that you fled the scene, you may be faced with ...
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  • DUI MURDER & RELATED ISSUES

    WATSON MURDER & IMPLIED MALICE The California Supreme Court in the landmark case of People v. Watson (1981) 30 Cal 3rd 290 judicially created the crime of second degree murder, based upon an implied malice theory when a death or deaths occur as a result of a person driving impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. The critical element that distinguishes this type of second degree murder from gross ...
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  • Letter from a Satisfied Client

    Below is a letter sent by the parents of a 2011 client. Dear Friends and Family, I am thankful to report the case against our son has been dropped! We thank each and every one of you for your support as we labored through this 2 ½ year ordeal. There were many lessons learned on this journey, one of which is the sustaining power of real friends and family willing to do whatever is necessary to ...
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