After an investigation and/or arrest for a DUI charge, police officers will create a report that lists their version of what happened. This report will then be used to prosecute the person who is accused and often times will not include details that could help the suspect. Here are some things that you need to know if you are a suspect for a DUI criminal charge.
You might be someone who's never had to work with a criminal lawyer before. Maybe you've never had any encounters with the law. Maybe you've never even broken a law in your lifetime. But it's possible for anyone to be accused of a crime, even if they haven't done it. And in cases like these, you'll need a criminal lawyer to help you out.
If you find yourself charged with domestic violence, you have a very serious problem. With the increased exposure of domestic violence in the media leading to laws becoming tougher on the accused, your only choice is to have the best possible defense in court.
Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is the most serious drunk driving charge you can face. To be guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated means while influenced by drugs or alcohol and driving a vehicle you acted in a way that completely disregarded safety and you should have known acting in that way could result in killing a person, and your recklessness caused the death of a human being.
When you work with a good criminal lawyer, they'll give you what they consider to be the best advice but they'll also argue the case the way you want. So it's a good idea to communicate properly with the lawyer who is handling your case.
If you are heading to court soon for criminal charges, there are a few things you should prepare in advance. While you might have your case in order and working with an attorney on strategy, it is important to put a little thought into your appearance and actions in court. Here are three tips for personal appearance and attitude during your upcoming day in criminal court.
When crafting an effective drunk driving defense with the help of your lawyer, the key is to know exactly what a prosecutor must prove in order to get you convicted. This is true in any legal case, be it drunk driving or otherwise. By knowing all the factors that a prosecutor has to prove in order to convince a jury, you can help work with your lawyer to create an effective defense.
Getting arrested for DUI is a traumatizing experience. Most of the time, career criminals aren't the ones getting arrested for drunk driving. Ordinary everyday people who have lived by the law their whole lives will have one drink too many and end up in the back of a squad car, and later, a holding cell. With no experience being arrested, they have no clue what to do next.
If you are facing criminal charges, you are probably feeling more than a little bit nervous about what is going to happen. These are a few criminal defense tips that can help you through this difficult process.
Contact us at Mitchell Law Group if you're suddenly facing "white-collar" criminal charges as a result of your own actions, as part of a group, or under the auspices of your employer. Even if you only played a minor role in the crime, you should seek legal representation. Your initial consultation is free.
Do you intend to apply for a job? A loan? For housing? As an assistant on your son's baseball team? A helper in your kid's classroom? Do you plan to travel overseas? Adopt? Any or all of these privileges might be adversely affected with a criminal conviction.
Often when a person is arrested for driving under the influence, they undergo more than one test for intoxication. However, what if those tests gave different results? What if one was below the legal limit while another was above?
A DUI in California is expensive and has major consequences. If you get pulled over and the officer starts investigating you for DUI, think about all of your options for a defense right away. It starts with the moment you get pulled over; not the moment you arrive at your attorney's office.
When you have been charged with a crime, there are various legal steps that need to be followed. The state of California will issue you a lawyer, but that individual might not have enough time to dedicate to your case. This means you need to look at getting a criminal attorney on your own in order to get the necessary legal assistance.
Do you watch the television show, "Cops?" A fan of "Criminal Minds?" If you watch crime shows, or ever witnessed an arrested yourself, you've probably seen an officer reading someone their "rights" upon being cuffed and thrown into the back of a police vehicle. But what are these rights? Why do officers have to say them? What do they mean? This article will tell you.
While many celebrated California's legalization of recreational marijuana last November (Proposition 64), that same initiative granted California Highway Patrol (CHP) a multimillion-dollar contract to enforce it. That enforcement includes going after marijuana DUI.
The fourth amendment of the United States Constitution grants persons reasonable rights to not have themselves and their properties searched. Unlawful searches and seizures can violate a person's expectation of privacy. There are, however, several mitigating circumstances that allow law enforcement to legally search you, your residence or your vehicle without a warrant.
If you've witnessed a crime, know a crime victim or perpetrator, or investigators are at your door because you may be a material witness to a crime in the San Joaquin Valley, you need legal representation. In this emotional upsetting time, you know both of the individuals, but nothing of their argument or dispute? Even the police chief has come to your door. No one should face criminal charges alone.
Because the charges in California for an driving under the influence (DUI) conviction are so steep - those convicted face a large fine, possible prison terms, and possible suspension or revocation of their license - defendants often ask about methods to plead the charge down to a lesser offense. One option is a charge often termed a “wet reckless.”
For a wide variety of crimes, technological developments are opening up new possibilities for police to obtain evidence. One potential piece of evidence they may want to collect and use to establish their case is a smartphone fingerprint, such as the Touch ID used for iPhones.
Anytime you plead guilty to a crime in a court of law it is serious business. When you accept a plea deal, you do not go to trial but you do face an automatic conviction. Yet, plea bargaining is common and is often recommended as a criminal defense strategy.
In California, domestic violence is a serious offense that can carry significant penalties for the perpetrator, in addition to substantial injury to the victim. As a domestic violence lawyer, the Mitchell Law Group has considerable experience in addressing cases of domestic violence in Fresno County and across the Central Valley.
When most people think of driving under the influence or DUI, they think about drunk driving or perhaps getting behind the wheel while using some illegal drug such as cocaine. But Joseph Schwab, was pulled over for allegedly driving erratically and cutting off an agent from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. A breathalyzer test showed that Schwab had zero alcohol in his system, but had caffeine in his system. He was, subsequently, charged with DUI.
Recently, Californians voted in favor of the death penalty on two separate proposed measures. In the first case, Proposition 62, roughly 54 percent of people voted against repealing the death penalty and replacing it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Instead, with just over half of the voters in favor of Proposition 66, Californians have voted to speed up the repeal process, so condemned murderers are executed, rather than dragging out their appeals, possibly for decades.
If your spouse has been charged with a DUI, there are things you can do to support them through the process. While you might not be thrilled with your loved one’s predicament, they might need your help now more than ever.