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.
While poverty, drugs, and gang affiliation influences most crime today, what makes someone turn to a life of white-collar crime?
Domestic violence cases have the potential to irreparably damage a person's life. They are full of extremely sensitive, possibly inflammatory personal information that might be made public, even long before it has gone to trial.
Now that summertime is in full swing, more and more of us are heading out to family reunions, weddings, graduation parties and days at the beach. We all like to have a good time with friends and family, but there are times when we take that good time a bit too far and wind up with an arrest for DUI. Here's some tips on how to avoid a DUI arrest this summer.
When many people are arrested for a DUI, they do not know that much information about the entire process and how everything is going to work. This is why it is so important to have someone on your side who knows how the legal process works.
If you have been cited for a minor speeding ticket, you might be thinking about paying the fine so that you can forget about it. However, before you decide to do so, you should consider the benefits of hiring a traffic defense attorney instead.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious charge. If there are no injuries, a first-time conviction for DUI in California can lead to thousands of dollars in fines and costs, plus a short jail sentence, followed by probation.
A research group examined known wrongful felony convictions in California over the course of 20 years and estimated that taxpayers lost roughly $282 million as a result.
It is common to see news reports of incidents in which drivers are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Because of the relative ubiquity of these offenses compared to others, many drivers charged may believe that defending themselves is comparatively simple. However, consulting with an attorney can be beneficial in many ways.
Despite the overwhelming societal belief that men cannot be or are rarely victims of domestic violence, the actual statistics are overwhelming. Approximately 40 percent of severe physical domestic violence victims are men. Unfortunately, the percentage of men as domestic violence victims does not translate into the same level of support and legal options.
“Bail” is one of the most commonly used terms in legal proceedings. One hears it in every courtroom drama. However, what is bail and what is its purpose?