Do you have a pending DUI? If so, your drinking and driving charge is probably always on your mind. You might not think that there is anything that you can do about it until your court date, but this actually isn't true.
If you are arrested and convicted for driving under the influence (DUI) in California, your sentence can be influenced by a variety of mitigating factors. Fines, prison terms, and other penalties are often specified by ranges, and the amount, length, and other factors can be affected by what the court sees as mitigating factors.
An arraignment is one of the first steps to follow an arrest on criminal charges. If you have been arrested, here are five facts about the arraignment procedure in California that you should know.
Domestic violence is a rising issue in our country today. What is domestic violence? According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, "Domestic violence is a repetitive pattern of behaviors to maintain power and control over an intimate partner." There are 5 main ways abuse occurs.
In criminal cases, there always seems to be some confusion about the use of lie detector tests, also referred to as a polygraph. These tests are given as an attempt to show when someone is giving a deceptive answer to a question. Criminal investigators and attorneys may administer this test for various reasons.
If you're going to be testifying in a criminal case, it's important that you prepare properly ahead of time. This is particularly the case if you are the defendant.
When you hire a domestic violence lawyer, they'll work on different levels to assure that when you're falsely accused, it's proven as definitively as possible. Here at Mitchell Law Group, we're here to work with you as your legal advocate in finding evidence proving you were not the aggressor when arrested for abusing your spouse.
A recent murder case in California that's made the news involves Marion "Suge" Knight, who co-founded Death Row Records. Knight faces accusations of deliberately running over two people with his pick-up truck and then driving away, making it a hit-and-run. Among the charges he faces are murder.
For some people, accepting a plea for a lesser charge is advantageous, particularly if the evidence against them would give them few opportunities to mount a strong defense in a court trial.
People who have been convicted of an online or offline sex crime still face many long-term consequences. It is crucial to contact a criminal lawyer when charged with any type of sexual crime.
If you are facing the possibility of having a DUI charge on your record, one of the first steps you should take is contacting a DUI attorney.
Under California Penal Code 186.22, any person who commits a crime while involved with a known street gang, motorcycle gang, or neighborhood gang may be sentenced to an additional one to three years in jail. The legal name for this sentencing is gang enhancements.
Workers' compensation is meant to aid employees who have been injured while doing their jobs. However, in addition to being helpful to people who are legitimately injured, workers' comp could also be exploited by people seeking to perpetrate fraud.
If you use the Internet, there's already information about you online and on your computer that could be used as evidence in any number of crimes. To access information on a personal computing device, law enforcement agents generally need warrants. But in the meantime, there's nothing stopping them from checking out your public online activity and what it may reveal to them.
Most people don't know that a DUI incident resulting in someone's death may lead to murder charges. People assume that vehicular or gross vehicular manslaughter are the most serious charges possible in such a situation.
One of the many types of white collar crime is tax evasion. Tax evasion is a very serious crime that can carry both financial penalties and jail time. If you have been charged with tax evasion, it is important that you contact a Fresno White Collar Crime Attorney right away.
This blog article discusses some recent victories obtained by Fresno Criminal and DUI Attorney Michael E. Mitchell. We highlight some of the awesome results we've obtained for our clients in Fresno and in the surrounding counties.
Misdemeanor sentences run consecutively can be worse than a felony sentence, its important to watch out where there are multiple misdemeanor sentences, because a judge can order the sentences run fully consecutive with no reduction, unlike felonies that are run consecutively.
The 90 Day Diagnostic is a useful tool used by the court to get the opinion and evaluation of the California Department of Corrections whether an individual is a suitable candidate for probation or should be sentenced to state prison. This option is employed when the court is unwilling to initially offer a probation sentence due to the criminality of the defendant or the seriousness of the charges.
This is interesting. Starting in mid-September of this year, auto manufacturers will be allowed to use California roads for vehicle tests involving self-driving cars. After much deliberation, the DMV has come up with regulations on the testing of these vehicles. It's likely that at some point soon, they'll also issue rules to the general public.
It's been all over the news here in Fresno, and perhaps it's time a Fresno criminal lawyer talks about it and gives expert interpretation. It was a tragic event that deserves to be chronicled, in a situation that is difficult for everyone involved. In late January, around 6 P.M. there was a fatal crash. A man was driving drunk in his red, Chevy minivan, ran a stop sign in which he hit one motorist, continued around the turn and as he drove down McCall, he drifted into the lane of an oncoming car. In that car were four women. All four sisters who grew up in Del Rey. Three died as a result of the crash. The fourth, the driver, in critical condition and taken to the hospital.
Justin Bieber's recent arrest for DUI, racing and other charges raises a familiar spectacle that happens all to often when it comes to DUI related charges. Many DUI and criminal charges in general can result in terrible immigration consequences. Since Justin Bieber is a Canadian citizen on an entertainer's visa, his recent antics could end up resulting in his visa being revoked or denied if he were to reapply in the future.
A fight outside of the Elbow Room Restaurant in Fig Garden Village has left two 24-year-old men in serious trouble. One man, the victim of the fight, is dealing with serious medical consequences. The second is facing very dire legal fallout.
On Monday, we won another DUI case in the Fresno County Superior Court. After filing a motion to suppress based upon an unlawful stop, the Honorable Judge Dennis Peterson granted our motion. The issue at hand was that the CHP Officer saw our client come to a "skidding stop." He also heard the tires screech prior to witnessing our client's vehicle come to a rest. His reason for pulling our client over was that our client had "abruptly braked" and there was no other traffic at the time.