Fresno Criminal Lawyer Blog
In the State of California, the penalties for a DUI conviction are tough. If you are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or above or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both, to the point that your driving is significantly affected, you can be convicted of a DUI charge. How can a DUI lawyer help with California’s tough penalties for a DUI?
It is illegal to drive under the influence, which means that all Fresno DUI charges go to criminal court. While individuals have the right to represent themselves in court, most defendants in these cases will either have a court-appointed public defender or hire a private attorney to represent them.
There are many ways in which an attorney can present a DUI defense, depending on the circumstances under which the person was arrested. Of course, there are many factors which determine whether a person will be convicted of driving under the influence. There are various things which the arresting officer will note in their report, and these may be used to determine whether the person was driving under the influence of alcohol. Read More...
A DUI conviction can have far-reaching consequences that will affect virtually every aspect of your life, from your finances to your employment and even your personal relationships. Some of these effects are short-term, but others are long-term and potentially permanent. Read more to find out what ways a DUI affect your life.
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI (driving under the influence), you could be facing different charges. You may be looking at a misdemeanor or a felony. Because of that, you should be asking yourself which one you are facing. They each have their own consequences, so it is important to know exactly what you are being charged with.
One of the most important actions you can take is clearing up a prior criminal conviction. I would file this under the category of a “no brainer.” Why would you want a charge to be lingering out there as an excuse for denying you a job, denying you a rental, denying you a mortgage application, etc. Expunging a prior conviction is a smart, useful, and financially sound decision. Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make.
The California Supreme Court, last month, upheld the Court of Appeal Decision in In Re Kenneth Humphrey. This is a game changer for the bail system in California. Now the court can consider a defendant’s ability to pay the bail in deciding what the bail should be, or if alternatives to incarceration can be arranged.
Finally, defendants are getting some financial relief when it comes to the burden of onerous court fees. Starting July 1, 2021, administrative fees for criminal court proceedings will be no longer be charged in California. If you are a Fresno resident with questions about fees imposed in a criminal proceeding, contact us for more information on this new law.
Unemployment benefits skyrocketed as soon as the coronavirus made itself known. Many states, including California, are finding out that they gave out millions of dollars in benefits that they have now decided to revoke. Some authorities in California are saying that mass unemployment fraud has been committed.
Those who have felony convictions know all too well just how life-altering that conviction can be. The negative impacts of a felony record are far-reaching. However, there is hope for some California felons to have convictions expunged. Thanks to a new law, AB 2147, inmates who put their lives on the line as part of the California prisoner wildfire fighter program are now eligible for a dramatic expungement that has a far-reaching impact.