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Challenging a DUI in California – Part One

If you’ve had a few drinks and get behind the wheel, only to be pulled over for a broken tail light or a minor traffic infraction, you can still be charged with drinking and driving, even if it didn’t affect your ability to drive. If you blow .08 or higher, you can be charged under […]

California Prohibits Holding Cell Phone While Driving

Effective Sunday, January 1, 2017, it is against the law for motorists in California to hold a cell phone while on the road. The law is far-reaching, banning the holding of a cell phone for any purpose, from talking to texting to checking a map. Drivers may use cell phones when behind the wheel only […]

California Addresses All Aspects of “Driving Under the Influence”

When most people think of a DUI, they associate it only with drinking and driving. But California officials are out to educate the public and to enforce a broader interpretation of the law. A new campaign, recently launched by the California Office of Traffic Safety, focuses on what is known as DUI-D—driving while under the […]

Your Third DUI in California

What to Expect if Convicted a Third Time for DUI in California In California, as in all states, as a repeat offender you can expect significantly increased penalties on a DUI (driving under the influence) charge. If you are convicted a third time for drinking and driving, the penalties can include: A jail term of […]

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

Study Shows Effect of Driving Under Influence of Marijuana In a recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), researchers found a higher accident for 25% of people who tested positive for marijuana while driving, as compared with people who were not under the influence of any controlled substance. For purposes of […]

Challenging Field Sobriety Tests

The Ways You Can Challenge the Results of a Field Sobriety Test When you have been pulled over while driving, and police suspect that you may be driving under the influence of alcohol, a typical first response is to ask you to perform what is known as a “field sobriety test.” The purpose of such […]

Refusing to Take a Breathalyzer Test in California

The Consequences of Refusing to Take a Blood Alcohol Test in California In California, as in most states, a blood alcohol test is mandatory if you have been arrested and charged with drinking and driving or driving under the influence. Pursuant to California’s implied consent laws, the fact that you are behind the wheel of […]

Underage Drinking and Driving

There are many legal issues that can arise when someone younger than 21 drinks alcohol. One that can have the biggest impact is if a minor is caught driving after drinking. Under California law, there is a “Zero Tolerance Law” for underage drinking and driving, where the driver can be arrested for practically any blood […]

Crackdown on Drunk Driving in Napa County

Napa County police arrested four motorists accused of drunken driving at a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint in Yountville, California, this past Labor Day, September 2, 2012. The Napa Police Department, working with CHP officers and the Sheriff’s department, screened 2000 vehicles in an aggressive crackdown on drunk driving over this past Labor Day. Efforts to catch […]

Do Drug Tests Lie? California Drug Testing Laws

There are solid reasons for the controversy surrounding California drug testing laws, and for cases where drug test results were ruled inadmissible due to faulty practices: Invasion of privacy, Inaccurate tests, Illogical prejudice against casual users, False imprisonment by employers, Random testing of high school students, Initiating criminal charges on the basis of workplace testing, Illegal traffic stops. Workplace or institutional drug testing that is leveraged by an employer into malicious criminal charges.

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