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Safe driving can be fun this Halloween season, thanks to “Scare Cab”, 5 Yellow Cabs of the Desert decorated in true Halloween spirit.  The Scare Cabs are decorated inside and out in fun and haunting fashion.  And the drivers even …

No charges filed for innocent client! Today I was able to convince a DA of the innocence of one of my clients and keep them from charging her with child abduction!  I can’t stress enough how important it is to …

We want to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July, free from arrests for fireworks use or possession. In California, many fireworks are illegal to sell, possess, transport and use.  These include bottle rockets, firecrackers, roman candles and …

There is a new app for smartphones which is designed to help you protect your rights if you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).  This new app is called the “Oh Crap App” and was …

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Saturday 5/25/13 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and San Diego Counties:   Blythe undisclosed location 7pm to 2am Chula Vista undisclosed location 6pm to 3am Hermosa …

The following are the published DUI checkpoints for Friday 5/24/13 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and San Diego Counties:   Lake Elsinore undisclosed location 8pm to 3am Los Angeles (Downtown) Figueroa and 9th undisclosed time Malibu undisclosed …

Currently in California the rate for DUI is .08.  That is the equivalent (roughly!) of 4 1/2 light beers in one hour if you weight 160 pounds.  I say roughly, because there are always varying factors to be considered.  Things …

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that you either love or hate.  Many women are emotionally addicted to Valentine’s Day and require flowers, chocolates, jewelry, or something equally thoughtful from their significant other.  Many also require a nice dinner.  What often …

I can’t stress enough the importance of knowing (and trusting) your attorney.  You do not necessarily have to like him or her.  It does not have to be someone who you would normally associate with.  You don’t have to want …

The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache wants everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season.  As always, we would rather people be safe than get new clients.  The following are some helpful numbers and links to ensure that …

American Heat Biker Weekend October 19-21, 2012 Every year, thousands of bikers ride into Palm Springs for biker weekend.  It’s actually the American Heat Palm Springs Motorcycle Weekend and a place where people can not only show off their own …

AB472 California State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D- San Francisco) introduced a bill on February 15, 2011 regarding drug overdose.  As it currently stands in California, a high rate of drug overdose deaths occur because people are afraid of police and …

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 6/8/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties: Altadena at an undisclosed time and location Hollywood at Highland Ave between Sunset …

Here is an update as to the number of arrests at Stagecoach 2012.  The final tally is: 174.  That is, 174 in 3 days at the country music festival.  The arrests were mostly for alcohol related offenses.  Indio police are …

LEGAL GUIDE TO SURVIVING STAGECOACH 2012 Stagecoach Festival is country music’s answer to Coachella Fest.  Stagecoach follows Coachella Fest every year, and brings in just as many fun-loving, music-appreciating, rowdy fans as its rival Coachella Fest.  The cowboys and cowgirls …

Criminal Threats: In General Criminal threats are exactly as they sound: threats of a criminal nature.  Meaning, they are threats of hurting or harming someone.  They are threats of causing great bodily injury, or even death.  The threats can be …

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had clients tell me that they have been in and out of the system so often that one more stint won’t matter.  They just want me to get them the least amount …

Most of America is tuned in to the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case.  A child of 17 was gunned down by a concerned neighborhood watchman.  This blog and this firm will not get into whether he did or did not do …

Cops lie.  Shocking, I know.  But it’s true.  Cops lie.  Attorneys lie.  Sometimes even clients lie.  Not me and not you, but some others.  Here’s a lie that a was recently told to a client that particularly made me mad: …

Criminal Defense: Sentencing Alternative- Home Confinement Sentencing Alternatives in general The California prisons have been grossly overcrowded.  The courts had been sentencing too many people to prisons, and there just wasn’t enough room to accommodate them.  Because of the budget …

As of 10pm on Saturday night, 39 people had been arrested for drug or alcohol related offenses.  That arrest rate is up from the night before.  Concert goers and locals in the area are reporting a heavier police presence.  This …

Normally taped conversations can hurt people accused of crimes.  However, one woman in Florida is relieved that a recorded call helped her case.  Susan Mait was stuck on a street after two of her tires on her SUV blew out.  …

COACHELLA FEST 2012 DRIVING ROUTES AND ROAD CLOSURES The following are road closures, expected delays and recommended routes for the two weekends during Coachella fest 2012 (April 13-15 and April 20-22).  There are 200,000 people expected both weekends, which means …

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival brings music, art, fun and entertainment to the Coachella Valley every year.  Dating back to 1999, the festival boasts Ticketmaster free musical entertainment. The problem is that cops know the music lovers are there …

The California Superior Court has begun a program aimed at helping US Veterans, called Veteran’s Court.  These courts are a mixture of criminal courts, mental health court and drug courts, where the person will get help focused on rehabilitation, rather …

I have always told my clients to be careful about what they put on facebook.  People think that what they post is private, especially if they’re page has been restricted to friends only.  However, everything you put on the web …

Criminal Defense: Penal Code 186.22, the “gang enhancement” laws Gang activity and 186.22 California has enacted specific laws regarding gang activity.  This means that if a person is determined to be a member of a criminal street gang, he or …

There is a bill in front of the California Legislature, regarding marijuana possession laws.  If a person is found driving with less than 28.5 grams of marijuana (not including concentrated cannabis), under current laws, the court can (and usually does) …

The United States Supreme Court has decided that it is ok for jail officials to conduct strip searches on inmates.  The right of jails and prisons to conduct strip searches was being challenged by a man who was wrongly arrested …

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 3/30/12 (Cesar Chavez Day) in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties: Carson- 7pm to 3am undisclosed location Glendale- undisclosed location, 8pm …

California Man Pleads Guilty to Arson A Cathedral City man pleaded guilty to arson charges today in Indio, at the Larsen Justice Center.  Jesus Abel Hernandez was arrested in December 6, 2011 after he confessed to police that he set …

Criminal Defense: DUI Charges  1st DUI A standard 1st DUI is what most people charged with DUI receive.  It means that the person was found driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.  The person must request a …

Criminal Defense: General Overview of a DUI Arrest   DUI Arrest: General Probable Cause   Driving Under the Influence (DUI) occurs in California when a person is driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.  To pull you …

Result of Acquittal of Co-defendant The acquittal of one accomplice or co-conspirator does not bar conviction of another. Standefer v U.S. (1980) 447 US 10; People v Summersville (1995) 34 CA4th 1062;  People v Palmer (2001) 24 C4th 856. Under …

Criminal Defense: Improper Immunity in a Co-defendant Case Immunity in General in a Co-defendant Case Under Penal Code 1324, a prosecutor has the authority to seek immunity for a certain witness in exchange for his or her testimony in any …

Criminal Defense: California’s Three Strikes Victory in Riverside County California’s Three Strikes Rule The Three Strikes Rule was enacted in California in 1994 to make violent offenders accountable for their crimes. (For more, see here.)  The rationale was that certain …

San Francisco PAS test devices manlfunctioned If you were arrested for a DUI in San Francisco, then your case has a chance to be dismissed, or your guilty plea thrown out. It has been discovered that the San Francisco police …

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Saturday 3/16/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and Long Beach Counties: Mission Viejo- undisclosed location, 6pm to 2am Roving patrols at “hot spots” in Orange County …

Criminal Defense: What Is Arraignment? What is Arraignment- General Arraignment is the first time you will appear in front of a judge and will plead either guilty or not guilty. If you have not hired an attorney, the court will …

Criminal Defense: Arrest and your right to remain silent Arrest and Your Right to Remain Silent During Questioning If you’ve been arrested, chances are that you are scared and unsure about what to do or not do, say or not …

Criminal Defense: Health & Safety Code 11359 Marijuana Sales  Elements of Health & Safety Code 11359 Marijuana Sales Health & Safety Code 11359 is the statute against possession of marijuana for sales. The prosecutor must prove that you intended to …

Criminal Defense: Marijuana Arrest Records Marijuana Arrests California is becoming more lenient in their rules against possession of marijuana.  When a person is caught with less than one ounce (28.5 grams), they are charged with an infraction.  The penalty for …

Criminal Defense: Seal Juvenile Records  Seal Juvenile Records  If you committed a crime as a juvenile and were subsequently convicted, you most likely want to seal those records as an adult.  You don’t want one mistake as a kid to …

Penal Code 640   What is Penal Code 640 Penal Code 640 applies to specified acts committed in or on a facility of public transportation system.  This means that if any of the following acts occur on a public bus, …

Health and Safety Code 11550 What is HS 11550 Health and Safety code section 11550 is a statute regulating personal drug use.  It covers the willful and intentional use of certain drugs described in this article, Substances covered under HS …

Will a teaching credential be revoked upon the conviction of a DUI? DUI and the Teaching Credential Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges are on the rise. The State of California is cracking down and all counties are initiating more …

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Saturday 3/3/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and Long Beach Counties: Fontana-  undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 2 …

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 3/2/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and Long Beach Counties: Coachella- undisclosed location, between 6pm and 2am Marina del Rey- Lincoln at Maxella, between 8pm …

Concealed Weapons Permit San Bernardino County   Ability of applying for a Concealed Weapons Permit in San Bernardino County California law authorizes the local police chief in an incorporated city to issue a permit to carry a concealed weapon to …

San Bernardino County Throwing of Missiles   Missile as defined in San Bernardino In San Bernardino, it is illegal for any person to throw a missile at a moving vehicle.  For the purpose of this section, the ordinance defines missile …

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Sunday 2/26/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and Long Beach Counties: Los Angeles- The DUI Saturation Patrol will be throughout LAPD’s Hollenbeck Area, 12pm-8pm Contact the …

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Saturday 2/25/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and Long Beach Counties: Los Angeles- Florence Avenue between Main St and Broadway St, 8pm-2am Chula Vista- undisclosed location, …

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 2/24/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and Long Beach Counties: Laguna Woods- undisclosed location, 6:30pm- 2:30am Santa Ana- 3000 W. Edinger Ave, 7:30pm-1:30am Studio City- …

What happens if I donate blood knowing that I have HIV/AIDS? Knowingly donating blood that has tested HIV positive or is infected with the AIDS virus It is a violation of Health and Safety Code 1621.5 to knowingly donate blood …

Q: Are the conversations between my attorney and myself confidential? A: Any communication between an attorney and a client are protected under California laws.  There are certain laws and rules which protect this right.  To effectively represent a person accused …

Q: Can I be arrested for a Vehicle Code violation? If you are pulled over by an officer for a violation of the California state Vehicle Code, an infraction is likely to be issued. An infraction is a ticket which …

Today the State Assembly passed legislation which would change the current Three Strikes Law.  As it is written now, any felony committed by a person who has two strikes would send them away to prison for “25 to life.”  This …

Q: What do I do if I was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine in my home where my 9 year old son lives?   Manufacturing methamphetamine Charges A charge of manufacturing methamphetamine carries a very hefty punishment.  The term of imprisonment …

What is an accomplice An accomplice is any person who can be prosecuted for the same exact offenses as the principal.  For example, if a person is being charged as an accomplice to the manufacturing of a controlled substance, that …

Manufacturing methamphetamine that results in great bodily injury to or death of another   Manufacturing methamphetamine Charges A charge of manufacturing methamphetamine carries a very hefty punishment.  The term of imprisonment if 3, 5 or 7 years, and a fine …

Kidnapping for Robbery In a recent decision by the California Appellate Court, 4 District, the Court held that forcibly moving the victim from her kitchen to her bedroom was enough to constitute kidnapping for robbery. The facts of the case …

The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache wanted to take a few minutes to mourn the loss of a tremendous legal mind: Professor M. Katherine Darmer. Professor Darmer was a former New York Prosecutor who then entered the world of …