4th of July 2013 DUI safety information

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California law enforcement is ramping up it’s drunk driving enforcement over the 4th of July weekend.  Starting today and going through Sunday, police will be out in large numbers looking to make arrests.  Police officers are trained to look for relatively minor vehicle code violations (such as texting, not wearing a seat belt, etc.) to […]

DUI checkpoints 5/25/13

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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 Beach eastbound lanes of Artesia at Prospect 9pm to 3am Pomona undisclosed location 9pm to […]

DUI checkpoints 5/24/13

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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 location 7:30pm to 3:30am Moreno Valley undisclosed location, 8:30pm to 2:30am Ontario undisclosed location and […]

Have a Safe and Happy Valentine’s Day

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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 happens at a nice dinner?  A bottle of wine is ordered.  Drinks are had.  Diners […]

Super Bowl Sunday DUI Saturation Patrols

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This weekend is the Super Bowl XLVII, taking place in New Orleans at the Superdome.  Baltimore Ravens versus San Francisco 49ers.  Over 100 million people will be tuning in.  The Super Bowl is arguably the most heavily watched sporting event of the American year.  People gather together at bars and parties to watch the big […]

Arrested while on vacation

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Some people have the unfortunate experience of being arrested while on vacation.  Southern California is a vacation destination for people from all over the world.  It’s a new and unfamiliar place.  Some people drink a bit too much and find themselves lost.  Before they know it, they’re arrested for being drunk in public.  To some […]

California AB 472

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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 medical involvement.  The rationale is that calling an ambulance or taking a friend to a […]

DUI Checkpoints 8/25/12

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A California joint task force “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign started August 17, and is ending Labor Day on Sept. 3. This will create more DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols. Remember that it is always safer, wiser and cheaper to have a designated driver, or call a cab. We at the Law Office […]

DUI Checkpoints 8/17/12

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A California joint task force “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is starting  today, August 17, and ending Labor Day on Sept. 3.  This will create more DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols.  Remember that it is always safer, wiser and cheaper to have a designated driver, or call a cab.  We at the Law […]

DUI Checkpoint 6/8/12

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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 and DeLongpre from 7pm to 3am Moreno Valley at an undisclosed location from 8:30pm to […]

Criminal defense: Stagecoach Festival 2012 legal survival guide

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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 who attend prove that they are just as rowdy and thrill-seeking as their rock music […]

Criminal Defense: Sentencing Alternative- Home confinement

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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 and money issues in the state, the prisons were forced to close facilities and unable […]

Criminal Defense: DUI Checkpoints 4/13/12

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The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 4/13/12 (Friday the 13th!!)  in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties: *Costa Mesa- at an undisclosed location, from 8:00pm to 2:00am *Fontana- at an undisclosed location, from 6:00pm to 2:00am *Glendale- at an undisclosed location, from […]

Criminal defense: DUI checkpoint sample results

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DUI Checkpoint sample results People know that checkpoints are something to be avoided.  Even if you’re sober, it’s intimidating to drive through one.  Nerves can make you act strangely.  But, does anyone ever really pay attention to what kinds of arrests, detentions, investigations, etc. occur at checkpoints?  Riverside county releases statistics from every checkpoint after […]

Criminal Defense: Coachella Fest 2012 road closures, delays and recommended routes

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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 driving in the area will be treacherous at best.  Be careful and aware while driving.  […]

Criminal Defense: Veteran’s Court

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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 than straight retribution.  According to the Court website, “[t]hey promote sobriety, recovery and stability through […]

Criminal Defense: DUI Checkpoints 4/7/12

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The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 4/7/12  in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties: Anaheim- Ball Rd, 8pm to 3am Escondido- undisclosed location, 6pm to midnight North Hollywood- Victory Blvd at Bellingham, 6pm to 2am Vista- undisclosed location, 7:30pm to 3:00am Contact […]

Criminal Defense: DUI Checkpoints Cesar Chavez Day 3/30/12

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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 to 2am Redondo Beach- undisclosed location, 8pm to 2am Palmdale- undisclosed location, 6pm to 2am […]

Criminal Defense: DUI Charges

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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 DMV hearing within 10 days of the arrest, or else they will lose their license.  […]

Criminal Defense: California’s Three Strikes Victory in Riverside County

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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 violent crimes were deemed to be worse offenses than others, and part of the conviction […]

DUI Checkpoints 3/16/12

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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 Los Angeles- Figueroa St. between 8th and 9th Streets, 8pm to 2am Pasadena- undisclosed location, […]

What is Arraignment?

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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 advise you of your right to hire one, or to have one appointed if you […]

Criminal Defense: Marijuana Arrest Records

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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 this is only $100 and no jail time.  Possession of more than one ounce carries […]

Criminal Defense: HS 11550

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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 11550 The substances covered under HS 11550 include both legal and illegal substances. Opiates. Opium […]

Criminal Defense: DUI Checkpoints for Friday 3/2/12

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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 and 2am Moreno Valley–  undisclosed location, between 9pm and 3am Pasadena– undisclosed location, between 7pm […]

Criminal Defense: Riverside County gun possession: firearms including shotgun and rifle

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Riverside County Gun Law: firearms, including shotgun and rifle While the State of California may have certain gun laws, a local government may legally enforce rules that are stricter.  Riverside County has Ordinance No. 514.10 which pertains to the use of firearms within Riverside County.  The ordinance breaks down the law into “firearm” and “loaded […]