What If I Get Pulled Over and My Passenger Is Drinking?

Please use a designated driver for Halloween

Many people are aware that getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol is illegal. But you may have taken on the responsibility of being a designated driver and are taking a friend home as a passenger in your vehicle. If your passenger is drinking an alcoholic beverage while you are driving, you may be fined […]

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What Happens After Being Served With a California Domestic Violence Restraining Order?

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Under California law, you could be served with a restraining order for a multitude of reasons. A domestic violence restraining order is used when there has been alleged abuse from a spouse, former spouse or someone the plaintiff is dating or used to date. It can also be used when there has been alleged abuse […]

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Ambulance Chasing Pond Scum

Like most criminal defense practices, we send out legal advertising that offers a free consultation to individuals who have been arrested. Below is a letter that I received from an unidentified correspondent: If I were to call anyone, it would be a different law office to bring a lawsuit against you. You have invaded my […]

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Breath Machines are Not Reliable – New York Times

This New York Times article is certainly worth a read. It outlines the problems inherent in the alcohol breath tests that are currently in use. It remains to be seen what action the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office will take in the face of this very bad publicity for alcohol testing instruments. It also remains […]

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What the End of California’s Cash Bail System Could Mean for You

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At the end of August, the California governor signed a bill to reform the bail system. The law eliminates the widely used cash-bail system and replaces it with a risk-based bail system. The purpose of a cash-bail system was to ensure defendants show up in court. Bail would be set depending on the extremity of […]

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