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  • Driving Behavior Tied to Vehicular Manslaughter

    There are a variety of claims behind a vehicular manslaughter charge, all of which concern a driver’s reasonable judgment on the road. In today’s blog, we discuss the different driving behaviors tied to vehicular manslaughter charges, from negligence to reckless driving to DUI. Keep reading to learn more about the most common claims behind a vehicular manslaughter lawsuit. Negligent Driving A ...
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  • Penalties and Sentencing: Vehicular Manslaughter

    Vehicular manslaughter carries a variety of penalties at the misdemeanor or felony level, depending on your case. To learn more about specific sentencing for vehicular manslaughter cases, keep reading our blog where we will discuss potential jail time, fines, and even defenses against specific elements of your charge that could reduce your penalties. Misdemeanors and Felonies In California, ...
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  • Distracted Driving and Car Accidents

    Distracted driving is one of the primary causes of car accidents throughout the country. California has specific laws around mobile device use by drivers, which is a common form of distracted driving due to the increasing use of ridesharing apps like Lyft and Uber. In today’s blog, we will discuss the elements of distracted driving and the penalties for such behavior. What Is Distracted Driving? ...
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  • Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated

    Vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony in California, depending on the severity of your case. In today’s blog, we discuss the elements of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and the potential penalties for such an act, as well as possible ways you might defend against such a charge. What Is Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated? Under ...
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  • Types of Vehicular Manslaughter Charges

    California penalizes vehicular manslaughter on a few different levels. To better understand what you might be up against if you’re facing a vehicular manslaughter charge, it will be important to know what different types of vehicular homicide California recognizes. Keep reading today’s blog to learn about vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, and ...
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  • Penalties for Under-21 DUI

    In California, the legal drinking age is 21, which means consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 years old is illegal – except if the underage drinker is calling to report a medical emergency affecting another underage drinker. Since underage drinkers are responsible for a high amount of alcohol-related vehicle fatalities, the standards and penalties are more severe for those under 21. The ...
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  • Types of Field Sobriety Tests

    What are Field Sobriety Tests? Field sobriety tests are commonly used by police officers in order to properly determine drunk driving cases. However, these tests are often subjective and unreliable. The main purpose for law enforcement to implement these tests is to gather evidence against you and prove you demonstrated impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. Types of Field Sobriety Tests There ...
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  • Cops Cracking Down on Holiday DUIs

    The holiday season means holiday parties, many of which involve alcohol, which also means a significant increase in the number of intoxicated drivers on the roads. To protect drivers, limit accidents, and make the roads safer for everyone, police crack down on drunk drivers, putting many of their various strategies for catching these drivers to work. On this blog, we examine the methods you can ...
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  • California Prop 64 Passes, Now What?

    On November 8 th , California voters passed Proposition 64, meaning adults aged 21 or over will have the right to purchase, consume and even cultivate small amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes. For those who have been advocating for legalization of the substance, this is a monumental victory. However, one of the big arguments against the proposition was that the law did not have a ...
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  • Don't Drink and Drive this Holiday Season

    The holidays are here again, which might mean a road trip for you and your family may be in your plans. Whatever your reason for road travel, it’s important to remember to keep your eyes open and stay alert while driving for the next several weeks, as the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is one of the most deadly and likewise one of the most heavily-patrolled times of the entire ...
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  • LA Residents Prepare for Prop 64 Vote

    Californian voters will have an opportunity on November 8 th to decide whether or not to legalize the possession and recreational use of a small amount of marijuana. Predictably, this measure has been met both with great enthusiasm and stiff resistance. Perhaps the biggest resisting force comes from law enforcement, who claim they are not yet prepared to handle drivers on the road who are ...
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  • Don't Drink & Drive This Halloween

    The Halloween holiday usually means a collection of enjoyable festivities, many of which involve alcohol. Because of this, police frequently step up their efforts to get drunk drivers off the roads, either through drunk driving checkpoints, increased patrol presence, and a number of other techniques. October DUI Charges Because holiday parties frequently occur all throughout October, police ...
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  • The 119th Anniversary of the First DUI Arrest

    September 10 th may seem like any other day, but what many people do not know is that September 10 th , 2016 marks the 119 th anniversary of the first recorded DUI arrest. In the many years since, the public attitude towards the crime as well as the legislation behind it have both evolved, and led to the creation of modern technology which has made detecting and charging perpetrators easier. The ...
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  • The History & Future of the Breathalyzer: Part II

    In the first part of our blog examining the history and development of both the breathalyzer and DUI law, we examined some of the earliest technologies for determining blood-alcohol levels, and how many of them were in no way competent enough to adequately prove that someone behind the wheel was too inebriated to drive. Combined with a generally-relaxed attitude towards drunk drivers from both the ...
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  • The History & Future of the Breathalyzer: Part I

    Driving under the influence has a major stigma as an immoral and dangerous action that should be heavily punished upon a guilty verdict. This is questioned by almost nobody today, as studies have demonstrated the inherent danger in drunk driving and proven it with statistics such as injuries and deaths it has caused. This makes it somewhat mind-blowing to think that this wasn’t always the case; in ...
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