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Blog Posts in 2016

  • 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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  • Driving After a DUI Conviction

    The penalties for a DUI conviction can be substantial, however the extended consequences beyond those mandated by law can be equally, if not more impactful. When you are found guilty of a DUI in California, your drivers’ license will automatically be suspended for a period of four months for a first offense. This lack of transportation can cause some people to lose their jobs, lose the ability to ...
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  • Five Hilarious DUI Arrests

    Alcohol can make people do some strange things. When this is the case, the police are often notified, and in some cases the ensuing story is one that can be weird, odd, and sometimes downright hilarious. While you should always take a DUI charge seriously and retain legal representation from a Los Angeles DUI attorney as soon as possible, it’s perfectly okay to learn from the mistakes of others, ...
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  • Fourth of July DUI Arrests

    The 4 th of July is always a festive holiday in the United States, filled with barbecues, fireworks, and joyous celebration on a warm summer day, all potentially involving a few alcoholic beverages. However, what most people often forget is the 4 th of July is one of the holidays when police crackdown heavily on driving under the influence due to a large number of intoxicated drivers on the roads. ...
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  • Can You Get a DUI on a Bicycle?

    It’s commonly known that operating a motor vehicle, such as a car, commercial truck, or motorcycle, is illegal while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, what most people do not realize is that it is likewise illegal to ride a bicycle while under the influence, otherwise known as a CUI charge, described California Vehicle Code section 21200.5. While the laws for both a CUI and a DUI ...
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  • Roger Clinton Arrested on Suspicion of DUI in California

    Roger Clinton, half-brother of former President Bill Clinton, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Sunday night. He was released on Monday morning after posting $15,000 bail and is scheduled to be in court in September. The indictment and court hearing provides a public relations headache to former President Clinton’s wife Hillary, who is in the midst of her own presidential ...
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  • Citizens Protected by California Look-Back Period

    A DUI conviction carries serious penalties, and if you are unfortunate enough to be found guilty and have to go through the legal repercussions once, you likely never want to have to do it again. That may be for the best, since the penalties for a second DUI conviction get even more severe and can include the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device in your car in addition to larger ...
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  • Police Using Probable Cause This Cinco de Mayo

    You’re driving home from a night out with friends at a brewery when suddenly blue and red lights appear in your rear view mirror and a booming voice tells you to pull your car over to the side of the road. The officer who approaches your window mentions that he saw you swerving in your lane a fair amount and asks you if you’ve had anything to drink that evening. Upon answering truthfully and ...
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