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Could You Face A DUI Manslaughter or DUI Murder Charge?

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Could You Face A DUI Manslaughter or DUI Murder Charge?

In a number of states, including California, you can be charged with – and convicted of – second-degree murder if you are driving while intoxicated, you cause an accident, and that accident results in a fatality. If you’re charged with DWI in Orange County – whether it’s a misdemeanor, a DUI manslaughter, or worse – contact an experienced Orange County DWI attorney as quickly as possible. In California, the law specifies three distinct felony DUI charges that a prosecutor may bring when ...

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“Wobblers” In California DUI Law

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“Wobblers” In California DUI Law

If you’re charged with DUI for the first time in California, and you caused no injuries or property damage, you’ll probably be facing a misdemeanor. Nevertheless, you should get legal help at once and speak with an experienced Orange County DWI attorney. Even a misdemeanor first offense DWI in California is punishable by up to six months in jail, but a felony DUI can be penalized by a year or more in a California prison.

When you’re charged with DWI in California, in most ...

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DUI And Minors Do Not Mix

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DUI And Minors Do Not Mix

If you are arrested for DUI in the state of California, and a passenger under the age of 14 is in your vehicle with you, the penalty will be increased – “enhanced” – if you’re convicted on the DUI charge. For a first-time DWI offense, the enhancement is an additional 48 hours in jail, but on subsequent offenses your time behind bars could be enhanced by as much as an additional 90 days. Whether a child is with you or not, ...

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English, Spanish, And – Drunkish?

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English, Spanish, And – Drunkish?

Computer scientists at Queens College and Columbia University have developed software that purportedly can determine if someone is drunk based on that person’s speech patterns. The researchers believe that someday the technology could be attached to cars – much like interlock ignition devices (IIDs) are attached – to keep intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel. Over a two-year period, researchers gathered speech pattern data from 162 participants at various levels of intoxication. They claim to have identified precisely the ...

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We Can Do Better

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We Can Do Better

A case out of Illinois underlines the need to re-evaluate the way marijuana-related DUI offenses are handled. A week or so before he caused the auto crash that killed his passenger, Brock Meerseman, 20, of Pekin, Illinois, smoked marijuana. Meerseman was sentenced to 14 years in prison for aggravated DUI. Meerseman’s blood test at the time of his arrest discovered tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana’s active ingredient, according to Tazewell County Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Legge. When you face a DUI charge in ...

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Bars, Restaurants Appreciate Designated Drivers

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Bars, Restaurants Appreciate Designated Drivers

In December, the California of Office of Traffic Safety launched DDVIP, its designated driver mobile app. The app features exclusive offers and discounts to designated drivers at a growing list of participating bars, restaurants, and other establishments throughout the state. “The DDVIP app lets users see which nearby bars are choosing to reward designated drivers with discounts and free non-alcoholic beverages,” Office of Traffic Safety Director Rhonda Craft said in a December 12 press release.

The DDVIP app is available for ...

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More About DUI Checkpoints

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More About DUI Checkpoints

DUI checkpoints are locations where police officers stop drivers to determine if the drivers are intoxicated or impaired in any way. Usually, a DWI checkpoint is a roadblock where drivers are screened at random. The use of DUI checkpoints by California police agencies is increasing every year. If you are arrested and accused of DWI because you were stopped at a DUI checkpoint in southern California, you’re going to need legal representation immediately. Contact an experienced Orange County DUI attorney as quickly ...

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Another Troubling Precedent

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Another Troubling Precedent

Thanks to a busted brake light in North Carolina – and eight U.S. Supreme Court justices – evidence gathered in an otherwise illegal search can now be used against a defendant if the police were acting on “good faith.” The December 2014 ruling in Heien v. North Carolina comes at a time when police officers nationwide are already taking plenty of criticism for allegedly overstepping legal boundaries. It means that a police officer can stop and arrest you for DUI ...

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DUI And Prescriptions

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You can be charged with DUI in California even if you are under driving the influence of a drug that a doctor has legally prescribed for you. Vicodin, Demerol, Dolophine, and Oxycontin are particularly likely to impair your driving skills. These drugs can slow thought processes, reflexes, and reaction times, so driving or operating machinery while using them should always be avoided. Never, ever combine legal prescription drugs with illicit street drugs or alcohol. Police officers in California are trained ...

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Teens And DUI

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Teens And DUI

In California in 2012, more than ten percent of those who died in alcohol-related traffic accidents were under age 21. In this state and every other state, alcohol is the number one factor in the overwhelming majority of car crashes involving teenagers. Thus, California courts can often be extraordinarily tough on teens charged with driving under the influence. If your teenager is arrested and charged with DUI in southern California, get legal help at once and arrange to speak with ...

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