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Substance Abuse Counselor Found Guilty of a Fatal DUI Crash in California

February 28, 2017

On February 23, a former substance-abuse counselor was sentenced to 25 to life years of imprisonment after she pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder. She was accused of a DUI leading to a serious injury, a DUI with .08 percent of alcohol in blood, a hit and run, and a second-degree murder. Sherri Lynn Wilkins, a counselor in problems of drinking and drug abuse, was driving drunk when she struck a man, crossing the street in the city of Torrance on November 24, 2012. She didn’t stop the car after the accident and dragged half-naked body for 2 miles sticking out of her windshield. Shocked witnesses made her pull over after she stopped at a stoplight and took away the […]

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Don’t Make these 3 mistakes if you get a California DUI

February 21, 2017

Doubt, anger, plummeting self-esteem, disappointment, fear, and frustration. Getting convicted of a DUI will get all sorts of emotions running through your system. Part of you is scared about what’s going to happen. Another part of you feels ashamed of letting the important people in your life down. You are under stress about the costs and fines. And you’re angry with yourself or the people who were there when you decided to drive. These are all understandable reactions to having to go through this situation. What is important, to take the steps you can to handle your DUI case as effectively as possible. Don’t make the mistakes that will create hassles, cost you more money, or lead you to a […]

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Can a First DUI Get You Deported?

February 20, 2017

Whether you’re a student on an F1-visa, a green card holder, or in the US for asylum, you don’t want to take your chances when it comes to deportation. A California DUI is serious for anyone, but for non-citizens, it can lead to a tragic deportation. We’ve entered a political climate where the US government is even harsher and swift when it comes to immigrants, as you’ve seen in the news. Here’s what you need to know about DUIs as a visitor to the US. According to section 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA),  a DUI itself isn’t necessarily a crime that will get you deported. However for a person who is here on a visitors visa, even […]

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Can a DUI be a Reason for Deportation Under New Immigration Policy of President’s Donald Trump ?

February 15, 2017

In this article, DUI Defense Lawyer discusses DUI as a Reason for Deportation. Click on the links below to go directly to your topic of interest. Mr. Trump’s Deportation Plan and DUI Consequences DUI Conviction and Criminal Record Can an Undocumented Immigrant with a DUI Conviction Get Support in California?  Jersey Vargas is a 13-year-old girl who is now fighting for her father, an undocumented immigrant. He was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in 2014. Her father is the only breadwinner and his deportation will bring family into poverty. In Los Angeles, there are more than 1 million of undocumented immigrants now who live in fear of deportation. Their families are very worried about such consequences. Mr. […]

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DUI Defense: Representing yourself, Public defender or Private DUI Attorney?

February 13, 2017

What are your Options for DUI Defense? Who is going to represent you in court after a DUI arrest? It is often a tough decision. Money is always a factor and legal representation can be expensive. A public defender might be a good alternative for persons who do not have money, however, some people try to avoid having a public defender represent them. This is especially true in DUI cases where often a successful defense allows to save driver’s license and your job. More so, this is also relevant in multiple DUI cases or in cases where injuries are alleged because it helps avoid jail time in crimes disliked by the courts and the prosecutors. Making a wrong choice can […]

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Driver may be sentenced to 26 years in prison for Hit&Run DUI in Los Angeles

February 6, 2017

Recently, a drunk driver was arrested and can be charged with murder and a hit-run causing death. Man may be sentenced up to 26 years in prison for killing an Uber driver and fleeing the scene of the accident. The collision occurred in January 2017. An impaired driver ran through a red light at a high rate of speed in his Infinity and crashed into an Uber car at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Arlington Ave. The driver of the Infinity did not stop after the collision as required by law but instead ran away from the accident scene. Later the driver of Infinity was identified as Kevin Moran, 24 years of age. The police believe that […]

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Expect a Large Police Presence for DUI Enforcement This Super Bowl Weekend

February 4, 2017

The player runs through, it’s a touchdown and shouts erupt across living rooms around the country. Football fans are ready to tune in on Sunday, February 5th, at Super Bowl parties and bars. Many of these celebrations will include alcohol consumption. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are encouraging fans to band together with the slogan of their new anti-DUI campaign, “Fans don’t let fans drive drunk”. Expect a heightened alert from the local police department when driving this weekend. Police, sheriff, and the CHP will be ready to stop and arrest anyone driving under the influence at DUI checkpoints. A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher is considered enough […]

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California DMV hearing: 10 Day Rule

February 3, 2017

In this article, DUI Defense Lawyer discusses California DMV hearing: 10 Day Rule. Click on the links below to go directly to your topic of interest. Introduction to the California Law What is “10 Day Rule” after DUI Arrest? What to ask the DMV after DUI Arrest? What would happen if I ignore “10 Day rule”? Introduction to the California Law In California, if you are arrested for a DUI, the arresting officer may confiscate your driver’s license and start the suspension process. If you are holding a driver’s license from another state and are a non-resident of California, a police officer does not have “jurisdiction” over your driver’s license and can not confiscate it. Yet, even if you are a non-resident, the police officer can […]

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Oscar De La Hoya, former boxer, was arrested for DUI in Pasadena, CA

February 1, 2017

Drunk driving got a famous Mexican-American boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya into trouble. The 43-year-old former boxer was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. California Highway Patrol stopped Mr. De La Hoya, nicknamed “the Golden Boy” by the press, around 2 a.m. for speeding while he was driving along Del Mar Blvd. in Pasadena, California. When the California Highway Patrol officer approached his car, an officer smelled alcohol vapors and observed other symptoms of intoxication. Subsequent to this observation, the officer started a DUI investigation and proceeded to administer field sobriety tests on Mr. De La Hoya. The former boxer complied with the officer’s request to submit to a series of field sobriety […]

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Drunk Driver was sentenced to 60 years to life in prison for second-degree murder

January 20, 2017

Rien Ban, a 45-year old resident of Fresno California, got a sentenced last Thursday to 60 years to life in prison for a drunk-driving accident in 2014. The crash took place between the city of Kerman and the city of Mendota, on Highway 180 near Fresno, California in June 2014. At the time of the accident, Ban Rien was trying to overrun a slow-moving vehicle while driving east in his Mercedes SUV. According to the CHP report, Rien Ban was intoxicated when he caused a head-on collision that took a life of 4 people. His vehicle ran into a KIA Sedan and instantly killed 3 passengers. Belkys Quezada, 25, died right away together with her nephews: Lisandro Rodriguez, 10, and Danny Rodriguez, […]

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