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“Open container” California Laws

March 18, 2018

In almost all U.S. states it is prohibited to drink or carry alcoholic beverages inside a vehicle. There is a number of laws in California which establish norms for drinking alcohol or possessing an alcoholic beverage while operating a vehicle. Please click on the links below to go directly to your topic of interest: Penalties for Possessing an Open Container in a Car in California Open Container in A Parked Car in Los Angeles Legal California Defenses for Open Container They are known as California Open Container Laws and determine the following: A driver or passenger must not drink any spirits while in a car upon a highway, including beer, wine, low-alcoholic beverage, and any other drinks with an alcohol […]

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DUI DEFENSE: DON’T TALK TO COPS

November 26, 2017

It is hard to find a driver who was never stopped by police in Los Angeles.  Some of these stops by the police result in DUI investigations.  Some of these DUI investigations result in Los Angeles DUI arrests.  How do you avoid a DUI investigation or an arrest?  If you did have something to drink, what do you say or do to increase your odds of fighting your case?  Los Angeles DUI attorneys try to answer one of these questions.   Should You Talk To Cops?: NO!   The first thing that happens upon a traffic stop is the police officer approaches the driver and starts conversing with him or her.  During that conversation, the police officer will try to […]

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How long does a DUI stay on your record in California?

November 19, 2017

In California, a DUI will stay on your driving and a criminal record for 10 years.  The 10 years are counted from offense date to offense date and not from conviction date to conviction date.  A prior DUI, when charged by the prosecutor, is deemed a “prior”.  The “priors” or “priorability” is a legal terminology of a type of offense that prescribes a more severe punishment for repeat offenders. For example, a second DUI arrest within 10 years of a first DUI arrest will be filed as a second DUI.  In contrast, if there is more then ten years between first and second DUI offense, your DUI will be filed as a “first” DUI even when you have another DUI on your record […]

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Restitution Hearing and Prosecution in California DUI Cases

November 7, 2017

RESTITUTION PAYMENT IN DUI CASES Any conviction for a DUI can result not only in payment of money to the courts in fines and costs, but it can also result in payment of money to “victims” as part of the compensation for any direct loss that they suffered. In California law, victims are defined broadly but in DUI cases it usually means those who got injured in DUI traffic accidents. If you are convicted of a DUI case you can be ordered to pay thousands of dollars to the victims of a DUI collision to compensate them for all of their expenses. The best way to protect yourself from paying large sums of money to the victims is to fight […]

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California Attorney Faces DUI and Child Endangerment Misdemeanor Charges

April 4, 2017

California attorney Richard Alan Dongell who is on probation because of two misdemeanor charges: drunk driving and child endangerment. The accident happened in August 2013 when Dongell was driving recklessly and caused the collision with another car in Lakewood, California. His two children were in the car with him, but no one got injured. When the police arrived, they found attorney and his children standing next to the car at the nearby gas station. They noticed Mr. Dongell’s unsteady walk, red eyes and alcohol odor. Mr. Dongell had difficulties looking for his driving license, registration and insurance. Mr Dongell denied taking any medication before getting behind the wheel of his car or drinking any alcohol. Police officers asked him to perform […]

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Alcohol and drunk driving interesting facts

March 26, 2017

When you are drunk your reaction is slow, concentration is worse, mobility is weakened, and your ability to drive and react to traffic conditions are reduced dramatically. That is why impaired driving causes so many accidents on the road, that results in injuries, property damage, and even fatalities. How does alcohol affect people Immediately after consuming alcohol, 20% of the alcohol gets absorbed through the stomach, gets into the bloodstream and starts to affect a person. The remaining alcohol get absorbed through a small intestine and other parts of the digestive track. Through blood circulation, alcohol gets distributed everywhere in the body including legs, arms, heart and brain. As soon as alcohol gets to the brain, a person starts to feel the […]

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New Police Device to nab drivers under the influence of marijuana or drugs in California

March 23, 2017

Drager 5000: New Police Device to Check the Sings of Drug Intoxication San Diego law enforcement officers started using new devices to check if the motorists are driving under the influence of drugs.  The new machine is called Drager Drug Test 5000.  It checks saliva for seven different narcotic substances including marijuana, cocaine, opiates, methamphetamine, amphetamine, methadone and benzodiazepines.  The suspected driver will be asked to provide a small sample of saliva from inside his or her mouth.  The saliva is collected on the sampler by moving it between cheek and gum for a few minutes.  The saliva sample is then placed into the Drager machine which prints out the results of the test.  The results of the test can […]

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Orange County Former City Manager Is Facing Hit-And-Run DUI Charges

March 20, 2017

Joseph Burt Felz, a former city manager of Fullerton, California, could be jailed up to one year in the county jail for allegedly committing two misdemeanor crimes. The alleged crimes are, driving under the influence of alcohol and a hit-and-run causing property damage. The accident happened in one of the neighborhoods of Fullerton city in November 2016, when a car jumped off the road, over a curb, hit a tree, and got stuck in rain gutters near a lawn. A witness called the police and said that she was afraid the driver would run away because he was trying to drive away. The car managed to get free and leave the scene of the accident just before the police arrived. The […]

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Tarzana Suspected DUI Collision with Three Victims

March 18, 2017

March 6, 2017, Tarzana, a small city in Los Angeles, was stunned by the aftermath of DUI crash. An allegedly drunk driver was driving over the speed limit colliding into another vehicle, injuring three people. The suspected DUI driver who drove Honda Civic was traveling at 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. The driver lost control of the car, spun out and crashed into Honda CR-V, parked at the curb. This collision caused a chain reaction, with two more cars being involved in the accident. In addition, one pedestrian got severe injuries and was taken to the hospital. Lastly, the suspected DUI driver had two women with him in the car with both women being injured. One of the […]

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Shockwaves About Being Deported

March 12, 2017

A new immigration policy of the President Trump administration is striking fear in some people these days. Mr. Trump recently called his deportation plan a ‘‘military campaign’’ to deport people with a criminal record. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will continue to arrest undocumented immigrants with  a criminal history in the most unpredictable places. Last weeks some scary arrests took place for many immigrants around the country, including some very young and middle-aged persons born in Latin America. One very scary arrest took place a week ago. Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, a Mexican citizen, was taking his daughters to school in Los Angeles when he noticed an unmarked vehicle following his car. As soon as he dropped off one of his daughters at school, […]

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