Drunk Driving NEWS

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 is reduced.  That is why impaired driving causes so many accidents on the road.  This is why drunk driving results in injuries, property damage, and even deaths. 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 gets absorbed through the small intestine and other parts of the digestive tract. Through the blood, alcohol gets throughout the body: the legs, arms, heart, and the brain. As soon as alcohol gets to the brain, you will […]

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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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Shocking Statistics About West Hollywood DUI Investigations.

March 8, 2017

In West Hollywood, DUIs appear to happen twice as frequently than in other parts of greater Los Angeles. We thought you might be interested in this collection of recent news and facts about West Hollywood DUIs: The number of DUIs in West Hollywood have been on the rise over the last 10 years but the reasons why aren’t known. City to city, West Hollywood ranks much higher in its frequency of DUIs at 31 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Tying for second place with the most DUI per VMT are Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Burbank, each respectively responsible for 15 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, followed by Culver City with 10 per 100 million VMT and […]

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New Senate Bill 698 could make illegal to drive with BAC between 0.04% and 0.07%

March 6, 2017

On February 17, 2017, a new bill was introduced to the California Legislature as an addition to the existing Vehicle Code (Sections 23152.1 and 23573.1). If passed, the bill will make it illegal to drive an automobile with the content of alcohol in blood between 0.04% and 0.07% when at the same time the driver is under the influence of any controlled substance, including at least 5 nanograms of THC per millimeter of blood. Currently only driving while under influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal when the person is impaired and can not operate a vehicle like a sober person would. Additionally, it is a separate crime when there is 0.08% of alcohol concentration in blood. If the person’s blood […]

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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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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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