September

Blog Posts in September, 2014

  • Are You a California State Employee Arrested for a Felony or Crime of Moral Turpitude?

    The people of the State of California entrusted you with responsibilities to the public good. But now you stand accused of a felony crime or a crime of moral turpitude. You're at a pivotal moment in your career and your life. Will you go to jail? Will you lose your job? What special punishments might be in store for you, given that you're a state employee and that you have legal and moral ...
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  • DUI Accident with Injury [Oops, Now It's a Felony!]

    Knowingly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or prescription medications is wrong. You know it. All California drivers know it. More importantly, prosecutors know it. But if you drive DUI and THEN HURT SOMEONE in the process, you enter an entirely different (and more formidable) defense paradigm. In fact, in California, two separate vehicle code sections deal with injury and ...
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  • Don't Miss Your DMV Hearing After a DUI: You Only Have 10 Days!

    If you just got arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), the clock is ticking … and fast. Per California law, if you want a hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to protect your license from being automatically suspended, you need to make that request within 10 days. The DMV Driver Safety Office phone number is 559-445-6399. If you haven’t called yet, why don’t you call right ...
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  • Getting a DUI - A Nightmare If You Have to Drive to Work or School

    Perhaps a police officer in Fresno busted you at a checkpoint, after you stumbled during the walk the line test. Or maybe you found yourself in handcuffs, after an injury accident on the 5 or on a nearby surface street. In either case, you desperately want to avoid jail time and massive fines and all the other nasty consequences of DUI that we've discussed on this blog ad nauseam. GOING TO JAIL IS ...
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  • Want to Be a Nurse? (Hard If You Have a DUI on Your Record)

    You have a keen drive to help people and improve others’ lives and health as a nurse. Whether police stopped you or arrested you unfairly; or whether you did something that you instantly regretted (like smoked marijuana before getting behind the wheel), you're terrified. What could a DUI conviction mean for your license, your personal freedom, your self-esteem and your relationships? An arrest or ...
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  • DUI Effects on Car Insurance: Thousands of Dollars Down the Drain?

    Getting a DUI is horrendous for many reasons. First of all, let’s not beat around the bush: driving DUI is stupid. You know it. Society knows it. Prosecutors and judges know it. It is dangerous. It can lead to senseless injuries and deaths. But whether you actually, technically broke the law or not, you deserve a good defense. Perhaps more importantly, you also deserve to understand the FULL SLATE ...
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  • Will Your DUI Cost You Your Doctor's License AND Your Driver's License?

    Maybe you're a family doctor in Fresno who made a bad judgment one night after partying in the Tower District. Now you face a felony DUI charge, because you hit someone and hurt him. California Vehicle Code Section 23153 – the injury DUI section – elevates standard misdemeanor charges to felonies. In addition to serving jail time (potentially more than a YEAR BEHIND BARS for each injury), you may ...
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  • How Criminal Charges Can Affect Your Professional Life (Not Good)

    Have you been arrested for a major crime, like assault and battery, vehicular manslaughter, or DUI? If you are scared, you SHOULD be. California prosecutors are notorious for seeking extensive prison sentences and other draconian penalties, even against first time offenders. Even if you didn’t hurt anyone -- and even if you're quite contrite and regretful about what happened -- appreciate the dead ...
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  • Find a DUI Lawyer Who Has Gotten Actual Acquittals for Visalia DUI Clients

    In theory, defending a DUI may not sound that hard, or at least not that complex. For instance, perhaps police arrested you because you failed your field sobriety tests or because you failed a breath test at a checkpoint stop. Your situation seems straightforward. So you might be under the impression that you only need to put up token resistance to the prosecution. But DUI defense takes skill, ...
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  • Finding a DUI Lawyer Who Knows the Science of DUI Cases

    Perhaps police stopped you at a checkpoint and arrested you, after you tested to have a BAC just over the California legal limit of 0.08%. Or perhaps you caused a multi-car collision that injured several people, including a child. You are terrified of the possible consequences, and you should be. An injury DUI conviction, per California Vehicle Code 23153, can elevate what would normally be a ...
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  • Sleep Driving

    Sleep Driving - Ambien DUI When doctors prescribe Ambien or Zolpidem for insomnia they may or my not inform their clients that one side-effect is sleep activities. Sleep: walking, eating, driving and memory loss. These side-effects are considered rare; however, many people are now charged with a DUI for driving under the influence of drugs like Zolpidem. Can I be convicted of a DUI if I am sleep ...
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