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October 2014 Archives

California mayor charged with suspicion of DUI

A California mayor was accused of drunk driving on Oct. 16. Police claim that the 44-year-old mayor of Murrieta was under the influence of alcohol when his truck struck the rear of a vehicle containing four cheerleaders from an area high school. He was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI following the collision, which took place at the intersection of Lily Avenue and Jefferson Avenue.

"SHOULD I RETAIN AN ATTORNEY BEFORE CRIMINAL CHARGES ARE FILED?"

        Our office is regularly contacted by individuals who have reason to believe criminal charges may soon be filed against them.  The question these individuals always ask is, "Should I hire an attorney now or wait until charges are filed?"  While each situation is unique, generally, it is best to get an attorney on your side as soon as possible.  There are several reasons for this.

WHY DO DUI DEFENDANTS GET CHARGED WITH VEHICLE CODE SECTIONS 23152(A) AND 23152(B)?

More often than not, when someone is arrested and charged with a DUI, they are charged with violating two different sections of the Vehicle Code.  Usually, the code sections they are charged with violating are Vehicle Code sections 23152(a) and 23152(b).  Many of my clients initially wonder why this is.  Often times, it is a strategic move for a more flexible prosecution theory.

California changes laws about crack cocaine

California law will no longer make a distinction between crack cocaine and powdered cocaine. On Sept. 28, the California Fair Sentencing Act was signed into law, making the minimum sentence for crack cocaine possession equal to the minimum sentence for powdered cocaine possession. Previously, a person who was found in possession of crack cocaine would face a minimum sentence of three years in prison without any eligibility for parole.

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