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Increasing Number Of Mentally Ill Prisoners In California
May 14, 2017

There has been a longstanding problem of rampant mental illness among inmates in California’s prison system. Stanford Law School’s Justice Advocacy Project carried out studies on the problem of mental illness among prison inmates in California in 2017. They utilized data provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in their studies and concluded that the problem is worsening as time passes by. According to these studies, in 2000, less than 15% of California’s prisoners had received treatment for a mental disorders and that number currently exceeds 30%.  Over the last 5 years dramatic increases have occurred in mental… Read More

Lymphoma Basics
May 7, 2017

Thanks to Marciano and Macavoy P.C., cancer misdiagnosis lawyers in Philadelphia, for this infograhpic.

The Alcohol Monitoring Tattoo: A Wonder Of The Times
April 25, 2017

Accurate and reliable portable alcohol monitoring devices are an invaluable tool these days. They are supposed to provide peace of mind, accountability, and knowledge that your loved ones are in a safe environment. Continuous transdermal alcohol monitoring is used to monitor alcohol consumption among alcoholic criminal offenders and is also used as a common sanction applied to drunk drivers. The device generally employed is an ankle bracelet that monitors and measures alcohol consumption 24 hours a day, seven days per week allowing the court or other authorities to determine whether the offenders have been compliant with orders of abstaining from… Read More

WILL POLICE BE USING PORTABLE DRUG TESTING SYSTEMS FOR DUID?
March 30, 2017

ARE PORTABLE DRUG TESTING SYSTEMS NEW? California law enforcement officials have begun using a preliminary drug screening device (mouth swab) to aid in determining the presence of an intoxicating drug, including, marijuana, cocaine, opiates, methamphetamine, methadone and benzodiazepines. The San Diego Police Foundation recently donated two $5,000 Dräger Drug Test 5000 mobile drug screening systems to the San Diego Police Department for use at DUI Checkpoints and in DUI drug or DUID enforcement throughout San Diego. These preliminary presumptive drug tests have been widely used throughout Europe and recently in more than a dozen states, including California. ARE THEY MANTADORY?… Read More

Avoiding Dui Charges In The State Of Florida
March 6, 2017

Although a DUI or DWI arrest can be devastating because it puts other drivers at risk and often results in hefty fines and incarceration thereby ruining a person’s reputation, it can sometimes be a good thing when it provides an opportunity for the offender to recognize that they have a drinking issue. Such issues can ruin relationships, cause medical problems and even result in loss of employment. Most first time DUI offenders that enter diversion programs acknowledge that they need to change their behavior and address their drinking problems. It is reported that drunk driving causes a car crash every… Read More

WHAT DOES SUMMARY PROBATION MEAN?
December 30, 2016

PROBATION CONTRACT Probation is a contract between a person convicted of a criminal offense and the court by which the court agrees not to impose the maximum sentence allowable for a crime in exchange for the convicted individual’s promise not to violate rules imposed by the court over a certain period of time. For DUI’s the law provides that if probation is imposed it must not be shorter than three years and not longer than five years. SUMMARY PROBATION “Summary Probation” is a very informal way of monitoring a person who is on probation. The court usually requires a person… Read More

WILL DELAYING A BREATH OR BLOOD TEST EFFECT A DUI CASE?
December 16, 2016

DUI SCIENCE BASED Much of driving under the influence law is science driven. It is very different from other criminal law which is predominately based on making certain conduct illegal without the use of science. For instance, whether a theft is committed is not based upon science. Instead, it is based upon mere observation as to whether a certain object was taken from the owner without the owner’s consent. It is based upon common sense. DUI laws, however, are purely science based. For instance, Field Sobriety Tests were designed on the science of impairment as shown by decreased motor skills… Read More

IS THERE A VEHICLE THAT YOU CAN OPERATE WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE?
December 16, 2016

SUSPENDED LICENSE When a person has a license suspension for a DUI, or other matter, the first thing the person tries to do is minimize the impact of the suspension on his life. In other words, he searches for alternative means of transportation. Sometimes the person is left to rely on third parties. Other times, especially due to scheduling and geographic inconveniences, the person looks for different vehicles that he can operate. When looking for a different type of vehicle the person many times assumes that the license suspension only applies to automobiles. MOTORCYCLES Does the license suspension apply to motorcycles?… Read More

IF ARRESTED FOR DUI DRUGS WILL DMV TAKE YOUR LICENSE?
November 4, 2016

DUI DRUGS INCREASE Due to the increase of officer training focusing on arresting for drug related driving under the influence, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) has had a uptick in referrals for drug related DUI arrests.  Typically, when it comes to DUI suspensions the DMV has jurisdiction for alcohol related suspension when a person is over 21 years old and has a .08 blood alcohol content (“bac”) or greater; or if the person is under 21 years old with a .01 bac. There are also suspension actions when a person is over 21 years old and has a… Read More

SO THE DMV SAYS YOU’RE A NEGLIGENT OPERATOR AND TOOK YOUR LCENSE
October 21, 2016

OTHER DMV ACTIONS Typically people reach out to DUI attorneys when they have been arrested or detained for driving under the influence. There are firms, such as ours, that focuses on DUI representation – both in court and before the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). However, there are other actions that the DMV can take against a person’s license for matters that are not necessarily related to DUI. NEGLIGENT OPERATOR One type of hearing that most people have never heard of is the DMV Negligent Operator Hearing. The DMV typically will conduct a Negligent Operator Hearing if there is a… Read More