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YOU CAN GET A DUI EVEN IF YOU WEREN’T DRIVING!
April 18, 2016

Not everyone who is arrested for a DUI is driving the vehicle – many times the driver is arrested for DUI. There are other times when the passenger is arrested for the DUI. And, quite surprisingly, sometimes both the driver and passenger are arrested for a DUI. Some examples of the above are quite obvious and expected. For instance, the owner of a car is on the side of the road and is believed to be impaired. No one is in the vehicle. The police ask the owner who drove the vehicle and he responds that his friend, whose full… Read More

YOU CAN DRIVE IN, THROUGH BUT NOT OUT!
April 1, 2016

OFF ROAD DUI When getting arrested for a DUI comes to mind many envision a person getting pulled over while driving in a residential area or highway. It may be surprising to learn that many people get arrested for a DUI when they are not on public roads. In fact many times people are eating a meal at a public eatery when they are arrested for a DUI. Below are different scenarios where individuals are arrested for a DUI. FAST FOOD PLACE While driving through the drive through of a popular burger franchise, a person (we’ll call her Sally) is… Read More

WHERE CAN YOU DRIVE ON A DUI RESTRICTED LICENSE?
March 14, 2016

SUSPENDED LICENSE The DMV issues various DUI related suspensions. The suspensions vary due to whether a person was on DUI probation, had at least one prior DUI, whether the person voluntarily submitted to a chemical test, and what county the person received his/her DUI. RESTRICTED LICENSE If a person is on court ordered probation for a DUI, he or she will only be eligible for a restricted license if the DMV does not find that the person was on DUI probation. When on DUI probation, one of the terms of the probation is that the people not drive with any… Read More

WILL GOING TO REHAB HELP THE DISPOSITION OF A DUI CASE?
March 2, 2016

GOING TO REHAB Rehabilitation, or the concept of getting professional assistance to recover from an impairment, has become a popular way to deal with one’s setbacks. There are many types of rehabs today. Some address physical impairments or maladies – like recovering from surgery or disease in a hospital setting. The type of rehab that seems to be widely discussed in the media, however, is that for substance abuse. Some substance abuse programs focus solely on breaking the addictive cycle of the substance abuser while others also address underlying mental health issues that drive the addiction. Individuals who attend these… Read More

CAN A DUI PREVENT EMPLOYMENT WORKING WITH KIDS?
February 17, 2016

SOCIAL WORKERS In past blogs I have discussed certain so called white collar professions that are vulnerable to the consequences of a DUI / Drunk Driving conviction or license suspension. There are other professions which can be negatively impacted by a DUI conviction or license suspension. Many professions that no one would ever consider would be impacted by a DUI. DUI convictions can have a completely adverse consequence on people who work with children. For example, social workers can lose their jobs if they have a DUI on their record. This is due to the nature of the contact that… Read More

TOP JOBS RUINED BY DUI CONVICTION!!!
February 1, 2016

HIGH PROFILE POSITIONS Certain professions are more vulnerable to a DUI conviction or DUI license suspension. Sometimes just the stigma of a DUI can ruin a person’s job. This is usually the case when the person in question has a job that has a lot of public exposure. For instance, if a person is on the Board of a major corporation or charity, a DUI arrest can reflect negatively on the entity. This also applies to people whose job is not as high profile as the jobs discussed above, but instead these individuals are required to be held in esteem.… Read More

SO YOU THINK YOU’RE DRIVING HANDS FREE???
January 26, 2016

HISTORY LESSON Before I address how the hands free law is enforced, I will explain why it was created. Several years ago the California Legislature passed a law for the stated purpose of protecting the public from drivers who were distracted because they were using a cell phone while driving. Please keep in mind that this law did not outlaw talking on the phone while driving. Instead, it prevented a person from holding the phone while driving. A person is required to drive “hands free” of the telephone. DISTRACTION What is somewhat interesting about this law is the theory that… Read More

SO THE VALET TURNED YOUR AUTOMATIC HEADLIGHTS OFF AND YOU END UP WITH A DUI!
January 18, 2016

VALET OR SELF PARK Just imagine you go out to meet your friends for dinner at a new restaurant, hotel or bar. When you get there you see they have valet parking. You debate parking your vehicle rather than paying a valet to park your car. The valet fee is under $5, which is a plus. You just had your car cleaned which is also a plus. Briefly look around for street parking at a meter which will cost you about $1.25 and quickly realize that all the metered spots are being used – a total minus. So after quickly… Read More

SO, YOU GOT A HOVERBOARD TO AVOID A DUI
December 29, 2015

HISTORY LESSON Before discussing the current state of DUI prosecution, we must first address the original intent of DUI laws. Simply put, the public demanded DUI laws be put on the books and strictly enforced due to public safety issues. Based upon the concern for potential harm that can be caused by a several ton vehicle travelling on the open roads it was argued that a car is a deadly weapon. It was further argued that a person driving a car under the influence of alcohol (and later expanded to include drugs) was as unsafe as a loaded gun. This… Read More

YOU SWERVED BECAUSE YOU WERE TEXTING, CAN YOU BE ARRESTED FOR A DUI???
December 23, 2015

SO, YOU WANT TO TEXT The facts usually begin like this: The Defendant, let’s call her Debra, is driving down Sunset Boulevard one night. She just left the club and did not notice the Police car in her rear view. Debra hears her favorite song playing on the radio. She turns up the volume and reaches for her cell phone. She briefly takes her eyes off the road to text her roommate to make sure that she did not take Debra’s parking space. While Debra is texting, her car slowly veers across the center line of the boulevard. Debra quickly… Read More