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The Salinas, California, Police Department is setting up an unusual Thanksgiving DUI checkpoint
November 12, 2007

The Salinas, California, Police Department is setting up an unusual Thanksgiving checkpoint. They will be giving away between 150 to 300 turkeys to drivers who pass through their DUI / DRUNK DRIVING checkpoint as long as they don’t get arrested for DUI / DRUNK DRIVING. For those drivers who choose to avoid the checkpoint, perhaps they can receive a chicken!

California gears up for more DUI prosecutions
September 17, 2007

This year, California prosecutors announced they received a Federal grant in the amount of .6 million to reduce DUI / Drunk Driving in the State of California. Funding is to assist in the hiring of prosecutors to train other prosecutors on how to better handle DUI / Drunk Driving prosecutions. The ultimate goal is to increase the 77% conviction rate of all DUI / Drunk Driving arrests in the state of California. In addition to convicting more people for DUI / Drunk Driving, the state also hopes to generate more sources of revenue as a result of court fines imposed… Read More

Tampa, Florida prosecutors do the right thing
September 14, 2007

Most people think that as long as they drive under “the legal limit” they will not have to worry about a DUI / Drunk Driving arrest. This is a misconception that could not be further from reality. While in almost all states, the legal limit is .08, people who drive below the legal limit are often times arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving. A police officer in Tampa, Florida was known as one of Hillsborough County’s most aggressive DUI / Drunk Driving arresting officers. In one year alone, the officer arrested 58 people whose alcohol level was below a .08.… Read More

Zamboni DUI prosecution gets the deep freeze
September 13, 2007

In the never ending effort to clamp down on DUI / Drunk Driving / DWI, a Zamboni (ice cleaning machine) operator was arrested in New Jersey for DUI / Drunk Driving / DWI after it was reported by a fellow employee that the Zamboni was speeding and nearly crashed into the boards. A New Jersey Judge ruled the Zamboni driver can not be prosecuted for DUI / Drunk Driving / DWI because the Zamboni can’t be used on the highways nor carry passengers. Look for states to be more creative in their ability to prosecute people arrested for operating any… Read More

Federal vs State Crimes. Differences, similarities, and everything in-between
July 15, 2006

Knowledge is everything especially when it involves matters as serious as criminal charges. Understanding the differences between a federal crime and state crime is necessary because each of these charges is handled differently. Intrigued? Here’s everything you need to know. What Exactly are State Crimes?  A state crime is a violation of the laws of a state, local town or municipal government. They are handled by the state government and involves relevant state agencies. State crimes cover the majority of everyday crimes and misdemeanors you can think of. They are handled by state judges, local persecutors, and police departments. Prosecutions… Read More

Legal Options for People After They Have Been Convicted of a Crime
December 24, 2005

There are several legal paths a person can go down after they have been convicted of a crime. Some of these paths include: post conviction relief petitions, appeals, sentence modifications, and petitions for early termination of probation. Post Conviction Relief Petition A “Post Conviction Relief Petition” can be filed in three cases. These include: if a defendant believes their legal counsel as insufficient—more often the case with public defenders; there has been new evidence found to show that they are innocent; or if the law has changed in a way that might change the outcome of the case. There are… Read More

Failure To Appear In Court
April 24, 2005

A criminal charge of any kind will most likely result in you being given a date to appear in court before a judge. Just like a criminal charge is something to be taken seriously, a date in court is no different.You need to be making every effort to position yourself for success in a criminal case, and one of those steps is showing up to court. Failing to appear in court should never be a consideration, as this would carry serious penalties and will land you in even more hot water with a warrant out for your arrest. Failing to… Read More

Failed a Field Sobriety Test? It’s More Common Than You Think
January 20, 2005

DUI charges are easily the worst situation you can get into, primarily because a single proven charge will remain on your permanent record for a long time. So, what’s your best move? That’s easy. Don’t drink and drive. Except that even if you haven’t even touched anything stronger than a Diet Coke, you could still fail the Field Sobriety Test. If you’re wondering how that’s possible, read ahead for some shocking information about how that works. Field Sobriety Tests are Only 68% Accurate The Walk and Turn Test, also called the Field Sobriety Test, is only accurate 32% of the… Read More

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