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Useful updates and observations by Attorney Lynn Gorelick from the trenches of the criminal courts in Alameda and Contra Costa County, California.

Fremont Police Using Social Media Monitoring Programs

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Nov 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Before police engage in new surveillance or monitoring programs, the public should have the opportunity to voice their privacy concerns. The public has an interest in understanding why the police need these programs, and how to ensure this power is not abused. However, it has recently been report...

Plan Ahead to Avoid a Thanksgiving DUI

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Nov 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time when family gathers together to celebrate the things they are thankful for. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also a peak season for drunk driving arrests. Police officers and the highway patrol will be on the lookout for drivers who may be under the influence o...

California DUI Suspect Fatally Shot By Police

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Nov 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Driving under the influence of alcohol can be dangerous for the driver, passengers, and others on the road. Most drunk driving fatalities involve injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash. However, a woman suspected of drunk driving was recently shot dead by police after she rammed into a polic...

Celebrity Chef Gets Napa Valley DUI

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Nov 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

The wineries of Napa Valley and Sonoma produce some of the best wines in the world. Trips to the wine region from the East Bay are common weekend getaways where couples and friends can enjoy the scenery, sample wine, and try some of the area's best restaurants. However, visitors should remember t...

Drunk Driving Suspect Flies Off Bridge

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Nov 08, 2016 | 0 Comments

Too much alcohol can make it difficult for drivers to keep their car on the road. Intoxicated drivers may veer into other lanes, hit parked cars, or even jump the curb, striking a fire hydrant. In San Diego, when a driver went off the road, his car flew off a bridge, killing four and injuring man...

East Bay Auto Burglaries Bring Increased Police Patrols

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Nov 07, 2016 | 0 Comments

After a number of automobile burglaries took place on the same block in Hercules, police are asking for the public's help in catching the suspect. Over the past couple of months, there have been a rise in smash-and-grab automobile burglaries in Hercules and other cities in the East Bay. In respon...

Teens Drinking and Driving While Texting

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Nov 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

For decades drivers have been warned about how dangerous it can be to get behind the wheel of a car after having too much to drink. Over the years, drunk driving rates have steadily dropped across the country, including here in the East Bay. However, as DUI rates continue to drop there has been a...

Drunk Driver Crashes Into Helicopter

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

When an impaired driver gets into an accident, they can cause serious injury to other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. In some cases, drunk drivers can end up crashing into a house, causing serious injury or death. Now, even helicopters are not immune to accidents involving intoxicated drive...

DUI Programs Need to Target Teen Drivers

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Teen drivers are more likely to get into an accident than more experienced drivers. Many people have the perception that teenage drivers may be texting on their phones and distracted by their friends while driving, increasing the chance of an accident. However, the public may underestimate the da...

Avoid a DUI This Halloween

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Halloween is a holiday enjoyed by both children and adults. Children get to dress up as their favorite characters and trick-or-treat for candy. Adults also like to dress up and attend a friend's costume party or go out to a local bar celebrating the holiday. Halloween is also a busy night for law...

Firefighters Risk Career After Caught Drunk Driving

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

While many people are understandably cautious around police officers, firefighters are almost universally respected. The public views firefighters as those to come to our aid, respond to 9-1-1 calls, and put themselves in danger to keep the public safe. However, firefighters are also kept to a hi...

Series of Armed Robberies Across Contra Costa County

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

There have been a series of armed robberies across Contra Costa County over the past couple of weeks, and investigators think they may be related. The robberies have been reported in Antioch, Pittsburg, and Orinda. Now police officers from the affected areas are working together to track down the...

Energy Drinks May Increase the Chances of Drunk Driving

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

A few years ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came out with caffeinated alcoholic drinks like Four Loko and Sparks. Those drinks were quickly taken off the shelf and either reformulated or never to return. Now, a new study reports that even consuming nonalcoholic energy drinks may make ...

Ignition Interlock Bill Signed Into Law

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 05, 2016 | 0 Comments

Over the past few years, drivers in four counties required an ignition interlock device (IID) when convicted of drunk driving. This includes Alameda, Tulare, Sacramento, and Los Angeles counties. Drivers in the rest of the state could avoid the intrusive and expensive alcohol testing devices in t...

California Cops Field Testing Marijuana Breathalyzer

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

Police departments have been looking for a tool that allows them to test a driver for the influence of marijuana on the side of the road. California police officers now use the preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) test to check a driver's approximate blood alcohol level. Now some police department...

When a DUI Checkpoint Ends in Zero Arrests

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Sep 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

When local police announce a planned sobriety checkpoint, most residents expect to hear about a number of arrests the following day. Sobriety checkpoints often identify drivers who may be under the influence, as well as drivers without a valid license or insurance. However, in some cases, DUI che...

Package Theft Could Lead to Felony Charges

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Sep 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the past, people would expect packages to arrive around the holidays, as family members sent gifts from across the country. These days, some people do a majority of their shopping online. This can mean multiple deliveries per week of everything ranging from computers, smartphones, and even dia...

Even Law Enforcement Officers Face DUI Arrests

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Sep 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

People from all walks of life can be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Law enforcement officers and their family members should be well aware of what police look for when pulling over a suspected drunk driver. However, police officers and their family members are still...

DUI Suspect Charged With Starting Wildfire

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Sep 09, 2016 | 0 Comments

Anyone familiar with California's harsh DUI laws may expect some pretty stiff penalties. This includes thousands of dollars in fines and fees, a suspended license, DUI school, and in some cases, an ignition interlock device. However, a woman recently arrested on suspicion of drunk driving has als...

Over 2000 Labor Day Holiday DUI Busts in California

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Sep 08, 2016 | 0 Comments

For many Californians, the Labor Day holiday marks the end of the summer. It is also a peak period for drunk driving arrests. This year was no different, as more than 2,000 people were arrested on suspicion for driving under the influence in California over the Labor Day weekend. According to th...

Beauty Pageant Winner Loses Crown After DUI

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

A drunk driving arrest can result in a number of potential consequences. For most drivers, the immediate penalties of a conviction include losing their license, expensive fines and fees, and a criminal sentence. However, for some individuals, the penalties include losing their job. A number of be...

Busy Weekend at DUI Checkpoints Across California

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Traffic in the East Bay is bad enough. When police set up a sobriety checkpoint, it can make traffic even more frustrating. However, for driver's who might have had a couple of drinks before driving home, a DUI checkpoint is not only inconvenient, it might land them in jail. DUI checkpoints allow...

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