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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.

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...

Sharp Rise in Berkeley Robberies

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

UC Berkeley is a prestigious university, known for a lot of number-one-rankings. For a couple of years, US News ranked Berkeley as the top public university in the country. Unfortunately, Berkeley has some less prestigious rankings as well. Cal has recently been named as the top UC school when it...

Police Officer Sexually Assaults Drunk Driving Passenger

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jul 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

After a couple of drinks, many drivers may feel fine to drive home. Even if they are driving safely, seeing flashing lights in the rear-view mirror may trigger a panic response. The driver may worry that they will be arrested for a DUI, which will turn their life upside down. However, in some cas...

College Student Says Police Set Him Up For a DUI Arrest

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

When a person is arrested for drinking and driving, most people take the side of the police department. They believe the suspect was, in fact, driving under the influence before the individual ever gets the chance to have their day in court. A DUI suspect can have their life turned upside down, e...

Increased DUI Enforcement Over 4th of July Weekend

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jul 02, 2016 | 0 Comments

This 4th of July marks 240 years since the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. The holiday is celebrated with parades, barbecues, picnics, and fireworks. Unfortunately, it is also a peak time for drinking and driving. Law enforcement throughout the East Bay will be stepp...

DUI Suspect Continued Driving With a Body on the Car

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jul 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

After an accident, the driver is supposed to pull over at the scene and provide their contact and insurance information. Instead, some drivers get nervous and panic, leaving the scene of the accident. However, leaving the scene of an accident can lead to criminal prosecution in California. A woma...

Are the Penalties for Enhanced DUIs Legal?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jun 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Most states, including California, have enhanced drunk driving penalties for higher blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. For most drivers, a BAC of 0.08% is a per se DUI violation. In California, a BAC of 0.15% or higher can lead to increased penalties. However, a court in Wyoming has voided a loc...

Using Political Connections to Get Out of a DUI

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jun 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

A DUI can affect anyone. From teachers to lawyers, actors to pop stars, and even police officers and politicians can be arrested for drunk driving. In some cases, people are arrested after trying to use their political clout to avoid a DUI arrest. Unfortunately, we may only hear about the times t...

Auto Burglaries On the Rise

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jun 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Over the past year, police departments have noticed an uptick in automobile burglaries. From Brentwood, to Oakley, to Pittsburg, local police logs have shown burglaries involving automobiles on the rise across the East Bay. This appears to match the trend in San Francisco, which has the highest r...

Young Pregnant Woman Could Be Facing DUI Murder Charges

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

Candice Ooley, 23-years-old of Clovis, California, was driving her White Chevy Cruze on a Friday night down Highway 41 in Madera County. Ooley was 6 months pregnant at the time, and also under the influence of alcohol. Ooley was traveling at a high rate of speed, according to the California Highw...

DUI with Child Passengers Leads to Increased Penalties

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

A conviction for driving under the influence can lead to a suspended license and thousands of dollars in fines and fees. However, even if no one was injured, driving under the influence with a child passenger can lead to child endangerment charges. A DUI conviction with a passenger in the car und...

Can the Police Search Your Car for Drugs?

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

Many of us know someone who has had a bad run-in with the police. Even if they weren't doing anything wrong, the police may have gone too far, making them feel like criminals. You have the constitutional right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. The police also have rules they are su...

Actors Facing DUIs Get a Dose of Reality

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Drunk driving arrests can affect anyone. Every day, lawyers, teachers, and even Hollywood actors get arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. In some cases, those actors have played roles that make it especially ironic when they are pulled over and taken to jail on suspicion of drunk d...

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