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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.

Expensive DUI After Driver Crashes Ferrari

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jan 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Anyone who has been arrested for driving under the influence knows how expensive a DUI can be. A drunk driving conviction may result in thousands of dollars in fines, fees, and increases to car insurance. On top of that, the driver may have to pay for DUI school, an alcohol abuse assessment, and ...

New Years Eve DUI Arrests

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jan 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

While people are arrested for drunk driving any time of the year, certain days have higher rates of drinking and driving. This includes the 4th of July, Labor Day, and Memorial Day. However, one of the busiest times of the year for drunk driving arrests occurs during the holiday season from Thank...

Drunk Driver Arrested After Multiple Hit and Runs

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Dec 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

After a car accident, the police are trained to look for signs of impairment by alcohol or drugs with any of the drivers involved. After a hit-and-run accident, police may be on increased alert that the driver may be drunk. After multiple hit-and-run accidents in a row, the police may expect the ...

Pro Football Player Arrested on Drunk Driving Charge

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

Drunk driving can affect people from all walks of life, from teachers and car mechanics to professional football players. Unfortunately for those arrested for a DUI, in addition to criminal charges, their arrest may affect their job and their future. A California professional football player has ...

Driver Who Cast a Spell on a Trooper Charged with DUI

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

Police officers face are used to hearing drivers swear at them, threaten them with a lawsuit, or call them all sorts of names. Police officers may also face physical harm from intoxicated drivers. However, a state trooper in Massachusetts had a driver cast a spell on the officer after a DUI arres...

Police Using Bait Boxes to Catch Package Thieves

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

Package delivery increases around the holidays. Some individuals are ordering products online to give to friends and family, or an out-of-state relative sends a present through the mail. Thieves are aware of the increase in package delivery and also know that many people will be out of town for t...

Drug Crackdowns After Ecstasy Overdose Deaths

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Dec 06, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ecstasy is a popular drug among fans of the electronic dance music (EDM) scene. Many do not think of Ecstasy as a dangerous drug; however, the number of ecstasy overdose deaths at dance parties this year may make users and dealers rethink the dangers associated with the drug. According to a count...

Virtual Reality Offers Sobering Drunk Driving Experience

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

Advances in virtual reality (VR) are making the technology more accessible than ever. While full-blown VR systems are still prohibitively expensive for many, limited VR systems are now available on our smartphones. These systems are being used for everything from gaming to home design. However, a...

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...

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