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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.

When a DUI Can Lead to a Murder Charge

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Mar 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Every year, police make more than 150,000 DUI arrests in California. The vast majority of those are misdemeanor drunk driving arrests, and result in fines, fees, DUI school, probation, and sometimes an ignition interlock device. However, sometimes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs c...

Try on a Drugged Driving Suit to Feel the Effects

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

While the rate of drinking and driving is on the decline across the country, driving under the influence of drugs may be on the increase. Drugged driving does not only involve illicit drugs like heroin or methamphetamines. Under California law, a driver can be arrested for impaired driving under ...

Drinking and Flying Don't Mix For Pilots

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

Many people have anxiety about flying. Although it is reportedly one of the safest forms of transportation, high-profile cases of terrorism, equipment failure, and unexplained crashes make many people apprehensive about buckling in for a flight. After a recent report of a pilot arrested for being...

Police Officers Arrested for Drunk Driving

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

For anyone who has been pulled over by police officers here in the East Bay, they do a pretty good job of making you feel guilty, even if you haven't done anything wrong. If you end up under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence, many police officers show few signs of understanding o...

Stay Safe When Partying Over Spring Break

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Mar 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Spring break for thousands of East Bay students is almost here. It is not only a time to take a break from classes and studying. For many students spring break is a time to let loose, hitting popular party locations like Lake Tahoe, Lake Havasu, or San Diego. While celebrating with other young pe...

Social Media Users Recording Video of Their Own Crimes

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

In most drunk driving cases, the police rely on a combination of chemical tests, observations of the driver, field sobriety tests, and in some cases, on self-incriminating statements. However, few things could provide the police and prosecutors such strong evidence as a driver recording their own...

Don't Rely on Luck This St. Patrick's Day to Avoid a DUI

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

For people who enjoy festive holidays with raucous parties, St. Patrick's Day is a great time to wear your green and enjoy drinks with friends. St. Patrick's is also notorious for early and all-day drinking that can lead to problems, especially when revellers do not plan ahead to make sure they h...

Can a Car Dealership Be Responsible for a Driver's DUI?

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

If a car dealership hands over the keys to a driver who later gets into an alcohol-related accident, can the dealership be held responsible? Warren Smale was a 43-year-old car salesman for CarMax dealership in Ontario, California. Alex Mark Demetro, a 28-year-old man came into the dealership to ...

East Bay Bank Robberies On the Decline

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

While the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has reported a continued decline in Northern California bank robberies, a number of recent incidents shows that banks are still a tempting target for people looking to get rich quick. Over the last few months, dozens of bank robberies have taken pl...

Your Medical Marijuana Card Won't Save You From a DUI

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

With almost half of all states legalizing medical marijuana, and more states joining the list permitting recreational marijuana, it seems like the outdated stigma of the drug is wearing off. However, just because you have a medical marijuana card does not mean that the police can't arrest your fo...

Golfers Don't Need a Car to Get a DUI

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

There have been a number of headlines recently about the decline in drunk driving rates. However, it is troubling to see the rising number of drunk driving incidents and serious injuries on golf carts and other motorized vehicles. According to Golf Digest, an internet search of “golf+cart+alcohol...

NBA Player DUIs Are Not Only Bad For The Teams

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Feb 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Golden State Warriors sit atop the National Basketball Association (NBA) leaderboard, thanks not only to star players Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, but due to contributions from all the players on the team. When a player gets in trouble with the law, they may find themselves facing a susp...

Decrease in DUI Rates for Younger Drivers

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

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is providing some optimistic news about young drivers and drunk driving. The CDC study is showing a marked decline in drunk driving instances for young adults, ages 16-25. The self-reporting study concluded that from 2002 to 2014, the numbe...

Bus Drivers Under the Influence

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

Many parents worry about the safety of their children when they are passengers in the car. However, parents may not be thinking about the dangers presented by an impaired school bus driver. There have been a number of impaired bus driver incidents over the past few months, that raises the concern...

Arrest Warrant Out for Affluenza DUI Teen

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

The 16-year-old boy who was the center of the infamous “affluenza” drunk driving incident, has had a warrant issued for his arrest in Texas. The police are also looking for the mother, who is believed to be an accomplice to his recent disappearance. The arrest warrant was issued shortly after a ...

Making Changes to Prop 47 Reforms

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Feb 03, 2016 | 0 Comments

Proposition 47 was a controversial initiative when it was placed on the November 2014 ballot, and it continues to be a source of controversy more than nine months after it went into effect. Prop 47 reduces the classification for non-violent minor drug and theft crimes from felonies to misdemeanor...

When Cops Lie About Your DUI

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

If you are arrested by the police for a suspected DUI, you may be hoping that a chemical breath test at the police station will clear everything up. You may have had a couple of drinks, but are sure that you aren't over the limit. However, when a chemical test at the police station shows you are ...

When Is Someone Too Stoned To Drive?

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

When a person drinks alcohol, the level of alcohol in their blood generally coincides with their level of impairment. A driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02% (within the legal limit), is less impaired than a driver with a BAC of 0.10% (above the limit). The more alcohol in the body, ...

Drinking and Driving is for the Dogs

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

A dog driving a car makes for hilarious video footage. Man's best friend are also an easy target for claiming why something went wrong, like the classic claim of “my dog ate my homework.” One man in Florida has managed to combine these two ideas after he was stopped by police for a DUI, claiming ...

Do East Bay Judges and Prosecutors Represent You?

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

Many people who get arrested, especially for a DUI, think that the police aren't giving them a fair deal. Police officers don't always listen to what you have to say, and in some cases they treat you as guilty before you've done anything wrong. The police can arrest you, but they can't convict yo...

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