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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.

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...

Do California DUI Checkpoints Really Curb Drunk Driving?

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

If you are driving through Oakland or Freemont, and see a line of car stopping ahead, you may have run into a police sobriety checkpoint. For most drivers, it can be an inconvenience and a hassle. However, for someone who has just had one or two drinks, it may cause real anxiety because of the th...

Can Juveniles Waive Their Miranda Rights?

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

We are all familiar with Miranda warnings from watching countless police and detective shows. “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law, etc.” This warning is intended to protect individuals from making self-incriminating statements ...

Will the Color of Your Car Make You a Target for Police?

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

Many of us have heard that driving a red car will make you more likely to get pulled over by the police. The reasons given include the idea that red is a more eye-catching color than grey or white, which will make the police take a second look to see if you are speeding, have a broken tail light,...

Tables Turned: Prosecutors Arrested for DUI

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

When a driver is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, they quickly learn that their adversary in the courtroom is the county prosecutor. It is the job of the prosecutor in Contra Costa or Alameda to present the state's evidence against the driver charged with a DUI. Ho...

Suspected Drunk Driver Killed by California Cop

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

Anyone who sees the lights and hears the siren of a police car behind them automatically feels nervous. If they have been drinking, they may worry that the police will arrest them for a DUI, even if they are not technically over the limit. A DUI traffic stop could result in jail time, fines, fees...

Drunk Driving Social Media Posts Lead to Arrests

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

Many of us don't give a second thought to the pictures and message we post on social media. Before posting something online, it may be a good idea to consider whether your message could lead to trouble down the road. A 14-word post on a social media account led to the arrest and felony charges fo...

Kids Report Parents Who Are Driving Drunk

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

Parents may discipline their children to teach them a lesson about what is right and what is wrong. Sometimes, that discipline can go the other way as well. A 9-year-old Canadian boy recently used his cell phone to call the police to report that his mother was driving their vehicle while intoxica...

Package Theft Up in the East Bay

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Dec 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Americans are doing more and more of their Christmas shopping online. Shopping online used to be for ordering specialty items, or things that were tougher to get in a local store. Now, even daily necessities are coming from website-based marketplaces like Amazon. However, with the increased deliv...

Rubbernecking Could Get You Arrested

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Dec 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

We may hate it when other drivers do it, but we may also fall prey to the morbid curiosity that is rubbernecking. Gawking or looking to see what happened in a roadside traffic accident can make traffic worse as drivers slow down to get a good look at the crash. It can also lead to other accidents...

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