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Bay Area Criminal Defense Blog

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

A Cop Walks Into a Bar With a Breathalyzer

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you're out at a bar with your friends, enjoying the conversation with a couple of drinks, seeing a police officer approach your table may kill your buzz pretty fast. Police departments across California are adopting a new program that brings police officers into bars and entertainment district...

Contra Costa Arson Suspect in Custody

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Every year, the California wildfire season seems to get worse. The Jerusalem fire near Napa is getting dangerously close to homes, and the Rocky fire has burned about 70,000 acres. California's four-year drought is partly to blame, with much of the landscape covered in dry kindling. But in some c...

Off-Campus Assaults Could Lead to Expulsion

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some high-profile incidents of sexual assaults on campus have made lawmakers and universities reconsider the policies on how to handle assault allegations. Now with the first day of classes starting for colleges and universities across the East Bay, students may be facing expulsion for sexual ass...

49er Busted For a Third DUI

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

A conviction for a first-time DUI can mean jail time, thousands in fines and fees, an alcohol education program, and a 6-month license suspension. A second DUI within 10 years carries a minimum of of 4 days in jail and a longer DUI school program. After a third DUI, a driver may face a minimum of...

Do Cops Get Caught Drunk Driving?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

For many people arrested for a DUI, it is their first real experience with the criminal justice system. It can be a frightening and confusing experience, from arrest to chemical testing to arraignment. Many people are surprised to learn of the penalties from even a first-time DUI offense, which i...

Before You Run From The Cops, Consider This

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

When stopped by the police, some people have an instinct to run away. It could be because they may have drugs and don't want to get caught in possession. It could be because they have a warrant, and don't want to go to jail. In some cases, it could just be a panicked response to dealing with the ...

Watch Out for a Fake Cop Car Driving Around Livermore!

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

The law says that when the police put on their lights and sirens behind you, you have to pull over. If you try and evade the police in a properly marked car, exhibiting lights and sirens, and driven by a uniformed officer, you may be charged with a misdemeanor evading an officer. But what are you...

Former 49er Charged with Domestic Violence

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

The National Football League (NFL) is no stranger when it comes to domestic violence. The professional football association has been plagued with incidents of alleged violence by players, and faced a backlash by what has been seen as a soft handed approach when it comes to penalties. Largely in r...

Are You Prohibited From Owning Your Firearm?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jul 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Despite the public concern over mass shootings in the United States, gun laws are slow to change, and gun sales have actually been on the rise. The recent shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Charleston, South Carolina have again raised concerns about the availability of guns, but only one sta...

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