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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.

Expungements

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

Expungement is a legal process that permits the convictions and other criminal records to be sealed from a person's criminal record.  The California Penal Code allows for three different types of expungements.  Which type of expungement is right for you depends upon your criminal record, prior cr...

July 4th Is Coming

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jul 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

July 4th is coming, and the LAST thing anyone wants over this weekend is to be arrested for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs (§§23152(a)(b) of the California Vehicle Code, or other equivalent section). The California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies all around the...

FST’s

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

What happens when you get stopped by a law enforcement officer for a DUI? One of the first things is that the officer may ask you to step our of the car and perform some “Field Sobriety Tests,” or FST's. What are they? Well, what they frequently are not is very reliable! There are some two do...

Headlights

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the most common reasons people are pulled over by the police is for driving without their headlights on. Many cars are equipped with “automatic” headlights that turn on by themselves at night, but if your car is parked by someone else, they may switch your lights to the OFF position. Since...

For 2014, Expect More DUI Checkpoints... and more!

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) awarded over $13 million in grants to various cities for the express purpose of funding DUI Checkpoints throughout 2014. Among the recipients in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties are Oakland, Fremont, Concord, Pittsburg,and Brentwood. That said, whe...

What to Do If you Get Stopped

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

California generally, and the San Francisco Bay Area in particular, is cracking down on DUIs. Not only are there local police officers, county sheriff's deputies, and California Highway Patrol officers, but there are also specialized, inter-agency task forces dedicated to making DUI arrests. Know...

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