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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.

College Student Says Police Set Him Up For a DUI Arrest

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

When a person is arrested for drinking and driving, most people take the side of the police department. They believe the suspect was, in fact, driving under the influence before the individual ever gets the chance to have their day in court. A DUI suspect can have their life turned upside down, e...

Increased DUI Enforcement Over 4th of July Weekend

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

This 4th of July marks 240 years since the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. The holiday is celebrated with parades, barbecues, picnics, and fireworks. Unfortunately, it is also a peak time for drinking and driving. Law enforcement throughout the East Bay will be stepp...

DUI Suspect Continued Driving With a Body on the Car

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

After an accident, the driver is supposed to pull over at the scene and provide their contact and insurance information. Instead, some drivers get nervous and panic, leaving the scene of the accident. However, leaving the scene of an accident can lead to criminal prosecution in California. A woma...

Are the Penalties for Enhanced DUIs Legal?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jun 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Most states, including California, have enhanced drunk driving penalties for higher blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. For most drivers, a BAC of 0.08% is a per se DUI violation. In California, a BAC of 0.15% or higher can lead to increased penalties. However, a court in Wyoming has voided a loc...

Using Political Connections to Get Out of a DUI

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

A DUI can affect anyone. From teachers to lawyers, actors to pop stars, and even police officers and politicians can be arrested for drunk driving. In some cases, people are arrested after trying to use their political clout to avoid a DUI arrest. Unfortunately, we may only hear about the times t...

Auto Burglaries On the Rise

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jun 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Over the past year, police departments have noticed an uptick in automobile burglaries. From Brentwood, to Oakley, to Pittsburg, local police logs have shown burglaries involving automobiles on the rise across the East Bay. This appears to match the trend in San Francisco, which has the highest r...

Young Pregnant Woman Could Be Facing DUI Murder Charges

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

Candice Ooley, 23-years-old of Clovis, California, was driving her White Chevy Cruze on a Friday night down Highway 41 in Madera County. Ooley was 6 months pregnant at the time, and also under the influence of alcohol. Ooley was traveling at a high rate of speed, according to the California Highw...

DUI with Child Passengers Leads to Increased Penalties

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jun 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

A conviction for driving under the influence can lead to a suspended license and thousands of dollars in fines and fees. However, even if no one was injured, driving under the influence with a child passenger can lead to child endangerment charges. A DUI conviction with a passenger in the car und...

Can the Police Search Your Car for Drugs?

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

Many of us know someone who has had a bad run-in with the police. Even if they weren't doing anything wrong, the police may have gone too far, making them feel like criminals. You have the constitutional right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. The police also have rules they are su...

Actors Facing DUIs Get a Dose of Reality

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

Drunk driving arrests can affect anyone. Every day, lawyers, teachers, and even Hollywood actors get arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. In some cases, those actors have played roles that make it especially ironic when they are pulled over and taken to jail on suspicion of drunk d...

How Much is Too Much to Drink?

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

After someone has a few too many drinks, it can be difficult to convince them that they've had enough. It may take until the next day when a hangover takes hold they admit that they had too much to drink. Having too much to drink may not be a big deal if the individual has a safe place to sleep o...

Do Scared Straight Programs Work for California DUIs?

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

Scared straight programs are intended to show individuals the dramatic consequences of drunk driving. This could include staging a fake accident scene, having family members talk about losing a loved one, or even a visit to the local morgue, to see the most extreme examples of what can happen aft...

FedEx Driver Under the Influence

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Package delivery service drivers are under a time crunch to get their packages delivered to waiting customers. Some drivers may be going over the speed limit, rolling through stop signs, or taking chances on the road to empty their delivery truck on time. However, in some cases, the drivers are b...

Roadside Marijuana DUI Test Coming Soon

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

As more and more states pass legislation to allow the use of recreational marijuana, lawmakers are looking to make it easier for law enforcement to do roadside tests for the presence of marijuana in a driver's body. While many groups have been working on technology to make the test both portable ...

California Moving Towards Statewide IID Requirement

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

The penalties for a drunk driving conviction depend on where you were arrested. Each state has their own DUI laws and penalties. However, even in California the penalty you receive could depend on the county where you were pulled over. Under a California pilot program, some drivers required an ig...

Suspects Put Right Back in Jail After Release

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Most people see the possibility of jail time as a real deterrent. Spending time behind bars forces you into cramped quarters with other people you may not get along with. It also separates you from friends and family. However, for some individuals, immediately after being released from prison, th...

Not All DUIs Happen in Cars

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even though a DUI can occur any time of day or night, they often occur from early evening on into the early morning hours. There are increased DUI arrests during the weekend, and on certain holidays. While most DUIs here in the East Bay involve drivers behind the wheel of a car or truck, occasion...

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