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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 Checkpoint Ends in Zero Arrests

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

When local police announce a planned sobriety checkpoint, most residents expect to hear about a number of arrests the following day. Sobriety checkpoints often identify drivers who may be under the influence, as well as drivers without a valid license or insurance. However, in some cases, DUI che...

Package Theft Could Lead to Felony Charges

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

In the past, people would expect packages to arrive around the holidays, as family members sent gifts from across the country. These days, some people do a majority of their shopping online. This can mean multiple deliveries per week of everything ranging from computers, smartphones, and even dia...

Even Law Enforcement Officers Face DUI Arrests

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

People from all walks of life can be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Law enforcement officers and their family members should be well aware of what police look for when pulling over a suspected drunk driver. However, police officers and their family members are still...

DUI Suspect Charged With Starting Wildfire

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

Anyone familiar with California's harsh DUI laws may expect some pretty stiff penalties. This includes thousands of dollars in fines and fees, a suspended license, DUI school, and in some cases, an ignition interlock device. However, a woman recently arrested on suspicion of drunk driving has als...

Over 2000 Labor Day Holiday DUI Busts in California

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

For many Californians, the Labor Day holiday marks the end of the summer. It is also a peak period for drunk driving arrests. This year was no different, as more than 2,000 people were arrested on suspicion for driving under the influence in California over the Labor Day weekend. According to th...

Beauty Pageant Winner Loses Crown After DUI

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

A drunk driving arrest can result in a number of potential consequences. For most drivers, the immediate penalties of a conviction include losing their license, expensive fines and fees, and a criminal sentence. However, for some individuals, the penalties include losing their job. A number of be...

Busy Weekend at DUI Checkpoints Across California

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

Traffic in the East Bay is bad enough. When police set up a sobriety checkpoint, it can make traffic even more frustrating. However, for driver's who might have had a couple of drinks before driving home, a DUI checkpoint is not only inconvenient, it might land them in jail. DUI checkpoints allow...

Sharp Rise in Berkeley Robberies

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

UC Berkeley is a prestigious university, known for a lot of number-one-rankings. For a couple of years, US News ranked Berkeley as the top public university in the country. Unfortunately, Berkeley has some less prestigious rankings as well. Cal has recently been named as the top UC school when it...

Police Officer Sexually Assaults Drunk Driving Passenger

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

After a couple of drinks, many drivers may feel fine to drive home. Even if they are driving safely, seeing flashing lights in the rear-view mirror may trigger a panic response. The driver may worry that they will be arrested for a DUI, which will turn their life upside down. However, in some cas...

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...

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