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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.

NFL Prospect Avoids DUI Thanks to Police Dash Cam

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | May 01, 2015 | 0 Comments

We've all seen footage from police dashboard cameras that show drunk drivers acting very drunk. Police can use this footage later on in court, as evidence that the driver is intoxicated, and unfit to drive. But in some cases, the dash camera footage can help a driver, to show that the police offi...

Alameda County Crime: Some Good News, Some Bad News

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Most of us love our East Bay neighborhoods through the good and the bad. Great communities can sometimes face increased criminal activity, but these trends can fluctuate over time. The latest crime data from two Alameda County cities shows how these crime levels can change, for better and for wor...

Will Ignition Interlock Devices for DUIs Go Statewide?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

In California, a judge can order drivers convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) to install an ignition interlock device (IID) intheir vehicle. The purpose of an IID is to prevent an impaired driver from getting on the road. Under a California pilot program, four counties require an IID fo...

DUIs Over California Spring Break

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Spring is in the air here in the East Bay. Along with warming temperatures and longer days, March and April signals spring break for a number of Berkeley and other college and university students in the area. Whether travelling out of town, to Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Diego, or staying loca...

The Consequences of Mixing Energy Drinks and Alcohol

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

The life of a modern college student often involves balancing partying and studying. With sporting events, fraternity and sorority events, and the landmark birthday of turning 21 years old, many young people experience increased exposure to alcohol. When it comes time for midterms and finals, stu...


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...

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