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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.

Drug Breathalyzer Bill Fails in Committee

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

When a driver is pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, the police officer will usually ask the driver to blow into a handheld device called a Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) device. This test will give the officer a reading purporting to show the driver's blood ...

Alameda To Pay Out Excessive Force Settlement

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

With the recent high-profile cases of alleged police brutality, Alameda may have wanted to settle a lawsuit alleging excessive force against one of their officers, rather than take their chances in the court room. As a result, the city of Alameda has agreed to a $450,000 settlement in the case of...

California DUI Suspect Gets Beat Down By Cops

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

California is tough on DUIs. Everyone knows that a DUI can result in a suspended license, fines, jail time, and even a possible ignition interlock device. But for one man driving through Chico last month, a DUI arrest also included a brutal beating by police. To make matters worse for local law e...

Can Failing to Show Up For Jury Duty Land You in Jail?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Most people don't like to open their mailbox to find a jury summons. Jury duty can be a major pain in the neck. It requires you to take time off work, to get up early just to circle the courthouse looking for jury parking. In most cases, jury service just means showing up to the courthouse, liste...

State Lawmaker Arrested For Suspected DUI

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

California State Senator Ben Hueso recently voted for tougher regulations on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. But he could have saved himself a lot of trouble if he'd called for a ride instead of deciding to drive home recently. Hueso was arrested in the early morning hours for allegedly...

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...

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