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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.

Drunk Drivers Arrested in Fitting Costumes

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Nov 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dressing up in costumes and taking to the streets is a Halloween tradition. Now that Halloween has passed, parents may be worried that their children are consuming too much candy. However, other people were consuming too much alcohol on Halloween night, and unfortunately for them, they got behind...

DUIs Peak Over the Thanksgiving Holiday

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

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to get together around the dinner table, feasting on turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing. As part of the celebration, people enjoy wine with dinner, or having beer while watching football. It may also be a time when people return to the town where t...

Will Halloween Night See a Rise in East Bay Crime?

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

Halloween night sees East Bay families going door-to-door, with kids dressed as ghosts and vampires looking for candy. Adults and college students also like to join in the fun, getting dressed up in outrageous costumes and going out to parties and local bars. But Halloween can also bring a bump i...

Former Law Student Faces Felony DUI

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Meghan Zato was a first-year law student at UC Hastings College of Law in the fall of 2013. On October 4th, she'd gone out on the town to take part in Oakland's First Friday art festivities. She ended up at a bar, and later behind the wheel of her car. Now she is in court where she faces four fel...

Fast and Furious and Alcohol Do Not Mix​

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

The latest from the Fast and Furious franchise, “Furious 7,” has made over $350 million in the U.S. and over $1 billion in the foreign film market. With so many fans of the popular film series that has brought street racing to the big screen, drivers may be looking for the thrill that comes with ...

DUIs Hit Home

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

Most car accidents involving alcohol occur when one vehicle hits another vehicle. Other times, a vehicle will hit a pedestrian or cyclist, which can be deadly because there is no steel cage protecting people walking down the street. In rarer cases, a vehicle will go off the road, and crash into a...

Lawmakers Pushing for Stricter DUI Laws

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

While drunk driving laws across the country have changed over the years, they are getting more and more similar as each state adopts more standardized DUI laws. Beginning in the 1970s, with pressure from groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), states began adopting a threshold level of ...

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs is on the Rise

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

Over the past few decades, there has been a decreasing trend in the number of drivers under the influence of alcohol. One study reported 7.8% of drivers in 1973 were over the current legal limit, and by 2007 that number dropped to 2.2%. This is due in part to stricter enforcement, as the laws wer...

TV Anchors Getting DUIs

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 05, 2015 | 0 Comments

Local TV news anchors keep us up to date on the events taking place where we live. They may report on animal adoptions, apartment fires, or even DUI arrests in the area. However, they may not expect to become be the subject of a news report themselves, especially when it comes to charges of drivi...

Don't Crash Your Car Into a DUI Checkpoint

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

Cities such as Fremont, Hayward and Concord regularly make use of sobriety checkpoints to catch intoxicated drivers, and deter others from drinking and driving. Sobriety checkpoints can be inconvenient for drivers just trying to get where they are going, but they have been deemed legal by the U.S...

Cyclists Under the Influence Face Arrest and Accidents

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Sep 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

When it comes to drinking and driving, bicyclists often pay the price when a driver is under the influence. However, it can be just as dangerous for cyclists to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while taking to the public streets. For this reason, police will occasionally stop cyclists w...

Rash of Road Rage Incidents in the East Bay

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Sep 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Driving can be a stressful activity. Sometimes the frustration comes from traffic, in other cases, it comes from aggressive or rude drivers. Most of the time these kinds of encounters end with just a honk, or a raised finger with some choice words. However, in some cases these interactions escala...

Why Are the Mentally Ill in Jail Instead of Hospitals

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

For people who have never seen the inside of a jail, they think of prison as a place to house criminals, until they've served their sentence. However, the unfortunate truth is that law enforcement, the courts, and the state and local government are putting the mentally ill behind bars rather than...

Burglary and Assault Charges for Serial Prowler

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Sep 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

After months of mystery break-ins across the west side of Alameda, the police have a suspect in custody. The most serious charge includes allegations of sexual assault on a 7-year-old girl when the suspect climbed in through the girl's window. After surveillance camera footage of the subject fro...

Police Officers Lying Under Oath in DUI Cases

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

We previously reported on a Highway Trooper in Utah who was under investigation for reporting a failed field sobriety test in a DUI arrest, despite video footage showing that no such test was conducted. Now, two cases have come out of Louisville, Kentucky where police officers have been caught pr...

A Priest, a Rabbi and a Minister Drive Home From a Bar

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Sep 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

It may sound like the lead in to a terrible joke, but this headline is meant to illustrate that no one is immune from a DUI arrest. We've reported on politicians, law enforcement, and professional athletes getting arrested for driving under the influence. People of faith are no exception; and eve...

California is Pushing a New App for Designated Drivers

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Sep 03, 2015 | 0 Comments

When you want to go out for some fun, and enjoy a few drinks with friends, you probably know that you should have a designated driver to make sure you get home safely. After all, a DUI conviction can mean serious fines, higher insurance rates, and even DUI school and counseling sessions. But some...

Is California Increasing the Penalties for Solicitation?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

California law makes it illegal to engage in the act of prostitution. It is a criminal act for the person selling sex, the person buying sex, and even for person who acts as a middleman. It is unlawful for someone to even offer or agree to engage in prostitution. This is known as solicitation, an...

Labor Day DUI Enforcement Is Here

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Labor Day may be a week away, but to police officers, the season for impaired driving is already here. Across California, the annual Labor Day weekend DUI crackdown started early, with police stepping up checkpoints and patrols as early as last weekend. So if you plan on enjoying a few drinks as ...

A Cop Walks Into a Bar With a Breathalyzer

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

If you're out at a bar with your friends, enjoying the conversation with a couple of drinks, seeing a police officer approach your table may kill your buzz pretty fast. Police departments across California are adopting a new program that brings police officers into bars and entertainment district...

Contra Costa Arson Suspect in Custody

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Every year, the California wildfire season seems to get worse. The Jerusalem fire near Napa is getting dangerously close to homes, and the Rocky fire has burned about 70,000 acres. California's four-year drought is partly to blame, with much of the landscape covered in dry kindling. But in some c...

Off-Campus Assaults Could Lead to Expulsion

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

Some high-profile incidents of sexual assaults on campus have made lawmakers and universities reconsider the policies on how to handle assault allegations. Now with the first day of classes starting for colleges and universities across the East Bay, students may be facing expulsion for sexual ass...

49er Busted For a Third DUI

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

A conviction for a first-time DUI can mean jail time, thousands in fines and fees, an alcohol education program, and a 6-month license suspension. A second DUI within 10 years carries a minimum of of 4 days in jail and a longer DUI school program. After a third DUI, a driver may face a minimum of...

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