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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.

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...


Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

What happens when you get stopped by a law enforcement officer for a DUI? One of the first things is that the officer may ask you to step our of the car and perform some “Field Sobriety Tests,” or FST's. What are they? Well, what they frequently are not is very reliable! There are some two do...


Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the most common reasons people are pulled over by the police is for driving without their headlights on. Many cars are equipped with “automatic” headlights that turn on by themselves at night, but if your car is parked by someone else, they may switch your lights to the OFF position. Since...

For 2014, Expect More DUI Checkpoints... and more!

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) awarded over $13 million in grants to various cities for the express purpose of funding DUI Checkpoints throughout 2014. Among the recipients in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties are Oakland, Fremont, Concord, Pittsburg,and Brentwood. That said, whe...

What to Do If you Get Stopped

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

California generally, and the San Francisco Bay Area in particular, is cracking down on DUIs. Not only are there local police officers, county sheriff's deputies, and California Highway Patrol officers, but there are also specialized, inter-agency task forces dedicated to making DUI arrests. Know...

Don't Make Yourself a Target for DUI.

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Did you ever stop to think just what the California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies look for before deciding to pull someone over for a DUI? If you know what they're looking for, you can avoid making yourself look like a target for their traffic stops. What you know now can save...

California Bay Area DUI Charges - What you should know.

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 09, 2013 | 0 Comments

California has strict policies in clearing a DUI case as soon as possible. Contra Costa, Alameda County and the Bay Area have strong DUI charges that must be addressed quickly. The list below will help you understand what do to in your DUI case. California law makes it a crime to drive or opera...

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