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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.

Oakland DUI on Halloween

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

Halloween activity is expected to return to more regular levels in the East Bay. This will mean more kids and teenagers out and about after dark on the streets and sidewalks of our neighborhoods. For drivers, there may also be a higher risk of injury accidents. If the driver has had too many, the...

4th of July and DUI Enforcement

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jun 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

Many people are treating life as back to normal after a couple of tough years dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. This summer, people in the East Bay are looking forward to enjoying summertime activities, like outdoor festivals, backyard barbecues, and road trips across the state. One of the firs...

California Gun Ownership After a Domestic Abuse Arrest

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | May 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

A conviction for domestic violence in California can have more serious penalties than a conviction for battery against a stranger. Domestic violence involves violence between people in a close personal relationship. Additional penalties for a DV conviction in California may include restrictions o...

Increasing DUI Accidents in California

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | May 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, drunk driving accidents dried up when most people had no need to get in their cars except for necessities. The early COVID days also saw increased alcohol consumption in many communities. However, as the world begins to reopen, the combination of mor...

SWAP Alternative to Jail in Alameda County

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Serving time in jail can be very disruptive to your life. Even a short jail sentence may cause problems with your employment, education, and family life. With a jail sentence, you may be unable to earn an income, which can compound the problems and make it more difficult to get back to a normal l...

SCRAM Monitoring to Avoid Jail After a DUI

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

The penalties for a California DUI can be harsh. In addition to fines, loss of your license, and DUI school, there is a possibility of jail time. Minimum jail time increases for each additional drunk driving conviction. The good news is that you may be able to avoid jail time if your East Bay DUI...

Study Shows Lower BAC Law Reduced Crashes

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Mar 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

Up until a few years ago, all states in the U.S., including California, had the same blood alcohol limit for drunk driving violations. Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher were per se in violation of the law and could be arrested for a DUI. However, back in 2018, Ut...

Residential Treatment Programs After a DUI

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Mar 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

The penalties for a DUI increase with each additional drunk driving charge. After a first-time arrest for a DUI, most drivers can avoid the minimum 48-hour jail time with community service and probation. However, the mandatory jail time for a 2nd or 3rd DUI can mean jail time that could seriously...

California Extradition in Drunk Driving Crash

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Feb 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

When thinking about extradition, it brings to mind high-level drug lords like Pablo Escobar or Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Other famous extradition cases involve people who remain abroad, like Julian Assange for sexual assault charges in Sweden or Edward Snowden for espionage charges in the U.S. H...

New California Traffic Laws for 2022

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Feb 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

Every year sees new laws going into effect as of January 1. This year, there were quite a few new laws that went into effect, including new criminal law changes and new traffic laws. Some cities and municipalities around the East Bay also had changes to their community regulations. Here are some ...

Labor Day DUI Enforcement in Alameda County

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Another summer comes to a close in the East Bay. For many, Labor Day represents the end of the summer break, when kids go back to school, college is back in session, and the weather starts to turn cooler and cloudier. It also marks the end of the so-called 100 deadly days of summer, with increase...

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