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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.

Can the Smell of Marijuana Justify a Police Search?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

A few decades ago, the police in California could bust you for having some pot. Over time, possession of a small amount of marijuana was treated less seriously, maybe resulting in a ticket. However, medical marijuana has been available in California for more than 20 years. Recreational use of mar...

Can You Get a DUI After Someone Spiked Your Drink?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Mar 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

It may seem unbelievable that you could end up under arrest for a DUI after having your drink spiked and attempted sexual assault. If a driver drinks a spiked cocktail, they may find themselves driving and feeling much more impaired than expected. After a DUI traffic stop and arrest, the driver m...

DUI in Orinda and License Suspension

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Feb 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Orinda is a great place to live, close enough to bigger Bay Area cities but far enough away to feel like a small town. With all the commuting in and out of Orinda, some drivers coming home after going out to dinner may see police lights in their rearview mirror. Even if the driver does not feel i...

Under-21 DUI in Hayward

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Feb 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal for anyone in California. However, drivers under the age of 21 are subject to more strict limits when it comes to drunk driving. Underage drivers may have to submit to chemical breath tests that are optional for over-21 drivers ...

DUI After Super Bowl Party in the East Bay

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Feb 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

San Francisco 49ers fans will have to wait until next season to see if their team will become the next Super Bowl champs. While some fans in the East Bay were supporting the Kansas City Chiefs, the final score in Miami ended the celebration of many football fans. For both fans celebrating and lam...

First Thing to Do After a DUI Arrest

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jan 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

After having a couple of drinks and getting behind the wheel, flashing lights in the rearview mirror can trigger panic. Even if you are not very impaired, being nervous during a traffic stop can help convince the police officer that you are driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drug...

New Years DUIs in California

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jan 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

New Year's is a time when many people try to make life changes with a New Year's resolution. This may include going to the gym, stopping smoking, or drinking less alcohol. Unfortunately, many people decide they need to cut down on drinking only after getting arrested for drunk driving.  If you w...

Lowering the Legal Limit for California DUIs

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Dec 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Drivers in California know that if they have a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher, they can face a DUI conviction. However, one lawmaker is looking to lower the legal limit in an effort to reduce drunk driving accidents. If the law is passed, California would have a lower BAC limit of 0.05% f...

Embezzlement in the California Marijuana Industry

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jan 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Marijuana is a multi-billion dollar industry in California. Now that it has been legalized for recreational use, the industry will continue to expand. With so much money involved and the promise of more, the pot industry is also subject to abuse and fraud. A couple of recent arrests have tied the...

Pacemaker Data Leads to Insurance Fraud Charges

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jan 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

The constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure raise serious questions given our increasing reliance on technology. The courts are confronting novel questions about what constitutes a search, seizure, and self-incrimination. Police in Ohio have recently used a suspect's pacema...

More Than a Dozen DUIs for One Driver

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jan 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

After the stress, penalties, and costs associated with a drunk driving arrest, many drivers make sure they never get caught drinking and driving again. Some drivers end up with a second DUI, with even harsher penalties. However, there are some drivers who end up arrested for a DUI again and again...

House on Fire Leads to Drug Charges

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jan 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Recreational marijuana is now legal in California, and medical marijuana has been available for almost 20 years. Recreational users looking to save some money may try to grow the plant at home. However, it is important to know the limits of the law, as well as the safety risks associated with hom...

Driver Avoids DUI Claiming Orange Juice Was to Blame

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jan 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Police officers have heard all kinds of excuses for why the driver tests positive for alcohol after a breath test. However, in some cases, those excuses may be convincing enough for a judge to dismiss DUI charges. A driver in the Midwest has had her drunk driving charges dropped after explaining ...

Expensive DUI After Driver Crashes Ferrari

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jan 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Anyone who has been arrested for driving under the influence knows how expensive a DUI can be. A drunk driving conviction may result in thousands of dollars in fines, fees, and increases to car insurance. On top of that, the driver may have to pay for DUI school, an alcohol abuse assessment, and ...

New Years Eve DUI Arrests

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jan 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

While people are arrested for drunk driving any time of the year, certain days have higher rates of drinking and driving. This includes the 4th of July, Labor Day, and Memorial Day. However, one of the busiest times of the year for drunk driving arrests occurs during the holiday season from Thank...

Drunk Driver Arrested After Multiple Hit and Runs

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Dec 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

After a car accident, the police are trained to look for signs of impairment by alcohol or drugs with any of the drivers involved. After a hit-and-run accident, police may be on increased alert that the driver may be drunk. After multiple hit-and-run accidents in a row, the police may expect the ...

Pro Football Player Arrested on Drunk Driving Charge

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Dec 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Drunk driving can affect people from all walks of life, from teachers and car mechanics to professional football players. Unfortunately for those arrested for a DUI, in addition to criminal charges, their arrest may affect their job and their future. A California professional football player has ...

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