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What Is a Watson Advisement in a Fatal DUI Accident?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jul 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) can be fatal. Impaired drivers have a greater risk of getting into an accident and causing serious or fatal injuries. A fatal car accident is a tragedy but the driver never intended to hurt anyone. However, if the driver had a prior drunk driving convi...

Amazon Delivery Driver Arrested for Hit and Run DUI

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jul 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many Amazon employees report feeling the pressures of performing on the job, with limited break opportunities, fast-paced expectations, and high pressure. When some people are stressed at home or at work, they may turn to chemical substances to unwind. When the job involves delivery driving, usin...

College Student DUIs Over the Summer

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jul 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

College students often come home after finals to spend the summer hanging out with friends or working a summer job. Many university students may have stayed home most of last year, taking classes online. However, now that the COVID-19 restrictions are lifting in California, young people are looki...

DUI Maximum Enforcement Periods

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jun 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Memorial Day is the beginning of “100 Deadly Days of Summer.” According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), there are a number of days during the summer that have higher than normal rates of impaired driving accidents. Generally, the summer drunk driving arrests begin with Memorial Day and e...

Supreme Court Decision on Police Searches

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jun 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Law enforcement officers often try to expand their search and seizure authority. When someone's rights have been violated, the victim may have to challenge the search in court, to hold the police accountable for their actions. A recent Supreme Court ruling found police went too far in searching a...

Dismissal of Criminal Charges in Alameda County

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | May 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

A lot of people are caught up in the criminal justice system after making a simple mistake. Instead of having a criminal record that may brand you for the rest of your life, some counties are offering pre-filing diversion programs. Alameda County has been granting motions for dismissal with diver...

Increasing Rates of DUI Arrests in California

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

The amount of traffic on the streets and highways in Northern California plummeted after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the area in March of 2020. Traffic has been steadily increasing since that time but is still not as high as the pre-outbreak levels. However, the rates of drunk driving arrests appea...

DUI School During COVID Shut-downs in California

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Apr 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

The state tells you that after a DUI, you need to complete an education and counseling program if you want your license back. DUI school generally requires 30 plus hours of educational classes and counseling, in-person. With so many programs shut down and in-person classes canceled in California,...

Can I Get Diversion for a First DUI in California?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Mar 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Diversion programs give individuals a second chance by dropping criminal charges if the individual completes all the requirements set by the judge. Drug diversion programs are helpful for non-violent offenders who may be better served by treatment programs than time in jail and a criminal record....

Holiday DUIs in California

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Feb 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Romantic holidays like Valentine's Day are often celebrated with pre-dinner cocktails, a nice bottle of wine, or even some champagne to celebrate. After such a tough year, it might be nice to celebrate with a few drinks. However, if you are going to go out on Valentine's night after having a few ...

New Traffic Laws for East Bay Drivers

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jan 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

Every new year, there are a few new traffic laws California drivers should be aware of, or else risk a traffic stop. Even if some of these traffic violations seem minor, it is important to remember that any traffic violation can give the police a reason to pull you over. Once the police make a va...

New Year's DUI To Do List for East Bay Drivers

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jan 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

This page is an action plan for anyone who had the unfortunate experience of getting arrested for a DUI over the New Year's holiday. Below you will find important information and deadlines to help you avoid the most costly mistakes after a drunk driving arrest. After reviewing the information, if...

Plan Ahead to Avoid Christmas and New Years DUIs

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Dec 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Every holiday season, law enforcement in the East Bay are on the lookout for impaired drivers. This year is no different, even with the COVID-19 restrictions and fewer people traveling. The days around Christmas and New Year's still have higher rates of traffic accidents and impaired drivers. If ...

Will I Lose My Nursing License After a DUI?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Dec 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is already enough on the line after a DUI without having to worry about losing your job. A drunk driving arrest can quickly lead to loss of your driver's license, expensive fines, high insurance rates, and even the possibility of jail time. However, some professionals, including nurses and ...

Domestic Violence Around the Holidays

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Dec 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is a common myth that domestic violence spikes around the holidays. The holidays can be stressful for many and stress may come out in violence. However, there does not seem to be evidence of an increase in calls to domestic abuse hotlines around Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day. ...

Duty to Report a DUI Arrest for Medical Professionals

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

When getting pulled over after having one too many drinks, the driver may go down a parade of horribles with how an arrest will impact their personal life and career. For doctors and medical professionals, a drunk driving arrest can have a significant effect on their job and livelihood, and any a...

3 Common DUI Myths and Misconceptions

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Oct 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

There are a lot of misconceptions about drunk driving arrests and criminal charges in California. Some of this is based on TV shows or movies, others are based on rumors from something that happened to “a guy I know.” Don't rely on everything you hear about what is legal or illegal for the police...

What Do You Do At a DUI Checkpoint?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Sep 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

With more of the COVID-19 restrictions easing in California and the East Bay, more cars are returning to the road. The police are also keeping an eye on drivers, watching for drivers who might be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Law enforcement in California are also continuing to...

Labor Day DUI Patrols in the East Bay

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Sep 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

It's been a rough year for East Bay residents. With some of the toughest COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in the country, residents are ready to let loose a little bit to spend time with friends and family over the Labor Day weekend. Before going too wild over the 3-day weekend, it is important to kn...

Murder Charge for Driving While High

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many people do not think driving while high is very dangerous. However, driving while impaired by any substance, even a prescription medication, can lead to DUI charges. A California driver has been convicted of second-degree murder for smoking marijuana before getting into a fatal accident.  Fa...

With More Drivers on the Road DUI Arrests Are Back

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Aug 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

A lot of things have changed dramatically over the past 6 months. COVID-19 hit California and the East Bay hard. With some of the strictest stay-at-home orders in the country, Alameda and Contra Costa County drivers generally stayed home. Even though many of the restrictions are still in place, t...

Arrested for a DUI in Another State?

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jul 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the nice parts about having a California driver's license is that it allows you to drive on roads across the country. However, each state, county, or even municipality may have its own traffic laws. Out-of-state visitors are expected to understand and follow those laws. If you violate a tr...

DUIs Under COVID and Backyard Barbecues in the East Bay

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jul 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

On Independence Day, there is generally a spike in drunk driving arrests in the East Bay. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), July 4th is the deadliest single day for crash deaths. An average of 118.4 lives are lost in crashes on the Independence Day Holiday. 47% of th...

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