Possible Penalties for a Driving under the Influence Conviction in California

Possible Penalties for a Driving under the Influence Conviction in California

As a result of campaigns by groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, to raise public awareness about the risks associated with drinking and driving, the laws relating to driving under the influence, or DUI,  have changed dramatically across the United States over the past several decades. Specifically, …

What Is Extortion in California?

What Is Extortion in California?

Have you ever been in a situation, knowingly or unknowingly, where you may have blackmailed someone? Meaning that you used information against someone in order to get something you wanted. Maybe it was a misunderstanding, or maybe you were unaware of what you were doing, but now you face criminal …

What Is the Difference between Assault and Battery?

What Is the Difference between Assault and Battery?

If you have been charged with assault and/or battery in the State of California you could be facing serious penalties if convicted. Although people often use the two terms together, the charges of assault and battery are actually separate criminal offenses under California law. Simply put, assault does not require …

Are All Plea Agreements the Same?

Are All Plea Agreements the Same?

If you are currently facing criminal charges in California and you plan to plead guilty to the charges you may be contemplating whether or not to retain the service of an attorney. After all, the plea agreements offered by the prosecuting attorney are all the same right? Wrong. While it …

Can I Be Violated after My Probation Ends in California?

Can I Be Violated after My Probation Ends in California?

If you were sentenced to a term of probation in California you were also ordered to comply with all of the standard and special conditions of that probationary term. Violating any of those conditions could result in a probation violation being filed with the court. That, in turn, could result …

How Much Do You Have to Drink before Exceeding the Legal Limit in California?

How Much Do You Have to Drink before Exceeding the Legal Limit in California?

In the State of California it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while you are under the influence of any alcoholic beverage. It is also illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, of 0.08 percent or higher. While it is certainly beneficial for a motorist to …

What Is Meant By a Rising BAC Defense?

What Is Meant By a Rising BAC Defense?

If you have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, or another alcohol related driving offense, in the State of California you are likely already aware of the harsh judicial and non-judicial penalties you face if convicted. The days of getting a “slap on the wrist” for drunk driving …

What Happens If You Refuse a Chemical Test in California?

What Happens If You Refuse a Chemical Test in California?

As a motorist it is probably your worst nightmare scenario aside from a collision – looking in your rearview mirror and seeing the flashing lights and knowing that you had a glass of wine or chugged a beer before you got behind the wheel of your vehicle. Most likely, the …

Will a California Conviction Stay on My Permanent Record?

Will a California Conviction Stay on My Permanent Record?

In today’s day and age having a criminal record has serious repercussions. Even a relatively minor conviction on your record could cause you serious problems in all areas of your life. Not surprisingly, one of the most common questions we are asked is “ Will a California conviction stay on …

Statutory Rape and Romeo and Juliet Laws in California

Statutory Rape and Romeo and Juliet Laws in California

Being accused of rape – any type of rape – has a profound and lasting impact on your life. Just the word “rape” typically calls to mind a horrible act of violence for most people. Rape, however, is a crime that is extremely fact specific. For example, “rape” can mean …