San Diego Criminal Defense Blog

Field Sobriety Tests: Nystagmus Test

One of the most common Standardized Field Sobriety Tests used by police to determine if probable cause exists for a drunk driving arrest is the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test. This test works by ...
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Charged with DUI While Stationed at Camp Pendleton?

Have you been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) while stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton? If so, you could be facing numerous judicial and non-judicial punishments. DUI arrests ...
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Is DUI A Felony in CA? - Three Ways It Can Be

In the state of California, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of.08% or greater. If you violate this law, you could be charged with the crime of driving under ...
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JD Law: Online Presence

JD Law takes what they do seriously. When it comes to representing those who have been charged with criminal offenses, they engage all of their resources, energy, and experience to fight on their ...
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Does Breastfeeding in Public Qualify as Indecent Exposure?

While society continues to debate over the social acceptability of public breastfeeding, California law has held a firm stance on the matter for nearly two decades. California Civil Code, Section 43.3 ...
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What Qualifies James Dicks for Your Case?

When you are charged with a crime, a lot of questions likely rush through your head. What should your next step be? How do you find a lawyer that is qualified to handle your case? What questions ...
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Can I Legally Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?

Getting pulled over by a police officer can be intimidating and scary—especially when they start to ask you whether or not you’ve had anything to drink. When you’ve been suspected of ...
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Can the Police Search My Cell Phone After a Traffic Stop?

Your Rights After Being Pulled Over At some point in your life, you will probably be pulled over in a traffic stop if you drive. Do you know what your rights are? After being pulled over for a traffic ...
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How Do Officers Determine "Marijuana DUI" in California?

As marijuana laws continue to change and develop in California, understanding what constitutes as Marijuana DUI can be difficult. How do police officers legally determine if a driving is under the ...
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What Should I Do if I'm Arrested for Soliciting a Prostitute?

Sex crime charges are some of the most serious offenses an individual can face. Having a sex crime conviction on your record can damage your reputation, ruin your career, and cost you your freedom. ...
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San Diego County Sheriff's Department Hit with $20 Million Suit

As a business many on vacation at Harrah’s Southern California Resort Hotel, Joven J. never expected to endure the incident that he did on his stay. After getting into a disagreement with ...
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California's Prop 47 Brings Controversial Opinions to the Surface

Recent coverage of California's Proposition 47 has left a confusing image in some people's minds. An article in the Washington Post highlighted the life of one man who has been in and out of ...
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New California Law Requires Warrant for Cell Phone Searches

As technology continues to develop, the laws that monitor the use of this technology must also develop. Sadly, California has remained far behind in this area for the last several years. Laws on how ...
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North County Jury Deliberates Over Wife's Murder Retrial

On the morning of August 7 of 2012, an argument broke out between Julie H. and her husband, Jason. There in the couple's master bedroom, Julie claims she feared so much for her safety that she ...
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Third DUI Offense Penalties

Being charged with a third DUI is a serious offense. After a 3 rd DUI, a judge tends to be harsher with the penalties imposed to the defendant. For this reason, it is crucial to retain a Criminal ...
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Drug Trafficking Charges in California

In California, as in other states throughout the nation, drug crimes are punished severely. Trafficking is no exception. This offense, though closely associated with other drug crimes, is often ...
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What Should I Do If I Have a Warrant?

Discovering that you have an active warrant can be terrifying, especially if you don't know the reason for the warrant. Whatever the reason your warrant has been issued, it is important that you ...
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Wet Reckless Vs. DUI

"Wet reckless" is a reduced charge associated with DUI charges. It is defined as reckless driving involving alcohol. Typically, this type of charge is given for a more mild offense and is ...
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Do I Have to Talk to the Police After my Arrest?

So you've been arrested-now what? After an arrest, you may be facing an overwhelming and intimidating situation. It is crucial to understand your rights and practice them to the fullest extent ...
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Avoiding DUI after the Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday is a day filled with potlucks, drinks, and of course, football. After all the festivities subside, many individuals don't realize how much they have had to drink, unknowingly ...
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Charged with Tax Evasion After Making an Honest Mistake?

Unfortunately, the federal justice system has little sympathy for those who have evaded their taxes. For this reason, even an honest mistake could land you in hot water. If you or someone you love has ...
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What are the Legal Defenses to Perjury in California?

According to California Penal Code 118 PC, one could be charged with perjury if they have knowingly and deliberately provided false information while under oath. For example, you could be accused of ...
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What Happens If I Fail to Register as a Sex Offender?

If you have been convicted of a sex crime in the state of California, there is a good possibility that you will be required to register as a sex offender once you have served your time. As if spending ...
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The Penalties for Resisting Arrest in California

In the state of California, you could be charged with a crime if you have knowingly resisted, delayed or obstructed a law enforcement officer or emergency medical technician while they were ...
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Overview of California's Marijuana Possession Laws

As you may know, attitudes about the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana are changing throughout the United States. While a number of states have recognized the medicinal benefits of cannabis, ...
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