San Diego Criminal Defense Blog

Is There More Domestic Violence on Super Bowl Sunday?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on February 1, 2018

There has been debate going on for decades now as to whether Super Bowl Sunday sees an increase in domestic violence. There are no concrete numbers that back up this claim, and Snopes.com, Huffington Post, and many other reputable sources have tried to put this myth to rest. Domestic violence does tend to spike around the holidays, but it is much more common on Christmas than when two NFL teams hit the field in February.

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How to Avoid a (Late) Holiday DUI

By Criminal Defense Attorney on January 24, 2018

If you were responsible enough (or lucky enough) to escape the holiday season without getting a DUI, do not relax—you are not in the clear just yet. There are more holidays coming, including Valentine’s Day, when you may sip one too many glasses of champagne; and St. Patrick’s Day, the day drinkers around the world unite. All of these bring with them the temptation to have a few too many and get behind the wheel.

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Holidazed and Confused

By Criminal Defense Attorney on January 12, 2018

Many people in San Diego looked forward eagerly to January 1, 2018—the day that recreational marijuana became legal in California. But before you blaze any further, there are a few things you should know. Marijuana is not legal for everyone, and there are still restrictions in place. Understanding the new laws will help everyone abide by them, and ensure you stay arrest-free!

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Posted in: Drug Possession

Ridesharing and Open Container Laws in San Diego

By Criminal Defense Attorney on December 10, 2017

Springtime has arrived in San Diego and while this means getting together with family, it also means parties, or just meeting at a friend’s house to share some drinks. Many will choose to carpool or take a ridesharing service such as Uber or Lyft to get to and from safely.

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What If I’m from Another State but Get Arrested for Drunk Driving in San Diego?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on October 30, 2017

Driving under the influence is a very serious crime in California, and one that comes with serious penalties. For out-of-state drivers, it can be even worse. So what happens when an out-of-state driver gets arrested for drunk driving in San Diego?

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Can a Bar Be Held Responsible for a Drunk Driver?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on October 24, 2017

The number of people injured or killed annually by drunk drivers in California is lower than the national average; but still, thousands of people are hurt by drunk drivers every year. And when they are, they and their families sometimes seek compensation from the responsible parties in civil lawsuits. Did you know that the bar that served the drunk driver might also be held liable?

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Is Taking Alcohol Across State Lines a Federal Crime?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on October 14, 2017

There are many reasons a person may want to take alcohol across state lines. Perhaps you are moving and want to bring your impressive wine collection with you. Or you may want to drink while staying at hotels, but also want to save some cash while doing so. Maybe you are bringing the beer for an out-of-state family reunion. Whatever the reason, the legalities of carrying alcohol across state lines can be confusing.

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What Happens If I Get Pulled Over with a Gun in My Car?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on October 3, 2017

California allows many people to own and carry guns, a right that is protected under the Second Amendment to the Constitution. But along with this right comes many responsibilities, including knowing how to properly carry a gun in a vehicle. So, what happens if you get pulled over while a gun is in the car?

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Posted in: Traffic Stops

Driving to a Chargers Game? Be Careful How Hard You Tailgate

By Criminal Defense Attorney on September 26, 2017

There is nothing like the start of football season to remind us that fall is definitely here.

Along with watching the game, many fans will be taking part in some good ol’ tailgating. While celebrating with all that good food (and of course, drink) is part of America’s pastime, tailgaters need to pay attention to personal safety.

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Would There Be More Crime If California Let Bars Close at 4AM?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on September 18, 2017

Right now, there is one more controversial bill being considered in California. Bill 384 would make it legal for certain bars and businesses to stay open to 4 a.m., some being allowed to remain open until 6 a.m. What safety implications would this have?

Proponents have shown that passing this bill could actually make late-night streets safer in California.

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