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The Real Cost of a SoCal DUI

By Criminal Defense Attorney on August 29, 2017

The biggest deterrent to drinking and driving should be that you could hurt or kill yourself or others on the road. But still, many people find it far too easy to have one or two more drinks than they should and get behind the wheel. In the best-case accident scenarios, the ones where everyone walks away safely, the actual financial costs to you can be huge.

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Penalties for Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated in California

By Criminal Defense Attorney on August 24, 2017

Vehicular manslaughter is the act of killing another person while driving, and it is a serious crime in the State of California. When the driver who killed another person was intoxicated at the time of the accident, it can be punished more severely.

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Nine Ways a DUI Can Destroy Your Career

By Criminal Defense Attorney on August 22, 2017

There is no doubt that being arrested for a DUI can ruin your life.

While losing your career is just one potential consequence, it is a very real possibility. Here are nine ways being charged with a DUI can destroy your career.

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Long-Term DUI Consequences

By Criminal Defense Attorney on August 15, 2017

Fees, fines, increased insurance premiums, and possibly even jail time—these are the consequences often associated with a DUI. But the long-term repercussions can be even harder to live with. Here are just a few of the long-term consequences you could face after being convicted of a DUI:

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Field Sobriety Tests: Nystagmus Test

By Criminal Defense Attorney on December 5, 2016

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 measuring a driver’s eye reflexes when asked to look at a moving stationary object at a close distance, allowing officers to look for certain key signs of intoxication.

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Charged with DUI While Stationed at Camp Pendleton?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on September 1, 2016

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 for military service members can be particularly complex and can often bring consequences that are far more severe than a typical civilian DUI case, especially if the alleged offense occurs on the installation.

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Is DUI A Felony in CA? – Three Ways It Can Be

By Criminal Defense Attorney on August 31, 2016

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 the influence (DUI). While most DUI offenses will be charged as a misdemeanor,there are three different circumstances under which this crime could be elevated to a felony. These include:

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Can I Legally Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on January 18, 2016

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 DUI, one of the pounding questions you will face is whether or not you can refuse a breathalyzer test.

In California, there is what is known as “implied consent”. What does this mean for you as a driver? If you signed your driver’s license and are legally able to drive a motor vehicle, you have already given consent to be subject to chemical or breath testing. But does this give police officers the blanket right to request a breath test from you? Let’s take a closer look at what it means to refuse.

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Third DUI Offense Penalties

By Criminal Defense Attorney on July 9, 2015

Being charged with a third DUI is a serious offense. After a 3rd DUI, a judge tends to be harsher with the penalties imposed to the defendant. For this reason, it is crucial to retain a Criminal Defense Attorney from JD Law.

In California, if convicted of a third DUI you can expect the following:

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Wet Reckless Vs. DUI

By Criminal Defense Attorney on April 3, 2015

"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 reached through a plea bargain. If your blood alcohol level was near the legal limit and you didn't show severe impairment on field sobriety tests, your defense lawyer may be able to secure a plea bargain for this charge.

This type of offense is usually an option for first time offenders. However, if you get DUI charges in the future, it will count as a prior conviction.

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