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New Smart Streetlights Aid Law Enforcement in San Diego

By San Diego Attorney on October 31, 2019

In 2018, the City of San Diego began a smart streetlight initiative with the intention of providing law enforcement with tools to better monitor the streets of America’s Finest City.
These state-of-the-art streetlights are equipped with energy-saving LED lights, microphones, cameras, and sensors that can detect gunshots, detect open parking spaces, and even measure air quality and the traffic flow of both vehicles and pedestrians.

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These People Need a Lawyer (Part 1)

By San Diego Attorney on September 28, 2019

This past summer, you may have heard a story involving a big-rig truck driver who was pulled over and arrested in Moorpark when a police officer spotted a phony license plate on his rig. Not only did this homemade plate display wobbly letters and numbers in old-style yellow on black, but it also had “CALIFORNIA” misspelled as “CALIFAS.”

How many laws were violated here, and what potential penalties is the driver facing? Let’s take a look.

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Watch Out for the DUI Checkpoints

By San Diego Attorney on September 18, 2019

The San Diego police plan, publicize, and execute DUI checkpoints regularly. Locations for these checkpoints are chosen based on previous accidents and DUI arrests. In a recent article in the Times of San Diego, a representative of the police department stated that crashes involving impaired drivers can be reduced by up to 20% when well-publicized DUI operations are conducted on a routine basis.

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The Facts on Ghost Guns and Weapons Charges

By San Diego Attorney on September 11, 2019

The colloquial term “ghost gun” refers to firearms that are not made by regular gun manufacturers, do not have serial numbers, and are not registered with the government. Most of these guns are made by hobbyists at home, or in small, unlicensed operations.

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Crime Statistics in the San Diego Area

By San Diego Attorney on August 28, 2019

The San Diego area is no stranger to crime. One only needs to look at statistics from the final weeks of last month for proof.

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Consequences of Multiple DUIs in San Diego

By San Diego Attorney on August 21, 2019

Here at jD LAW, P.C., “driving under the influence” charges in San Diego are somewhat of a specialty. Since 1990, our founder, James N. Dicks, has handled thousands of DUI cases and we offer a special rate for first-time misdemeanor DUIs—$3,000 for a one-time payment, and $3,500 in two installments of $1,750. (But we can be flexible if you need more time to pay for your defense.) In this spirit, we wanted to share this infographic with you, to remind you of what is at stake if you are convicted of a first (or second, or third) DUI. Do not risk it. Call (760) 630-2000 for a free initial consultation and get our help today!

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What Happens If You Have Cannabis in a Drug-Free Zone?

By San Diego Attorney on July 22, 2019

Since the passage of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act in 2016, the recreational use of marijuana has become legal in the state of California. With the new legal landscape that comes along with an overhaul of long-standing drug laws, many individuals find themselves confused as to what is actually allowed.

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Summer Drinks, Checkpoints, and DUIs

By San Diego Attorney on July 17, 2019

Summer is finally here! That means barbeques, family get-togethers, and outdoor recreation, with plenty of opportunities to have a few drinks. Unfortunately, some people do get behind the wheel with more than the legal blood alcohol limit in their systems. Police in San Diego are on the lookout for inebriated drivers, and are more proactive in their pursuit of potential DUI violations when the season comes around.

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Possession vs. Intent to Sell

By San Diego Attorney on June 4, 2019

Unlawful possession of a controlled substance is a crime in California that carries serious penalties, including up to a year of jail time. However, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell is a much more serious offense. The difference between the two charges may hinge on the ability of the prosecutor to prove that you intended to a sell a drug in your possession. To get an experienced San Diego drug crime defense attorney on your side, contact jD LAW, P.C., at (760) 630-2000.

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Drug Paraphernalia Law

By San Diego Attorney on May 31, 2019

In the state of California, you can be arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Although this crime is less serious than actual drug possession, it still carries jail time.

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