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New legislation could make DUI defense more difficult

Its common knowledge that driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the most dangerous and reckless things that a person can do. Unfortunately, intoxicated driving has been a very troubling and ongoing problem in California and across the United States. Those who are arrested and charged with DUI can face very steep penalties as well as many sleepless nights of anxiety and worry. DUI defense in California could be a bit tougher in the coming years due to a proposed bill that would lower the blood-alcohol content limit for motorists.

Lawmakers in California are considering a piece of legislation that would lower the amount of alcohol that drivers can have in their systems. The new bill, called AB 1713, would lower the legal blood-alcohol content limit to .05. Currently, the legal blood-alcohol limit remains at .08.

5 arrested on drug crimes after home search

Across the United States, police departments are making efforts to reduce drug activity and the use of illegal drugs. Those who are arrested for drug crimes can face very steep fines, many years of incarceration and irreversible damage to personal records and reputations. Drug-related charges have unfortunately become very common in California and are some of the most serious charges that any individual can face.

Recently, five people were arrested in Oceano on drug-related charges. According to reports, police executed a search warrant at a residence during the morning hours. Police said drugs were found during a search of the house, but did not specify what type of drugs.

Are you ready to vote on bail reform?

In the summer of 2018, former governor Brown signed a bill into law that would have put an end to the cash bail system. Per the bill, the bail system would be replaced instead by a risk-assessment system. Low-risk people could await trial from home, without having to buy their way out of jail. Alternately, high-risk people will no longer be given the option to post bail.

The bill would have gone into effect in October of 2019. Recently, enough registered voters signed over support to have the matter put to the vote, instead.

DUI defense: Medication use can also constitute DUI

Getting handcuffed and thrown into the back of a police car can be an absolutely humiliating thing to experience. For those who are charged with DUI, the consequences are undeniably serious. Police forces in California and across the nation are stepping up efforts and doing a great job of cracking down on intoxicated driving. However, when it comes to DUI defense, not many people are aware a DUI charge is possible without consuming alcohol.

Police in Porterville are launching a public awareness campaign regarding DUI. The Porterville Police Department is reminding drivers that DUI involves more than just alcohol. Drivers can be charged with driving under the influence if they drive while using prescription drugs or marijuana and are impaired, police said.

Drug crimes: New state laws target opioid abuse

Drug abuse is a massive problem in the state of California and across the country. In particular, opioid abuse has skyrocketed over the last few years. According to recent statistics, almost 2,000 California residents die from opioid overdoses every year. Lawmakers in California have passed 14 new laws in the last year in an attempt to significantly reduce these drug crimes.

A new law that was enacted to help reduce fraud will require doctors to write electronic prescriptions. Although this law does not go into effect until 2022, it will make it easier for doctors to record prescriptions in California's opioid database. Lawmakers have also taken steps to strengthen the opioid database. Right now, a patient get an opioid prescription in California, then go to another state and get another prescription. A law taking effect in 2020 allows the Department of Justice to share opioid prescriptions that are in the database with other states to prevent duplicate prescriptions.

DUI Defense: Neighboring state enacts strictest DUI law

Driving while under the influence of alcohol has become a very real and dangerous problem in the United States. In California, officials and police departments across the state are making efforts to reduce drunk driving such as increasing patrols, setting up checkpoints and increasing public awareness campaigns. Enacting stricter laws could make DUI defense more difficult. There is also a possibility that California may one day follow the lead of a neighboring state and eventually lower the allowable blood alcohol content level.

The state in question recently enacted the strictest DUI law in the nation. The new law, taking effect in 2019, lowers the legal blood alcohol content for drivers to .05. Although the state involved had the fewest number of alcohol related traffic fatalities out of any state, authorities say driving while intoxicated continues to be a dangerous problem.

Drug crimes: Home invasions can be an unnerving experience

California residents expect to have security and privacy in their homes, and rightfully so. However, it is not out of the question for those suspected of hiding drugs to have their homes invaded and searched by law enforcement. In order for police to legally enter a private residence in most instances, consent must be given by the homeowner or a search warrant must be obtained. Home searches are a common scenario for those who are charged with drug crimes.

Recently, three people in San Diego were arrested on drug charges after authorities said they found numerous drugs during a home search. According to police reports, officers executed a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation and found illegal drugs in the vehicle. Police say they then obtained search warrants and searched a home.

DUI Defense: Crash results in a DUI charge

Roadways across the state of California are over-crowded and constantly congested these days. Increasing traffic volumes make accidents almost inevitable. No person wants to be involved in an accident, but being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after an automobile accident can be crushing. A Los Angeles woman is seeking DUI Defense after being charged following a recent accident.

The accident happened along state Highway 17 in Santa Cruz County during the late afternoon hours. According to police reports, the woman was driving south in the northbound lanes of the highway. Police reports said the woman's vehicle eventually collided with a Honda sedan.

Domestic Violence: Penalties

A domestic violence charge can be overwhelming and confusing. California takes domestic violence seriously, which is why the consequences for a domestic violence conviction are so severe.

As of 2016, there have been over 8,000 domestic violence convictions in California. If you are facing a domestic violence charge, what are the possible penalties you could be looking at?

DUI Defense: Two arrested at recent checkpoint

Being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol can ruin reputations and bring about many nights of sleepless of worry. It can also mean months of jail time and steep fines for those who are convicted in the state of California. Arrests have risen in recent years, as police forces across the state have ramped up efforts to combat the ever present problem of drunk driving. Two people must now focus on a DUI defense after being arrested at a recent DUI checkpoint in Temecula.

Police in Temecula set up the DUI checkpoint on a recent Friday night in the 26000 block of Ynez Road. Police say they strategically located the checkpoint in an area that potentially had the best opportunity to deter drugged and drunk driving. According to police reports, almost 1,500 vehicles passed through the checkpoint.

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