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March 2017 Archives

What constitutes DUI and its related punishments in California?

When it comes to being stopped on suspicion for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in California, unfortunately it's probably one of the worst states where you could be stopped for such an offense. That's because California is notorious for having among the most stringent of DUI laws in the entire county.

Marijuana intoxicated drivers and DUIs

Now that people in Van Nuys have the right to use marijuana recreationally, there is growing concern about how it can affect their ability to drive. Driving while under the influence of any drug, including marijuana, is a crime. People who use marijuana and drive should make themselves aware of the potential consequences they face.

Understanding who shoplifts and why they do it

When it comes to shoplifting, the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) argues that it's a crime that not only adversely impacts the retailer, but also causes unnecessary work for law enforcement and court systems as well. It also affects the average consumer's pocketbook as stores are forced to invest in added security measures and make up for lost revenue.

How California drug courts work

If you've ever known anyone that has developed a dependency on drugs, then you're probably well aware of just how difficult it is for someone to overcome their addiction without outside help. In cases like this, it takes an intervention, whether initiated by family, a friend or law enforcement, to get them the help they need to get their life back on track.

How plea negotiations work

Despite the number of court dramas on television that give the impression that virtually every case gets heard in court, that's far from the case. In fact, the large majority of criminal cases brought do not go to trial, but instead end with a plea bargain.

Understanding what a protective order is and its restrictions

A criminal protective order often acts as an emergency measure to prevent a witness or victim of a crime from being threatened, contacted or hurt by a specific individual. In order for it to be issued, it must be proven to the court that one has been hurt or threatened by the defendant in an attempt to get the victim in the case not to testify against them.

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