November 16, 2018

What Could Happen if I Refuse a DUI Chemical Test in California?

California follows the implied consent law, which means drivers imply their consent to blood alcohol content (BAC) testing just by operating a motor vehicle. If a driver is arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, they will be required to complete one or more of the following chemical tests: DUI Chemical Tests in California […]

September 14, 2018

California Replaces Cash-Bail System with a Risk Algorithm

Reforming the bail system in California has been a heated topic for nearly half of a century. The cash-bail system has been criticized as biased toward those who can afford to pay for their release. It is scrutinized for keeping the poor imprisoned and for challenging the constitutional right of being seen as innocent until […]

June 14, 2018

Have Uber and Lyft Led to a Reduction in California DUIs?

Recent studies, including one conducted by the University of California at Davis, have shown a marked decrease in DUI arrests in major cities across the state. The studies suggest that DUI arrests fell 32 percent in San Diego, 28 percent in San Jose, 26 percent in Sacramento and 14 percent in Los Angeles as well […]

May 14, 2018

Are There Weaknesses to Standardized Field Sobriety Tests?

Police officers rely on multiple methods to determine whether motorists are under the influence of alcohol. One of the most traditional methods is the “Standardized Field Sobriety Test” (SFST). The SFST consists of three separate tests that officers use to measure coordination, balance and eye movement. The three parts of SFST are as follows: The […]

April 14, 2018

What You Can and Can’t Do Under California’s Recreational Cannabis Laws

The state of California has passed some new laws regarding the recreational use of cannabis. California’s Proposition 64 allows for recreational use for marijuana but with some restrictions regarding the public use of marijuana, the amount that can be purchased, and driving while high. If you’re facing charges due to cannabis use, make sure to […]

March 14, 2018

Alternative Sentences for Drug Crimes

If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, you don’t necessarily have to spend time in jail as punishment. Alternative sentencing is available for those charged with drug crimes to avoid penalties such as jail or prison. This sentencing is mostly available for drug crimes where there is no sales allegation but can also be […]

February 15, 2018

Increase in Opioid Overdose Among Baby Boomers and Millennials

While it may seem like there is a growing divide between baby boomers and millennials, there is one thing both generations share: an increase in opioid overdose. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), between 1999-2014, there has been a significant increase in deaths caused by overdosing on opioids […]

June 29, 2016

Avoid a DUI This 4th of July

In the summer everyone likes to take it easy on the weekends. This 4th of July holiday weekend will be no different. There will be more picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and pool parties than you could ever attend. What typically goes along with parties? Alcohol. So, how do you avoid a DUI this 4th of […]

June 3, 2016

Plea Deals Have to Consider the Defendant Immigration Status

In the past, the list of criminal offenses that resulted in deportation as a consequence of the conviction was rather short, and judges had more sentencing discretion. Over the years, however, this list of offenses has grown to include even minor offenses, and judges now have less sentencing discretion than they did in the past. […]

May 6, 2016

Forgiving and Forgetting-New Model of Assisting Federal Offenders Get Past Their Convictions

When people are convicted of a crime, they serve their punishment in the form of probation or incarceration, and then they are released back into society to live as a productive law abiding citizen in society. That is the idea behind the rehabilitation theory in the criminal justice system. However, not all citizens that are […]