San Diego Law Blog
After being arrested for driving under the influence in San Diego County, most defendants’ cases are handled by the California DMV and local courts. So, how do you get on the wrong side of the United States Government when it comes to a simple DUI? Federal DUI charges come with harsher penalties, including longer jail sentences and heftier fines.
But these only apply to specific scenarios in our county. Let’s take a look.
Car manufacturers and designers are constantly trying to create newer, safer vehicles. Automatic brakes, lane-departure warnings, rear-view cameras – all of these devices seem to have rolled out of sci-fi films over the past few years. One of the most advanced new features currently being tested may also drastically change DUI rates across the country – but only if it is accurately and effectively implemented.
California’s harsh stance against drunk driving comes with a long list of penalties, ranging from administrative issues like license suspensions to criminal punishments like jail time and court fines.
If you were pulled over for suspected DUI, then arrested, you know how troubling that is. Every single punishment will impact your life, and you should talk to an attorney about how to move forward, but one of the most pressing issues for you might be your car. DUIs often lead to vehicle impoundments, and the process for getting your car back in San Diego is not always simple.
No one ever said raising a child was easy, and parents are often hounded with hundreds of parenting tips from friends, family, and the media. One of the many debates parents hear involves punishment, particularly spanking. From the legal standpoint, here are several sides to what a court will consider a parent’s right to discipline a child and when it crosses into abuse.
Fraud is a rather complex crime that can arise from something as simple as a misunderstanding. But it should be taken seriously. If you are accused of fraud, it has the potential to end with hefty fines, years in jail, and a significant blow to your professional reputation and career. Also, compared to other theft crimes, fraud can result in federal prosecution.
Last year, the team at jD LAW was honored by the massive amount of support we received when we launched the first-ever Against the Current Scholarship. We firmly believe in helping students achieve higher educations so that they can make their dreams a reality. That is why we are once again offering high school seniors and college students from San Diego County the chance to win one of two $500 scholarships for post-secondary expenses.
Anyone who has hosted a party knows how difficult it is to wrangle guests together and keep things orderly, especially when alcohol is involved. It is very easy to become distracted and lose track of the situation. If you are hosting anyone under the age of 21, you face certain legal difficulties in San Diego. Our county has strict laws designed to combat underage drinking, including a Social Host Ordinance that allows district attorneys to prosecute party hosts for allowing underage drinking to occur on their watch.
Being required to register as a sex offender seems like a lifetime sentence that forever impacts your ability to seek work, find safe housing, and maintain your reputation. You may want to move past this dark time in your life and change neighborhoods, cities, or counties, but you will always have registry requirements to fulfill. However, new legislation in California may offer some light at the end of the tunnel.
The validity of a victim’s testimony and their willingness to testify in court can heavily influence the results of a criminal trial. In most cases, the prosecution cannot pursue charges against a defendant unless the alleged victim testifies. However, just because a victim is unavailable or refusing to testify does not mean you should breathe a sigh of relief. There are important scenarios where you can still be prosecuted for a crime even if the victim does not testify.
Given its location on the border of Mexico, California is considered a hotbed for drug trafficking, both into our state from Mexico and to neighboring states like Nevada and Arizona. Despite changes to our state’s laws regarding marijuana, it is still illegal for residents to travel to other states with marijuana, even if those states have also legalized it.
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