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The Impact of a DUI on Your Visa

By San Diego Attorney on May 28, 2021

California has one of the largest immigrant populations in the United States, serving as a home to thousands of people from all around the world. Many are here legally, attending school and working for local businesses on certified visas. While these documents can be key to a new life, there are several strict rules you have to follow. If you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it can put your visa in jeopardy.

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When Policing Errors Lead to an Arrest

By San Diego Attorney on May 21, 2021

Whether you saw those intimidating red-and-blue flashing lights in your rearview mirror or were suddenly served an arrest warrant, your first thought was probably, “What did I do wrong?”

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Beating a DUI With a Blood-Split Motion

By San Diego Attorney on May 14, 2021

When an officer believes a suspect has committed a DUI, the officer can have the suspect perform several tests: a field sobriety, breathalyzer, or chemical test. Most people are aware that these are standard procedure, but defendants in DUI cases should also know that they can request their own independent tests. Referred to as a “blood split motion,” this can be a powerful tool in avoiding the full penalties of a DUI charge.

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How Probation Works for DUIs

By San Diego Attorney on April 28, 2021

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, your biggest concern is staying out of jail. We have good news: California courts can invoke other, and oftentimes lighter, punishments for defendants convicted of driving under the influence. One option that defendants tend to overlook is probation, which may allow them to avoid jail time altogether. How can you qualify? Let’s find out.

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How Substance Abuse Assessment Units Influence DUI Cases

By San Diego Attorney on April 18, 2021

In the most populated counties in California, district courts have several divisions to handle specific cases. These includes juvenile courts, drug courts, and alternative sentencing courts. These courts appoint special task forces to find alternative ways of dealing with criminal offenders — ways that do not include jail time.

For San Diego County residents who are arrested for DUIs, their cases may receive the attention of the Substance Abuse Assessment Unit.

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Understanding Federal DUI Charges in San Diego

By San Diego Attorney on April 8, 2021

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.

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How DADSS May Prevent Future DUIs

By San Diego Attorney on March 25, 2021

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.

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What To Do If Your Car Is Impounded for a DUI

By San Diego Attorney on March 18, 2021

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.

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California’s Stance on Spanking

By San Diego Attorney on March 11, 2021

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.

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Can Fraud Be a Federal Crime?

By San Diego Attorney on February 28, 2021

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.

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