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A washout period is the amount of time when a prior conviction will be applied to later criminal charges. Also known a lookback period, a washout period limits how long earlier convictions will count against you if you are convicted of an offense such as drunk driving.
Proposition 64, the Adult Use Marijuana Act, permits the private use, sale, and cultivation of marijuana for people over the age of 21. There are still a number of restrictions regarding where it can be used, how it can be purchased, and the amount of marijuana that you are allowed to legally possess or cultivate.
Possession of stolen property can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on how much the property is worth. But either way, you could be looking at jail time if convicted.
California was one of the first states to join the Interstate Driver’s License Compact (IDLC) in 1963. The IDLC is an agreement entered into by 45 U.S. states to share information about arrests and convictions related to driving. If you are arrested for DUI in one of the other 44 states belonging to the compact, that state will share the information with California, and it will count on your driving record.
A failed drug test can have serious consequences if you are on probation in California or in the military. Random drug testing is a standard part of court-ordered oversight for many people on probation, even for non-drug-related offenses.
To get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in California, in addition to meeting federal requirements, drivers must successfully complete an Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) program conducted by a registered provider, with a minimum of 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training. CDL holders are subject to California state laws, as well as federal regulations. This includes the potential to have a commercial driver’s license suspended.
Facebook offers users the ability to sell goods through Facebook Marketplace. This option has benefited many people who wanted to sell furniture or other items – but these sites have also been used to sell stolen items. Facebook Marketplace appears to have become the preferred platform to sell stolen goods – but is not the only one. eBay, and OfferUp have also been used to move stolen goods. Facebook, eBay and OfferUp prohibit the sale of stolen goods.
Deadly DUI crashes have risen dramatically in San Diego County and six other counties in the state, with fatal DUI accidents up 15 percent statewide. The cause for the rapid rise is believed to be related to the pandemic. Alcohol sales have increased during the pandemic, with a corresponding increase in DUI driving and fatal accidents. In San Diego County, the deaths from DUI accidents are double the average, the highest in two decades. To try to stem the tide, law enforcement, in greater numbers, are patrolling the streets and highways.
San Diego County is experiencing a rash of car thefts, including rental cars. The rise in auto thefts has led law enforcement to increase the number of personnel focused on identifying, arresting, and charging rental car thieves. Unfortunately, some people are caught in the crossfire, accused of stealing a rental car when they have been unable to return it on time, or due to an error by the car rental company. If you are charged with rental car theft in San Diego County, you are facing very serious consequences.
In California, it is illegal to leave the scene of a motor vehicle accident in which you were involved. It doesn’t matter who caused the accident – you or another driver. You are still required by law to remain at the scene until certain conditions have been met. It is not a defense against hit and run if the accident was not your fault.
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