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The Sting: Understanding Entrapment and Prostitution

By San Diego Attorney on July 7, 2021

California has taken a mixed stance on prostitution over the years. While it is illegal in all contexts across the state, new laws have been enacted to protect prostitutes from prosecution in certain scenarios… but the state has also continued efforts to limit prostitution as much as possible. For “johns” and other sexual solicitors, there are still harsh penalties, and law enforcement has continued to utilize prostitution stings to catch and prosecute offenders.

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Will an Old, Out-of-State DUI Affect My Current Charge?

By San Diego Attorney on June 30, 2021

Having to go through the process of fighting a DUI once can be draining, especially if your case ended in a license suspension and criminal penalties. Years later, you may think the charge is far behind and that you have paid your debt to society. But if you end up on the wrong side of the law again, that old DUI charge may come back to haunt you – even if it took place in another state.

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Do Juveniles Have a Right to Self-Defense?

By San Diego Attorney on June 23, 2021

Self-defense is one of the first legal concepts the average person brings up when facing a potential assault and battery charge. While this is a useful defense, it only applies in a handful of scenarios and requires a skilled attorney to know how to use it. When a minor is arrested for inflicting physical violence on someone else, this defense may rely on a specific interpretation of the law.

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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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