Los Angeles Criminal Law Blog

Am I eligible for a California hardship license?

A conviction resulting from a DUI can heavily burden your life. Without your driving privileges, getting to work can be a challenge, not to mention the problems you face with transporting your kids to school if you are a parent. The good news is that California law does provide for a hardship license for people who qualify. To receive the limited driving privileges offered by a hardship license, California law supplies a number of criteria that one must meet. Per FindLaw, California may grant you a hardship license if the DUI you…
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Helping your teen deal with DUI charges

Parents have to help their children through many challenges, and this is especially true during their teenage years. Teens face a lot of pressure, whether they are dealing with hurdles in school, peer pressure or problems with friends and family members. All of these factors can contribute to underage drinking, and some decide to get behind the wheel with alcohol in their system. To make things more complicated, teens may face drunk driving charges with a very small amount of alcohol in their system as a result of zero-tolerance laws,…
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What happens after a DUI arrest?

Drunk driving offenses are taken very seriously in California. Along with the danger drunk driver pose to themselves and others, they can lose their licenses, receive jail time, and pay steep fines and court costs. Very Well Mind explains some of the consequences of receiving a drunk driving conviction. Install an ignition interlock device An ignition interlock device requires the driver to submit to a breath test before the vehicle can be started. Even first-time offenders may be ordered to install these devices on vehicles, especially when there are mitigating circumstances like criminal…
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Factors that lead to wrongful convictions

Not everyone currently sitting behind bars is guilty of committing a crime. In fact, there are a number of prisoners in California and across the nation that are innocent and have not committed a crime at all. According to the Innocence Project, 364 people have been released from their prison sentences after DNA evidence proved they were not guilty. Why are innocent people being locked up while the guilty parties are able to continue their lives as a free people? Flaws in the United States judicial system lead to wrongful convictions and…
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How a criminal offense impacts your professional life

Getting into legal trouble often has more consequences than people imagine. The effects can range from issues in your personal life to serious problems in your professional pursuits. There are many companies that have zero-tolerance policies for arrests or criminal convictions. Protracted absences during court could also jeopardize a job. While it is possible for any employer to have a policy that penalizes employees convicted of crimes, certain professionals are more at risk for negative consequences resulting from pending criminal charges. Anyone who must have licensing from the state of…
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How much does a California DUI raise your auto insurance rates?

Your life typically undergoes considerable change once you have a California driving under the influence charge on your record, and you may find that you struggle to maintain employment and support yourself or your family after a conviction. While you may, depending on circumstances, face jail time, substantial fines and related repercussions in response to your crime, you will also experience ripple effects that come from somewhere other than the California court system. More specifically, Insure.com reports that your car insurance rates will often skyrocket following a conviction for DUI, and this…
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What are DUI checkpoints?

In California, and in many other states across the nation, DUI checkpoints are used as a way to monitor the streets and keep drunk drivers off the roads. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, California holds at least 2,500 checkpoints annually in accordance with state and federal laws. While law enforcement officers require grounds for suspicion to pull you over on most occasions, DUI checkpoints allow officers to check drivers without any probable cause. Although DUI checkpoints are legal, officers must abide by certain rules in order to avoid infringing on…
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Can you rescind a white-collar plea agreement?

If you face federal white-collar crime charges in California, you and your attorney may be able to negotiate a favorable plea agreement with the prosecutor. Per Forbes, approximately 90 percent of federal defendants enter into plea agreements instead of placing their fates in the hands of a jury. While a plea agreement can prove advantageous to you, it also carries negatives including the following: You forego your constitutional right to a trial by jury. You will have to declare your guilt in open court. You usually forego your right to appeal You…
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Arson and aggravated arson: What are the differences?

With the recent horrendous California fires, it goes without saying that you should be very careful indeed about what you do whenever you are outdoors. If you start a fire, you could find yourself charged with arson or aggravated arson. As FindLaw explains, the California Penal Code provides for two ways in which you could be held criminally responsible for any fire you start. Arson elements and penalties Should you find yourself charged with arson, understand that virtually all forms of this crime constitute a felony. To convict you of “basic” arson,…
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Students face school-related consequences for alcohol offenses

Alcohol on college campuses is often a major part of student culture. In some university clubs and organizations, group drinking and partying events are common initiation or bonding practices. Students may feel like they have no choice but to participate in the campus alcohol culture. Even students who have not yet reached the legal drinking age may feel pressured to join in the over-consumption of alcohol. Unfortunately, there can be very serious criminal consequences for minors who drink on college campuses or at college parties. Possessing alcohol as a minor…
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