Costa Mesa Criminal Defense And Immigration Law Blog

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of California Man Followed Inside His Garage By CHP

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On the local news virtually any night of the week in Southern California, you’ll see police chasing a vehicle over freeways and surface streets, sometimes for hours. Eventually, most of these drivers surrender. What if someone were to go home? Can police…

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Depression Can Be A Driving Factor Of DUIs

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Dealing with depression can be very difficult. A person affected by depression will often engage in avoidant behaviors: They will try to numb the pain of their emotional state by potentially using alcohol or drugs. Sadly, alcohol will only temporarily mask the…

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Are Probable Cause And Reasonable Suspicion The Same Thing?

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To most Costa Mesa, California residents, reasonable suspicion and probable cause sound like the same thing — just worded a bit differently. However, there are legal differences between these two terms that could play a role in whether a police officer has the right…

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How California Increases Penalties For Each Additional DUI Charge

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Impaired driving is a common reason people get arrested. Some drunk or drugged driving arrests occur after someone causes a crash that results in property damage or injury. However, quite a few driving under the influence (DUI) charges are victimless and result…

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What To Do At A DUI Checkpoint

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Even if you’re sober, there’s nothing fun about driving through a DUI checkpoint. It’s easy to believe that an officer will find a reason to arrest you or issue a traffic citation. And you’re right. They’re definitely on the lookout for any…

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Mistakes Drivers Make During A DUI Traffic Stop

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There’s nothing fun about a traffic stop. Even if you’re able to avoid trouble, it will still bring quite a bit of stress to your life for the time being. This is even more so the case if you’re pulled over for…

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What Happens If I Refuse A Breathalyzer Test In California?

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When you see those blue and red flashing lights in your rearview mirror and hear the whoop of the police siren, you know the officer is pulling you over. Your heart may be pounding, especially if the scent of alcohol is still…

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California DUI Defense: Causes Of False Positive Breath Tests

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By now, most California residents understand the consequences of DUI charges. A DUI conviction typically results in significant hardships and penalties. You could lose your driving privileges for months or even years and may have to install an ignition interlock device at…

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Car Insurance After A DUI Conviction

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Everyone knows that a DUI can be very expensive. From bail bonds to court fees, DUIs are nothing but heavy-hitting on the pocketbook. But something that’s not as frequently talked about is the financial impact a DUI can have on a driver’s…

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What Are Some Effective Defenses Against California DUI Charges?

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Whether it is your first DUI arrest, or you have already been through the booking and prosecution process, it is your constitutional right to defend yourself. As you may know, having even just one DUI conviction on your record can impact your…

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