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Is your right to a speedy trial absolute?

Police put you in handcuffs and took you to the county jail. At your arraignment, the judge set a bond, but you don't have the funds to meet it. Therefore, you are in jail until you either raise the money for bail or go to trial. When you know the first option isn't going to happen, you may wonder how long the second option will take.

What happens to your right to drive after a DUI?

Any type of criminal charge is a threat to your future and your freedom, but it can be especially frustrating when your criminal case is a threat to your right to drive. This can be the case if you are facing DUI charges of any kind. Whether it is your first offense or you have a history of drunk driving convictions, you may find it beneficial to know how to protect your ability to drive.

To breathe or not to breathe -- into a Breathalyzer that is

You've heard about field sobriety tests, right? They are those tests that police officers in California and elsewhere ask drivers to perform if they suspect impaired driving. Some of them require going through a list of physical tasks. However, another test looks at your body's blood alcohol content. This chemical test is the Breathalyzer.

Was that search actually legal?

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects you from unlawful or unreasonable search and seizure. Sounds good, but what does that actually mean? Over the course of the last 200 years or so, many courts across the country, along with the United States Supreme Court, have all made decisions that end up defining what this means for you, now, in 2017.

Invoking your right to remain silent: It's not like in the movies

You may have a difficult time finding someone here in California who hasn't watched a movie or television show in which a person under arrest hears his or her Miranda rights. The words, "you have the right to remain silent" probably conjure pictures in your mind of someone being led off to a police car in handcuffs from your favorite movie or TV show.

Three tests used to measure the alcohol in your blood

You probably know your limits, and if you are attending a party or an evening out with friends, you are likely careful to pace yourself and stop drinking well before you get behind the wheel of a car. Nevertheless, police pulled you over, and you were shocked when you blew .08 on the breath test. Now you are facing an uncertain future.

How reliable is the evidence against you?

There is no question that certain pieces of evidence can convince the most objective juries. Handwriting analyses, ballistics reports or DNA samples sound like science to many laypeople, and a prosecuting attorney or expert witness may go out of his or her way to convince the jurors that such evidence is irrefutable.

Guidance may be key when seeking to challenge DUI charges

A serious traffic offense can carry severe penalties that are often a hindrance to numerous areas of life. If you are facing charges for an offense such as driving under the influence of alcohol, if convicted, your driver's license might get suspended or revoked, and you may also be facing time behind bars.

Is standing on one leg really a good way to test for impairment?

Well, it's a pretty good indication of impairment, but it only works about two-thirds of the time. Even so, officials consider those odds good enough to make it one of the three tests that make up the Standardized Field Sobriety Test battery administered by officers here in California and across the country. In addition to the one-leg stand, the horizontal gaze nystagmus and the walk and turn tests round out the three tests that make up the SFST.

Marijuana DUI? Now possible with new mouth-swab tests

California has been at the forefront of marijuana acceptance in the U.S., along with a handful of other states. However, even as the drug becomes more accepted in the mainstream, some concerns remain. Namely, how safe is it to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana or THC? And how would police departments test for the presence of the drug in your system?


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