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Rapper arrested on suspicion of DUI

Celebrities can be in the news for all kinds of things, good or bad. Celebrities are just like regular people, in that, they are obligated to obey and respect the law. In theory, this means that a celebrity could break the law just as easily as any regular Sacramento resident. The rapper Mac Miller was arrested and is facing DUI charges, among others.

The rapper was reportedly arrested in connection with a crash in southern California that happened last week. He crashed his car into a pole, and then proceeded to flee on foot with two passengers in the vehicle. When the police caught up with Miller at his home, he immediately confessed and cooperated during processing. He was arrested, and his bail was set at $15,000.

The 4th Amendment and search warrants

When police search a person or their property, there are guidelines that must be followed in order to meet requirements under the law. This is because a person is entitled to a certain level of privacy under the Constitution. However, if a person is breaking the law, police officers have rights in certain instances to step in and intervene.

The 4th Amendment is in place to protect citizens from illegal searches and seizures. So, how do you know if the search was reasonable? Either a judge issues a search warrant based on probable cause, or a certain situation can arise that justifies a search without a warrant. For those searches that were performed in the moment, what justifies a reasonable search?

What might eliminate Chapter 7 bankruptcy as a debtor option?

Debt is part of a healthy financial snapshot for an individual and for a business. Ask any financial analyst, and they will tell you that a certain portion of a person's financial portfolio should include some percentage of debt. However, there is a point where debt can get out of control and make it difficult to make ends meet. It might be time to look at personal bankruptcy as a way to get your personal financial situation back on track.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a method many will explore or utilize as a way to get a better handle on their finances and, specifically, their debt. However, some people will not be candidates for Chapter 7. Those situations include people whose income is too high.

Protect your rights when facing DUI charges in California

Nothing can ruin a California road trip quite like seeing flashing lights from a police patrol car in your rear-view mirror. If you're like most motorists, your heart may beat faster the moment you realize a police officer is attempting a traffic stop while you're behind the wheel. Hopefully, your driver's license and vehicle registration and insurance information are easily accessible.

If the officer starts to ask questions, such as whether you have been drinking alcohol or have been taking any medication before driving, it's a definite sign that he or she suspects you of a crime. While such situations are typically quite stressful, it's critical that you remember your rights and try to remain as calm as possible. It's also essential that the officer had reasonable cause to pull you over.

California doctor arrested for selling prescription drugs

A California doctor is facing charges for allegedly selling opioid prescriptions. If convicted, the doctor could face 20 years in prison. It is alleged that patients traveled from Sacramento and other Northern California cities to receive the doctor's prescriptions. The doctor was arrested in his home in Modesto.

The 71-year old doctor allegedly prescribed drugs without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice. The charges claim that the doctor would often write the prescriptions without a medical exam. Pharmacies in the Sacramento area allegedly called in tips to authorities, which led to the investigation of the doctor. In the last year, undercover agents allegedly obtained prescriptions from the doctor for hydrocodone, Xanax and Promethazine mixed with codeine syrup. The agents told the doctor that their own doctors had stopped writing them opioid prescriptions.

How a DUI can affect your career

Like many people in California, you may be always on the lookout for the ideal job, putting in your time with your current job until the right situation comes along. Maybe you are taking classes or working toward a degree so you will be ready when it happens.

On the other hand, maybe you have the perfect job now. You enjoy the work, make good money and have opportunities for advancement. You may have even developed friendships with your co-workers. What you may not have realized is how a drunk driving conviction can affect all these things.

Stephon Clark's brother facing assault charges

A Sacramento man was shot to death by police several months ago and his death has had a ripple effect throughout the community. According to reports, the officers on duty mistook his cell phone for a gun and shot him in his grandfather's backyard. The brother of the deceased has become a catalyst for protests that have shut down freeways and blocked access to Sacramento Kings games. That man has now been charged with assault in connection with a separate incident.

Stevante Clark was released on bail but the charges against him remain. The charges allege that he threatened a landlord and did more than $400 in damage to a house and property, including defacing it with graffiti. He is also charged with assaulting a woman with a hammer.

Why craft a criminal defense against DUI/DWI accusations?

When a person is accused of DUI/DWI, it can be a time of uncertainty and uncharted territory. Just because a person is accused of a crime like DUI/DWI, it does not automatically mean they are guilty. Rather, the accused has a right to build a criminal defense against such accusations.

It is really important to build a quality criminal defense against drunk driving allegations. The penalties for DUI/DWI have only risen in severity in recent years. If convicted, a person could face having not only that charge on their record but other penalties as well. These could include an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle, schools or substance abuse treatment, license revocation, fines and even jail time. DUI/DWI crimes are like other crimes in that they can range in severity.

Is business debt causing you stress?

Most anyone who has ever launched a business, regardless whether it was a micro-company or large-scale corporation, understands that the bottom line often remains in the red until the ball gets rolling in the right direction. Perhaps you took out a loan to start your company or borrowed money to expand or cover some other expenses once your business was up and running.  

Such things are par for the course in business, but they can lead to financial problems if you face a decrease in sales or some other issue negatively impacts your ability to pay back the debt. If your finances are currently a bit off track, try not to lose hope as you are definitely not the first businessperson to encounter financial challenges. There are often several solution options; the key is knowing how to determine which option is most viable in your particular situation. 

Drug crime accusations needn't ruin your future

If you are charged with a crime or facing other serious crime-related allegations, you may be unsure of what to do. For many accused of a crime, it is their first time and they are left wondering what to expect and what steps to take in response. For those facing drug charges, a strong criminal defense strategy is advisable to prepare oneself against criminal charges. This defense will tell your side of the story and present an opposition to the views of the prosecution.

Not all criminal charges will result in a trial before a judge or jury. Some criminal accusations are dropped or may reach a plea agreement prior to that stage. At the Law Office of Gilbert B Vega, we know just how to handle all kinds of drug accusations and charges. Whether drug trafficking, possession or other similar charges, they can amount to anything from a misdemeanor to a felony and should be handled with care to ensure the best possible outcome for the accused.


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