Monthly Archives: December 2010

What is the Deal with Penalty Assessments on Court Fines

Everyone knows that when they are convicted of a traffic or criminal offense in California they will be hit with a fine.  However, the surprise comes when the defendant gets the “final bill” and discovers that the fine is doubled, … Continue reading

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Investigation Needed into Tow Company Charges in DUI Arrests

As a DUI Lawyer I have seen many abuses directed toward those who are too ashamed or embarrassed to complain.  In recent years I have observed one very disturbing trend- the overcharging for tow costs associated with DUI arrests, particularly in … Continue reading

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Commercial Tickets, a Popular Pastime for Law Enforcement

Very few will disagree that without commercial drivers our nation’s commerce would grind to a screeching halt.  Despite the importance the trucker plays in our economy California law enforcement often places unreasonable restrictions on their lives by stopping and citing them for petty violations … Continue reading

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When Will a Ticket Fall off my DMV?

The wait for a ticket to fall off a DMV record can seem to take forever as we get gouged from insurance companies.  In California, the law says that most speeding tickets stay on your DMV record for 3 years with … Continue reading

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New Law Allows for Earlier Work Restriction for Second DUI

Even though the law requires a two year suspension on a second DUI convcition, a new law allows for an IID resrtiction after only 90 days for most people, with some exclusions, the old statute read as follows: Vehicle Code … Continue reading

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2010 Changes in Criminal Statutes, “They Giveth Some and Taketh Some”

New law signed in by the Governor late this year change some old laws and create new sentences for those accused of heinous child and sex crimes.  The shiny new bill augments the sentence of sex offenders by increasing incarceration … Continue reading

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The recent changes in the law of marijuana possession

Recently, the California legislature decriminalized simple possession of marijuana under an ounce.  Does this mean everyone will be carrying marijuana and smoking it in the streets?  Not likely.  It is time we as a society come to the realization that … Continue reading

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