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Do students have rights on drug searches?

Schools may enforce laws on drug trafficking and possession and other crimes. However, a student's constitutional rights are not kept out of a California schoolhouse.

Student may refuse a search by the police or a school official. They must clearly state any objections to the search but should not physically resist a search.

East Bay area police ready for DUIs on Cinco de Mayo

It is one of the year’s most joyous celebrations: Cinco de Mayo. The annual gala takes place this Saturday, with parties, music, dancing and more scheduled to take place across the East Bay from morning until well into the night. Of course, Mexican beers, margaritas and other alcoholic beverages will be part of the celebrations, which means that law enforcement agencies across California will be on the lookout for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

As you probably know, California takes an uncompromising approach to those suspected of DUI. If convicted, you can face harsh penalties that take away your freedom, driving privileges and more.

Is your wife addicted to her prescription pills? Warning signs.

Your wife is an amazing woman. She is smart, fierce and strong. Besides being a loving soulmate, she is also a fantastic mother. When she was injured last year, it was hard to see her in pain. She continued to be tough. She attended school functions. When she could, she started working a little at a time.

Now that it’s been awhile, her pain has decreased. You notice that she is in good spirits. Her mobility is better. However, you’ve noticed that she is still taking some of those prescription pain pills the doctors gave her. You don’t want your wife to be in pain, but you can’t help but wonder if she has become dependent. You also question how she can possibly still have an active prescription.

California man admits to running $24 million Ponzi scheme

A California man charged with running a real estate Ponzi scheme last fall pleaded guilty. He was apprehended in Las Vegas in 2017 and charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. In court this week, he admitted to operating a Ponzi scheme and defrauding investors out of $24 million dollars.

Taking money under false pretences

California man faces drunk driving charges

A man who has been accused of causing the death of one of his sons is facing serious charges, according to local sources. The California man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving following a car accident on Feb. 25 that resulted in the death of one of his sons and the serious injury of a second. If he is found guilty, he could face years in prison. 

San Benito authorities say they arrested the 30-year-old man following an accident that saw his vehicle drift off the road and crash into a utility pole. His 6-year-old son was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash while his 7-year-old son was rushed by air to a local hospital in serious condition. Police on the scene say they believed the man was drunk and arrested him. It is unclear whether any roadside tests were conducted on the scene. 

Woman arrested for drunk driving following fatal crash

A motorcyclist in California lost his life in a recent automobile crash. Meanwhile, another individual involved in the accident was taken into custody for drunk driving. The fatal accident took place on a Sunday along the 5 Freeway.

The motorcycle crash occurred at about 2:05 a.m. According to authorities, the motorcyclist was going south on the freeway and ended up being struck by another driver. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and fell onto the road. The individual who reportedly struck him fled the scene.

2 face gun and drug charges in California

Two individuals in California have been accused of committing both weapons and drug crimes. Their arrests on gun and drug charges took place on a recent Saturday night. Their arrests occurred after a police officer spotted a recreational vehicle he reportedly recognized from prior criminal activity.

The police officer said he found the two individuals in the recreational vehicle. Police also allegedly saw drug paraphernalia inside the automobile. They proceeded to search the motor vehicle.

Former MLB pitcher faces drug charges

A former Major League Baseball pitcher has been arrested for committing a drug crime in California. However, Esteban Loaiza recently decided to plead not guilty to his drug charges, which involve more than 40 pounds of what was suspected to be cocaine. He is now being held on a bail amount of $250,000.

Police arrested the man for drug smuggling after they reportedly found a special compartment that he used to conceal contraband in his car. They later secured a warrant to search the 46-year-old man's rental home. There, they allegedly found packages featuring a white powder, which they believed was cocaine.

Woman receives prison sentence in connection with DUI charge

A woman in California recently received a prison sentence for causing a fatal crash due to driving under the influence. The woman, who was just 17 at the time of the DUI collision, was both cocaine and alcohol impaired when the crash happened. She will spend four years behind bars.

The fatal wreck occurred when the woman blew through a red light quickly and struck a car driven by a 26-year-old woman. The woman whose car was hit died immediately upon impact. The area was experiencing a downpour at the time.

Deputy sheriff faces drug trafficking charge

A sheriff's deputy in California was recently charged with a serious drug crime. He faces charges of engaging in drug trafficking on a large scale. In addition, it is also alleged that he boasted about hiring other police officers to protect dealers, and he also assaulted other individuals for the sake of his clients.

FBI agents took the sheriff's deputy and three other individuals into custody on a Tuesday morning during a sting operation. The arrests occurred when the four men got to a site where they were supposedly under the impression that they would be doing a drug deal. Officials said they had been investigating the 50-year-old deputy for several months prior to his arrest.

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