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People accused of domestic violence have the right to a defense

It's hard to talk about domestic violence. Victims often don't want to talk about it, but they deserve to be heard. The people accused of committing domestic violence may not want to talk about it, but they deserve a defense.

By definition, domestic violence occurs within a private relationship, and often with no other witnesses present. That makes it hard for the law to deal with it.

CHP arrests more than 1,000 over long weekend

After decades of safety education, tougher laws and police crackdowns, California drivers are more aware of the dangers of drunk driving. Statistics show that fatal traffic accidents are less common than they used to be, and researchers agree that one reason is that people are less likely to drive drunk than they used to be. However, DUI arrests continue to be among the most common sources of criminal charges in California courts.

The California Highway Patrol recently announced it had arrested more than 1,000 people over the Memorial Day weekend last month. By some calculations, the CHP arrested about 14 people per hour over the 78-hour weekend. The CHP also announced that 34 people lost their lives in drunk-driving-related accidents over the weekend.

Are you facing false allegations of domestic violence?

If you are a passionate person, you may find that certain situations overwhelm you with emotions, sometimes good and sometimes bad. This is not always a negative thing because that passion motivates you to accomplish your goals, to stand up for your beliefs and to defend yourself when you are right.

Unfortunately, if you allow your passions to take over when you and your spouse disagree, others may easily misunderstand your words and actions. In fact, as natural as it is for spouses to have heated arguments from time to time, if the relationship between you and your partner is already strained, you may find yourself facing accusations of domestic violence.

Getting a license back after a DUI arrest

California imposes many penalties on people who are tried and convicted of drunk driving, including fines and possible jail time. Some of the penalties begin immediately after arrest, before the person has had a trial, and these can wreak havoc on a person's life.

As soon as a person is arrested on suspicion of DUI, a police officer submits a notice of suspension of revocation to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Often, the officer also confiscates the driver's license at that time. The driver has 10 days to request a hearing from the DMV in order to protest the suspension or revocation order.

Marijuana black market lives on after legalization

When California began allowing legal marijuana sales for recreation use a little more than a year ago, some advocates for the change said legalization would eliminate the need for a criminal marijuana underground. So far, it appears that this has not been the case.

According to recent news reports, the marijuana black market continues to thrive. Gov. Gavin Newsom went so far as to say that the state's problem with illegal growing operations is getting worse.

State still struggling with marijuana legalization

Almost two years into California's legalization of recreational marijuana, state lawmakers and law enforcement officials are still struggling with how to regulate and manage the newly legalized industry of marijuana sales. Recently, 25 local governments sued the state, seeking to overturn a new rule that allows home deliveries of marijuana.

The rule, which was adopted in January, allows sellers to deliver marijuana to the homes of buyers with few restrictions, even in communities that have prohibited marijuana sales. Twenty-five local governments, including the city of Beverly Hills and Santa Cruz County, have joined the lawsuit.

Man booked into Santa Rita jail after traffic stop

To many, the open road symbolizes freedom. However, there isn't complete freedom out there, as those on the road still need to abide by the laws and duty of care that are expected of them under state and federal law. Recently, a man was pulled over for a routine traffic stop in Alameda County. What the officer allegedly found has the man facing drug charges, among others.

The man has previously been convicted for drug sales, firearm possession and DUI causing injury. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail on $135,000 bail. The traffic stop was allegedly made by the officer as he suspected impairment. Upon search of the vehicle, the officer allegedly found 5.7 grams of cocaine and .31 grams of heroin, along with a loaded handgun.

Will a lower BAC target the wrong drivers?

A drunk driving arrest can be the beginning of a very long and difficult road. Convictions for DUI carry much more weight in recent years, perhaps because the added pressure from safety advocates has made it socially unacceptable to drink and drive. A DUI on your record may affect your career path, your finances and your personal life.

In most states, a DUI arrest includes a measure of your blood alcohol content, typically using a Breathalyzer or similar device. However, you may be surprised to learn that California lawmakers are considering lowering the legal BAC limit, which some feel will target the wrong people.

Intent to distribute drug charges can be life-altering

We've all found ourselves in unwanted and unexpected situations at one time or another. Oftentimes we manage to escape with nothing more than a little discomfort However, many individuals in the Hayward-area have found these circumstances to leave them facing criminal allegations related to drug use and intent to distribute. Being accused of these types of charges can have a serious impact on a person's life, which is why they must be aggressively challenged.

A charge of intent to distribute drugs can be brought in federal court and carry the potential for serious penalties. If convicted, an individual could face prison time, heavy fines, and other ramifications that can drastically change the landscape of a person's life. Even seemingly minor drug offenses can have a tremendous impact on one's freedom, finances, and reputation. The stigma of being convicted of a drug offense can last for years or even decades.

Guidance when dealing with domestic violence allegations, charges

When it comes to criminal charges that hold lots of emotional weight, nothing quite tops the list like domestic violence allegations. Whether you are accused of domestic violence, or you have suffered what you believe to be domestic violence, it's a tough situation. A person's health and wellness is number one, so prioritizing this during this time is important. Domestic violence allegations can have lasting impacts on all involved, though, which is why individuals involved in these alleged incidences need to do everything they can to protect themselves.

Alleged victims of domestic violence can seek a protective order, which can limit or eliminate contact with the alleged perpetrator while the criminal process progresses. Those who have been served a protective order need to understand the limitations imposed on them so that they don't violate the order. Failure to do so could make it much more difficult on the accuser later in the criminal proceedings and could call for further consequences.

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