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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.

Six men charged in Alameda County with alleged drug crimes

Individuals in the East Bay can face the potential of serious consequences when they are accused of drug crimes. Without properly and aggressively defending themselves, these individuals may wind up facing years or even decades behind bars, financially ruinous fines, and irreparable damage to their reputation. This is why those who have been accused of these offenses need to take action to protect themselves and their future.

Six men are in this position now after they were taken into custody on drug trafficking and other charges. The charges, which were unsealed in January, come as part of a federal investigation. While the specific charges for each individual vary, overall the charges are related to conspiracy to sell cocaine, as well as gun possession and gun sales.

Potential defenses to drunk driving charges in Alameda County

Everyone can agree, laws made in the name of public safety and well-being are probably the most obvious laws in creation. However, it doesn't make it any easier when a person is alleged to have broken those laws. Being accused of drunk driving can bring some serious penalties if convicted. The penalties imposed for a DUI conviction are definitely more severe than in decade's past.

Of course, if one is accused of DUI and not convicted, it's a crisis averted. Some affirmative defenses to drunk driving include involuntary intoxication, entrapment, and necessity, among others. These defenses sound like what they are. One has ingested alcohol without their knowledge, one was 'entrapped' into drinking and driving, and one had to drive to prevent a greater evil.

How can a criminal defense attorney help me?

Facing criminal charges, especially for a violent crime, can be a frightening experience. The consequences of a conviction may include prolonged time behind bars where you will be apart from your family and everything familiar. Whether this is your first offense or you have gone through the justice system before, there may be no way to prepare for the emotions you may experience.

However, there is a way to prepare a strong defense that may result in a more positive resolution. Facing criminal charges without skilled legal assistance may open you to mistakes and missteps that could jeopardize your future and your freedom.

Protect your rights when charged with DUI

No one lives life without making mistakes. The severity of these mistakes, however, differs from person to person. Unfortunately, some of us make the choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. This is not a good decision to make, but that doesn't mean that your rights should be thrown to the wayside. Being confronted with DUI charges requires experienced representation on your side.

Drunk driving is one of the most aggressively pursued crimes in our state and can permanently affect a person's life. That's why it's so important to have the proper representation. At The Law Offices of Frederick R. Remer, we fight back against this aggressive pursuit with an equally aggressive approach. Other attorneys may be quick to accept a plea and move on to another client, but not our office. We will take your case to trial if it's in your best interest and provide comprehensive representation until a resolution is reached.

Ignition interlock device to be mandatory for DUI offenders

Tougher legislation has been hitting DUI offenders nationwide. Since criminal law is handled at the state and county level, this is a trend that has been gaining in popularity all over the country and California. California in particular has been the most recent state to join the majority of states that require drivers convicted of DUI or drunk driving to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. Now it seems that it is even more impactful than ever for those accused of DUI to examine the legal options before them.

As of January 1st, all California residents convicted of DUI must install an ignition interlock device. The device is mounted on the steering wheel of the person's vehicle, and it prevents the vehicle from starting if the driver's blood-alcohol reading is above a predetermined level. Many people don't have an issue with the interlock itself, more-so the cost. It is believed by some that the installation of these devices in first-time DUI offenders' vehicles will increase public safety and decrease alcohol-related deaths.

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