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Your Miranda Rights, and How to Invoke Them

By Paul Tyler |

If you’ve watched a police procedural show like Law and Order, you’ve heard Miranda rights recited to fictional arrestees enough times that you could probably recite them yourself. But do you know what rights they offer you when you’ve been arrested in California? More importantly, do you know how to invoke these rights to… Read More »

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Tiger Woods DUI Arrest—A Cautionary Tale

By Paul Tyler |

You’ve doubtless seen the news (and accompanying mug shots)–legendary golfer Tiger Woods was recently arrested for driving under the influence. However, you may have also heard that Mr. Woods blew a 0.00 when completing two separate breathalyzer tests, showing no measurable amount of alcohol was in his system at the time of the arrest…. Read More »

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What is the Process for Getting Your Driving Privileges Back after a DUI in California?

By Paul Tyler |

Convictions for Driving Under the Influence in California can bring very stiff penalties, including driver’s license suspension. As anyone living in Southern California can attest, getting to work or school without a driver’s license can feel just about impossible. The last thing you need after being convicted of a DUI is to lose your… Read More »

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New Law Could Eliminate Bail for California Suspected Offenders

By Paul Tyler |

Two members of the California State legislature have recently introduced a bill that would eliminate bail for the majority of California citizens placed under arrest. The law is intended to protect low-income individuals from being seriously harmed by an arrest. Bail would be eliminated without evidence of safety threat posed Assemblyman Rob Bonta and… Read More »

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Ignition Interlock Devices in California

By Paul Tyler |

After being convicted of a DUI, certain California drivers will be required to have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed on their vehicle. Learn more below about how IIDs work, and which drivers will be required to have them installed, and speak with a Ventura DUI defense lawyer if you’re facing charges for a… Read More »

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What You Should Know about California’s Zero Tolerance Law

By Paul Tyler |

California’s laws on drinking and driving impose stiff penalties on all drivers discovered to be driving while intoxicated, but these laws come down especially hard on drivers who have been drinking and are under age 21. California is a so-called “zero tolerance” state when it comes to underage drinking and driving, meaning that young… Read More »

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DUI Charges Dropped against Over-Caffeinated Man

By Paul Tyler |

Solano County prosecutors made the news in August of 2015 for arresting a man and charging him for driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). While such arrests are commonplace, this one stood out, due to the nature of the drugs found in a test of the man’s blood. What was he on when… Read More »

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Recidivism Worse in California Due to Professional Standards

By Paul Tyler |

As many individuals with a criminal record can attest, escaping a cycle of illegal behavior can be a serious challenge. Not only might persons with criminal records face pressure from friends and peers to continue living a life of crime, but they may also feel that, with a criminal record, there are few other… Read More »

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Changes to Result from the Passage of Proposition 57

By Paul Tyler |

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved of the criminal justice reform ballot measure Proposition 57. This law will change the manner in which California prison inmates are released, and was written with the reduction of the state’s inmate population in mind. Learn more below about the changes that the law will bring to… Read More »

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DUI and Child Endangerment

By Paul Tyler |

Convictions for driving under the influence already carry heavy penalties in California, with offenders facing serious professional, personal, and financial consequences. The consequences of a conviction become even more severe where the driver accused of a DUI had a child under 18 in the car, if that child is injured, or if it was… Read More »

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