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DUI conviction reversed because of arresting officer's mistake

As most drivers know, when you apply for a driver’s license here in California you are also consenting to field sobriety tests and chemical tests as well. That’s because, like some states in the country, California has implied consent laws that can make it a misdemeanor offense if you refuse to submit to alcohol testing.

New clemency criteria expected for crack cocaine convictions

Did you know that convictions for crack cocaine used to be harsher than those for powdered cocaine? It used to be a source of contention between civil rights advocates and government prosecutors because of the harsh 100-to-1 sentencing guidelines and the racial overtones that accompanied it. But in 2011, the Fair Sentencing Act, signed by President Obama, was supposed to remedy this issue. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked as well as people intended.

Police try to link 2 men to murders using GPS tracking data

Most people are not fans of the idea that Big Brother is watching you. It's often considered an invasion of privacy. Except when it applies to people convicted of serious crimes though. For these people, the general public is okay with systems like GPS tracking because they feel that these systems "keep tabs" on the convicted. But a story out of Santa Ana this month shows that these systems don't exactly do what people may think.

California man has case against officers who violated his rights

As some of our San Diego readers know, it’s because of the 1966 U.S. Supreme Court case of Miranda v. Arizona that police are required to read a person their rights prior to questioning. Failing to give a person the Miranda warning means that any statement or confession made after being taken into police custody is presumed involuntary and may be thrown out in a criminal case.

California man facing multiple murder charges across nation

There are a lot of people in the world who can’t imagine what it’s like to be accused of a serious crime. There are fewer still who can imagine being accused of multiple crimes across several states. As many of our readers here in San Diego know, multiple charges can put a lot of pressure and stress on a person because failing to have the right defense can lead to serious legal consequences. This can perhaps be exemplified by the case of a California man who is currently facing multiple murder charges in at least three states at this very moment.

California man facing charges in series of thefts

Many of us have all heard the advice that we should never run when we see a police officer nearby. That’s because, according to many California officers, it makes a person look guilty in the eyes of law enforcement. But for some people, nerves take over and it can make a person flee an area.

Surgeon accused of stealing medical cocaine given probation

Although many people believe that a person who commits a crime is unremorseful, many of our California readers know that this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, a person will immediately feel guilty about what they have done. Not because they are afraid of the legal consequences of their actions, which is what most people believe to be the driving force, but rather because they truly want to correct what they have done.

California Senate suspends Sen. Yee until criminal case ends

On top of facing serious criminal charges, which include bribery and having connections with an international weapons dealer, Senator Leland Yee received more bad news last month when the California Senate suspended him, along with two other senators, for pending criminal cases. Although the senator will still receive his annual salary, the suspension does take away his power of office, meaning he will not be allowed to vote on any legislative measures until his trial is complete.

2 juvenile crimes cases spur action from California Supreme Court

When it comes to punishment for crimes, many people feel that we should give juveniles the benefit of the doubt. Without the extensive real-world experiences that adults lean on to determine right from wrong, juveniles often have to learn these lessons by making mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes are criminal in nature and can even lead to legal consequences.

Attorney challenges criminal charges against California senator

It’s no secret that having a job in the public eye also means that your life is often scrutinized heavily by everyone. Sometimes, your life can even be scrutinized by the people you think are there to protect you, such as law enforcement agencies. In the end, this scrutiny can sometimes lead to criminal accusations that can leave you fighting for your rights.

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