Court disregards DUI science

California Supreme Court Outlaws Science In DUI Cases Scientific evidence challenging the accuracy of breathalyzers is not admissible, California Supreme Court rules. Scientific evidence cannot be brought into evidence to challenge a borderline conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in California. The state Supreme Court last week rejected Terry Vangelder's attempt to [...]

California self-defense and martial arts training

With the ever-rising popularity of MMA (Mixed-martial arts) it is likely that more and more criminal cases will be prosecuted in which the victims and/or perpetrators will have had some level of training. It is important to understand that, to quote self-defense expert Animal MacYoung, "The problem with self-defense training is 1) that it doesn't [...]

Sonoma County DMV hearings and DUI

If you have been arrested in Sonoma County for DUI, you will almost certainly be charged with the crime of driving under the influence, and your name forwarded to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Thus, your case will go forward in two different avenues, the criminal court and the administrative arm of the DMV [...]

Arrested by the police?

If you have been arrested by the police, more than likely you are going to have a lot of questions. That is why it is important to understand the process.  A misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by a sentence of  less than a year in prison.   A felony is a crime that is [...]

Hit & Run: California Penal Code 20001

The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to any person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident. Any person who violates this law shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison, or in [...]

Sex Offender Law: Unfair

The Fourth District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana ruled Wednsday that Prop. 83, which prevented sex offenders from living 2.000 feet from a school or park is punitive in nature and therefore retroactively would punish sex offenders who would be forced out of their homes.

Yount Vs. City Of Sacremento

A recent California Supreme Court decision has allowed an arrested person who was shot in the buttocks while resisting arrest to file a civil complaint despite his conviction. Sacramento Police officers arrested Yount on suspicion of drunk driving. An officer mistakenly pulled out his pistol instead of his taser and shot Yount once in the [...]

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