Posts tagged with 'criminal-trials'

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This is an exciting development for people convicted of certain felonies.( I list them below.) Prop 47 allows reduction of felonies to misdemeanors. One of the most important things about this Proposition is it applies retroactively. This means no matter when you were convicted you can get your felony reduced to a misdemeanor.

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Here is the DUI interview I did with DUI attorney Mark Rosenfeld, Mr. DUI LA. It includes us talking about the challenges of DUI Defense and going through a recent DUI trial victory of mine. In the interview Mark and I discuss the common misconception that DUI cases are unwinnable.

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Be safe out there. Don’t let the cops ruin your holiday. Avoid these LA Area weekend DUI checkpoints: Tonight (7/3): Hollywood Area saturation patrols from 4 pm to midnight. A saturation patrol means lots of cops patrolling the streets looking for people exhibiting ‘clues’ of driving while impaired.

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I used to say that it didn’t matter which test you took, blood or breath, because both of the tests were subject to attacks based on scientific problems with the tests themselves. As a result of the recent decision of the California Supreme Court in People v. Vangelder, I have changed my recommendation.

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For reasons I discuss elsewhere, blood testing is now my recommended choice. Remember: unless you are under 21 or on DUI probation you are free to refuse the handheld Breathalyzer given at the scene of the DUI stop AND I advise that you so refuse.

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The first problem with blood testing for alcohol is that it’s impossible to tell how much alcohol was present at the time of the blood draw and how much alcohol was created by later fermentation of the sugars in blood by microorganisms. In other words, the microorganisms naturally present in the blood begin to produce alcohol in the sample.

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