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What Is the Difference Between OVI, DUI, DWI, and OMVI?

Driving while impaired refers to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. In the United States, being under the influence is defined as having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. However, DUI laws are enacted by states, so the terms used to describe impaired driving vary by state....

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Is It Legal to Drive Barefoot in California?  

You’ve just left a big meeting, are getting into your car, and can’t wait to kick off your high heels and drive home. Or maybe you just spent the day at Bay Beach, and your shoes are full of sand. You take them off to drive home.  But what if you're pulled over for...

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Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction in CA

If you’re facing criminal charges, understanding the outcomes of a conviction can help you determine the appropriate course of action in your case. For domestic violence charges, the consequences of a conviction vary greatly depending on the unique nature of the case, your criminal history, and other factors.  Domestic violence is a serious offense...

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Difference Between Lawyer and Attorney 

The terms lawyer and attorney are often used interchangeably in the media and in general. If you get in trouble with the law, you are advised that you may hire an attorney or hire a lawyer. So are these just two words for the same thing, or is there a difference between what a...

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Am I Being Detained? 6 Questions You Should Ask During Interactions With the Police

Being stopped by a police officer can be intimidating. Some people might be frightened they will be arrested, even though they did nothing unlawful. Because an interaction with a police officer could result in an arrest, you should treat each encounter seriously. Understanding your legal rights and knowing what to say if the police...

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What To Do After Being Arrested for DUI in San Jose, CA

Being arrested for DUI in San Jose can have significant criminal and collateral consequences. You had a few drinks with friends and thought you were okay to drive home. Now you are in the back of a police car headed to jail.  Knowing what to do after getting arrested for DUI could help reduce...

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How Your Criminal History Could Affect Your Current Case

A criminal history has numerous collateral consequences beyond the criminal penalties you receive for a criminal conviction. Your criminal record can impact your career, family court cases, educational loans, housing situation, and other aspects of your life. Your criminal history could also affect current and future criminal cases.  Examples of the impact your criminal...

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How Often Do DUI Cases Go to Trial in California?

A very small percentage of DUI cases go to trial in California. Most cases settle through plea bargains.  However, you should treat your drunk driving charge as if it is going to trial by hiring an experienced San Jose DUI defense lawyer. The last thing you want to do is be unprepared if you...

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What Happens if You Get an Out of State Warrant for Your Arrest?

Many people may not realize that the “long arm” of the law stretches across state borders. You could be arrested for an out-of-state warrant even though you moved to California.  If you skipped out on your court date in another state or committed a crime and fled, California law enforcement officers can arrest you...

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What Are the Safest and Most Dangerous Areas in Northern California?

Northern California, with its majestic mountains, rich valleys, and miles of beaches and coastline, has much to offer tourists and California residents alike. Unfortunately, the area also boasts cities and neighborhoods that are among the most dangerous — in the state and the nation. If you plan to visit Northern California for business or...

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