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What to Do if You’re Arrested for DUI

No one wants to be charged with driving under the influence, or DUI. Of course, the best way to avoid this is to never drink and drive, even if you’ve “only had one or two drinks.” Always place the safety of yourself and everyone else on the road first. If you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI, these suggestions will help you get through the experience. Know your rights You may be surprised to learn that you have the right to refuse a lot of the common things that happen when you’re pulled over for a possible DUI. For...

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Misdemeanor vs. Felony: What’s the Difference?

Crimes are classified into one of two groups — felonies or misdemeanors. State legislators typically make the determination of which category a crime falls into, using factors that include how serious the crime is and what kind of impact it could have on victims as well as society. Felonies are a higher classification of crime and carry steeper potential punishments than misdemeanors. Infractions This category, also referred to as petty offenses or violations, is used for behaviors that break the law, but are usually not considered crimes. Infractions are punishable only by fines, and include things like traffic tickets. However,...

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What to Do if You’ve Been Arrested

Being arrested is a harrowing experience. At a time like this, it’s difficult to stay calm and rational — and unfortunately, many people who are arrested for a crime make mistakes that can contribute to a conviction. If you are arrested for any reason, it’s important to know what your rights are and what you should do so you can avoid making the situation worse. The right to remain silent: It’s not just for movies Even though it may seem like a clich√© line of movie dialogue, you really do have the right to remain silent if you are arrested....

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Crime Rates in California Rise Following Prison Realignment Program

According to a new study, some types of crime in California have gone up after the realignment program that allows early release for inmates went into effect. ABC Los Angeles reports that researchers with the Public Policy Institute of California looked at crime rates before and after the realignment, and found significant increases in auto theft and other types of property crimes. Violent crime, however, did not increase. The realignment program was instituted in 2011 by California Gov. Jerry Brown in an effort to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. The plan, known as AB 109, allows non-violent offenders to be...