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NHTSA Looks to Use Ignition Interlock Devices Nationwide to Stop Drunk Driving

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) have been in place in Los Angeles County and three other California counties since 2010, and a bill was signed into law in September mandating that IIDs will be used statewide by 2019. These devices are installed in the vehicles of previous DUI offenders, and prevent the ignition from starting if results on an attached breathalyzer are above legal limits for driving. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to push to have these devices installed in every vehicle in the country—effectively ending drunk driving. In a press release published on December 14, the...

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Overview of Criminal Offenses

If you have been charged with or expect to be charged with a criminal offense, speaking with an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you better understand the charges against you and the potential outcomes associated with those charges. Even before you meet with an attorney, though, it may help you to understand the different levels of criminal offenses in California. These levels include infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies, in ascending order of severity. An infraction is the least serious level of criminal offense, and in most cases is punishable by a maximum fine of $250. The majority of infractions filed...

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California DUI Laws Will Get Stricter in 2019

Drunk driving-related accidents and deaths in California were on the decline in recent years, hitting an all-time low in 2011. That year, MADD reports that only 774 deaths were attributed to drunk drivers in this state. Unfortunately, this decline has now been reversed, and rates of drunk driving have begun to increase steadily. With the signing of a new law in late September, Governor Jerry Brown has mandated much tougher penalties for drunk drivers which will begin in 2019. The new piece of legislation, known as SB 1046, was introduced by Senator Jerry Hill of San Mateo and will expand...