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Van Nuys Court Misdemeanor Procedure

The Van Nuys Court in the San Fernando Valley handles felony, misdemeanor and traffic cases. In this blog, I will discuss the misdemeanor procedures from criminal cases in Van Nuys court. Misdemeanor criminal cases are handled differently than felonies. For felony procedures in Van Nuys court, please see my previous blog here. The Misdemeanor Arraignment In Van Nuys court, misdemeanor arraignments not involving traffic and DUI matters are held in Department 101 on the fourth floor. If the misdemeanor case deals with either a vehicle code violation or the person is charged with driving under the influence, then the arraignment...

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Should I Submit to a Field Sobriety Test?

When an officer of the law pulls a vehicle over for any reason, he or she may ask the driver of that vehicle to take a field sobriety test (FST) and/or a chemical test to determine whether the driver has exceeded the legal limit for alcohol consumption while operating a motor vehicle. In many states, submission to a field sobriety test or chemical test is not technically mandatory and it is common for citizens and even attorneys to recommend against submitting to these tests. In California, however, things are different. Every person who applies for and receives a California driver’s...

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Do You Need a Lawyer for a First Offense?

For anyone who has been arrested and charged with a first-time offense, there is always a lot of fear and anxiety involved. You don’t know what will happen, and may even not know what could happen. You may be uncertain of your rights, or unclear about the charges. Being arrested for a first offense is a nerve-wracking experience, regardless of the circumstances behind it. While judges are often more lenient with first-time offenders, in nearly every case it will be in your best interest to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney and possibly have a lawyer who can represent you...

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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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DUI Arrests Increase with California Crackdowns & Zero Tolerance Programs

More people throughout the state of California are being arrested and charged with DUI, due to increased police presence in the form of sobriety checkpoints, crackdowns, and zero tolerance policies. NBC Los Angeles reports that over the July 4 weekend this year, DUI-related arrests jumped 43 percent compared to the same period last year. For the 2012 holiday, there were 343 suspected drunken drivers arrested in Los Angeles County—while in 2013, authorities arrested 490 people on suspicion of driving under the influence. These arrests spanned 48 hours, from midnight Thursday, July 4, to midnight Saturday, July 6. On Wednesday, July...

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NTSB Urges States to Lower Drunk Driving Limit to .05

With talk of lowering the legal blood alcohol limit, the federal government is considering offering incentives to states that lower the legal limit to .05 from the current level of .08. By lowering the legal alcohol limit, the government hopes to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving. The suggestion to lower the legal limit came from The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). If the legal limit is reduced to .05, that would mean an average 170 male would be close to the DUI limit after drinking about three beers and a woman weighing around 120...

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Misdemeanors: Nothing to Play Around With

Misdemeanors are typically considered “minor” crimes; however they should be taken seriously. Being convicted of a misdemeanor can have serious consequences that can drastically affect a person’s life. For example, even a misdemeanor charge can carry a maximum punishment of up to a year in jail. Even though a misdemeanor may not carry the same consequences as a felony, they should be taken just as seriously. In this blog, we will discuss misdemeanor offenses in the state of California. Standard misdemeanors, which include petty theft and being drunk in public, are punishable by up to six months in county jail...

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Los Angeles County Revs Up DUI Checkpoint Activity

Los Angeles County law enforcement has been ramping up its DUI checkpoint activity lately, just in time for the holidays. This year marks the eighth consecutive year that the county has been awarded money to implement more DUI checkpoints. It has been reported that the county has received approximately $450,000 to combat drunk driving through September 2013. Tonight, DUI checkpoints will be set up at: Little Armenia / East Hollywood DUI Checkpoint – Vermont at Santa Monica Blvd, 8p-2a Los Angeles (Pico-Union) DUI Checkpoint – Vermont at Pico, 8p-2a Santa Clarita – undisclosed location, 6p-2a Lancaster – undisclosed location, 6p-2a...

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DUI 101: THINGS EVERY PERSON SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE CHARGES

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In this blog Vitaly B. Sigal discusses common issues and concerns in a DUI case.