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June 2017 Archives

New law regulates drugged driving

With both medical and recreational marijuana recently becoming legal in California, lawmakers have put regulations into place to keep impaired drivers off of the roads. According to KHTS, Governor Brown signed measures meant to help law enforcement both understand and enforce the laws regarding DUIs and marijuana.

Cell Phones and Search Warrants

As cell phones become an increasingly important possession in everyday life in California and across the globe, understanding their place in a criminal investigation is increasingly important. Since these serve not only as a communication device but also a computer, organizer and address book, the Supreme Court has determined that it is a violation of a citizen's rights to have his or her phone searched illegally.

What is the three strikes law?

As a resident of California who may have gotten in trouble with the law before, it's important for you to be aware of California's three strikes law. Here at Leupp & Woodall, we strive to help you understand this law and how it can potentially have a large impact on your future, especially if you have prior felony convictions on your record. 

Senate passes two sentence enhancement reforms

As mandatory minimum sentences have once again come into favor federally, California is discussing a proposed law to repeal these requirements on some convictions. According to the Los Angeles Times, a bill recently passed the state Senate that would change state laws in regards to sentencing repeat offenders for drug convictions.

What is a felony DUI?

If you have been arrested in California for driving under the influence of alcohol, you may be facing misdemeanor or felony charges. Misdemeanors generally carry more lenient penalties than felonies because they are considered less severe crimes. According to the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, a DUI is generally a felony if you have been convicted of driving under the influence three times before or if during the incident someone was injured or killed. This means that not all felony DUIs will involve injures or accidents.

Can field sobriety tests leave you buried under a DUI charge?

Getting stopped by police under any circumstances can cause you to experience extreme stress. Even if an officer simply wants to inform you of a broken taillight or other minor issue, you may still feel easily overwhelmed. Unfortunately, this sense of anxiety may increase if the officer suspects that you have consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel. If so, an officer may ask you to perform field sobriety tests.