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July 2017 Archives

Accuracy of field sobriety tests

If you are wondering about how officers determine a driver's intoxication level during a drunk driving arrest process in California, you are not alone. In fact, because enjoying a beer or glass of wine is so common at social gatherings, anyone who has even one beverage and then drives home should understand these things.

How much trouble can tagging get you into?

Many people don't consider vandalism like graffiti or tagging to be a "big crime"; at least not compared to things like drunk driving, drug dealing, or assault. However, you should be aware of the fact that California actually takes vandalism quite seriously, and you could be in for some trouble if you're ever accused of defacing property.

Proposed law could remove some from sex offender registry

A bill has passed in the California Senate that would change the laws regarding sex offender registration. As the Los Angeles Times reports, although the state is typically tough on those convicted of sex crimes, the proposed law would end lifetime registration for sex offenders. Currently, California is one of only four states that require those convicted of sex crimes to register and check in each year for the rest of their lives after leaving prison. The other states are Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. The new law would allow those convicted of lower-level crimes and those deemed not a risk for recidivism to be removed from the list 10 to 20 years after they are released from prison.

What happens if I refuse to take a DUI chemical test?

While it may not seem like a big deal at the time, refusal to take a chemical test when requested to do so during a suspected DUI traffic stop can result in serious penalties. In fact, all charges related to drunk driving can result in serious penalties, no matter what your offense may be, and you would be wise to work to confront these charges effectively.