Can A Lawyer Really Help With DUI?

Facing DUI charges can put yourself and your future in jeopardy as it can put a severe consequence, especially when someone was injured as a result. Since DUI or driving under the influence is a relatively minor offense, DUI cases rarely made the news, and the penalties were limited to DUI classes and fines. However, DUI charges have dramatically changed over the years. Presently, DUI cases carry serious consequences, the possibility of long jail sentences, a large number of fines, and the possibility of your driver's license being revoked. If you have been arrested for DUI, you have lots of questions...

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What Happens To Your Possessions When You Go To Jail?

It's tough to go to prison or be put to jail. The hassle and everything in between can shred significant amounts of time outside preparing for what will happen to your money, bills, possessions, and other concerns. However, even though you are inside the prison, your financial obligations won't go away. On top of that, you still have bills that need to be paid. Imagine you're inside the cell thinking about your bills. In addition, you will no longer have access to your personal or joint bank account, making various financial obligations much more difficult. The government believes that they can...

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How Long After An Accident Can I Be Charged With A DUI?

Find out how long after an accident you can be charged with a DUI. Are there time limits on when a person can be charged with the crime of Driving Under the Influence? Time moves fast when you are having fun. One after another, you take shots trying to catch up with the euphoria in the room. Then you need to drive home, and the next thing you see is the flashing red and blue lights. That's when you realize you hit someone. Driving under the influence is punishable by law. Drunk driving is a negligent act that could cost the lives...

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SB 384 and the Tier system of sex offender registration.

As of January 1, 2021, SB 384 has amended Penal Code section 290 to allow for a tiered system in which sex offender registrants will register either for 10 years, 20 years or life. This replaces the Draconian system in which any sex offense led to an automatic life-time sex offender registration. The Tiers TIER 1 A tier one offender is subject to registration for a minimum of 10 years. A person is a tier one offender if the person is required to register for conviction of a misdemeanor described in subdivision (c), or for conviction of a felony described in subdivision (c)...

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White Collar Crime in Cities Across the U.S.

White-collar crimes, or business crimes, are one of the many categories of crime that we defend at Summit Defense. The FBI characterizes white-collar crime as crimes committed by business and government professionals. The motivation behind these crimes is financial, specifically to obtain or avoid losing money, property, or services or to secure a personal or business advantage. While white-collar crime has become very common and occurs frequently, we were interested to learn more about which cities in the U.S. experience the most white-collar crime. To find out, we collected 2018 data from the U.S. Treasury to determine the number of white-collar...

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A Look at the Number of Private Prisons Across the U.S.

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The existence of private prisons is a highly debated subject in the U.S. today. And while we are not going to get into the specifics of the debate, we did want to provide more insight into the presence of private prisons around the country. To do that, we conducted research to learn where the highest number of private prisons are located and what percentage of each state’s prisoner population is held in them. Read on to learn more about what we found.  A Short History of Private Prisons in the U.S.  Before we get started, we wanted to provide a short history...

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Most Popular True Crime Documentary By State

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These are the Most Searched True Crime Documentaries in Every State There are new true crime documentaries premiering on networks like Netflix, HBO, and Hulu all the time. Documentaries like ‘Making a Murderer’ and ‘Abducted in Plain Sight’ have viewers buzzing. We all have our own opinions on who really killed Teresa Halbach or why Jan Broberg parents continued to let her see Robert Berchtold, but the point is, these documentaries have people discussing the details of the cases and googling facts to determine their opinion on who’s actually guilty in these cases.   As criminal defense attorneys, we find all these...

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The 7 Types of Field Sobriety Tests That You’ll Always Fail

Drinking and driving is never the way to go, but no matter how much you’ve drank, if you’re pulled over, there’s a huge likelihood you’ll fail the sobriety test. Police have 7 ways to determine whether or not you get a DUI, driving under the influence. All 7 ways are designed to ensure failure.   What Is a Field Sobriety Test? Field Sobriety Tests are used by police officers to determine whether or not you have been driving under the influence, DUI. Influence means anything can impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle: any drugs or alcohol. In addition to the term DUI,...

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Sentencing Disparities in Bay Area Counties

Major sentencing disparities can occur in different Bay Area Counties. What a judge sentences an individual to in one county could be vastly different than from what a judge sentences an individual to in another county. The differences in sentencing have a vast monetary effect on both county and California state resources. Whatever affects county and state resources invariably affects taxpayers. It costs more to incarcerate an individual in California than it does in any other state. How does this happen? How can two counties in the same area providesentencing disparities for the same crime?   Two Identical Crime Defendants – Two Different...

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Know Your Rights when speaking to the Police

Nobody believes they’ll ever get arrested. Most don’t even believe a police officer will ever pull them over. It happens, though, which is why you must be prepared even if, fingers crossed, it never happens to you.Do you know your rights, what to say, and what not to say when a police officer approaches you? Check out what to do if this happens to you. What to Do if a Police Officer Approaches You Keep the following in mind: Stay calm and stay put Remember to SC and SP, Stay Calm and Stay Put. Don’t start arguing with the officer. Don’t say anything...

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