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The problem with eyewitness testimony

Posted by William Walraven | Jul 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

Eyewitness testimony can be some of the most compelling evidence in a criminal trial. However, they can also be some of the most unreliable forms of evidence because eyewitnesses often remember things differently than they actually happened.  What are the problems with eyewitness testimonies, and...

Tag switching can get you in trouble

Posted by William Walraven | Jul 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

Shoplifting is defined as the willful concealment of retail merchandise. It is not limited to taking an item out of the store without paying for it, which is the most common form of shoplifting. Some people switch tags to pay less for a product than its actual price.  It seems ingenious, but it's...

Why July Fourth is prime DUI season

Posted by William Walraven | Jul 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

The July Fourth holiday weekend is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. When people celebrate this holiday with friends and family, they often like to drink alcohol, and some then drive. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics for 2020 show that alcohol imp...

Can you be charged with possession by association?

Posted by William Walraven | Jun 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

There's an old saying that “one bad apple spoils the batch.” In other words, you should always be careful who your friends are. If you know someone who happens to use drugs — even if it's unknown to you — you could be charged with possession just by being around them.  Here's what everybody shoul...

Is it stealing to keep lost possessions?

Posted by William Walraven | Jun 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

You may be walking down the street when you run across a lost wallet. You open it up and find a few gift cards, a movie ticket and a few twenties. You think to yourself, what harm would come to you if you took the wallet – after all, someone else will just take it if you don't. Some laws consider...

How do police build a possession with intent case?

Posted by William Walraven | May 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

When police officers catch you with prohibited drugs or controlled substances for which you do not have a prescription, they will arrest you and charge you with a crime. Usually, having a drug that you shouldn't will lead to a possession charge. While any drug crime on your record is a serious bl...

How to handle a DUI checkpoint

Posted by William Walraven | May 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

Drinking and driving is a serious problem throughout California. To help eliminate some cases, police and other law enforcement officers set up DUI checkpoints.  If you encounter a checkpoint, it's good to know what you should do and what rights you have.  Don't illegally avoid the checkpoint Whe...

Can you still get in trouble for marijuana?

Posted by William Walraven | Apr 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

You know that marijuana is legal for both recreational and medical use. This is vastly different than things have been in the past – prior to 1996 in California, for medical use – and it means that a lot of minor drug crimes are no longer leading to arrests. But is there anything you should know ...

If you’re drunk, don’t do these things

Posted by William Walraven | Mar 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

There are plenty of myths that tell you what you should do when you're drunk but that could get you into trouble with the law. For example, you probably have heard that you should just sleep off intoxication in your vehicle if you're drunk, but should you? The answer to that is a resounding, “no....

What happens if your teenager receives a DUI?

Posted by William Walraven | Mar 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

Just about anyone who has a teenager worries about what happens when their kids or their kids' friends get behind the wheel of a car. No one wants to think about their teenager getting a DUI, but preparation is essential if it happens.  If a police officer catches your teenager driving under the ...

Could a mysterious illness be the cause of your DUI?

Posted by William Walraven | Jan 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

Imagine this scenario in which one East Coast man unwittingly found himself: Despite not drinking a drop of alcohol, he displayed all the typical signs of intoxication. He became belligerent, slurred his words and even blacked out and didn't remember his words or actions. Despite his being a teet...

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