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What’s a Watson Advisement and why does it matter?

Posted by William Walraven | Oct 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

You know that a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) is serious — and you're pretty sure that you're going to be convicted. You're just hoping that the judge will be lenient. Since it's your first DUI (and, hopefully, your last) you expect fines, probation, a suspended license and a few ot...

What, exactly, makes someone an alcoholic?

Posted by William Walraven | Sep 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Someone with an alcohol use disorder — the term alcoholic is not as common as it once was — may be at greater risk of getting a DUI. They frequently use alcohol, so there is the potential for impairment much of the time that they drive.  However, many people may have this disorder without realizi...

Is keeping lost property theft?

Posted by William Walraven | Sep 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Taking something that is not yours could lead to criminal charges. Yet, sometimes people lose things, and if you do not pick them up, someone else will. If you work in a gym, a nightclub, or public transport, you may encounter lost property while on duty. Your employer should have procedures that...

2 drinking mistakes that increase your risk of a DUI

Posted by William Walraven | Aug 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Most adults who don't have a substance abuse problem can go out for a drink or maybe even two and then drive home safely. However, some people make certain decisions while at a party, restaurant or bar that impact how their bodies process the alcohol that they consume. If you make either of the t...

What happens at a California DUI checkpoint?

Posted by William Walraven | Jul 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

A DUI checkpoint can seem a little like a trap. While you can appreciate the attempt law enforcement is making to help people get home safely, it can be frustrating to be subjected to questions before there is evidence that you did anything wrong. Over the years, there have been many debates abou...

California sobriety checkpoints: Basic considerations

Posted by William Walraven | Jul 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

So-called “probable cause” is a preliminary threshold that must be met before police officers can mandate interaction with a citizen and subject him or her to a criminal search and seizure, right? If you're reading this blog post and nodding your head in the affirmative, consider your view a reas...

Are plea deals a good option?

Posted by William Walraven | Jul 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

When you face criminal charges, it is a stressful and confusing time. On the one hand, you may want a particular outcome, but on the other, you may simply want the situation to be over. Plea deals often prey on people who want to end the situation but may not realize the consequences of accepting...

What is an aggravated DUI in California?

Posted by William Walraven | Oct 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of 0.08 percent is a crime in California. Anyone arrested and charged with a DUI in California faces some of the toughest punishments in the country. License suspension, fines and even jail time are all part of the consequences...

Can I get my California DUI conviction expunged?

Posted by William Walraven | Jan 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

A DUI conviction can lead to multiple adverse life consequences. For instance, it could be more difficult to retain or find new employment. Depending on the circumstances, you can receive an expungement for a DUI conviction in California. DUI expungement is the process of having your DUI convicti...

3 things to know about an under-21 DUI in California

Posted by William Walraven | Dec 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

For adults and teenagers alike, a DUI could have serious life implications. The legal limit in California for an adult 21 years and older is 0.08 percent. However, that limit does not apply to drivers under 21. To combat underage drinking and driving, California has instated stricter DUI laws for...

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