Cannabis and Marijuana DUI Charges
Marijuana DUIs are not new. Although, California recently legalized marijuana – police officers have been arresting people on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana for decades. The California Vehicle Code describes several instances where it is unlawful to drive under the influence of any controlled substances – including,...Read More
DUI and Child Endangerment
If a child under the age of 14 years was a passenger at the time you were arrested for a DUI, you will be subject to an additional two days of jail time under California Vehicle Code section 23572.
If the this is your second offense within ten years, the child endangerment enhancement adds ten additional days in jail. If this is your second or third DUI within...Read More
Cases at the Pleasanton Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice
As DUI defense and criminal defense attorneys in the Bay Area, we find ourselves at the Pleasanton Gale-Schenone Courthouse very often.
Quick entry. This courthouse has one of the fastest entries in all of California. Even at peak times, you can get to your court room in under ten minutes. Even the parking is great with plenty of...Read More
Cases at the San Jose Hall of Justice
As DUI defense and criminal defense attorneys based in San Jose, we have an intimate understanding with DUI cases at the Hall of Justice in San Jose. This office appears at the Hall of Justice (also known as “the HOJ”) at least a few times per month.
Get to court 60 minutes early. It is probably best to point out the painfully obvious:...Read More
Alternative Programs to Jail Time
Nobody wants to go to jail, and your attorney should know how to keep you out of jail. Depending on the crime you are charged with, your attorney may be able to argue for jail alternative programs that eliminate or limit jail time.
These are among the most common alternative sentencing programs:Sheriff’s work alternative program (SWAP). This is...Read More
The Decision to plead “Guilty” or “No Contest” can Effect Subsequent Civil Cases in California
We live in a litigious society where civil law suits commonly follow criminal cases. Pleading “guilty” or “no contest” can have an effect on a subsequent civil case relating to your criminal matter. A jury verdict, or a plea of...Read More
How to Find the Best DUI Defense Attorney
The following holds true if you’re looking for a criminal or drunk driving defense attorney in San Jose, or any other city in California. The most effective way to find the best attorney is to ask him or her the following questions.
Ask how many jury trials they’ve had. Criminal law involves heavy trial work. Taking a case to jury...Read More
What to do when you have to go to court for the first time
Court dates at the Hall of Justice tend to sneak up on people. If you have a court date tomorrow, and you don’t have an attorney, then this article was written for you.Get to court early. The doors at the Hall of Justice open at 8:30am. If you are late to your first court date, you run the risk of the Judge issuing an...Read More
What to do after you get arrested for a DUI
Getting arrested for a DUI in the Bay Area can be a scary experience, especially when you are unsure what will happen next.
Here’s a rundown of what your first steps should be after a DUI arrest:
1.Call the Bay Area Law Center: Although defendants (ie. people going to court to fight a DUI charge) have the option of representing themselves,...Read More