Some people who get arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol undoubtedly knew they'd had a few too many drinks before they got behind the wheel but decided to gamble they'd get home before they got caught. Others end up shocked that they're being arrested because they were certain that the one glass of wine or beer that they had with dinner wouldn't have put them over the legal limit. [Read More]
Are You Liable For Your Guest? Under Social Host Liability Laws You May Be
Each year over 1 million people are charged with driving under the influence. This number does not even include those who are stopped and not charged, or those who make it home without being caught. While a large number of these people probably have purchased the alcohol they consumed, others were supplied alcohol in the homes of their friends or family during a social event. What many of these hosts may not realize is that by supplying alcohol, and then allowing the intoxicated guests to leave their property, they may be guilty of social hosting. [Read More]
Aiding And Abetting: Getting Criminally Charged Without Committing The Crime
Did you know there are certain cases where you can be criminally charged for a crime without even committing the crime itself? Aiding and abetting is one such phenomenon where you can be held liable for a crime without actually "pulling the trigger," so to speak. You might have recently been arrested and are unsure just exactly what the charges mean. Luckily, in this article you'll learn a bit about the ins and outs of aiding and abetting — how you adequately legally define aiding and abetting, how aiding and abetting differs from conspiracy and what defenses your lawyer might use against your aiding and abetting charges. [Read More]
What Changes Are Coming to California's Traffic Laws?
Although no one enjoys the feeling of seeing red and blue flashers suddenly appear in their rear-view mirror, if you live, work, or frequently travel in California, you may be especially leery of traffic stops. With hefty civil fines and traffic laws that can require payment of these fines before any appeal of the underlying charges, California has long had a reputation as a state unfriendly to traffic defendants. However, this tide may be turning, as recent changes in the law are designed to help traffic defendants exercise their rights while avoiding seizure or suspension of their driver's licenses. [Read More]