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]

3 Things You Should Know When Fighting A Sexual Assault Charge

If you are being charged with a sexual assault crime and believe you are innocent, you are going to need a good lawyer and a good defense strategy. When you meet with your criminal defense lawyer —like one from Clark & Clark LLC — it's important you to tell him or her your side of the story. From there, your lawyer will begin creating a defense strategy to help you fight this charge. [Read More]