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November 2010 Archives

DUI CHECK POINTS: SURVIVAL TIPS

DUI.jpgAlthough the Holidays are when many Police Officers and California Highway Patrol are stepping up their enforcement of Sonoma County DUI checkpoints. Any time of year a Santa Rosa DUI checkpoint can be in place. It's often the off time of year when some folks reckon that they can get away with a few drinks. Avoiding DUI penalties and hefty DUI insurance rate increases.A sobriety checkpoint is a tool that law enforcement use to evaluate random drivers for signs of drug and alcohol impairment. A sobriety checkpoint may be a stop on the road, freeway, or other public road. Law enforcement decides ahead of time what process to use when stopping vehicles (i.e. every fourth car is stopped).Contrary to what many people thing, sobriety checkpoints are legal. In 1990, the United States Supreme Court declared that sobriety checkpoints did not violate citizen's Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure. They decided that when these checks are preformed with minimal intrusion under specified guidelines, the benefit of these checkpoints greatly outweighs the minor intrusion on individual's rights. Each state has adopted laws of their own regarding sobriety checkpoints. Currently, approximately eleven states prohibit the use of sobriety roadblocks; however California is NOT one of the eleven. The most common signs of impairment which are looked for during a sobriety checkpoint stop are:

Social Networking Sites Such as Facebook and MySpace Can Be Your Ex Partner's Worst Nightmare

spy-gear-2.jpgBeing to open on social networks has led to a surplus of evidence in divorce cases. Studies have shown throughout the United States that a growing number of family law attorneys have used or faced evidence pulled from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other social networking sites, including YouTube and LinkedIn, over the last five years. About one in five adults uses Facebook for flirting, according to a 2008 report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. I litigated a child custody case last year where I was able to use a father's adult advertisement on MySpace to obtain a custody order that was very favorable to my client. So the next time you post something on a social network site, you should ask yourself at least one question, whose watching? spy-gear-1.jpg

Aggressively Defending You Against Harmful DUI Charges

Being charged with a DUI or drunk driving conviction can be a frightening and confusing experience. With so much riding on a favorable outcome to your charges, the assistance of an experienced lawyer can be vital to protecting your wallet, your driving privileges and even your freedom.

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