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“Open container” California Laws

March 18, 2018

In almost all U.S. states it is prohibited to drink or carry alcoholic beverages or loose marijuana inside a vehicle. There is a number of laws in California that establish norms for drinking alcohol or possessing an alcoholic beverage while operating a vehicle.  California Vehicle Code section 23222 is the primary code section criminalizing “open containers”. Please click on the links below to go directly to your topic of interest: Penalties for Possessing an Open Container in a Car in California Open Container in A Parked Car in Los Angeles Legal California Defenses for Open Container They are known as California Open Container Laws and determine the following: A driver or passenger must not drink any spirits while in a […]

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Ignition Interlock Device(IID): Requirements, 2019 SB1046 Update

March 12, 2018

This article discusses What is Ignition Interlock Device(IID) and when is it required in California. Click on the links below to go directly to your topic of interest. What is Ignition Interlock Device IID Requirements after a DUI conviction in Los Angeles County How long IID have to be on the car after a DUI in Los Angeles? When Will I have to Install the IID after a DUI in Los Angeles? How to avoid Ignition Interlock Device 2019 Changes to the IID Law In California: SB1046 What is Ignition Interlock Device (IID)? IID is an abbreviation for Ignition Interlock Device and is a device wired to vehicle’s ignition that requires a breath sample from driver before the engine will start. As the vehicle is […]

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California Vehicle Code: CVC 22107

December 15, 2017

This article discusses  California Vehicle Code 22107: Unsafe Lane Сhange. Click on the links below to go directly to your topic of interest. California Vehicle Code 22107 Reason to stop for CVC 22107 What is the cost of 22107 violation in California? How To Fight CVC 22107 Fine in California? California Vehicle Code 22107 (CVC 22107) CVC 22107. No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement. Under CVC 22107, a vehicle can not […]

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DUI DEFENSE: DON’T TALK TO COPS

November 26, 2017

It is hard to find a driver who was never stopped by police in Los Angeles.  Some of these stops by the police result in DUI investigations.  Some of these DUI investigations result in Los Angeles DUI arrests.  How do you avoid a DUI investigation or an arrest?  If you did have something to drink, what do you say or do to increase your odds of fighting your case?  Los Angeles DUI attorneys try to answer one of these questions. Should You Talk To Cops?: NO! The first thing that happens upon a traffic stop is the police officer approaches the driver and starts conversing with him or her.  During that conversation, the police officer will try to smell any […]

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Restitution Hearing and Prosecution in California DUI Cases

November 7, 2017

RESTITUTION PAYMENT IN DUI CASES Any conviction for a DUI can result not only in payment of money to the courts in fines and costs, but it can also result in payment of money to “victims” as part of the compensation for any direct loss that they suffered. In California law, victims are defined broadly but in DUI cases it usually means those who got injured in DUI traffic accidents. If you are convicted of a DUI case you can be ordered to pay thousands of dollars to the victims of a DUI collision to compensate them for all of their expenses. The best way to protect yourself from paying large sums of money to the victims is to fight […]

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California Attorney Faces DUI and Child Endangerment Misdemeanor Charges

April 4, 2017

California attorney Richard Alan Dongell who is on probation because of two misdemeanor charges: drunk driving and child endangerment. The accident happened in August 2013 when Dongell was driving recklessly and caused the collision with another car in Lakewood, California. His two children were in the car with him, but no one got injured. When the police arrived, they found attorney and his children standing next to the car at the nearby gas station. They noticed Mr. Dongell’s unsteady walk, red eyes and alcohol odor. Mr. Dongell had difficulties looking for his driving license, registration and insurance. Mr Dongell denied taking any medication before getting behind the wheel of his car or drinking any alcohol. Police officers asked him to perform […]

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Alcohol and drunk driving interesting facts

March 26, 2017

When you are drunk your reaction is slow, concentration is worse, mobility is weakened, and your ability to drive and react to traffic conditions is reduced.  That is why impaired driving causes so many accidents on the road.  This is why drunk driving results in injuries, property damage, and even deaths. How does alcohol affect people Immediately after consuming alcohol, 20% of the alcohol gets absorbed through the stomach, gets into the bloodstream, and starts to affect a person.  The remaining alcohol gets absorbed through the small intestine and other parts of the digestive tract. Through the blood, alcohol gets throughout the body: the legs, arms, heart, and the brain. As soon as alcohol gets to the brain, you will […]

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New Police Device to nab drivers under the influence of marijuana or drugs in California

March 23, 2017

Drager 5000: New Police Device to Check the Sings of Drug Intoxication San Diego law enforcement officers started using new devices to check if the motorists are driving under the influence of drugs.  The new machine is called Drager Drug Test 5000.  It checks saliva for seven different narcotic substances including marijuana, cocaine, opiates, methamphetamine, amphetamine, methadone and benzodiazepines.  The suspected driver will be asked to provide a small sample of saliva from inside his or her mouth.  The saliva is collected on the sampler by moving it between cheek and gum for a few minutes.  The saliva sample is then placed into the Drager machine which prints out the results of the test.  The results of the test can […]

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Orange County Former City Manager Is Facing Hit-And-Run DUI Charges

March 20, 2017

Joseph Burt Felz, a former city manager of Fullerton, California, could be jailed up to one year in the county jail for allegedly committing two misdemeanor crimes. The alleged crimes are, driving under the influence of alcohol and a hit-and-run causing property damage. The accident happened in one of the neighborhoods of Fullerton city in November 2016, when a car jumped off the road, over a curb, hit a tree, and got stuck in rain gutters near a lawn. A witness called the police and said that she was afraid the driver would run away because he was trying to drive away. The car managed to get free and leave the scene of the accident just before the police arrived. The […]

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Tarzana Suspected DUI Collision with Three Victims

March 18, 2017

March 6, 2017, Tarzana, a small city in Los Angeles, was stunned by the aftermath of DUI crash. An allegedly drunk driver was driving over the speed limit colliding into another vehicle, injuring three people. The suspected DUI driver who drove Honda Civic was traveling at 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. The driver lost control of the car, spun out and crashed into Honda CR-V, parked at the curb. This collision caused a chain reaction, with two more cars being involved in the accident. In addition, one pedestrian got severe injuries and was taken to the hospital. Lastly, the suspected DUI driver had two women with him in the car with both women being injured. One of the […]

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