How to Hire the Right Attorney

Hiring an attorney can be an unnerving experience and is the last thing you want to be trying to do when you find yourself in need of one. The following list provides a few questions and guidelines to assist you when hiring an attorney. There are no hard and fast rules, just questions to ask to find out if he or she is the right attorney for you. 1. When you call to hire an attorney, do you get to Read More

Are You Proposition 47 Eligible?

On November 4, 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47, which reduces specified felonies to misdemeanors, creates a new offense for shoplifting and allows re-sentencing of certain convicted felons. Proposition 47 is retroactive in application, meaning that any offenses that occurred prior to the November 4, 2014 passage date are still entitled to such relief. Further, any persons currently incarcerated and serving sentences due to plea bargain of an enumerated offense are eligible for relief pursuant to Proposition 47. Effectively, Proposition Read More

Top 10 Things to Do or Not to Do When Pulled Over for DUI

1. Pull Over Immediately When being pulled over by a law enforcement officer, the reasonable and prudent thing to do is to pull over in a safe place and in an expeditious fashion. Do not coast to a stop. Sometimes an officer will employ the intercom system in their squad car to direct you where to pull over. If this happens, pay attention and listen for instructions. If you find yourself in a situation where you do not feel you Read More

What are Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and Do I have to Participate in them?

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (“SFTS”) were developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or “NHTSA” to assist in the investigation of impaired drivers. Below is a brief description of each test and what “clues” or “cues” of impairment an officer is looking for to determine impairment. 1. Nystagmus Test A. Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus or HGN test is considered the most reliable of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. The HGN test is looking for the Read More

What is Veteran’s Diversion and am I Eligible?

In 2014, the California Legislature passed a bill which created a military diversion program for current and former U.S. military personnel who have been charged with a misdemeanor offense. In essence, the program would allow our U.S. military personnel to participate in a diversion program in exchange for the dismissal of their case. Accordingly, California Penal Code §1001.80 sets forth in pertinent part: “Whenever a case is before a court on an accusatory pleading alleging the commission of a misdemeanor Read More