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Citizens push back against predictive policing tools

We now live in a data-driven world. Businesses collect, analyze and use countless data points to improve efficiency and reach customers. For the most part, reliance on algorithms and data analysis is beneficial – it makes life better for most people.

Is it Legal to Drink in a Parked Car?

If you are not driving while an officer approached your vehicle, you may be wondering whether or not this may constitute as a DUI. Under Mercer v. Department of Motor Vehicles, you can be convicted of DUI if you are sitting in a parked car, if and only if it can be proven that you were, at one point, driving while intoxicated. If a police officer suspects you of drinking and driving, you will be asked to partake in a number of sobriety tests such as a breath or blood test.

Wet Reckless vs. DUI: What You Need to Know

A DUI charge is not a matter to be taken lightly. If a police officer suspects that your intoxication level exceeds the legal limit, you could be arrested and have your license suspended. However, there is a way to combat this. An outstanding legal team working behind you can help bring the DUI charges down to a wet reckless, protecting you from more severe penalties that can follow a DUI.

Attorney Goodman Comments on New Criminal Defense Legislature

Our very own Attorney Goodman was recently asked to comment on My News LA's investigation of Senate Bills 421, 10, and 620. Despite the opposition from District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who states this new legislation will result in catastrophic consequences, Attorney Goodman disagrees.

5 Steps to Building a Strong Criminal Defense

Being charged with a criminal offense puts a lot on your line - your rights, freedom, and future. Whether it's a DUI, misdemeanor, or serious felony allegation, you face serious penalties upon conviction. If you wish to protect yourself against the penalties at stake in your unique case, you need to fight the charges against you.

4 Ways an Expungement Can Help Your Future

Everyone makes mistakes. For some, those mistakes translate into contact with law enforcement, arrests, criminal charges, and, unfortunately, criminal records. Aside from having to the pay the price of a conviction, including fines and fees, community service, probation, and even possible terms of imprisonment, being convicted of a crime can create a number of collateral consequences that impact one's future and potentially place limitations on their personal and professional success.

DUI & Employment Background Checks: What You Should Know

Being charged with driving under the influence is certainly cause for concern. With California being one of the toughest states on DUI, motorists face serious and sometimes life-altering penalties upon conviction, including exorbitant fines, terms of imprisonment, probation, and more. While criminal penalties should absolutely motivate any accused driver to secure experienced legal representation, it is also important to remember that DUI convictions pose far more than penalties handed down by the criminal justice system.

What California Law Says About Gang Crimes

Organized crime has existed for years, and legislators throughout the nation have passed numerous laws to directly address the threat criminal organizations pose to the public and enable law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to more easily arrest and charge individuals involved in these organizations. The federal government also enforces laws intended to charge and convict gang members.

Is Marijuana Possession a Misdemeanor in California?

California has led the nation in embracing the medical and recreational use of marijuana. Following the state's historic passing of Prop 215 in 1996, which was the first statewide medical marijuana initiative to pass in the U.S., California voters have continually shown their support for rolling back draconian marijuana drug crime laws that originated from America's War on Drugs. Over the years, various measures and laws have been passed to decriminalize and even legalize marijuana in the state of California.

Facing DUI Charges in Orange County After Labor Day Weekend?

Labor Day weekend is a great time to get together with friends and family to celebrate the end of summer. Whether you chose to spend your holiday weekend lounging on the sand in Huntington Beach, adventuring in Anaheim, dining in Newport Beach, or anywhere else in the OC, you may have enjoyed a few drinks. Due to the increase in patrol officers over the three-day weekend, there were numerous DUI arrests throughout Orange County.

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