November 20, 2017

Driving With a Suspended License in Sacramento

Most people have been pulled over at some point for some kind of traffic violation. Well, some people are ready to pay the fine right away, while others are looking for an attorney to speak on their behalf and there are those who are looking to make sure that the case will continue until they will have the money to pay the fines. But, what happens if you cannot find the money to pay the fine or perhaps hire a qualified legal representative? After all, people these days are always busy and constantly in a rush, trying to deal with their issues and problems at work, so not all of us have the time or the money to pay such fines as quickly as possible.

California DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) is stating that the suspension of one’s driving privileges implies that you will be unable to drive and your license will not be valid and this can happen for a number of reasons: for instance, should you fail to appear in court after you have received a traffic citation or if you did not pay the fine for failing to appear in court or if you do not have the proof of car insurance or even if you have failed to pay the necessary child support payments. Furthermore, if you were caught operating your vehicle while intoxicated or physically and mentally in a condition that does not allow you to drive safely, expect to lose your driving privileges for a long time.

With that said, not that long ago a study appeared that demonstrated that nearly one in six people who lost their driving privileges did so because they could not pay the expensive fines, and the situation does not help the state either. After all, nearly four million people were unable to find the money to pay for increasing fines. And, of course, poor people will be pressed even deeper into poverty, while the state does not get any money from them wither. It is a no win situation for everyone – that much is certain.

A suspended license may well cost a person his or her job, driving people into poverty. After all, not everyone has the possibility of utilizing local transport systems. Furthermore, the suspension of driving privileges does not only affect a person’s job – people’s credit ratings will be affected as well. In addition, if you have failed to pay the fines initially, you need to pay them in full prior to initializing a court hearing to reinstate your driver’s license, which also poses a huge problem for people these days.

When it comes to driving with a suspended license, the prosecution will need to prove that you were actually operating your vehicle knowingly and that you were well-aware of the fact that your license was suspended. Penalties for driving with a suspended license also vary from imprisonment in county jail for a couple of days and up to genuinely expensive fines for multiple infractions – thousands of dollars from your very own pocket. Your license may also be suspended for a different period of time – from 30 days all the way up to a year, if the offense was serious enough.

One way or the other, if you or your loved ones were charged with driving with a suspended license, it would be best and highly advisable to get in touch with a qualified Sacramento DUI lawyer who will help you make the most from the scenario. That way, you will be able to get all the legal help and support you need to ensure that your license is reinstated.

John Williams, ESQ
The Sacramento DUI Specialists

October 8, 2017

Sacramento DUI Case And Miranda Rights

We have all seen and heard it a million times now. Miranda Rights are essential when a law enforcement officer arrests someone. It is basically a warning that the suspect will need to hear before being questioned by the police. That way, the defendant will get a chance to remember his or her legal rights and that they are protected by the Fifth Amendment of US Constitution. Furthermore, the case will be dismissed in court if the arresting officer did not issue that Miranda warning to begin with, which could be used by the attorneys to the defendant’s benefit.

With that said, it is important to understand that law enforcement officers themselves do not have the right to convict or charge a person just because they believe that he or she was driving under the influence. The police are there to arrest you. Case files will then be redirected to the prosecutors who determine if there is enough evidence for the case to go to court. The prosecutors determine if a person is guilty or not. Hence, it is very important, crucial even, to make sure that you have a qualified, experienced legal representative by your side all the way through the legal process. Furthermore, it is also important to keep in mind that you should not talk to the police or answer any of their questions during the time of the arrest. Anything that you do say may and will be used against you in a court of law. Just remember your legal right to ask for an attorney as soon as possible. Only a genuinely qualified lawyer will have what it takes to ensure you are progressing in the right direction.

A good DUI attorney will get in touch with the law enforcement department as soon as possible and will begin to collect all the evidence that would help with case dismissal. This is why it is so crucial to hire a skillful lawyer with plenty of experience as they will be familiar with the police department and how it operates. Some of those attorneys also have managed to establish positive working relationships with the police and will therefore get what they need quicker.

Hence, the attorney will review what has occurred during the time of the arrest. Furthermore, he or she is also going to establish if there was any probable cause for the law enforcement officer to pull you over in the first place. The lawyer will be looking for loopholes that could allow you to avoid a harsh legal sentence or will get the case dismissed right there and then.

The legal representative will get in touch with the prosecutors as well. That way, he or she will have a chance to inform the prosecution about all the evidence, which is pretty much useless and does not correspond with legal requirements. The attorney will inform the prosecution that filing any formal charges against that person is not merely a waste of time – it is also a huge waste of resources. This is why a good lawyer can handle things quickly – s/he would have an established working relationship with the prosecutors as well.

Given just how devastating DUI charges may be, odds are, you are interested in avoiding any dangerous legal consequences. After all, you risk losing your driver’s license for a very long time, and all of the hefty fines. You may be required to attend special alcohol or drug awareness classes, and perform community service. Moreover, you could be required to install an ignition interlock device inside your vehicle. Finally, if someone got hurt or you damaged some property, there is a real chance that you will be sentenced to county jail or even state prison, depending on the circumstances.

Hence, the need for a qualified and experienced DUI legal representative is pretty obvious and you will have to get in touch with a good law firm with an impeccable reputation to ensure that everything possible is done to help you avoid the harsh consequences. A good attorney will have what it takes to negotiate the sentence or even to get the case dismissed, which are great results so you have to make sure that the lawyer knows what he or she is doing.

John Williams, ESQ

September 25, 2017

Driving Under The Influence In California

Driving under the influence of alcohol or any illegal substances is never a good idea. You are not just putting yourself in danger. Do not forget about your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians – they are all at risk as well. Driving under the influence in the state of California is even worse, since the state applies some harsh legal penalties to DUI drivers.

When a person is charged with a DUI in California, there are two basic things that the prosecution will need to prove beyond any reasonable doubt. First of all, whether a person was actually driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and second – whether his or her BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) was equal or surpassed the .08% threshold. While these two things may seem to be quite easy to prove, in truth, it is a whole lot more challenging.

First, the prosecution will need to prove that a person was actually operating the vehicle – driving it during the time of the accident – and while it may seem like the simplest task, it really is not. Of course, in some cases, the law enforcement officer was present at the scene and actually witnessed how the offender was operating the vehicle. In this case, the officer will be summoned to court to prove this. However, this is not always the case. At times, the law enforcement officers arrive on the scene after the accident took place and therefore cannot say for certain if the offender was actually operating the vehicle.  They were called by witnesses who claim they may have seen how a person was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Of course, proving the driving factor will be a whole lot more challenging in such a case and both the defense and the prosecution could use this fact to their benefit.

The next thing that the prosecution will need to prove would be the fact that the offender was actually driving under the influence of alcohol or some kind of illegal substances, nd this is where things could get tricky. After all, under the California laws, driving under the influence may occur if a person’s mental and physical abilities are affected by alcohol or drugs in such a way that they are no longer capable of controlling their actions, make responsible decisions and act as a sober person would in the very same situation.

The prosecution will try and prove that you were under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances through the arresting officer’s testimony. He or she will tell the court about how you were operating the vehicle, how you acted on the road, and what your reaction was when you were pulled over. Furthermore, the arresting officer will elaborate more on your ability to answer his or her questions as well as to perform the field sobriety tests. Finally, the prosecution will also want to demonstrate the BAC test results that would indicate that your Blood Alcohol Content was equal or surpassed the .08% legal threshold.

Needless to say, every single DUI case is different and this is one of the many reasons why you should get in touch with a qualified, experienced Sacramento DUI attorney to ensure you are not be facing the harshest legal penalties. And these could be quite severe indeed – expensive fines, pricey insurance, mandatory alcohol or drug awareness classes, the need to perform community service, installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, as well as time in county jail or even state prison, depending on how severe the offense was.

Only a professional Sacramento criminal attorney will have what it takes to approach every different case in an individual manner, taking into consideration all the factors and all the evidence, and using all the available facts to your favor. If you or your loved ones were charged with DUI and you are already doing your very best to ensure you get proper defense, we simply cannot help but recommend that you get in touch with the best lawyers out there as soon as possible, thus giving yourself a fighting chance at winning the case or at least minimizing the sentence.

John Williams, ESQ
The Sacramento DUI Specialists

August 30, 2017

Driver Arrested After a Fatal DUI Accident

The law enforcement authorities reported that a drunk driver was arrested for a case of gross vehicular manslaughter. The driver was driving at a very high speed and lost control, heading straight into oncoming traffic. This resulted in a head-on collision and the driver caused a fatal accident.

According to a witnesses, the offender was speeding at 80 mph in a residential area. The driver of another vehicle was killed on the spot. The offender was fine – he only fractured his leg and received a head trauma. He was then taken into custody by the law enforcement officers who arrived on the scene. The offender was found to be driving under the heavy influence of alcohol.

There are two main categories for vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence – with gross negligence or without it. The California Supreme Court defines gross negligence as: “gross negligence is the exercise of so slight a degree of care as to raise the presumption of conscious indifference to the consequences……The test is objective: whether a reasonable person in the defendant’s position would have been aware of the risk involved.” If an individual was convicted for gross vehicular manslaughter, he or she may be facing from 4 to 10 years in a state prison. If a person was convicted for intoxicated vehicular manslaughter and without any gross negligence, he or she may be sentenced to up to one year in a county jail if it is a misdemeanor. If it is a felony, the individual will be sentenced to up to 4 years inside the state prison.

When trying to figure out if gross negligence was involved in an accident, the court takes several factors into consideration. These will include the blood or breath alcohol test results, the way in which the driver was operating the vehicle, and whether or not the individual was previously convicted for a DUI offense. For the above-mentioned case, the very fact that the driver was driving at a high speed in the residential area is going to play a major role in the prosecution’s strategy.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or any drugs is never a good idea. After all, you are not just putting your own life in danger, you are also endangering the lives of people around you – your passengers, other drivers, and even pedestrians.

Law enforcement authorities are not taking DUI offenders lightly. On the contrary, they are using harsh legal penalties to ensure that such accidents don’t take place in the future. Hence, the legal consequences may be quite severe and it doesn’t really matter if it is a major felony or a misdemeanor. One way or the other, you are going to lose your driver’s license, you are going to have to pay expensive fines, and you will need to attend DUI classes as well. Furthermore, you may be sentenced to community service and sent to county jail or state prison, depending on how harsh the accident was.

Even if you were in a DUI accident, there is still a chance that you will not have to face all of the above-mentioned consequences at once. You only need to get in touch with a qualified, experienced legal professional to make the most from your defense.

John Williams, ESQ
The Sacramento DUI Specialists

August 11, 2017

Suspected Drunk Driver Killed a Rapper

Dewayne Coleman – popular rapper who was also known as MC Supreme – was killed by a person suspected of driving under the influence. Coleman was with his female passenger, sitting in the parked car, when a pickup truck hit them. Coleman’s car then flipped over and fell on the embankment above the beach. The female passenger was also injured in the crash. The pickup truck went on and slammed into yet another parked vehicle. The driver of the pickup truck was only slightly injured and was afterwards for suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.

While the whole situation was nothing less than tragic, the public’s reaction to it was quite interesting and a bit controversial. Of course, when something like this happens, the first response is purely emotional. Yet, some people are going too far, saying that the suspect should have died in the accident and that the world would really be a better place without him. While it is understandable, let us not forget that the simple fact of presumed innocence is still strong in this country. We do not know whether he was submitted to a blood test or if he driving under the influence to begin with, so let us not jump to any conclusions.

There are also people who just wait for something like this to happen so they can tell us that the legislation on driving under the influence is far too mild and that the penalties should be even more severe than they already are. However, just hold on for one bit – the legislation here is already as harsh as it can be. Miranda Rights are not necessary whenever a DUI offender is arrested: he or she does not have the right to an initial consultation with an attorney. In addition, the DUI offender does not have the right to refuse blood or breath alcohol tests. Furthermore, if there is a warrant, the police will get it done right away. Every individual convicted for driving under the influence must attend special alcohol awareness classes for nine months. If a person or perhaps a group of people were injured or someone died in the accident, there is a pretty solid chance that the defendant will go to prison for many years.

Some are not criminals at all. They simply made some bad decisions. And even if no one got hurt, they will still be prosecuted, but they will learn from their mistakes and will not drive and drink again.

Keep in mind that the law enforcement authorities in some places are more severe and are prosecuting people even if their BAC is slightly below 0.8. Hence, people with 0.7 and even 0.6 BAC are suffering because of those legal penalties as well. If you were prosecuted for DUI, there is pretty much no going back at this point. You are likely to lose your job, your reputation will be ruined, and you will lose your driving license for a very long time.

While drunk driving is unforgivable, it does not mean that everyone driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be deemed as actual criminals. Plus, you know just how hated lawyers are – they protect the rights of DUI defenders. And while it is completely understandable, let us remember one more time about the presumption of innocence and all the legal instruments that we now have to sort the matter out in the very least time possible.

DUI charges can be harsh and pretty detrimental for one’s life. So, if  you or your loved ones were charged with driving under the influence, it is best to get in touch with a qualified, genuinely experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible.

John Williams, ESQ
The Sacramento DUI Specialists

January 31, 2017

Marijuana Driving: Now Legal In California

We all live in a modern society that is slowly and yet inevitably getting rid of all the superstitions as well as prejudice. However, some things still remain unclear. For instance, why are alcoholic beverages as well as cigarettes that contain nicotine are available in just about every store, whereas cannabis that is far from being as detrimental as the above-mentioned substances, is still mostly illegal. After all, alcohol consumption does not only ruin one’s life – it easily ruins the lives of his friends and loved ones. And nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs out there and one that will not let you go easily. On the other hand, we have cannabis. Sure, it has psychotropic effects, but it will not send you to Valhalla, unlike alcohol and will not destroy your lungs completely like nicotine.

One way or the other, the recent news are actually booming with news on marijuana legalization in California. California used to be a state where medical marijuana was legalized long ago and now the state went even further. Although some people may see it as a negative thing, others indicate that after marijuana was legalized in other states, the number of marijuana driving accidents decreased significantly and this really gives hope that it will also be a factor in California.

Nevertheless, California has some very strict laws that refer to driving under the influence of alcohol or any type of psychoactive substances. Yet, there is a nuance – the law does not specify how much cannabis is allowed in one’s blood while he or she is operating the vehicle. Furthermore, it is pretty problematic to establish that limit. Hence, the attorneys are reminding that the DUI laws in this case fall under the “driving with the caution of a sober person” characteristic.

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Yet, a number of states managed to implement the special THC testing that is meant to determine if a person is “driving under the influence of marijuana”. Still, those limitations are actually ridiculous – the amount allowed THC in one’s system is so insignificantly low that it cannot even be distinguished from residual THC after using marijuana in the past. However, California intends to come up with a new kind of testing that will allow to get better and fair results. The initiative is yet to move forward for now. One thing is clear – it is absolutely, 100% legal for a medical marijuana cardholder to be driving around with cannabis, as long as he or she is not driving under the influence of that very substance.

There is also another side of the coin – in San Diego, for instance, the law enforcement authorities are actually boasting that their marijuana DUI conviction rate demonstrated a near 100% increase. In addition, they received nearly $300 000 in fines. Scientists there are also claiming that consuming marijuana in any amounts and then proceeding to operate a vehicle is absolutely detrimental and should be prohibited. Yet, other theories exist as well and they are even delivering some evidence, which is pointing out that driving under the influence of marijuana is even safer than without it.

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Sure enough, whether you are going to get in trouble while driving under the influence of cannabis is completely up to you and your very own manner of driving on the road. It is very important, crucial even, to make sure that you are not speeding, not running the traffic lights and not changing lanes frantically, since those are the most common reasons for car accidents around the country.

Although driving under the influence of cannabis is clearly controversial, some things are far more dangerous for drivers/ For example, the official statistics demonstrate a disturbing tendency – more and more people across the nation are injured or even killed because a driver was texting or talking on his or her phone while operating the vehicle.

One thing is certain – Uber is going to make more money, since more and more people will need to use its services. Furthermore, more and more people will prefer to get a cab instead of Sacramento DUI charges and taxi services are also going to increase their profits.

John Williams, ESQ
The Sacramento DUI Specialists

January 11, 2017

Preliminary Hearing And Everything You Need To Know About It

Before you are going to get to the trial, you are going to go to the preliminary hearing. This basically implies that you are going the trial that will take place before the actual trial. During the time of that hearing, the judge will not be establishing if you are guilty or not. The preliminary hearing is meant to discover if there is enough evidence to go to the trial in the first place. The judge is going to use the so-called “probable cause” standards in order to determine if the case is eligible for the trial. There has to be enough evidence to present to the jury.

Hence, the judge will need to review all the evidence that is going to be provided by the prosecutor. It is the job of the prosecutor to demonstrate that there is evidence pointing out the need for the case to proceed to the trial. The prosecutor will be using all the available evidence, including witness testimonials, police reports as well as any available physical evidence too. On the other hand, your legal representative will need to prove that there is not enough evidence for the case to go to trial. Hence, the lawyer will be able to use witness reports as well, physical evidence and any other crucial facts. Needless to say, not every single case will go to the trial, especially in case that we are talking about a serious felony. There is also the possibility that the jury will resolve the matter and will decide whether the case will need to go to the trial. Finally, do not forget that a plea bargain may help you deal with the matter properly. A good plea bargain may be a better option indeed.

Sure enough, the rules of preliminary hearings may differ from state to state, but one thing is common for every single state – preliminary hearing offers the one of a kind possibility to get the case dismissed before it goes to trial. Therefore, in case that you are hoping to avoid going to trial and wish to minimize the legal damage, you will need to act quickly. This means that you will need to get in touch with a qualified as well as genuinely attorney at the earliest opportunity. A good lawyer will be able to get things done properly – he will know how to approach the judge, the prosecution and the jury if necessary.

Furthermore, avoid using the services of a state attorney – these guys simply do not have the time to devote to your case. A professional lawyer specializing in Sacramento DUI will be able to invest all of his efforts into the case and will make sure that he will do his best in order to get the case dismissed or reduce charges before the trial. He will use the preliminary hearing in order to make the most from your defense and will help you the most.

The Sacramento DUI Specialists

December 13, 2016

Dealing With Serious Traffic Violations

Sure enough, seeing just how many vehicles are driving around the roads and highways all over the nation, it is only natural that traffic violations occur every single day. Hence, it is very important, vital even, to know about the types of traffic violations as well as the most effective ways to protect yourself from them, especially in case you or your loved ones are facing some genuinely serious charges.

With that said, traffic violations have but a single purpose – to protect people from unsafe driving by penalizing them for endangering themselves or people around them. Practice shows that people are less inclined to commit such violations in case they are fearful of getting caught. And vice versa – people are not hesitant to violate traffic regulations in case they are certain that the police will not get them. Here are some examples of the types of traffic violations that will provide you with a better understanding of the notion itself.

First of all, there are two general kinds of traffic violations – moving and non-moving ones. Needless to say, moving violations are being committed when the vehicle is in motion. These may include running the red light, speeding and even driving under the influence. Faulty equipment as well as parking infringements may result in non-moving violations. These generally include excessive muffler noise, broken taillights, parking in the non-parking zone, parking in front of a fire hydrant and so on.

A lot of people do not realize that, but the parking tickets that they get are simple minor offenses. These are also known as infractions. These infractions do not imply any criminal charges and you will not risk facing jail, you will not need to be trialed by jury – you will only need to pay small fines and nothing more.

On the other hand, there are also the speeding tickets. Now, these are totally different and may easily involve expensive fines, trial by jury as well as even jail time in some more serious cases. Speeding tickets are issued for what is known as the “strict liability” offense. This means that an individual will be convicted regardless of whether he had any criminal intents or not. The only thing that is necessary to convict him or her is the fact that the act was committed. These offenses may well include:

  • Turning into the incorrect lane
  • Failing to yield to other vehicles
  • Speeding
  • Not using the turn signals properly

Of course, some of the traffic violations are a whole lot more serious than others. Some of those are much more serious than the simple infractions and may well be viewed as misdemeanors or even felonies, depending on the circumstances of the violation.

First and foremost, excessive speeding as well as reckless driving are most certainly serious traffic violations. Reckless driving implies that a person was willfully and knowingly driving in a way that was endangering other people around him – other drivers, their passengers as well as the pedestrians. Even though speeding on its own is not reason enough to charge a person with reckless driving, in case that person was speeding AND driving in an aggressive manner, frantically changing lanes, ignoring traffic lights, driving on the wrong side of the road and so on, he or she may be convicted in line with some serious charges. In case you will be convicted for reckless driving, there is a chance that this conviction will remain in your criminal records, you will lose your driving privileges and will be sentenced to spend time in county jail.

In addition, do not forget that driving around without the insurance is also a serious traffic violation as well. Hence, in case you will fail to present the insurance to the law enforcement officer that pulled you over, you will risk losing your driving privileges and will get a traffic ticket. However, depending on the location where you were pulled over, there is a chance that you will be able to avoid the most serious penalties by proving that you actually have the insurance within a certain amount of time. Still, failing to present insurance on the spot may imply hefty fines and traffic tickets as well.

Moreover, do not forget that it is also to carry your license with you all the time as well. However, when it comes to lack of license, there are two types of violations as well – correctable one and the willful one. In case you simply forgot your driver’s license home, you will get a so-called “fix it” ticket, which implies that you will need to prove that you have it within a certain amount of time. Yet, in case you were driving with a suspended or revoked license, it will be a willful violation. In most cases, the license is suspended or revoked due to DUI charges and this means that you are breaking the law. Hence, you may be arrested, taken into custody and charged with a misdemeanor offense.

Sure enough, in case you or your loved ones were charged with a serious traffic violation and you do not want to lose your license or get a criminal record, it is important to use your legal right for an attorney and to get in touch with a qualified as well as genuinely experienced Sacramento criminal defense attorney at the earliest opportunity. Call our law offices at (877) 870-4087 or fill out online contact form.

The Sacramento DUI Specialists

 

October 19, 2016

Prescription Drugs In The Modern Society

Illegal drugs were always deemed as somewhat of a curse of the lower class members of the modern society. People are used to believe that these drugs are used only by those individuals, who have very poor living conditions and by those who no longer may be considered people at all.

Well, it is pretty ironic, seeing how the drugs that are now being deemed as illegal were sold in pharmacies all over the nation only over a century ago. That is right – cocaine, morphine, heroine – all of those terrible, detrimental as well as habit forming drugs were used as painkillers and nerve calmers. Doctors used to prescribe those drugs to a large number of patients and their side effects were all considered relatively few and mild. Then again, there was time when the doctors were sure that cigarette smoking helps you in clearing the lungs. As a result, the society was creating new drug addicts who could not live without a new dose of their favorite remedy. And of course, being under the influence of drugs while driving, it is considered as DUI offense.

With that said, it just goes to show that even the most qualified and experienced healthcare professionals can be wrong as well as genuinely negligent. Unfortunately, people these days are also suffering from a similar situation. We are, of course, talking about all sorts of prescription drugs that results in hundreds of deaths every day.

Indeed, these days it is quite fashionable to be using prescription drugs. Just about every single housewife is using Xanax to “calm her nerves”. Everybody is doing it, so why not try. After all, those prescription drugs are often used by the society’s pop idols along with things like Vicodin, Oxycodone and OxyContin. Young people are attracted by those “remedies”, since their idols are constantly saying that they would not be able to live without those.

Are Prescription Drugs Problem To The Society?

However, those prescription drugs are not only the problem of the modern generation. Too many senior individuals have a habit of misusing their prescription drugs. The official statistical data clearly demonstrates that nearly 300 000 elderly people are misusing prescription drugs and this causes significant health related problems. Too many healthcare professionals are either too negligent or unwilling to look for more complex ways of dealing with health related issues. Instead, they are prescribing all those drugs in order to deal with a huge variety of conditions – from joint pain and up to depression.

So what are the main factors that lead to heavy drug abuse as well as consequent addiction? Who is to blame and what may be the solution to this genuinely disturbing problem?

Well, first of all, those drugs are readily available in just about any pharmacy on the market. Once again, the doctors are quite quick at prescribing the drugs even to those people, who do not need them as badly. And the people themselves are led by a simple logic – the drug was prescribed by a healthcare expert, it was issued to me by a pharmacist, so it must mean that the drug is 100% effective and safe.

Furthermore, you will be genuinely surprised after you will find out just how many senior individuals are suffering from severe prescription drug addiction these days. With age, people are starting to suffer from all kinds of pain that may make your life unbearable. Of course, you will go to the doctor in search for help. Too bad that most doctors will not be looking for serious ways of helping you and will stick to the more immediate solutions. Elderly individuals are getting prescription drugs, but over some time their organism develops a tolerance, so they need higher doses of the drugs in order to feel good, which leads to severe addiction – it is very disturbing, since all illegal substances work in this way.

Prescription drugs may prove to be genuinely dangerous for the people, who never used to think of themselves as drug addicts. For example, OxyContin or simply Oxy was known as the “hillbilly heroin”, since it was used by a number of Appalachian communities. It was one of the largest problems for the law enforcement authorities. However, over time, Oxy became more expensive due to bigger demand. Yet, a lot of Oxy users figured out that heroin has the absolute same effect, but does not cost as much. Hence, Oxy turned into a real gateway drug for people, who were successful in the community. We are talking about attorneys, law enforcement officers, doctors. When some of those people were in the detox they were asked how they come to this and why they started using heroin in the first place? The answer was simple – prescription drugs were at the root of the problem.

What Is Triplicate Prescription Program?

A lot of governmental authorities were trying to handle the issue, but California went a bit further – the Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP) was created back in 1939. It was collecting information regarding the so-called Schedule II drugs. These are the most common prescription drugs, such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Hydrocodone and others. In 1999 the CURES program replaced the TPP initiative. CURES (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System) is a special database of all Schedule II-IV controlled prescription drugs. Furthermore, California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was introduced in 2009 as a client oriented component of the CURES> Both programs are meant to fight against prescription drug abuse and to serve as the most reliable sources of investigative as well as research information regarding prescription drugs in California.

One way or the other, if you are going to be willing to look a little bit closer to the issue – the problem of prescription drug abuse in America, you will be able to understand that it is largely based on all the core American values – we are all used to finding quick solutions to our problems and we are looking for the most rapid and convenient results. This, however, does not justify all the means we deem as necessary.

John Williams, ESQ
The Sacramento DUI Specialists

September 12, 2016

What You Need To Know About DUI In Sacramento, California

The long and hard day is finally over, so you are driving your car home dreaming about how you are going to fall asleep in your bed. You take a quick look in the rear view window. A police car is appearing from some distance. Of course, the very first thing that you are going to do is checking your speed. Well, nothing wrong here – you are not surpassing the allowed speed limit. Still, you do not want to leave the things to chance, so you put both hands on the wheel. You were not texting while driving, you have a hands free phone in the car. Everything seems to be fine, so there is absolutely no reason to worry about anything.

Yet, you have forgotten to fix the broken taillight and you only realize it when the police car start signaling you with flickering lights. While you are pulling over to the side of the road, you are trying to remember if everything is in order. Now where did you put your driver’s license again? Is the registration fresh? And what about the insurance? Then your heart starts pounding – you were drinking with your friends tonight. Of course, it was only a couple of beers, but you do not remember what is the legal alcohol limit in Sacramento, CA. You try to explain the situation to the law enforcement officers, but the only thing that they really trust is the breathalyzer. And it already indicates that you were actually drinking and your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) surpasses the established .08% limit. Hence, the officers are acting in line with the law and arrest you for driving while impaired.

With that said, a lot of people believe that they are only going to be stopped for a DUI check in case they will be frantically driving their vehicles. Other individuals get goosebumps only if they hear about an approaching Sacramento DUI checkpoint. Truth be told – it is the little things that may well get you in trouble. Speeding, ignoring the stop signs and even broken taillights may well have you being pulled over by the law enforcement officers, who are consequently going to establish that you were drinking and will have you arrested for DUI.

No doubt, if you are arrested for DUI, you are going to panic. After all, even if it is your first DUI arrest, chances are, you already heard about the possible consequences as well as legal penalties that may well be waiting for you. We are, of course, talking about losing your driving privileges, having to pay expensive fees and fines, community service, alcohol awareness classes, installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle as well as even possible jail time in county jail.

One way or the other, the very first thing that you will want to do in case you were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, is getting in touch with a qualified as well as genuinely experienced attorney. The matter is very serious and you will require expert advice on this one.

There are some things that really matter in cases like this. First of all, you will need to understand whether or not you were legally pulled over. Did the law enforcement officers have the right to stop you? Did they have a reason to? In case there was no reason to pull you over and the law enforcement officers did so nonetheless, any evidence accumulated during this arrest will not be viable in court.

Once you are pulled over and if the officer has reasons to believe that you were drinking, he or she will ask you to step out of the vehicle. This is when the officer is going to be looking for any signs of alcohol intoxication. We are talking about things like unfocused eye contact, slurred speech and so on. The officer may also ask you to submit yourself to the sobriety tests.

It is very important to know that in California, unlike in many other states, in case the law enforcement officer would like you to take the breathalyzer test, it is obligatory for you to submit it or you will have to go to the police station. This is due to the fact that in California you are automatically agreeing to submitting to such tests when you are getting your driver's license. Hence, in case you will refuse, you may lose your license for up to seven months. Furthermore, if it is your second DUI offense and you refused to take the test, your license will be suspended for up to a year.

First time DUI offenders risk having to pay up to $1000 in fines, losing their license for up to 3 months and even having to spend up to 30 days in jail. In addition, there are certain additional fees as well and you may end up paying a lot more.

One way or the other, if you were charged with DUI, you will need to find an experienced lawyer, who had to deal with cases like this one before and who will know how to handle the judge and the prosecutor. Hence, it will be your number one priority to find a great attorney to represent you in court of law.

If you were arrested and charged with drunk driving in Sacramento, Sacramento DUI Specialists will help. Contact Sacramento Drunk Driving Attorney for your free case evaluation.