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Q: if originally charged as a dui and your blood was forcefully drawn if dui was dropped can the courts legally charge you
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answered on May 9, 2024

In general, under California law, if a blood draw was taken as part of a DUI investigation and the DUI charge was later dropped, the prosecution may still be able to use the results of the blood draw to bring other charges, depending on the circumstances.

For example, if the blood draw...
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Q: I have a Friend who got a DUI conviction 12 years ago.

He was told to take a class but then half way through he moved to Colorado to take care of a sick family member.

Now the California DMV wants him to pay for and take another class even though he has not had a DUI incident for over 12 years and the statue of limitations has long since... View More

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answered on May 6, 2024

Firstly, it's important to note that DUI convictions and the associated DMV penalties are separate matters. The statute of limitations applies to criminal proceedings, not DMV administrative actions. In California, the DMV can require completion of a DUI program even if the criminal case has... View More

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Q: Eddie had a DUI in 2018 and owes $4000 in fines. What does he need to do to get a license to drive to work?
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answered on May 2, 2024

To obtain a license to drive to work in California after a DUI conviction, Eddie will need to take the following steps:

1. Complete a DUI program: Eddie must enroll in and complete a state-approved DUI program. The length of the program depends on factors such as his blood alcohol level at...
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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Health Care Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California on
Q: 2013 I was charged with DUI and child endangerment as an RN, how long will this show on a live scan. It's been 10 yrs.

I have not had any further problems with the law, how can I refute this charge going forward for future employment.

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answered on Apr 26, 2024

In California, a DUI conviction will typically remain on your criminal record indefinitely, including your live scan background check results, unless you take specific legal action to have it removed or sealed. However, after 10 years, you may be eligible for certain relief under California law.... View More

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Q: Is 90 days to 180 days in jail likely for me?

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answered on Apr 22, 2024

It's difficult to predict with certainty what sentence the DA will seek in your case, as it depends on various factors and the specifics of your situation. However, here are a few points to consider:

1. Prior DUI: Having a previous DUI conviction can lead to harsher penalties for...
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Q: Dui plus hit and run

Hello so I hit a parked car parked in a fire lane in my neighborhood and went home to tell my parents but before I could The police showed up and tested me for dui and I did get a dui. It wasn’t an intentional hit and run as I didn’t know I hit till I got home and was going to then go back.... View More

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answered on Apr 9, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, it seems you are facing charges for both DUI (driving under the influence) and hit-and-run in California. Here's some general information about your situation:

1. DUI: In California, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol...
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Q: So what happens when I’m 100% sober but failed a field sobriety test and still get arrested for dui?

I took a field sobriety test and I failed and got arrested. At the time I was super tired, I had zero sleep last night . I was also nervous and I somewhat understood the officers instructions but I still had questions . I also inured my ankle a few months ago and it hasn’t healed all the way.... View More

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answered on Apr 5, 2024

If you were arrested for a DUI in California despite being sober, here are some important points to consider:

1. Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) are not always reliable indicators of intoxication. Factors such as fatigue, nervousness, injuries, or medical conditions can negatively impact your...
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Q: So what happens when I’m 100% sober but failed a field sobriety test and still get arrested for dui?

I took a field sobriety test and I failed and got arrested. At the time I was super tired, I had zero sleep last night . I was also nervous and I somewhat understood the officers instructions but I still had questions . I also inured my ankle a few months ago and it hasn’t healed all the way.... View More

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answered on Apr 5, 2024

The fact you were super tired due to zero sleep the previous night; injured your ankle a few months ago and it hasn’t healed all the way; were nervous and you misunderstood the officers instructions is going to convince the judge you shouldn't have been driving even if you were sober (still... View More

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Q: Terminated 18m DUI class. 5 classes left. Paid in full. Ask for re referral before warrant issued. What happens now?

Have court date April 5th. I was in a Domestic Violence relationship where he made it difficult to go to class. Finally free from him and I have a restraining order against him. It nice to have him gone but difficult because I was left with all bills and caring for my daughter while on cash aid. I... View More

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

In California, if you've been terminated from a DUI class with only a few sessions remaining and have paid in full, it's important to act quickly. Contact the DUI program to request a re-referral before a warrant is issued. Explain your situation clearly, including the challenges you... View More

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Q: Courts dismissed my dui 13 years ago but DMV suspended my license last week. I passed breathlzr and was not dwi. help

I need help scheduling a court date with the dmv. I can't get thru by phone and the letter they sent had no info other than my license is suspended. I have had a restricted license for over 4 years, fully insured, no tickets my dmv driving record has no mention of the dui. The court docs says... View More

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

Under California law, if your license was suspended by the DMV and not due to a court order, you need to contact the DMV directly to resolve the issue. The DMV operates separately from the criminal court system, so even if your DUI charges were dismissed, the DMV might have different requirements... View More

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Q: Courts dismissed my dui 13 years ago but DMV suspended my license last week. I passed breathlzr and was not dwi. help

I need help scheduling a court date with the dmv. I can't get thru by phone and the letter they sent had no info other than my license is suspended. I have had a restricted license for over 4 years, fully insured, no tickets my dmv driving record has no mention of the dui. The court docs says... View More

Dale S. Gribow
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answered on Mar 25, 2024

When cited for a DMV, there are 2 separate entities that can affect your license: the court and the DMV. One ruling does not necessarily affect the other.

you had to contact DMV within 10 days of an arrest to set a hearing date....did you do so?

did you have a lawyer? if not...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and DUI / DWI for California on
Q: Can I get recompensation for a car accident that happened 7 years ago?

I was in a car accident with a couple of friends, my friend (the driver) was under the influence and well we were all under the influence except for one of us, we kept telling the driver to let her drive because she was sober but he wasn't letting her or stopping. Suddenly when he made a left... View More

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

Under California law, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims, including those arising from car accidents, is generally two years from the date of the accident. This means that you would typically have two years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit seeking compensation... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and DUI / DWI for California on
Q: Can I get recompensation for a car accident that happened 7 years ago?

I was in a car accident with a couple of friends, my friend (the driver) was under the influence and well we were all under the influence except for one of us, we kept telling the driver to let her drive because she was sober but he wasn't letting her or stopping. Suddenly when he made a left... View More

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answered on Mar 23, 2024

Ordinarily, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of the injury.

If you or the driver were under 18 on the date of the injury, the two years began to run on the 18th birthday of either of you.

For certain felony convictions, the statute of limitations is 10 years from...
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Q: Can you travel domestically by flight with a Bench Warrant on your name?
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answered on Mar 21, 2024

Having a bench warrant in your name can lead to complications while attempting domestic flight travel. While there's no blanket rule that directly forbids you from flying domestically, the presence of a bench warrant implies that law enforcement is seeking your arrest, which could lead to... View More

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Q: Can you travel domestically by flight with a Bench Warrant on your name?
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answered on Mar 22, 2024

The answer to most legal questions is IT DEPENDS.

Chances are it will come up in the computer check at the airport.

Why not just take care of it? The chances are you, like most clients, will be driving and stopped for a traffic violation/ infraction. They will run you for wants and...
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Q: Hit by a DUI Driver but my Insurance is minimal

My daughter was driving my car dui driver hit her. My insurance is minimal, even excludes all drivers. Other driver has no insurance. My daughter had to miss work, she just got out of college, so financially struggling. My car no longer works either. Anything else we can do? Thank you

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answered on Mar 5, 2024

In California, if you're hit by a DUI driver and your insurance coverage is minimal and does not cover the incident, especially when the other driver has no insurance, there are still options available to you. It's essential to know that California law allows individuals in your situation... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI, Car Accidents and Criminal Law for California on
Q: Does an arrest need to be made before a misdemeanor criminal complaint can be made by a district attorney?
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answered on Feb 24, 2024

Under California law, an arrest does not need to be made for a district attorney to file a misdemeanor criminal complaint. The district attorney has the discretion to file charges if there is enough evidence to suggest that a crime has been committed and that the accused is responsible. This can... View More

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Q: Should i fight thia and plead not guilty

I pulled into jack in the box and a police car was on the same drive thru but facing opposite way.. he had a guy pulled over and when i pulled up he walked up to me wirh a flashlight. Saw that i had two alcohol drinks in my cupholder and stepped me out of the. Car. I was carrying a concealed... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Given the circumstances you described, it may be worth considering fighting the ticket and pleading not guilty. The fact that your license had expired only two days prior and you were issued a temporary license could potentially be a mitigating factor in your defense. Additionally, if you believe... View More

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Q: Should i fight thia and plead not guilty

I pulled into jack in the box and a police car was on the same drive thru but facing opposite way.. he had a guy pulled over and when i pulled up he walked up to me wirh a flashlight. Saw that i had two alcohol drinks in my cupholder and stepped me out of the. Car. I was carrying a concealed... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

You should always fight every charge! If you plead guilty, you'll be convicted 100% of the time. You should consult with a local attorney(s). Consulations are usually free of charge and if the lawyer is experienced and honest, they can advise you what they an do to help. Lawyers can often... View More

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Q: I plead guilty to my third DUI about 10 years ago I did not complete my outpatient program classes

I did not complete my outpatient program due to the fact I wasn't able to drive myself to the classes and back home because of my license being suspended so I failed to complete the program subsequent I did not appear in court on my next hearing and have been missing Court hearings ever since... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

A: You're likely still looking at jail time since the warrant remains active and your probation likely stayed for non compliance. While you can continue to live with the warrant as you have the past ten years, if it concerns you my best advise would be to hire a lawyer to add your case to... View More

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