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  • Jan 16, 2018

    Ignition Interlock Devices (IID): A Harsh Penalty for DUI Convictions

    People charged with driving under the influence ( DUI ) in California are often worried about license suspensions , jail time, and steep fines that can be used against them upon conviction. While these are certainly worrisome criminal penalties, many ...
  • Jan 2, 2018

    Recreational Marijuana Laws in California: Legalities & Restrictions

    Thousands of Californians lined up on the night of New Year’s Eve to make their first legal purchases of recreational marijuana sold by state-licensed dispensaries. January 1 st , 2018 marked the date that newly passed legislation allowed people to ...
  • Dec 14, 2017

    New Statutes Going into Effect January 1, 2018 Could Benefit Clients

    Recently, the California legislature has enacted, and Governor Brown has signed, new laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2018. These laws will create several reforms to the California criminal justice system and sentencing procedures, and ...
  • Nov 27, 2017

    Should I Hire a Lawyer If I'm Charged with Just Misdemeanor Crimes?

    The majority of criminal offenses in California and the rest of the United States are divided into misdemeanors and felonies. Most people know that a felony is a serious crime that can bring extreme criminal penalties if convicted. But there seems to ...
  • Nov 13, 2017

    Is Refusing to Take a Blood Test After a DUI Illegal?

    A fairly standard procedure after arresting someone for driving under the influence ( DUI ) in California is taking them back to the police station and attempting to take their blood sample to conduct a blood test. The results of this blood test ...
  • Oct 27, 2017

    DUI & Employment Background Checks: What You Should Know

    When applying for a job, most companies require their potential employees submit to an employment background check in order to determine whether you have a criminal past. Unfortunately, if you have bene convicted of a DUI, you cannot escape this ...
  • Sep 14, 2017

    Your Rights in a DUI Arrest

    The U.S. Constitution regulates a number of different aspects of our society and grants American citizens a number of rights. Among these rights is the right to protection from “unreasonable search and seizure,” or a moderate guarantee of privacy ...
  • Sep 11, 2017

    Labor Day DUI

    How did you spend your Labor Day? This holiday signals the end of summer with an opportunity to relax and enjoy a long weekend, and for many people that means kicking back with friends and enjoying a few drinks. As with many other holidays, alcohol ...
  • Aug 28, 2017

    Am I Eligible For a DUI Expungement?

    If you have been charged with a DUI, you may experience the lasting impact these charges can have. While your DUI charges will be removed from your DMV record after 10 years, the charges will remain on your criminal record for life. These long ...
  • Aug 24, 2017

    Challenging DUI Charges

    In California, there can be many ways to challenge a DUI charge. If you are arrested and charged with a DUI, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a qualified DUI attorney to begin your defense. Learn more about some of the common ways to challenge a DUI ...
  • Jul 18, 2017

    Super Lawyers 2017 Northern California Rising Stars Selects Attorney Zelig

    The Super Lawyers® 2017 Northern California Rising Stars℠ list has recently been announced, and Attorney Evan Zelig of the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C. in Santa Rosa has been selected. Everyone at our law office is excited for this announcement ...
  • Jul 13, 2017

    Can Prescription Drugs Lead to a DUI?

    When driving under the influence comes to mind, it is common that people will only think about drunk driving. Many don’t realize that drugs, including prescription medications, can have the same impairing effects as alcohol. Even legally prescribed ...
  • May 22, 2017

    Avoid a DUI Over Memorial Day Weekend

    Finalizing your plans for Memorial Day Weekend 2017? In California, this usually means a trip to the beach, a picnic under the sun, a day spent at a theme park, or a jaunt up or downstate to visit friends and family. For law enforcement departments ...
  • Apr 27, 2017

    Do I Need a Lawyer for a DMV Hearing?

    When you are arrested for DUI, you will have to go through two separate legal processes: your trial and your DMV hearing. Your trial may not occur for some time, but your DMV hearing will occur within 10 business days of your arrest, and this is the ...
  • Apr 20, 2017

    Are Field Sobriety Tests Accurate?

    When you are stopped by law enforcement under suspicion of driving under the influence, including at a sobriety checkpoint, officers will conduct at least one but possibly multiple field sobriety tests. The purpose of these tests is to determine ...
  • Mar 21, 2017

    Why You Should Fight a DUI Charge

    Many people who have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence feel compelled to simply plead guilty and get it over with. Since they have been caught and the police have the evidence to support it, they surely can’t win their case, ...
  • Mar 13, 2017

    The Five Most Dangerous Days of the Year for DUI

    There are a number of circumstances that can make a day more prone to DUI accidents, and thus make them more deadly than other days on the calendar. Law enforcement agencies are well aware of these DUI statistics, and step up their enforcement on ...
  • Feb 17, 2017

    Obtaining a Conditional License after a DUI Conviction

    After a DUI conviction, you are likely facing serious penalties and difficult logistical issues. Your license may have been suspended for months or years and you are likely left wondering how you are going to get to work or run errands or continue ...
  • Feb 10, 2017

    Can I Refuse a Field Sobriety Test?

    Just about everyone knows that law enforcement may subject you to several tests if you are pulled over for DUI . Though these tests may seem mandatory, the fact of the matter is that they may not be. Standard field sobriety tests include the ...
  • Jan 5, 2017

    New 2017 California Laws You Need to Know

    With the November elections behind us and a New Year ahead, many new legal changes are set to take effect that will likely greatly impact life for Californians. To help clear up some confusion and let you know what to expect in the coming months, our ...
  • Dec 9, 2016

    Driving & Marijuana: What Are the Laws?

    On November 8th, California voters passed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), legalizing the recreational use of the drug. However, despite the recent reforms, it is critical for motorists to know that while adults can possess and ...
  • Nov 21, 2016

    What Does California Prop 57 Actually Do for Convicted Felons?

    California’s Proposition 57 will allow felons convicted of nonviolent crimes to become eligible for parole under certain circumstances. Despite opponents of the bill stating that it would lead to increased crime rates across the state, 63% of voters ...
  • Nov 18, 2016

    How Proposition 64 Changes California Marijuana Laws

    While the results of the November 8 th election have been divisive to say the least, many Californians have had reason to rejoice due to the passing of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). Now, marijuana may be legally possessed, ...
  • Oct 21, 2016

    California's Drugged Driving Laws

    Under California’s laws, it is strictly illegal for someone to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence or impaired by any sort of drug, medication, or narcotic. It is also illegal for someone who is known to be addicted to drugs to use a ...
  • Oct 7, 2016

    Why Breathalyzer Tests Aren't Always Reliable

    No matter what highway patrol officers tell you, roadside breathalyzer tests are not infallible. In fact, the small pocket breath alcohol testing devices are notorious for being inaccurate and unreliable. So if you have been put in cuffs or charged ...

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