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Understanding California domestic violence cases
Take a look at this article about domestic abuse in California. Read more to learn about the potential criminal charges that may result due to domestic violence incidents. When situations involving family members, spouses or former spouses, or cohabitants turn physical or involve threats, people may be charged with spousal battery or corporal injury to a spouse. These are serious charges, which may result in jail time, prison time, fines or some combination of these penalties.
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Field sobriety tests may be inaccurate
If you were arrested during a field sobriety test, take a look at this article. It is possible for sober people to be falsely arrested after failing a field sobriety test. Many people have difficulty balancing or other impairments that can lead a police officer to believe they are intoxicated. You will need to contact a DUI defense attorney after a drunk driving arrest.
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Ignition interlocks may soon be mandatory
Check out this article about a bill under being considered by California lawmakers that would make ignition interlock devices mandatory for anybody convicted of a DUI in the state. The bill would expand a current pilot program to the state as a whole and require ignition interlocks for both first and repeat offenders. While the devices may help bring down drunk driving accidents, critics say the cost, which will largely be borne by DUI offenders, may be too high for some.
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How the Miranda Warning Might Hurt
Californians should click here to learn the facts about the Miranda warning. If not fully understood, this law intended to provide protection for people suspected of crimes can actually backfire and incriminate them unknowingly. Suspects must directly indicate to officers their desire not to participate in questioning if they want to take advantage of this law.
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