Monthly Archives: November 2008


To prove DUI, they must prove… driving

It may go without saying, but in order for the prosecution to prove a case of DUI against you, they have to be able to prove you were driving. I’ve talked before about problems with the blood alcohol results and the defenses you may have against a DUI charge.  But aside from those defenses, what […]

How is evidence suppressed in court?

In order for evidence to be admissible against you in court, it must be relevant and competent.  Relevant means it must have something to do with the case.  It must tend to prove or disprove any fact at issue.  For example, drugs found in a search in a drug case would obviously be relevant.  Competent […]

Is a petty theft/shoplifting charge a big deal?

Don’t be fooled by the name of the crime – “petty” theft.  It is a misdemeanor that carries up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000. But there’s more…  If you are convicted of any theft offense – petty theft, burglary, auto theft or grand theft to name a few, that conviction […]

Criminal appeals – challenging your conviction

Your criminal case is over – either by a guilty plea or a conviction after a trial.  You still feel that your conviction is wrong – that there were errors in the trial, evidence was improperly admitted, or that the jury convicted you for the wrong reasons. The criminal justice system is made up of […]

Orange County DUI “roving patrols” out tonight

From an article in the Orange County Register, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting roving patrols in the cities of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel and Laguna Woods looking for drunk drivers.  In addition to regular patrol deputies, specific officers will be out, looking for suspected DUI drivers. Just because […]