Monthly Archives: December 2010


Orange County DUI Checkpoint – Friday December 17

. It’s that time of year.  Law enforcement in Orange County is gearing up for their holiday season DUI checkpoints and “saturation patrols,” looking to arrest people for DUI.  Here are the announced locations for Friday, December 17, 2010: DUI checkpoints from 7 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. in La Habra, Cypress and Dana Point DUI [...]

Upcoming Orange County DUI checkpoints and patrols

. Orange County DUI checkpoints The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has announced their holiday schedule of DUI checkpoints and patrols, scheduled to begin Friday, December 17 and go through New Year’s Eve and beyond. Friday, December 17th: DUI checkpoints from 7 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. in La Habra, Cypress and Dana Point DUI Taskforce operations [...]

Court date in Orange County but can’t be there? What do you do?

. I can’t be there at my court date!  What do I do? If you have an upcoming date in court for a misdemeanor criminal case, but you cannot appear on that date, what do you do?  For example, let’s say you have a family vacation planned, booked and paid for months in advance, but [...]

What is a 1538.5 motion in a DUI case?

It’s a motion under Penal Code section 1538.5 to suppress evidence obtained from an illegal search under the Fourth Amendment. In a DUI situation, the challenge can be to either the initial stop (arguing that the officer did not have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity in order to lawfully detain you) or the arrest (claiming [...]

What is the statute of limitations? How does that affect speedy trial rights?

Time to file and speedy trial times are like apples and oranges. The time to file is the statute of limitations.  In general, on a misdemeanor, the prosecution has up to a year to file charges from the date of the incident.  Most felonies have a three year statute of limitations.  There are some exceptions [...]