What Are the Penalties for My First DUI Conviction?

Depending on the circumstances, you may have to face multiple penalties if you are convicted of a DUI in California. The aggravating and mitigating factors of your case will have to come into play if your conviction results from a jury verdict or plea bargain. The maximum and minimum penalties available to you, however, will … Continue reading What Are the Penalties for My First DUI Conviction?

Posted on: August 14, 2018 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

Are There Weaknesses to the Standardized Field Sobriety Test?

One major component of being arrested and convicted for a DUI is the standardized field sobriety test. These tests, also known as FSTs, are designed by law enforcement officials to record your balance, coordination and eye movement as evidence of your intoxication. After taking a breathalyzer test, an FST is the next step of the … Continue reading Are There Weaknesses to the Standardized Field Sobriety Test?

Posted on: July 7, 2018 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

Domestic Violence in California: The Basics

There are several types of domestic violence that continue to plague American society. Domestic violence is not only defined as violent action within a married couple, but it can refer to any violence perpetrated by a member of a household or person with whom one has an intimate relationship. According to the California State Courts, … Continue reading Domestic Violence in California: The Basics

Posted on: October 23, 2017 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

Marijuana in California: Legalization in 2016?

Following states like Colorado and Oregon, California voters will get the chance to vote on likely more than one proposal on the 2016 ballot for legalization of recreational usage of marijuana.The state already has a large medical marijuana industry, but recent polls indicate that more and more of California voters are in favor of recreational … Continue reading Marijuana in California: Legalization in 2016?

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Warrants Now Required to Search Tech Devices in California

California recently joined states like Montana, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maine in establishing clear protection for personal information stored on laptops, tablets, and cellphones. In the past, information stored on a cellphone or other device could be searched by law enforcement without a warrant or wiretap order and used in criminal cases. Just this month, … Continue reading Warrants Now Required to Search Tech Devices in California

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Californians Now Able to Dispute Traffic Violations before Paying for Them

Have you ever paid for a traffic ticket you thought you didn’t deserve? When it comes to tickets for traffic violations, often times the easiest and quickest solution is to bite your tongue and pay, no matter how fair the ticket actually is. Some Californians say they even plan for traffic tickets throughout the year … Continue reading Californians Now Able to Dispute Traffic Violations before Paying for Them

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BUI: Boating and Drinking in California

With summer’s official arrival, Californian’s are preparing for all types of water based fun. Millions of California residents safely enjoy boating on rivers, lakes, and on the ocean each summer. With nearly a million registered boats in the state, and no license required to operate a watercraft, the chance for danger while boating is high. … Continue reading BUI: Boating and Drinking in California

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New Proposal in California Drug Law Could Affect Immigrants

There are more immigrants in California than in any other state, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. This comes out to more than 10 million immigrants in this state alone, meaning that one in four of the nation’s population that was born outside of the U.S. resides in California. While these numbers primarily … Continue reading New Proposal in California Drug Law Could Affect Immigrants

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Death Penalty Could Resume in California

Californians could soon see the resumption of the death penalty in their state. A recent decision from the United States Supreme Court has opened doors for California to resume its efforts to relaunch the death penalty in the state. The ruling, from a case in Oklahoma, reinforced each state’s ability to use lethal injection as … Continue reading Death Penalty Could Resume in California

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Two Common Forms of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence continues to be one of the most serious issues in American society, despite recent and continued efforts to bring awareness to the issue and, as such, end it. The issue is one even more grave than war: between 2001 and 2012 approximately 6,500 American troops died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. … Continue reading Two Common Forms of Domestic Violence

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Risk Factors Linked to Juvenile Crime

Any parent wants to know the whereabouts and activities of their children. As children grow older, however, constant supervision becomes unrealistic, and parents can simply hope that their children are making smart choices. While only a relatively small number of children commit crimes, juvenile crimes do happen, even under the care of responsible parents. Studies … Continue reading Risk Factors Linked to Juvenile Crime

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Breaking Down the Cost of a DUI in California

Everyone knows that drinking and driving is not a good idea. Most importantly, your chances of hurting or killing yourself or others are exponentially higher when you get behind the wheel after drinking. Aside from the chances of bodily injury or harming innocent people, taking the risk of getting behind the wheel after drinking can … Continue reading Breaking Down the Cost of a DUI in California

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New Measures Proposed to Reform College Sexual Assault Responses in California

Sexual assaults on college campuses have sadly become more and more common. In the past few years, universities across the country have struggled with cases of sexual assault. Unfortunately, quite a few assault cases on college campuses, in California and across the country, are mishandled. Assault victims and, in some cases, alleged offenders, are often … Continue reading New Measures Proposed to Reform College Sexual Assault Responses in California

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What Constitutes White-Collar Crime?

The idea of white-collar crime is nothing new. It was, in fact, a term coined as far back as 1939, and is know a term that is nearly synonymous with business fraud or any serious fraud, cheating, lying, or stealing perpetuated by business or executive professionals. While it may seem a lofty crime, one that … Continue reading What Constitutes White-Collar Crime?

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Defining Emotional Abuse in California

Every married couple argues. Every married couple can have dramatic fights that elevate to a level neither wanted it to go. But when that anger is especially one-sided, or probes deeper levels of psychological distress, it is considered domestic abuse. Normal arguing does not leave one spouse frightened of the other, or fearing that he … Continue reading Defining Emotional Abuse in California

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Drug Crimes, Immigration Status, and Deportation

With election season in full swing, the issue of immigration and drug crimes has become front and center in American discourse. The debate surrounding immigration issues and drug crimes are not only for presidential candidates, however. In early September, California state legislature passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee two law proposals that would bridge the … Continue reading Drug Crimes, Immigration Status, and Deportation

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Defining Statutory Rape

California police arrested 1,226 people for driving under the influence on Labor Day weekend this year. This is a sharp increase from the previous year, during which there were 1,168 DUI arrests on the holiday weekend. If you were one of these drivers, then you probably have a long list of questions about DUI and … Continue reading Defining Statutory Rape

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