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San Jose DUI defense attorneyA new bill, recently passed by the California State Senate, seeks to increase the penalties for all drivers convicted of a DUI by enforcing the installment of an interlock device. Currently being piloted in four counties – Alameda, Tulare, Los Angeles, and Sacramento – the measure is now being sent to the Assembly for consideration. If passed, this new law could impact the lives and driving rights of more than 200,000 drivers each and every year.

What Is an Interlock Device?

An ignition interlock device (IID) is a lot like a breathalyzer test, but it is connected to the ignition of your vehicle. Before you can start your car, you have to blow into the mouthpiece. If the device detects a blood alcohol concentration above the preprogrammed limit, the ignition remains disabled and you are unable to start your car. The device also requires that you periodically complete what is known as a “running retest” while driving. This requires that you blow into the device at random intervals while driving. If you fail the running retest, the device will not shut off the engine, but it will record the event and cause your vehicle to alert the authorities.

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theft, petty theft, San Jose criminal defense attorneyPetty theft has long been one of the most common non-violent crimes. It covers a wide range of offenses, including shoplifting. Though common-knowledge is that this type of petty crime is, in large part, perpetrated by younger offenders looking for a thrill or way, presumably, to rebel, shoplifting statistics, for example, show that only one-quarter of all shoplifters are teenagers. There are roughly 27 million people who shoplift in the United States at any given moment—and more than 10 million have been caught in the past five year.

This type of theft is one that has long been a burden both to retail outlets and our police departments. Yet with the advent of cellphones and other handheld technological devices, there was a whole new type of offense: the petty theft of an electronic device. This often occurs in large cities in the middle of large crowds; on public transportation systems, or in the incident of a burglary into a car or other mobile personal property.

California Kill Switch Law

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b2ap3_thumbnail_college-sexual-assault.jpgSexual 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 left feeling like they were not properly advocated for and protected.

Now, California lawmakers are considering a group of proposals aimed at simplifying and standardizing the process of universities handling sexual assault cases.

Federal law requires that universities take immediate action with cases of violence, harassment, and discrimination. California lawmaker Das Williams, author of many of the new proposals, says that universities across the country have failed at creating safe campuses. Williams says the state of California has a responsibility and an obligation to ensure safe learning environments, and that these proposed measures are a big step in the right direction.

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