Category Archives: Court Proceedings

Is a Lawyer Necessary For a DUI Arraignment?


A DUI arraignment typically occurs a few days following a DUI arrest. This is the first actual courtroom appearance where the defendant is formally charged with a DUI. During an arraignment, the defendant is called into court by a judge … Continue reading

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Benefits of Hiring a DUI Lawyer


If you’ve been charged with a DUI in California, the first thing a prosecutor will do in most cases is offer you a “deal” if you agree to plead guilty. Ideally, a plea bargain is supposed to give a defendant … Continue reading

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Does PC 1001.95 Apply to Misdemeanor DUIs?


Prosecutors say no but the plain language of the new misdemeanor judicial diversion statute PC 1001.95 clearly states that it applies to all misdemeanors except those specifically excluded. DUI offenses are not specifically excluded in the language of the statute. The … Continue reading

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Drunk Driver Released Only 23 Days After Serving DUI Sentence


In March of 2019, a mother tragically lost her son after he was struck by a drunk driver while crossing the street. Her son, Kyle McNeley, had been crossing in a wheelchair across an intersection in Long Beach when Jesus … Continue reading

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Possible Evidence of Racial Discrimination Prompts Court to Reconsider DUI Convictions


Dontrell Collins, a Black man, was sentenced to over three decades to life in prison for a fatal DUI-related crash that claimed the life of two women. On August 29, 2014, Collins drove a green Ford Crown Victoria at over … Continue reading

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