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Coachella arrests up in 2017. More expected at Stagecoach

In response to our offices Coachella task force for the 2017 Coachella Music Festival we are seeing a significant upturn in possession related arrests. The bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms ran ...
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Attorney Brian Michaels Opens Coachella Festival Legal Task Force

Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Michaels will be opening a Coachella Valley Music Festival legal task force to aid people caught up in the criminal justice system while attending ...
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Attorney Brian Michaels announces new Palm Springs Branch Office

The Law Office of Attorney Brian Michaels is pleased to announce the opening of a Branch Office serving the Coachella Valley and greater Riverside County. Former Prosecutor Michaels has over 20 years ...
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Immigration Consequences of Pleading Guilty

Recently my office has handled a slew of post conviction proceedings for people that were arrested and convicted of crimes as long as 20 years ago. While we are not sure if this shows an upward trend ...
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Update Re: Edward Furlong Case

Mr. Furlong was arraigned today on a new Domestic Violence case involving a former girlfriend. Based on information that was known to us prior to this recent arrest, Mr. Furlong recently learned that ...
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Status of Edward Furlong Arrest 1/15/13

Status of Edward Furlong Arrest My office was retained in 2012 to represent Edward Furlong in a pending Probation Violation hearing at the Van Nuys Branch of the Los Angeles Superior Court. He had ...
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The Latest on Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Dispensary Enforcement

Unfortunately there is just no clear cut answer as to if or when the City is going to enforce the recently enacted ordinance effectively banning all dispensaries in the City limits. For now, The Los ...
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Proposition 34 would abolish the Death Penalty in California

PREV Next Article NEXT LOCAL 23 Print Comments 3 Proposition 34 would end the death penalty in California if approved in November if Approved by California Voters. REUTERS FILE PHOTO The death penalty ...
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Attorney Brian Michaels suspicious of City Attorney Letter

On the eve of the so called Sunset Ban on all Medical Marijuana clinics in the City of Los Angeles, the presiding Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich issue a letter indicating City enforcement ...
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Former Deputy City Attorney Brian Michaels Announces Suspension of Ban on Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

There have been many conflicting reports about what the City of Los Angeles intended to do to enforce it's recently enacted ordinance effectively banning Medical Marijuana Disensaries in the City ...
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September 6th 2012 news on Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Ban

Last month the Los Angeles City Council voted to severely restrict the number of dispensaries in the City to pre-2008 levels. Continue to check back here for updates on what is going on with ...
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2012 Penalties For DUI

New 2012 Sentencing Guidelines For California DUI Offenses Posted on April 13, 2012 Every year California adds new penalties for Drunk Driving convictions. The following is a summary of the most ...
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Good news for medical marijuana dispensaries

Medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles can exhale a sigh of relief. At least for now. LA's marijuana dispensary ban, which was set to go into effect in one week, has been temporarily suspended ...
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Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's DUI Checkpoints for Labor Day Weekend

Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's DUi Checkpoints for Labor Day Weekend. DUI Task Force Set for Crackdown on Impaired Driving, Los Angeles County PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August ...
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Latest on the pending Medical Marijuana Ban in Los Angeles

We have already seen several of the City Attorney's enforcement letters from our clients. As of September 6th, 2012 it could cost dispensries $2500.00 per day to remain open. If you plan on ...
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Brian Michaels Announces the Formation of the 420 Law Group

Law Office of Brian Michaels launches the 420 Law Group to Fight the Los Angeles City Ban on Marijuana Dispensaries August 16, 2012 Re: Pending City of Los Angeles Enforcement In a historic vote last ...
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2011 News on Medical Marijuana

2011: The Year In Review – NORML’s Top 10 Events That Shaped Marijuana Policy by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director December 29, 2011 #1 NORML Sues to Halt Government’s ...
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How to Beat a DUI

Share E-Mail News Alerts Get breaking news and daily headlines. Browse all e-mail newsletters Related To Story How To Fight A DUI Charge Breathalyzers, Field Sobriety Tests Can Be Inaccurate POSTED: ...
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HOW CALIFORNIA'S NEW PRISON RE-ASSIGNMENT WORKS

Earlier this year, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 109 and AB 117, historic legislation that will enable California to close the revolving door of low-level inmates cycling in ...
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Casey Anthony Editorial

Attorney Michaels Casey Anthony Article: http://thelosangelesbeat.com/2011/07/casey-anthony-verdict-not-a-shock-to-this-attorney/ CASEY ANTHONY ANALYSIS The only thing I find shocking about the result ...
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DUI's and the Holidays

It’s the Holiday season and once again it is also high season for Driving Under The Influence cases in the Los Angeles area. Driving Under The Influence cases make up a solid majority of ...
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How To Fight A DUI Charge

Breathalyzers, Field Sobriety Tests Can Be Inaccurate

POSTED: 2:06 pm PST January 4, 2012
By Ed Greenberger, THELAW.TV With the holidays come and gone, thousands of Americans are facing an unwanted byproduct of the festive season – a drunk driving charge. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a lot more common than you might think. According to the websiteDrinkingandDriving.org, nearly a million Americans are arrested for DUI each year. In some states, one out of every 100 people will face a DUI arrest this year. DUI cases are often cut and dry – a police officer stops a driver who has been driving erratically and, upon closer observation, determines the driver is clearly intoxicated and not fit for the road. But many DUI cases are not that clear. “There are many factors involved in most drunk driving arrests, and a driver who has been charged with DUI should know that he can fight those charges,” says attorney Martin Sweet of legal information website THELAW.TV.
There are two main tests that police officers administer in a possible drunk driving situation, and both can be problematic:
• Breathalyzer test – Police will usually ask a driver to submit to this test. Most states set the legal limit for blood alcohol content at .08 percent. But if you blow a .081, isn’t it possible the Breathalyzer wasn’t perfectly accurate? The accuracy of these tests has been successfully challenged in court time and time again.
• Field sobriety test – In this test, the driver is asked to perform simple acts designed to test his balance, coordination, and motor skills. But every such test contains conditions that could alter the outcome. For example, it might be raining. Perhaps the driver is wearing high heels at the time or the sobriety test is being conducted on a gravel road. If the driver slips, was it really because she was drunk? You can actually refuse to take either of these tests if you’ve been pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. But you should know that doing so might not be the best course of action. In some states, refusing a Breathalyzer test is actually a crime punishable by jail time. Once you’re charged with DUI, the best thing you can do is consult an attorney who specializes in drunk driving cases. “Don’t assume that you will necessarily be convicted of DUI once you are charged,” saysBakersfield, California criminal defense lawyer Mark J. Bigger. “If you hire a DUI lawyer, you might be surprised at all the different outcomes that could be available including a dismissal or reduction depending upon the circumstances of the case.”