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LA Police DUI Crackdowns

It’s not uncommon for police to crackdown on patrolling for drunk drivers during holiday weekends and weekends with big events such as the Super Bowl. You’ll want to know what to expect if you are charged with driving under the influence.

DUI Crackdown by LA Police

According to the Auto Club of Southern California (AAA), if you are arrested for driving under the influence in California the cost can be about $16,000. You’ll want to know the best steps to keep yourself safe, keep others safe, and keep yourself out of jail during big police crackdowns.

Aspiring Actor Kills Himself After Sexual Assault Charges

Just days after being arrested for an alleged sexual assault, an aspiring actor killed himself.

Sexual Assault Charges Cause of Aspiring Actor’s Suicide

Aspiring actor Frederick Jay Bowdy, 33, from Texas killed himself in Los Angeles just days after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. Bowdy broadcast the suicide on Facebook Live.

Los Angeles Community College District Pays $28,000 Bitcoin Ransom

The Los Angeles Community College District was forced to pay a $28,000 ransom in bitcoin to hackers who took control of the Los Angeles Valley College campus email and computer network.

Los Angeles Valley College Pays Bitcoin Ransom of $28,000

A virus locked the campus’ computer network in addition to its email and voicemail systems, according to Valley College Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez. The district paid the bitcoin ransom after consulting with the college’s technology staff, cybersecurity experts, and law enforcement. The district has a cybersecurity insurance policy that covers such attacks.

Civil Rights Violations and the Local Police

Any casual viewer of cable network news would conclude that many Americans are of the opinion that the filing of charges by the Department of Justice against certain individuals, notably local police officers, for federal civil rights violations is an alternative for supposedly failed local criminal prosecution. This seems to occur especially when a vocal segment of the nation disagrees with the results of a local criminal investigation or the actions (or inactions) of certain district attorneys. Recent cases that are prime examples of the prevailing thought pattern include the Darren Wilson shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the Trayvon Martin case involving George Zimmerman.

The often heard refrain heard is, “The local detectives and district attorney can’t be trusted. Bring the feds in!”

Criminal Defense Lawyer For Your Teen

If you have a teen, you might want to consider at least knowing of a good criminal defense lawyer. Sounds a little crazy, right? Here’s why it might not be.

It’s hard to believe that your little angel could be responsible for a crime, but regardless of how hard you’ve tried to raise them well, kids will always get into trouble. Usually it’s nothing to worry about – maybe problems with Algebra, or talking during class. But when that trouble turns into bigger problems, and it does happen, you’ll want to be prepared.

The Case for Decriminalizing Drugs

The United States is just coming to the realization that treating illicit drugs as purely a criminal matter has limited effectiveness in dealing with the problem, that it costs our government untold millions, and has led to one of the largest prison populations in the world. For all of the time, money, and effort the nation has expended to eliminate drug use, trafficking and the many other undesirable consequences, we find ourselves almost 50 years into the effort with little to show for it. Symbolic of the official attitude toward drugs is the federal government’s War on Drugs.

The War on Drugs

Obama Pardons Prison Sentences

This week President Obama pardoned or commuted the sentences of 231 prisoners, making it the largest single-day clemency announcement of his presidency. The majority of the pardons and commutations over the past eight years of his presidency have been given to people with non-violent drug convictions, thus shedding a light on one of the biggest issues facing our nation: incarceration related to illicit drugs.

President Obama Pardons 231 Prison Sentences

Drugs have been for years a part of the national dialogue in all sectors of American culture – political, social, and, most noticeably, in popular culture. It seems that a sizeable segment of the population has a desire to get high, and a cursory look at history hints that this has long been the case.

Prop 47 and Decreasing Participation in Diversion Programs

The Decreasing Participation in Drug Diversion Programs

A story relayed a few months ago in the newspaper provided interesting insight into just how the controversial Prop 47 had changed day-to-day procedures within the LAPD. As many will remember, Proposition 47 turned certain felonies, like drug possession, into misdemeanors, with the corresponding promise that dollars saved on locking up drug users would be put into treatment.

Two officers had detained a homeless man who had set up a rough encampment under a freeway underpass. While one officer carefully watched the handcuffed man, the other officer gingerly rummaged under a grimy mattress, presumably the homeless man’s sleeping accommodations. This search yielded two needles and a glass pipe with a small amount of methamphetamine inside. Prior to Prop 47, the homeless man would have been hauled off to jail to face a felony charge.

Daniel Perlman on ABC 7 News

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A man accused of making two threatening phone calls against the Islamic Center of Southern California struck a very different tone during an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News.

In Jail Because They Can’t Post Bail

It’s hard to believe, but across the nation about a third of the people sitting in jail are there for one reason – they can’t afford to post bail.

Because They Can’t Post Bail They’re In Jail

According to the Prison Policy Institutes, roughly a third of the people sitting in jail cells across the nation are serving time behind bars before being convicted because they can’t afford to post bail. It’s a fact that California lawmakers are trying to change.

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