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Drunk driving suspected in fatal California crash

When lives are lost in car accidents, especially young lives, the desire to fully understand the reason for a crash is understandable. Unfortunately, making assumptions early in an investigation may lead to false accusations against those involved. For example, police believe that a recent fatal crash in California was the result of drunk driving after finding an empty beer can in one of the vehicles involved.

The incident happened one afternoon on a day in August. Reports indicate that a woman driving a sedan containing two 12-year-old children and the children's grandmother in addition to the driver pulled over to the side of a California road after experiencing car trouble. Soon afterward, a 60-year-old man stopped to assist them.

Bus driver charged with vehicular manslaughter after fatal crash

People who drive commercial vehicles such as busses likely know of their responsibility to both people they are transporting as well as those they may encounter while driving. While an accident involving a bus deserves a thorough investigation, they are not always the result of a crime. Unfortunately, a bus driver is now accused of vehicular manslaughter after a fatal crash in California.

The incident happened approximately a year ago. Reports indicate that a bus carrying 26 passengers struck a large sign. The force of the impact allegedly cut the bus down the middle. Four people died in the accident, and several others suffered severe injuries, including injuries that required amputations.

Why you should always have an attorney on speed dial

Sarah was on her way home from the mall, when she noticed the police car behind her. She kept checking her rearview mirror for several blocks. Finally, just as she turned off the main road, the patrol car lit up and signaled for her to pull over. The officer started asking Sara questions regarding her purchases—had she paid with cash? Did she have a receipt? Would she mind if he searched her car?

Sarah was unsure how to respond to the questions. She knew she hadn’t done anything wrong, but the cop’s demeanor suggested otherwise. She wasn’t sure how to answer or whether she should allow him to search her car.

2 in California face drug charges after suspicion

People in California go to public parks for a variety of different reasons. Without proper context, anyone could observe a random stranger and wonder about the motivation behind their actions. However, if a police officer observes someone doing something he or she deems unusual -- even if not criminal -- the person could face an investigation. Unfortunately, two people now face drug charges after police officers observed them in a park.

The arrests occurred on a day in late July. According to reports, deputies were conducting what is described as a routine patrol at a park. While they were doing so, they claim they observed what they described as "suspicious activity." However, details regarding the alleged activity are unclear.

Is it okay to film police during a traffic stop?

With controversial interactions between police and suspected criminals leading to tragic results over the past few years, the question of whether police officers should use body cameras has gained a great deal of traction in Southern California and across the United States. Despite the debate over whether this should be required, the proliferation of camera based smartphones has enabled citizens to film police officers as they interact with the public.

But what rights do ordinary citizens have to film police in the course of their duties? After all, filming stops and arrests has been controversial as it pits an officer’s safety against a citizen’s right to free speech. 

Man accused of drunk driving following California crash

Car accidents happen every day on California roadways. They have varying levels of severity and can be caused due to a variety of different reasons. In many cases, they are caused by simple driver error. However, police say that a recent fatal crash was the result of drunk driving.

The incident happened on a day in mid-July. According to reports, an eastbound vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a car head-on. Unfortunately, the driver of the second vehicle died, allegedly as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.

Are all field sobriety tests approved for use?

Like most California residents, you have probably heard references to field sobriety tests that drivers might be asked to participate in if an officer suspects they may be driving while impaired. However, do you know that there are many such tests that are not approved for use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?

As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, the NHTSA became involved in reviewing and approving field sobriety tests in part because there were so many different ones being used. This made it difficult to track and enforce proper protocols for administering the tests.

Vehicular manslaughter charge filed due to California crash

Every person who has driven on California roads has likely had a moment where they have momentarily drifted across a dividing line. Something as simple as a curve on an unfamiliar road can have such a result even for an attentive, safe driver. Typically, such an oversight is relatively easy to correct, but police have recently arrested and charged a man with vehicular manslaughter who they say did so.

The incident that led to the man's arrest reportedly occurred on a day in early April. A man is said to have been driving a pickup truck south on a California roadway at approximately 9:30 p.m. Police say that the pickup truck crossed into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision with a northbound vehicle. It is unclear what police believe caused the man to cross the dividing line.

Proposition 64: marijuana use and California colleges

Marijuana is one of the most popular drugs among college students. Since Proposition 64, The Adult Use Marijuana Act, you may think that you are legally entitled to cultivate, possess and use marijuana in California. But there are limits to this privilege, and stepping over the lines of the law can result in serious fines and imprisonment. Do you know the limits of the law?

 

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