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California police seek man suspected of vehicular manslaughter

When people feel that their lives are threatened, they often react without thinking to preserve their personal safety. Because of the emotions associated with such an incident, some may not be fully aware of many of the details following such a response. Unfortunately, California police say that a man is now wanted for vehicular manslaughter after he sped away from a woman who was reaching into his vehicle.

The incident happened just after 7 a.m. on a day in early October. According to reports, a 46-year-old woman and a male companion approached a red sports utility vehicle. Reports indicate that a conversation ensued. However, when the woman reportedly reached into the vehicle, the driver sped away.

Criminal defense: California officer accused of assault

Police officers have difficult jobs. They are often required to interact with and arrest people who are behaving irrationally and unpredictably due to drugs and alcohol. However, the recent attention on police interactions with people suspected of a crime could potentially mean that authorities are hypersensitive to potential claims of police brutality. For example, a police officer in California is likely considering his criminal defense after he was arrested for assault following the arrest of a man accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police believe that the 41-year-old police officer used excessive force when arresting a man suspected of DUI. According to reports, the officer used his baton while doing so. An investigation was reportedly launched after other officers discussed their concerns regarding the arrest with their superior officers.

California fiery crash results in vehicular manslaughter charge

Because police officers are tasked with enforcing the law, they are often held to a higher standard than the typical citizen. Often, when an officer in California is suspected of committing a crime, he or she may face additional scrutiny as the police force that employed him or her attempts to quickly distance itself. Unfortunately, an officer in California now faces multiple criminal charges, including vehicular manslaughter, following a fatal crash.

Police reports accuse the 26-year-old man, who was off-duty at the time of the crash, of speeding just prior to the accident that happened one night in late September. According to reports, his vehicle allegedly struck the rear of two others on a California freeway. One of the vehicles reportedly caught fire after the collision, trapping its three occupants.

Criminal defense: California man accused of animal abuse

For most people in California, the death of a pet is a devastating loss. In some cases, the loss felt may be similar to that experienced upon the death of a human family member. As a result, some people may not always respond to the death in a way considered rational. However, police officers claim that a man left his dog to die on the side of the road, leaving the man now likely considering his criminal defense.

The police department received a call about a dead dog on the shoulder of a Colorado highway at approximately 8 a.m. on a day in mid-September. According to reports, the dog was tied to some sort of hand cart with what is described as a "homemade leash."  An animal control officer says that the dog suffered no obvious signs of trauma -- a claim that was later confirmed by an exam performed by a veterinary.

California pedestrian injured; Driver accused of drunk driving

Driving at night already has additional challenges due to decreased visibility. Because of that, any unexpected obstacles in the roadway may make it difficult to appropriately and adequately react. For example, drivers may fail to notice a pedestrian in travel lanes of a highway in time to maneuver around due to poor lighting. Unfortunately, a man in California is now accused of drunk driving after he allegedly struck a pedestrian.

The incident happened just after 2 a.m. on a day in September. Reports indicate that a 49-year-old man was headed north on a California roadway. Police say that the man's vehicle struck a pedestrian who was in one of the travel lanes. It is unclear whether the pedestrian, who reportedly suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive, was in a lane of traffic or if he was in a well-lit crosswalk.

California teacher faces drug charges

Most people in California who work as a teacher likely know of the work and dedication it requires to successfully complete the job requirements. Many teachers also struggle financially as much as of their incomes go back into their classrooms. Unfortunately, police believe that one teacher was selling drugs, resulting in her arrest on drug charges.

The case involves a 36-year-old woman who served as a elementary school teacher and a tutor. Although it is unclear what made police suspect her of illegal activity, reports indicate that they believed she was selling heroin. As a result, a search of her home was conducted in early August.

CHP: Drunk driving a factor in fatal California crash

Car accidents can happen at any time in just about any location. Often, they are the result of a simple mistake, such as miscalculating a turn. Some drivers may be distracted by passengers in the car or an attempt to adjust the radio station or temperature of the vehicle. Regardless, when an accident occurs at a certain time of day, it is easy for police officers to make assumptions about drunk driving.

Unfortunately, the 19-year-old who was allegedly driving a vehicle that crashed on a day late June now faces multiple charges. Officials with the California Highway Patrol claim that the car exited the road and rolled multiple times before falling approximately 300 feet into a ravine. Because of the location of the car, rescue workers had to rappel into the ravine multiple times to rescue the occupants.

Why all the evidence may not be truly valid

You are probably not using the same computer that your parents owned. You definitely aren't talking on the same telephones. So why are defendants across the country being convicted by evidence from 50-year-old technologies and procedures?

Forensic science is undergoing a stressful evolution in large part due to defense attorneys taking a stand against  according to the scientific method. The fact is, human error matters. A lot. And judges are routinely using it to convict people of crimes.

Basketball player Zach Randolph faces drug charges in California

Many people would argue that it is a volatile time in this country. While some groups are fighting to protect their rights, others claim that there is no violation of the formers' rights requiring protest. As a result, tensions are high. Unfortunately, an incident involving a group of people in a housing project in California -- deemed a "mob" by responding police officers -- has recently led to the arrest of NBA player Zach Randolph. He now faces drug charges.

According to reports, police claim they noticed a group of people beginning to gather at a housing project one night in August. When they arrived at the scene, they claim that the so-called mob began throwing objects at the officers and destroying police cars. As a result, officers called for backup.

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.

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