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What happens when you get your second DUI?

California doesn’t fool around when it comes to driving while drunk. A first offence leads to up to $2,000 in fines and assessments, up to 48 hours in jail, license suspension of up to six months, forced use of an ignition interlock device, and potential alcohol education and treatment.

Things only get worse if you are arrested for DUI a second time. If you are caught driving while intoxicated within 10 years of the first offense, your penalties get substantially more harsh:

Man arrested in connection with fatal accident

A man who had, up until recently, been recovering in a hospital was formally arrested for his role in a fatal accident in the Riverside area. The accident left four people dead.

According to authorities, the man was traveling in one direction on a city street while a car with four friends was oncoming from the opposite direction. The four friends were returning home from a nearby airport after one of them had arrived back in the area following a trip.

Providing a vigorous defense to domestic violence charges

A previous post on this blog talked about how a conviction related to domestic violence can hurt a parent's chances of having custody over their children and may even affect their ability to see their children without supervision. This is so even if the alleged incident did not involve children in any way.

Custody problems are unfortunately just one of many potential consequences of a domestic violence conviction. A conviction can also spell hefty fines of over $1,000 as well as months or even years in jail.

Do I have to do anything special when suing the government?

California's state government, with its many agencies, is likely one of the state's largest employers. Add in all of the various local governments and their agencies, which include the various departments of this state's largest cities, and a Riverside resident can easily see how the government and its employees have a huge hand in California's economy and daily life. Regardless of whether one thinks this is a good thing or a bad thing, the reality is that people are in contact with government employees and government businesses all the time, on the roads, at various office buildings, and just about anywhere else.

Not surprisingly, government employees from time-to-time make mistakes and are even careless. This can result in an individual being hurt in the process. When this happens, victims deserve compensation to offset the damages that have been unfairly thrust upon them. Because the government is involved, however, recovering compensation through a lawsuit requires some special steps.

Man arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run accident

A man from Riverside County was recently arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident that happened last year. According to reports, the man was in custody and was given a $150,000 bail. The man entered a preliminary plea of not guilty.

The accident happened in Indio, California, which is about an hour from the City of Riverside. A car hit a teenage pedestrian, killing the teen. The driver of the vehicle then left the scene of the accident.

How hard should I fight for our home?

It is not a secret that California real estate is expensive, and this is both a good and bad thing for residents of Riverside and other parts of this state.

For those trying to buy a home, it can be a real hardship coming up with the money, but for those who already have a house, it can be a great nest egg for the future, provided one can keep up the costs of home ownership.

New California laws offer less punishment for younger individuals

Before Governor Jerry Brown left office, he signed in numerous bills that will drastically change the California employment and criminal justice systems. Some of these newer laws seek to lessen the offense charges on certain convictions and focus more on rehabilitation, attracting them a fair amount of praise and criticism.

Several of these new laws focus on making less harsher punishments for minors. Some children in the past have received felony charges that landed them decades in prison and ruined any chance of a life they had. With these new bills signed, a child may have a chance to plan for they layout of their dorm room rather than their prison cell.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

A previous post on this blog talked about how domestic violence allegations can have a negative effect on a mom or dad's ability to have custody over their children or even have liberal parenting time with them.

This post implied that when a Riverside parent is facing criminal charges related to false or grossly exaggerated allegations of domestic violence, they should strongly consider having the help of an experienced attorney in the area so they can defend both their liberty and their relationship with their children.

Pastor accused of sexual assault, arrested

A pastor in Santa Ana, California, which many would recognize as a city less than an hour's drive from Riverside, is facing serious legal trouble after a teenage girl, who was part of his congregation, accused him of assault.

According to reports, the pastor, who had served as youth pastor for 2 years, was in a restroom designated for women, awaiting a 13-year-old female. Police think that when the girl entered the bathroom, the pastor grabbed her around the neck to keep her from running and then touched her in a sexual manner.

Shopping should not be a risky activity

Even the most dedicated online shoppers in Riverside have to set out from time to time to a brick and mortar store or shopping center in order to buy what they need.

When they do so, they naturally expect to go in and out of the store without getting hurt. After all, even common sense dictates that, really, it is the business owner's job, or that of the landlord, to make sure that the property and parking lot are safe.