A Riverside resident probably recognizes naturally that a charge related to alleged domestic violence is a serious matter. Like any other criminal charge, a conviction, even on a first-time misdemeanor offense, can lead to jail time, probation with restrictive and costly terms, and fines.
A traffic stop could have many results. For some, this may mean receiving a warning. For others, it could mean getting a citation. And for some, it means being charged with additional crimes unrelated to the traffic stop. This is what recently happened in Riverside.
Many criminal prosecutions for a variety of offenses are successful because the police searched their suspect's home, car or other property and found some damning evidence by doing so.
A recent accident on a Riverside freeway left two people dead and one person seriously injured. All of the victims were in one car, and driver of the other car is now facing allegations that he was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additional criminal charges could be filed against the man in connection with this accident.
A young California man has been accused of setting at least one fire that has been burning in a national forest about an hour from Riverside. Specifically, he faces five counts of arson, although whether he started more than one fire was not clear.
Of late, there have been stories in the news about pretty flagrant cases of child abuse or neglect. These stories likely shock and anger Riverside residents, even if they do realize in the back of their minds that the accused still have the right to a fair trial and an opportunity to tell their side of the story.
Many people in Riverside, California, are probably already familiar with field sobriety tests just because they watch television, even if they have never been stopped on the suspicion of drunk driving.
The President of the Professional Golf Association, or PGA, of America was recently arrested in Riverside County and now faces a drunk driving charge. The man has been serving in his office since the fall of 2016 and holds office for a two-year term.
Despite public press and warnings, young people and others in the Riverside area continue to use drugs that are either are or until recently were illegal under both California's laws and under the laws of the federal government.
A Los Angeles police officer who called Riverside home was briefly behind bars before posting $400,000 bail in connection with an allegation that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.