The Arrest Process for DUI in Contra Costa County

No driver expects to be stopped for Driving Under The Influence (DUI), so most people are unprepared when pulled over by law enforcement.  Being stopped for DUI can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience.  By reading the information outlined below you can save yourself or a loved one from a very stressful and aggravating experience.
 
People arrested for DUI are usually taken to a police station and then to the County Jail.  There are several jails in Contra Costa County. If you are trying to locate someone who has been arrested, you will need to have that person’s full name and date of birth to make your search easier. 

Release Following Arrest

When a person is arrested, he or she may be released on their written promise to appear in criminal court to face their DUI charges. However in some cases, a person will only be released from jail when they post bail.  Bail is an amount of money or property posted with the court as security to ensure the arrested person’s appearance. 

When a bail is required, finding a bail bondsman is necessary.  A bail bondsman provides the bond to ensure the court appearance of the arrested person.  DUI attorney has good relationships with bail agents and may be able to obtain the services of a bail agent at a substantial discount.  Therefore, it makes sense to contact John Smith prior to contacting the bail bondsman.

Hiring an Experienced Contra Costa County DUI Attorney

Hiring a competent and trustworthy DUI attorney is a crucial step in the criminal process. A Contra Costa County DUI lawyer can protect your rights and inform you of your legal options. DUI attorney John will thoroughly investigate the conditions of your arrest and represent you during your court and DMV case. John will also provide the resources and aggressive DUI defense you will need to successfully fight your DUI charges in Contra Costa County.

Confiscation of a California Driver’s License

When a person is taken into custody for DUI the officer will confiscate his/her driver’s California driver’s license. The officer will give you a temporary permit to drive. A person then only has only 10 days to schedule a hearing with the California Department of Motor Vehicles to contest their license suspension.  Do not be in denial about your DUI case! Failure to schedule a hearing will result in an automatic license suspension.

Arraignment in Contra Costa County

Shortly after DUI charges are filed against a driver, an arraignment is scheduled. Additionally, the DUI attorney can appear on your behalf at an arraignment. This will help you save time and possible embarrassment from having to make a personal appearance in court.

At that time the person must enter a plea of “not guilty”, “guilty” or “no contest.”  When a person pleads guilty or no contest, a sentence may be immediately imposed by a judge.  The judge may also set release terms and set future court dates at the arraignment.  Remember, a person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  There are numerous defenses available for DUI arrests.  By working with a skillful DUI attorney, a person can greatly increase the chances of building a strong defense against a DUI conviction.

Proving Their Case

Most people assume all is lost just because a breath test result is a .12, or a blood test result is a .15, and that your case is not worth fighting.

In the criminal justice system, the prosecution bears the burden of proof.  That means that in order to get a conviction, the prosecutor must convince a judge or jury that you are guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In California, all 12 jurors must be convinced in your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If even one juror votes “not guilty” the jury is hung and the case is usually dismissed.

Although the following four specific aspects are used by the Prosecutor to gain a DUI conviction, they can be disputed to get a DUI dismissal. Compare the aspects to the four wheels in an automobile. If any of the wheels are faulty or missing, a car will not go very far.  An accused should be acquitted if there is reasonable doubt regarding any aspect of the case. A skilled and aggressive DUI attorney will challenge the four aspects to help you get your DUI charge dismissed.

Driving Pattern

The driving pattern that a police officer usually reports is incomplete and one-sided. They only note things that the driver does wrong. An expert DUI attorney can point out things that his client does right and how the driving pattern was consistent with sobriety.

Physical Symptons

This may appear at first glance to be compelling evidence of guilt; they are usually an opportunity to point out what a poor job of investigation was done by the officer. Often an officer will emphasize red, watery eyes as a symptom of impairment yet failed to ask the driver if he/she is fatigued, has allergies or if there is any other reason for red eyes. An odor of alcohol on the breath can also be misleading. Police officers often face embarrassment when they are forced to admit that it is the mixer in the beverage that has an odor and not the liquor itself.

Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs)

This is one of the easiest aspects to be thrown out by a skilled lawyer. These random, biased administered physical exercises have nothing to do with driving skills.  It is reasonable to understand that a person’s agility suffers when nervous and forced to perform roadside gymnastics. This especially true when an armed, uniformed officer has ordered him/her out of the car in the middle of the night.

Chemical Testing

In order for the results to be accepted, they must first be proven to be accurate and reliable. Even if the machines used in the DUI arrest are working properly, all the regulations regarding testing were observed and if the numbers are indeed accurate, there are still issues relating to the alcohol level at the time of driving. This is the most important piece of a chemical test in a DUI case. It is possible to scientifically demonstrate that someone who is a .12 at the station was really a .06 while driving. Factors such as drinking pattern, stomach contents, absorption rate, time of drinking, time of driving and time of testing will be investigated by a skilled DUI attorney.

Contra Costa DUI Attorney

­­­­Do not be in denial or assume your case is lost without first consulting with a knowledgeable DUI attorney! Mr. Smith has been helping people charged with DUI in Contra Costa County for 10 years. DUI attorney John Smith has the education, training and experience to defend you against a DUI.  He will also schedule and represent you at the DMV hearing.  Do not ignore the ten-day deadline given by DMV.  Contact John at 1-800-555-1234 to retain the services of a knowledgeable and trustworthy DUI defense lawyer.

 

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How to Identify the Top 7 Resume′ Lies

The best way to identify the top 7 resume′ lies is to do a thorough background pre-screening of all prospective employees. Ideally, an employment pre-screening should be left to a professional employee screening company that has the experience and skills to perform a thorough employment background screening, including a criminal records search, through a pre-employment firm such as Accu-Screen.

When the job market is tight and applicants are desperate for work it is not unusual they will lie about:

  • Job Title (Rank)
  • Dates of Employment
  • Inflated Salary
  • Criminal Records
  • Education (e.g. Bogus Degrees-Diploma Mills)
  • Professional License (e.g. MD, RN, CPA, etc.)
  • “Ghost” Company (self-owned business)

Job Title (Rank)

The main reason candidates embellish a job title is to promote themselves into a senior position. Rather than work their way up the ranks they give themselves a promotion, which is usually attached to an inflated raise. A thorough reference check will usually reveal these self-promoters.

Dates of employment

Some errors involving dates of employment are understandable, others questionable.

When an employee is caught adding years to his tenure at a company this raises issues, such as the reasons for shorter tenure and the possibility he is covering “employment gaps.” In this situation a thorough reference check will reveal any inconsistencies.

Inflated Salary

One of the reasons employees inflate their salaries is because it is difficult to get a salary verification from past employers due to confidentiality issues. Sneaky employees are aware of this and use it to their advantage. A match against the verification of past job  titles through a reference check will help catch this type of job applicant.

Criminal Records

One of the main reasons job applicants will sometimes lie about their criminal history is fear of a rejected job application. They will lie regardless of how petty or serious the crime was.

A more serious reason is the actual covering of criminal activity with the intent to repeat the criminal behavior in a new position. Examples may be a daycare applicant who has been charged or convicted of molestation or the accountant who stole from a previous employer. It is important that all employees go through a criminal background screening.

Education (e.g. Bogus Degrees-Diploma Mills)

Graduating yourself seems to be a popular lie on resumes′. Other times the applicant has basically stolen another person’s identity by “borrowing” information on a resume′. It is important to verify an educational background so that identity thieves are avoided.

Professional License (e.g. MD, RN, CPA, etc.)

Just as some applicants are “graduating” themselves, they are adding unearned titles to their names. This will usually go hand in hand with the “bogus” diploma or fake education on the resume′. It is doubly important for an employer to verify education as avoiding this step can land an employer in court and in huge financial trouble due to negligent hiring lawsuits. This is especially important in the medical field.

“Ghost” Company (self-owned business)

A “ghost company” is a made up company or employer by a job applicant. It is added to a resume′ or job application to appear more experienced or to cover gaps in an employment history. Some applicants will use “ghost companies” to cover up gaps of employment due to incarceration. A criminal background screening is needed to uncover this possibility.

Identifying the top 7 resume′ lies

According to a CareerBuilder.com survey, only 5% of workers actually admit to fibbing on their resumes, but 57% of hiring managers say they have caught a lie on a candidate’s application. Hiring a pre-employment background-screening agency is one of the best ways an employer can help avoid:

  • Unethical employees
  • Financial loss
  • Employees with a criminal background

Contact Accu-Screen today at www.accuscreen.com or (800) 689-ACCU (2228) to learn more on how they can help you save time and money by recruiting honest and skilled employees.

 

Exxon Mobil, Chevron y Conoco denominaron como acusados en la demanda de emisión de escape de diesel

Exxon Mobil, Chevron y Conoco denominaron como acusados en la demanda de emisión de escape de diesel

Abogados personales de herida Owen, Patterson & Owen desde Los Angeles han sido retenido para representar demandantes que reclaman problemas grave de la salud debido a los efectos perjudiciales de emisiones de escape de diesel.

“OMS ha confirmado lo que muchos han sospechado todo el tiempo — que emisiones diesel de escape son sumamente tóxicas y pueden causar cáncer.”

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) 15 de junio, 2012

El abogado Greg Owen, de la oficina de abogados de Owen, Patterson & Owen desde Los Angeles, representará Frank a Shoenwald y Rosetón Shoenwald en la demanda archivado en la Tribunal Superior de Los Angeles caso #BC486543 el 12 de junio, 2012. Owen planea demostrar que emisiones perjudiciales y que la negligencia pretendida en la parte de los acusados causó los problemas graves de la salud de su cliente. El Sr. Shoenwald ha poseído, ha operado y ha mantenido vehículos diesel durante los últimos 30 años. Ha ingerido cantidades grandes de escape diesel al manejar y manteniendo sus vehículos diesel y ahora alegando que sufre de los efectos de exposición a emisiones de escape de diesel.

A consecuencia del anuncio alarmante el 12 de junio de 2012 por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) que vapores diesel de escape de emisión pueden causar cáncer en humanos y pertenecer en la misma categoría potencialmente mortal como asbesto, el arsénico y el gas mostaza, millones en todo el mundo ahora serán puestos sobre aviso a los peligros para la salud graves al aspirar emisiones de escape de diesel.

Los síntomas de exposición a la emission de escape de diesel varían. El sitio web de la oficina de California de evaluación del peligro de sanidad y medio ambiente indica, “Exposición al escape diesel puede tener efectos inmediatos de salud. El escape diesel puede irritar los ojos, la nariz, la garganta y los pulmones, y puede causar toses, los dolores de cabeza, puede hacerlo aturdido y nausea. En estudios con voluntarios humanos, partículas de escape de diesel hicieron a personas con alergias más susceptibles a los materiales a que son alérgicos, como polvo y polen. La exposición al escape diesel también causa inflamación en los pulmones, que puede agravar síntomas respiratorios crónicos y aumentar la frecuencia o la intensidad de ataques de asma”.

Owen indicó, “Hemos sabido hace mucho tiempo que emisión de escape de diesel puede causar una variedad de síntomas y problemas graves de salud. Pero ahora OMS ha confirmado lo que muchos han sospechado todo el tiempo — que emisiones de escape de diesel son sumamente tóxicas y pueden causar cáncer”.

Las personas más probable afectado por cáncer diesel de escape que causa emisiones incluyen, pero no son limitadas a, los camioneros, los propietarios que viven luego a autopistas, los bomberos, trabajadores de construcción, pilotos de ejército y barco. Según OMS casi cualquiera expuso a emisiones de escape de diesel está en peligro. Como notado en el comunicado de prensa publicado por OMS, el doctor Christopher Portier, el Presidente del IARC y del Grupo de Trabajo, indicó que “La evidencia científica fue concluyente y la conclusión del Grupo de Trabajo fue unánime: escape de diesel del motor causa cáncer de pulmón en humanos”. El Dr Portier continuó: “Dados los impactos adicionales de la salud de partículas diesel, la exposición a esta mezcla de sustancias químicas debe ser reducida mundial”.

Sobre Owen, Patterson & Owen

La firma de abogados de Owen, Patterson & Owen han representado exitosamente una variedad de casos que recorren de acciones de clase mayores (Johnson V. Harley Davidson) a casos individuales como Schwartz v. Oakdale Heights, que tuvieron como resultado un $12.5 millones de jurado juicio. La empresa también representa doce de a los niños hechos de víctima en los casos sumamente hechos públicdos de abuso de la escuela de enseñanza primaria de Miramonte. Sirviendo a clientes por todo el país y con sede en Los Angeles, ellos representan a sus clientes con una combinación extraordinaria de sensibilidad y agresividad. Para más información, por favor visite http://www.opolaw.com/cases/diesel-exhaust-lung-cancer o llame a 800-676-5295.

Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Conoco Named as Defendants in Diesel Fuel Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Conoco Named as Defendants in Diesel Fuel Lawsuit

Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys Owen, Patterson & Owen Have Been Retained to Represent Plaintiffs Claiming Serious Health Problems Due to the Harmful Effects of Diesel Fuel.

Los Angeles, CA (PR WEB) June 14, 2012

Attorney Greg Owen, of the Los Angeles law firm Owen, Patterson & Owen, will represent Frank Shoenwald and Rosette Shoenwald. Owen plans to demonstrate that harmful effects of diesel gas and that the alleged negligence on the part of the defendants caused his client’s serious health problems. Mr. Shoenwald has owned, operated and maintained diesel vehicles during the last 30 years. He has ingested large amounts of diesel exhaust while driving and maintaining his diesel vehicles and is now suffering from the effects of exposure to diesel gas exhaust fumes.

As a result of the alarming announcement on June 12, 2012 by the World Health Organization (WHO) that diesel engine fumes can cause cancer in humans and belong in the same potentially deadly category as asbestos, arsenic and mustard gas, millions worldwide will now be alerted to the serious health risks in breathing in diesel gas fumes.

Symptoms of exposure to diesel gas fumes vary. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment website states, “Exposure to diesel exhaust can have immediate health effects. Diesel exhaust can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and it can cause coughs, headaches, lightheadedness and nausea. In studies with human volunteers, diesel exhaust particles made people with allergies more susceptible to the materials to which they are allergic, such as dust and pollen. Exposure to diesel exhaust also causes inflammation in the lungs, which may aggravate chronic respiratory symptoms and increase the frequency or intensity of asthma attacks.”

Owen stated, “We have long known that diesel gas fumes cause a variety of symptoms and serious health problems. But now WHO has confirmed what many have suspected all along–that diesel gas fumes are highly toxic and can cause cancer.”

People possibly most affected by diesel exhaust fumes include, but not limited to, truck drivers, homeowners living next to freeways, firemen, construction workers, military and boat pilots. According to WHO, almost anyone exposed to diesel exhaust fumes is at risk. As noted in the press release issued by the WHO, Dr Christopher Portier, Chairman of the IARC working Group, stated that “The scientific evidence was compelling and the Working Group’s conclusion was unanimous: diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans.” Dr Portier continued: “Given the additional health impacts from diesel particulates, exposure to this mixture of chemicals should be reduced worldwide.”

About Owen, Patterson & Owen

The law firm of Owen, Patterson & Owen have successfully represented a variety of personal injury cases ranging from auto accidents to wrongful death. Serving clients nationwide and headquartered in Los Angeles, they represent their clients with a unique combination of sensitivity and aggressiveness. Recent cases include a $3.2 million lawsuit settlement in Denise Herron v. Nederander Greek and representation of the alleged sexually victimized Miramonte Children in personal injury lawsuits. For more information, please visit http://www.opolaw.com/cases/diesel-exhaust-lung-cancer or call 866.654.4947.

 

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Attorney Greg Owen is available for comment at (661) 799-3899.

THE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS YOU NEED

THE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS YOU NEED

California Diesel Fuel Class Action Attorneys

With the recent confirmation by the World Health Organization (WHO) that diesel engine fumes can cause cancer in humans, millions worldwide will now know the serious health risks in breathing in diesel gas fumes. Understandably people will be concerned about their health.

The lawyers at the Los Angeles law firm Owen, Patterson & Owen are ready to assist people with their concerns and questions about the effects of diesel gas fuel. The law firm of Owen, Patterson & Owen was retained by plaintiffs claiming to have health problems due to diesel gas exhaust fuel.  For over 30 years, Owen, Patterson & Owen has served Southern California and beyond. The lawyers at Owen, Patterson & Owen have obtained countless millions of dollars for victims of personal injury. You can be assured that we can help protect your rights at the time when you need it the most.

The Symptoms and Health Hazards of Diesel Gas Exhaust Fumes

For years The American Lung Association of California (ALAC) has known that diesel gas fumes cause a variety of symptoms and serious health problems. But now WHO has confirmed what was suspected all along–diesel gas fumes are highly toxic and can cause lung cancer.

Many people may be wondering what symptoms to look for and if they have a case. The website for the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) in conjunction with ALAC indicates, “Exposure to diesel exhaust can have immediate health effects. Diesel exhaust can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and it can cause coughs, headaches, lightheadedness and nausea. In studies with human volunteers, diesel exhaust particles made people with allergies more susceptible to the materials to which they are allergic, such as dust and pollen. Exposure to diesel exhaust also causes inflammation in the lungs, which may aggravate chronic respiratory symptoms and increase the frequency or intensity of asthma attacks.”

Symptoms of exposure to diesel gas fumes vary. Before you dismiss any health complaints that may be associated with diesel gas exhaust fuel, contact us to discuss the details of your complaints. People who may be most affected by diesel exhaust fumes include, but not limited to, truck drivers, mechanics, homeowners living next to freeways, firemen, railroad workers, construction workers, equipment operators, military and boat pilots.

Almost any person exposed to diesel exhaust fumes due to work or other reason is at risk. The elderly and children are especially susceptible. In a press release issued by the WHO, Dr Christopher Portier, Chairman of the IARC working Group, stated that “The scientific evidence was compelling and the Working Group’s conclusion was unanimous: diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer in humans.” Dr Portier continued: “Given the additional health impacts from diesel particulates, exposure to this mixture of chemicals should be reduced worldwide.” For more information about this announcement visit http://press.iarc.fr/pr213_E.pdf

Owen, Patterson & Owen

If you believe you or a loved one is suffering from health issues caused by exposure to diesel gas exhaust fuel, you may have a personal injury case. In cases that involve multiple victims, a class action lawsuit can be filed. The attorneys at Owen, Patterson & Owen can help you determine if your case has merit and how to best protect you rights through the legal system. Contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation at 800-676-5295 or http://www.opolaw.com/contact

Dream Sexy’s Herstory

Back in 2006, Dream Sexy was quite literally a “sexy dream” of mine. My name is Lisa Newkirk and I own and run Dream Sexy lingerie and Dream Sexy lingerie parties. I have always enjoyed hosting parties in my home and girl’s night out. They were always such a fun way to relax and escape the hustle and daily routine of my corporate job back then. As fate would have it, I was having such a great time that one of my best friends suggested, “Hey, why don’t you do this for a living?!” The idea stuck but I needed to find a way to make the girl’s night out extra special. I wanted my private parties to be memorable and fun. Like many other women, another passion of mine was fun, sexy and romantic lingerie. I decided to combine lingerie with the private parties I was hosting with my friend and as they say the rest is “herstory”!

And speaking of stories, you never know what you will discover at a Dream Sexy lingerie party. I invited my mom to one of my first Dream Sexy parties. The game for the night was for each gal to write and put into a hat a secret sexy fantasy (wildest place or…). The group would then have to guess who wrote it. My mom (the most shy in the group) ended up writing the wildest fantasy! At first I had no idea, but soon realized my mom wrote the note and we all had a huge laugh. I never dreamt my mom could be so much fun!

Since then I have gone on to realize my dream of owning my own lingerie business while helping countless women (moms and couples alike!) help realize their sexy fantasies through intimate lingerie and accessories.

What is Dream Sexy lingerie?

Dream Sexy is best described as an assortment of sexy, flirty and romantic lingerie for the woman who wants to get in touch with her sensual side. Dream sexy offers intimate clothing to make you feel sexy and desirable. Some of our most popular items include flirty chemises, sexy corsets and lacy thongs.

We also carry sexy stiletto heel shoes and lace up and thigh high boots to accessorize your sexy outfits. There are a styles and sizes for a variety of tastes from the romantic and mysterious to bold and erotic. 

How do I buy lingerie from Dream Sexy?

The most fun way to purchase Dream Sexy lingerie is at a Dream Sexy lingerie party. The atmosphere is warm and inviting for gals and couples alike. You will be able to see and feel the lingerie all while sipping a cool drink of your choice. Dream Sexy lingerie parties can also be set to match any theme from bachelorette parties to couple’s theme parties. Many couples appreciate the opportunity to buy lingerie together because it gives them the opportunity to choose things together that both find comfortable and exciting.

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