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Ca. man facing drug charges following traffic stop

If a police officer has found drugs on your person or in your vehicle, you may face drug possession charges. The severity of the charges you face will often depend on the type and quantity of drugs, as well as whether your intent was to distribute or sell the drugs in your possession.

Police officers recently stopped a vehicle for improper lane usage and alleged that the smell of marijuana was coming from the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was apparently advised of his rights and reportedly told authorities he was transporting large amounts of narcotics in his car.

How does my house get divided in the divorce?

California is a community property state, meaning that there is a presumption that any property acquired during the marriage belongs to both spouses equally. In other words, both spouses will have an equal interest in their house, assuming it was purchased during the marriage with marital funds and both spouses are on the title. However, as with many physical assets, literally splitting the house in half is not a realistic option. So many divorcing couples are left with the question: who gets the house?

Generally, divorcing couples have three options when deciding how to divide the house. Many spouses find that selling their home and dividing the proceeds equally is the best way to ensure that both spouses get what they are entitled to. Keep in mind that any money you and your soon-to-be ex make on the sale of the house could be subjected to capital gains taxes. Also, if you sell the home, both you and your spouse will have to find a new place to live. Whether you rent or buy, you will need to make sure you (and your spouse) are financially stable enough on your own to afford the costs of a new home or apartment.

Child custody arrangements in a military divorce

Divorce is complicated, even under the most favorable circumstances. While emotions often escalate during child custody, support and property division disputes, matters of co-parenting arrangements may be increasingly difficult for members of the armed forces.

Military members make great sacrifices to serve our country. Agreeing on a parenting time schedule can be difficult for any divorcing couple. But possible military reassignments, deployments and long hours may further complicate your co-parenting efforts.

New bill may lower maximum BAC level for California drivers

Earlier this year, Utah adopted a new law lowering the maximum blood alcohol content for drivers to .05, the lowest in the country. A new California bill may mean the same thing for California.

Autumn Burke, state Assemblywoman from Marina Del Rey, recently introduced Assembly Bill 1713, known as Liam's Law that would reduce the maximum BAC for California drivers from .08 to .05. Lawmakers believe that this new law could result in 1,000 fewer DUI deaths per year. The bill will be debated in the Assembly Public Safety Committee in the next few weeks.

Why should a veteran handle your legal dispute?

When you find yourself in the midst of a legal dispute, you may not know where to turn. You probably know you need representation. You need someone who will work hard for you, and someone you can trust.

In those instances, working with a veteran of the United States armed forces can make a tremendous difference – not only in your treatment throughout the process, but also in how your case is handled. And whether you are active duty, retired or a civilian, it is important to understand why it would be in your best interest to work with a veteran.

Unintended consequences of proposed change to California DUI law

Last month, California lawmakers were presented a bill that calls for a significant reduction in the amount of alcohol you can have in your system while driving. AB 1713 would lower the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) from .08 percent to .05 percent.

While proponents of the bill claim it would improve traffic safety, they are reluctant to discuss other consequences. If the BAC was lowered, it would mean a surge in DUI arrests. Many of those arrested would not be impaired in any way and would pose no threat, but because of the lowered BAC standard would regardless face California’s tough drunk driving penalties.

A Tax Trial Win

A client, whose business we helped a few years ago came back with an interesting problem; they had a trial concerning EDD, employees (non-existent) and Taxes the Government claimed they owed. The client had previously requested our assistance in this matter, however, as many of you know, we do trials, not tax work.

Date of Separation and your Divorce

California uses the date of separation as the essential date for determining property interests; property acquired by a spouse after the date of separation is considered to be that spouse's separate property, while property acquired before the date of separation is community property. The date of separation can also be a factor in determining whether the marriage is a "long term" marriage thereby changing the duration a party will pay or receive spousal support.

DUI changes; Lyft and Uber drivers beware

One of the more substantive newly-enacted laws affecting the public interest, is AB-2687, which commencing in July 1, 2018, imposes commercial motor vehicle blood alcohol standards on drivers of vehicles for hire. The law passed unanimously through both the Assembly and Senate-reflecting the legislative intent to protect the public. The effect of the law is that it essentially makes Uber drivers, Lyft drivers and cabbies commercial drivers under the law for purposes of driving under the influence.

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