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February 2015 Archives

Woman turns herself in after champagne theft

At around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, a woman in California surrendered to authorities in order to face charges for stealing six bottles of champagne. The 49-year-old woman was accused of taking the champagne from a grocery store in Santa Cruz on Jan. 19. On Feb. 10, police issued photos to the media that showed the woman they referred to as the 'bubbly bandit."

California misdemeanors versus felonies

One of the biggest differences between being charged with a felony or a misdemeanor is the amount of time spent in prison. The other is the activity from the prosecutor and defense attorney that leads up to being arrested for a misdemeanor or felony crime.

Defenses to DUI in California

There are several ways to defend against a California DUI charge. One of the most popular methods is to challenge the validity or legality of the initial stop and whether the officer had reasonable probable cause to pull over the driver. Another is to question whether sampling or performance tests were performed correctly and interpreted accurately using properly functioning equipment. However, there are certain factual defenses which may lessen or eliminate the charge altogether.

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