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Amy Morell is a California Attorney who focuses her practice exclusively on DUI defense in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here she blogs about issues surrounding impaired driving law, process and science in California.

Are Courts Open?

Posted by Amy Morell | Oct 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Are courts open during COVID times for your DUI? Some courts are open to the public and require an in person appearance. Some courts are open and require a video appearance. It's important to check the court information online before your court date. if you have any questions about court or you...

Using Chalk on Tires is an Unlawful Search

Posted by Amy Morell | Apr 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

We've all been there before and gotten a parking ticket because our car tire was marked by chalk. Looks like that is an unlawful search! Who knew?  https://www.npr.org/2019/04/23/716248823/court-says-using-chalk-on-tires-for-parking-enforcement-violates-constitution

Penalties for a first offense DUI in Oakland

Posted by Amy Morell | Feb 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Oakland DUI Arrest If you have been arrested in Oakland for DUI, you may have some questions about what is going to happen to you.  Being arrested is a scary and confusing time.  Often times, one's mind goes to what are the worst possible penalties? On most first offense DUI's you may be look...

Arrested for DUI and Just Released from Jail, Now What?

Posted by Amy Morell | Sep 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Arrested for a DUI Being arrested for a DUI is a traumatic event.  One of the first things that people often do after being released from jail is to go home and start "googling."  This can be a scary endeavor.  Usually, there is a lot of misinformation about DUIs and what it means to be arrested...

DUI Checkpoints for the Fourth of July

Posted by Amy Morell | Jul 02, 2015 | 0 Comments

DUI Checkpoints in the Bay Area July marks the start of law enforcement ramping up DUI enforcement.   The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), has determined that most alcohol related accidents occur during the month of July.  Federal grants have been issued to many police department...

Marijuana DUI arrests are up in the San Francisco Bay Area

Posted by Amy Morell | Jun 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Now that many states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational uses, DUI marijuana arrests and charges are more common than ever.  In California, prosecutors are charging DUI marijuana cases under vehicle code section 23152(e)  which states that driving under the influence of alcohol o...

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