Friday, April 18, 2014

DUI Checkpoints for Weekend of March 18-20

Don't get delayed. Know where the checkpoints are and avoid the hassle.  Also, ... Be Careful out there.

This weekend's LA area DUI checkpoints are located as follows:

Friday:

Sunset Blvd at Orange Grove between 8-2.

Somewhere in the City of Santa Monica between 7-1.

DUI saturation patrols downtown and in East LA between 4-12.

DUI saturation patrols in south LA (77th St. Station) between 5-1.

In San Pedro at Gaffey St. and Santa Cruz between 8-2.

Saturday:

In Canoga Park at Topanga Canyon and Cohasset St. between 8-2.

If you have any questions about patrols or checkpoints give me a call at (213) 479-5322 or visit my website www.dui-defense-la.com. If you want to know more about the legality of DUI checkpoints read my article Those Lights .... To know what to do at a checkpoint read my article What To Do If You Are Stopped At a Checkpoint. If you have an opinion or something to add, please leave a comment.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

LAWINFO DOESN'T WORK!

LAWINFO DOESN'T WORK!

In my sixteen years as a practicing attorney, I've made numerous marketing mistakes.  Among the biggest and most costly was signing a contract with LawInfo.com. A service that purports to advertise on the internet for attorneys and draw clients from their advertising to the attorney's firm.  You pay per area code and split the service with 2-3 other attorneys.  At one point there weren't enough attorney's as dumb as me and I got a free space in another area code -- didn't help. 

After two years I can honestly say it doesn't work.  I did not get any clients from Lawinfo.  

Initially, Lawinfo told me I would receive a great return on my investment. I was also told, the price is so low, you will certainly break even. I didn't break even.  I didn't get 1 client/month to pay for the service. Nor did I receive 1 really good paying client over time to pay for the service.  I got a call initially from a customer rep.  I asked for the website to track the account but I don't think I ever got that.  

When after paying for nothing for a little under two years I notified them that I would not under any circumstances be renewing my contract, I was contacted by them and informed that it was my fault I didn't get clients. I wasn't using it right.  It wasn't a conversion problem, there were no clients to convert.  They said, there's no way to track whether you got any clients.  I tracked, I didn't get any. I was informed that Lawinfo had given me two free months at the backend.  Great, two free months of nothing.

In my opinion, do not invest your marketing dollars with Lawinfo. If you want the same result, flush the money down the toilet.  If you want a better result do anything else. Because LawInfo doesn't work.

Friday, March 21, 2014

LA Area DUI Checkpoints for Weekend of March 21, 2014

No one wants their weekend ruined by wasting time at a DUI roadblock. The Sheriff reports over 500 people were arrested for DUI on St. Patrick's Day Weekend.

Be careful out there.

The following DUI Checkpoints are scheduled for this weekend:

FRIDAY:

In Hollywood at Hollywood and Bronson between 7pm-1am.

SATURDAY:

In Torrance at Western and Sepulveda between 7pm - 1am.

If you have any questions about patrols or checkpoints give me a call at (213) 479-5322. If you want to know more about the legality of DUI checkpoints read my article Those Lights .... To know what to do at a checkpoint read my article What To Do If You Are Stopped At a Checkpoint. If you have an opinion or something to add, please leave a comment.

Using Phone's Map Function While Driving Is Legal

Vehicle Code Section 23123 bars the use of a cellphone while driving.  Last year there was an appellate court case that ruled the law applies to using the map function as well.

In People v. Isaac, the court of appeals ruled that the law as written,"A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving." 

As written it doesn't apply to anything but talking on the cellphone while driving.

So the conviction is overturned because the statute doesn't apply to using the phone's map function. If you think about it, the law would unfairly punish those distracted by reading a physical map.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call me (213) 479-5322 or by e-mail at edblum@dui-defense-la.com. If you have an opinion, leave it below.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Weekend LA Area DUI Checkpoints 3/14 -- 3/17

No reason to spoil your weekend plans waiting in line at a DUI Checkpoint.  Be careful out there.

NOTE: The LA Sheriff has posted that they will have 87 DUI patrols out this weekend as well as 13 checkpoints at undisclosed locations (they are not legally supposed to conceal the checkpoint locations). This is important if you are living or partying in an area (like West Hollywood, unincorporated LA or smaller cities in the county) that is normally patrolled by the sheriff. So, be very careful out there.

TONIGHT (Friday):

DUI Saturation Patrol Downtown and South LA.

DUI Checkpoint in K-Town at Vermont Ave. at Sixth St. from 8-2.

DUI Checkpoint in North Hills at Sepulveda and Parthenia from 8-2.

TOMORROW (Saturday):

DUI Checkpoint in South LA at Figueroa and 112th from 7-1.

DUI Checkpoint in Pacoima at Van Nuys onramp to the 5 from 8-2.

DUI Checkpoint in South LA at Florence and Broadway from 8-2.

DUI Checkpoint in Downtown LA at Figueroa and Ninth from 8-2.

SUNDAY:

DUI Saturation Patrol on the Eastside (Hollenbeck Division) from noon to 8pm.

DUI Saturation Patrol in the USC area -- careful homies -- from 5pm to 1am.

MONDAY ST. PATRICK'S DAY:

DUI Saturation Patrol in the North Hollywood area from 5-1.

DUI Saturation Patrols in the LBC all day.

If you have any questions about patrols or checkpoints give me a call at (213) 479-5322. If you want to know more about the legality of DUI checkpoints read my article Those Lights .... To know what to do at a checkpoint read my article What To Do If You Are Stopped At a Checkpoint. If you have an opinion or something to add, please leave a comment.




Friday, March 7, 2014

LA Area DUI Checkpoints March 7-9

This weekends DUI Checkpoints are as follows:

Tonight (3/7):

Hollywood Saturation patrols 7-1

DUI Checkpoint at Victory and St. Clair in NoHo.

Tomorrow:

Central LA Saturation patrols 7-1

DUI Checkpoint on Slauson at Vermont in South LA.

Sunday:

Mission area Saturation patrol 7-1.

Be careful out there.

If you have any questions about patrols or checkpoints give me a call at (213) 479-5322. If you want to know more about the legality of DUI checkpoints read my article Those Lights .... To know what to do at a checkpoint read my article What To Do If You Are Stopped At a Checkpoint. If you have an opinion or something to add, please leave a comment.

Friday, February 28, 2014

New Supreme Court Search and Seizure Case Fernandez v. California

In Fernandez v. California, the cops came to Fernandez's house which he shared with his girlfriend/wife/roommate.  The other tenant had called the cops and said Fernandez was hitting her.  Cops show up and see that Fernandez has a tattoo on his head similar to the suspect in a robbery that happened previously.  Cops ask Fernandez if they can search his house. Fernandez says, "No." Girlfriend/Co-Tenant is asked and says, "Sure."  The case of Georgia v. Randolph says when two co-tenants disagree on consent to search, there is no consent to search.  End of story, right? No. Our cops are sly.

So cops arrest Fernandez and remove him from the premises, then girlfriend gives consent again.  The cops enter and find evidence from the robbery.  Fernandez is convicted of robbery.  Seems like just cause you removed Fernandez doesn't mean you remove his objection.  Seems like cops will have to get a warrant. Contrary to what is depicted in cop shows/movies getting a warrant is not hard.  Most judges are former prosecutors who identify with cops. A warrant can be obtained over the phone.

Well, the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision says, cops don't need warrant when the only tenant present gives consent.  As Ginsburg points out in her dissent, while (wink, wink) these cops were acting in good faith it's highly likely that less scrupulous cops will arrest the objecting tenant for BS reasons.

All in all it seems more trouble to take the objecting tenant to jail, than it would be to call the duty judge and get a warrant.

If you have any questions about 4th Amendment searches, give me a call (213) 479-5322. If you have an opinion, leave a comment.