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October 2018 Archives

'Ray Donovan' actor facing felony DUI charge

A California judge has ordered "Ray Donovan" star Marion Hall to take part in an addiction program and have an ignition interlock device installed in his Chrysler 300 sedan. The order was handed down on Oct. 26 during a bail hearing in Los Angeles. The 44-year-old actor will also be required to attend at least two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week until his drunk driving case is resolved. He faces child endangerment and felony DUI charges stemming from an Oct. 3 accident in Burbank.

NTSB calls for action to curb drug-imapired driving

Drug impairment has become an increasingly serious road safety issue in recent years, and the National Transportation Safety Board has called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take steps to address the problem. In an Oct. 16 statement, the agency called for standards to be written for a standardized roadside test that could be used by police officers across the country to identify drug-impaired drivers. A deepening opioid crisis and recreational marijuana laws like the one passed in California are thought to be largely responsible for the surge in drug-related road deaths.

Understanding misdemeanor offenses in California

When people in California face criminal charges, they could be accused of either felonies or misdemeanors. Some of the most common types of criminal cases, including first-time DUI charges, prostitution offenses or even panhandling or squatting, are classified as misdemeanors. These charges can still have serious effects, including a sentence of up to a year in prison as well as fines and a criminal record.

How California law deals with auto theft crimes

Auto theft charges in California can either be a misdemeanor or a felony. How a crime is classified depends on the facts in a given case. However, most auto theft cases involve felony charges that carry jail time and a fine of up to $10,000 for those who are convicted. To commit auto theft in the state, a person must take a car that doesn't belong to him or her and is worth more than $950.

California law allows for expungment of pot convictions

Assembly Bill 1793 passed the California state legislature and was signed into law by the governor on Sept. 30. The law is designed to make it easier for people who were convicted of cannabis-related crimes in the past to clean up their records. People who have past marijuana convictions will have the opportunity under the new law to have their sentences reduced or their criminal records expunged.

Gang sweep in California leads to 20 arrests

A multi-agency investigation into gang activities and drug trafficking led to a series of early-morning raids on Sept. 20 and the arrest of 20 individuals according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California. Authorities say that a further six individuals named in federal complaints remain at large. The investigation into the Mexican Mafia prison gang and street gangs operating in the San Diego area involved hundreds of law enforcement officers and federal agents from agencies including the San Diego, Chula Vista, National City, El Cajon and La Mesa Police Departments, the San Diego County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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