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Necessity to Drive Under the Influence?

Most states, if not all, allow a jury to be instructed on Necessity as a defense to a crime. This is a difficult instruction to apply in a DUI case but appropriate to some facts.  The defense usually requires that there be a threat to the individual or another person that the defendant sought to […]

Are Commercial Drivers’ DUI Penalties Appropriate?

More and more it is becoming quite clear that for many people the penalties for Driving Under the Influence outside the courtroom are more severe than the court imposed penalties.  For example a Commercial Driver will become disqualified for a commercial license for a period of one year if their license is suspended by the […]

Can a Doctor lose his/her License due to a DUI?

The Internet is becoming fraught with reports of physicians losing their license following a DUI arrest.  Most reports relate to doctors who have had multiple arrests or are have been arrested for a DUI incident involving injuries.   However, this is no reason to be overly optimistic that the Medical Board will not take action against a […]

DUI Bar to Real Estate License

A conviction of a DUI can prevent the issuance or cause the suspension or revocation of a real estate license if combined with another conviction involving drugs or alcohol. The California Real Estate Commissioner has developed criteria for the denial, suspension or revocation of a real estate license in addition to the laws passed by […]

Revocation or Denial of a Merchant Mariner Credential Because of a DUI

A Merchant Marine Credential (MMC) is a credential issued by the U.S. Coast Guard combining the elements of the merchant mariner’s document, merchant mariner’s license, and certificate of registry, which are no longer issued as separate documents. (46 CFR § 10.201.) When determining whether to issue or renew a Merchant Marine Credential the Coast Guard […]

New Changes to California Vehicle Code

Recently the Legislature passed a revision to California Vehicle Code section 13352. This law provides persons convicted of a 2nd DUI an opportunity to obtain a restricted driver’s license after a 90 day suspension (as opposed to one year) with the installation of an Ignition Interlock device. A restricted license is unavailable until after a […]