Driving While Impaired

The Dangers of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs   It is illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs anywhere in the United States. Drugged driving can include illegal or illicit drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines, but it can also include prescription drugs that impair your ability to drive.  According to the …

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How House Arrest Eases Jail Overcrowding

A Cost-Effective, Flexible Solution to an Ongoing Problem   Overcrowding in our jail and prison systems is a continuing problem throughout the country. The problem was highlighted when the Coronavirus took hold in early 2020 and wreaked havoc throughout the incarcerated population. Many jurisdictions have turned to alternative solutions that ease overcrowding while still providing …

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What Is Drug Test Patching?

How the Transdermal Drug Patch Works Traditionally, drug testing has been done by collecting a urine sample, blood sample, or hair follicle. However, today there is a new way to test for drugs that is simpler, more accurate, and non-invasive. A transdermal drug patch uses the sweat a person naturally excretes to detect the presence …

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Recent Drunk Driving Checkpoints

Law Enforcement Are Still Conducting Checkpoints Across Orange County Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most commonly charged offenses in Southern California. Recently, law enforcement officers have stepped up their efforts to catch drunk drivers in the act. Sobriety checkpoints are still legal in California, although they must follow certain requirements to …

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What Is a Collaborative Court?

Understanding California’s DUI/DWI Courts Based on drug court models, several jurisdictions within the California court system have implemented DUI/DWI courts for multiple offenders. Collaborative courts, such as ones for repeat DUI offenders, Veterans, drug offenders, and mental health disorders, generally focus on rehabilitation and community treatment in lieu of strict incarceration. According to the California …

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Will California Join Utah in Lowering Legal Drinking Limit to 0.05%?

Considerations for Lowering California’s Legal BAC limit from .08% to .05% In 2019, a bill was introduced by Assembly Members Burke and Flora with principal coauthor Senator Hill to reduce California’s legal blood alcohol concentration limit from 0.08% to 0.05%. Unfortunately, Assembly Bill 1713 died in committee and is currently inactive, but calls to join …

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Benefits of SCRAM CAM

Understanding Continuous Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring In December 2007, the Traffic Injury Research Foundation published “Continuous Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring: A Premier for Criminal Justice Professionals.” The primer explained how revolutionary technology was being used to help courts verify and hold individuals accountable to alcohol abstinence orders. The technology was relatively new at the time, although it …

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