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December 2018 Archives

California ignition interlock device law goes into effect

More of the drivers convicted of drunk driving in California each year will be required to have ignition interlock devices fitted to their vehicles when Senate Bill 1046 goes into effect on Jan. 1. The law, which apples to first-time DUI offenders who are in an accident that injures others, is being rolled out statewide after pilot programs in Tulare, Alameda and Los Angeles counties were successful.

First driving under the influence (DUI) charges explained

When the operator of a motor vehicle in California is believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while behind the wheel, he or she may face a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. Generally, when a driver is charged with his or her first DUI, he or she is arrested and placed in jail for a brief period of time. Oftentimes, a first-time offender is able to leave jail after bail is set and posted provided he or she is no longer under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

California woman sentenced to 30 years for fatal DUI accident

A judge in California has handed down a sentence of 30 years to life to a 26-year-old woman who caused a wrong-way accident in 2014 that claimed the lives of six people including her sister. The San Bernardino County resident learned of her fate during a Dec. 5 sentencing hearing in Los Angeles. Toxicology tests performed about three hours after the fatal crash are said to have revealed the woman's blood alcohol concentration to be almost double the .08 percent drunk driving limit.

Rapper faces drug charges from months-old traffic stop

A California rapper is facing drug charges in Georgia after being arrested by police while visiting Atlanta for a performance. The performer, known as Ty Dolla $ign, is facing felony charges for cocaine and THC possession as well as misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of cannabis. If convicted on all charges, the rapper could serve up to 15 years in prison. He was indicted in December 2018 despite being released without charges at the time of his initial arrest.

Ty Dolla $ign indicted on drug charges in Georgia

California music fans may be interested to learn that Ty Dolla $ign has been indicted on drug charges in Georgia. The singer-rapper, who was born Tyrone William Griffin Jr., is facing charges of felony possession of cocaine and felony possession of THC. He is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Drug test identifies cotton candy as methamphetamine

Many police departments in California and around the country use roadside drug testing kits to determine whether or not items discovered by officers during stops or searches are illegal narcotics. These portable drug testing kits are inexpensive and easy to use, but they have been known to mistake benign substances like sugar and baking powder for methamphetamine or cocaine.

Football player released after domestic incident

The 49ers have a following both within California and throughout the nation, so fans may have heard about the release of linebacker Reuben Foster. He was let go by the team after allegations of domestic violence were made against him in Tampa. On Nov. 24, police were called to the Grand Hyatt hotel at about 9 p.m. to investigate a claim that Foster and his former girlfriend had gotten into a physical altercation.

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