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DUI Lawyer Amy Morell in Bay Area

DUI/DWI Attorney, Amy Morell, top criminal traffic defense lawyer in California, serving San Francisco Bay Area.

Read the latest in California state DUI, drunk driving or under the influence, DMV, department of licensing and criminal traffic law issues, processes and questions. Former DUI Prosecutor with 19+ years experience, call (877) 366-9440 for a free consultation.

10 Jun

Is DUI a Felony?

Posted by Amy Morell on Jun 10, 2013

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Most DUI's are not considered a felony. If you have been arrested for DUI, you can look on your citation or notice to appear to find out if you have been cited for a misdemeanor or felony DUI. If you see an “m” next to the charge listed, typically Vehicle Code Sections 23152(a) and 23152(b) - yo...

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20 May

Know Your Legal Rights When Arrested for DUI

Posted by Amy Morell on May 20, 2013

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Do not wait to contact a DUI/DWI attorney if you have been arrested for driving under the influence. It is important to know that if you have been pulled over and arrested for a DUI you know what to expect and do.  Once you are taken into custody, no statements can be used against you unless the...

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14 May

DUI Checkpoints: What You Should Know

Posted by Amy Morell on May 14, 2013

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So, you're driving down the road minding your own business when suddenly you see a sign up ahead “DUI CHECKPOINT.”  What can you do?   Well, if you do not want to go through the checkpoint you may lawfully avoid the checkpoint by make a lawful U-turn or turn.  If you are stopped for lawfully a...

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18 Mar

Morell Law Office: Exclusively DUI Defense

Posted by Amy Morell on Mar 18, 2013

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Amy Morell is a Board Member of the California DUI Lawyer's Association (CDLA), the oldest DUI Association in California and the United States. Ms. Morell has defended more than a thousand DUI cases, including conducting more than a thousand DMV (Department of Motor Vehicle) hearings. The CDLA wa...

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18 Mar

Can I Refuse To Take A Field Sobriety Test?

Posted by Amy Morell on Mar 18, 2013

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If you have been drinking, getting behind the wheel and driving home can have serious legal consequences. This video describes the repercussions of taking or not taking a field sobriety test if you are pulled over on suspicion of a DUI. While an officer may forcefully request that you submit to ...

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15 Mar

Stay Smart: What to Do When You Are Pulled Over for a DUI

Posted by Amy Morell on Mar 15, 2013

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Whether you're over the legal limit or not, seeing police lights in your rear view mirror is one of the more unsettling experiences we can go through as drivers. When you are over the legal limit, however, your freedom often depends on what happens in between the time the police lights flip on an...

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12 Mar

Why Do Police Stop Cars?

Posted by Amy Morell on Mar 12, 2013

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Have you ever been pulled over by the police?  It can be a nerve-wracking experience, even if you haven't done anything wrong.  There are a few behavioral tips you should know and understand before you deal with the situation. In this video, an officer discusses why officers pull vehicles over a...

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08 Mar

How to Get a Restricted License after a DUI conviction

Posted by Amy Morell on Mar 08, 2013

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It's possible to regain some driving privileges after a DUI conviction. Work, school, and family all have demands on your time, and many of these obligations require being able to drive. After a DUI conviction, your driver's license is often the first thing you lose. In this video, you can learn...

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28 Feb

Watch This Video To Learn More About DUI/DWI Laws

Posted by Amy Morell on Feb 28, 2013

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DUI and DWI laws vary in every state, but it is illegal in every state to drive with a BAC over 0.08% or under the influence of any drug that may impair driving ability. This video discusses what the law is concerning drunk driving and how a police officer may determine if a driver is intoxicated...

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26 Feb

Important Details that Factor into your DUI Case.

Posted by Amy Morell on Feb 26, 2013

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Being accused of drinking and driving is frightening, and its legal repercussions can be confusing. All states have different DUI laws, and most people aren't aware of all of them. If you have been arrested on a DUI charge, your first step should be to contact your attorney. You need someone to i...

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26 Feb

Top 5 Things to Discuss with your DUI Lawyer

Posted by Amy Morell on Feb 26, 2013

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Many people facing a first offense DUI have never faced any criminal charges, and don't know much about consulting an attorney. Knowing what to ask your DUI lawyer helps you handle your case and reduce your stress during a hectic time. You should feel comfortable speaking with your attorney to e...

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15 Feb

What to Do if you were in a Drunk Driving (DUI) Accident.

Posted by Amy Morell on Feb 15, 2013

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Unfortunately accidents happen; if you are involved in a drunk driving accident, follow these steps to keep the short-term and long-term negative effects of your accident to a minimum. At the Scene of your DUI accident Know your rights: As with any police encounter, you have a right to refuse t...

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15 Feb

How California Police Determine Your Level of Intoxication

Posted by Amy Morell on Feb 15, 2013

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As in other states, it is illegal in California for any individual to drive while under the influence of alcohol. Intoxication is defined as follows: For most drivers in California, the legal limit is defined as 0.08% of a person's blood by volume (that is, a person's blood alcohol content), as...

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15 Feb

Avoid a DUI. 4 Tips for a Responsible Night Out!

Posted by Amy Morell on Feb 15, 2013

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Laws against drinking and driving are becoming progressively stricter, and the penalties for those who get caught are incredibly steep. If you are planning on having a night out, then you should take some steps to ensure that you and your party safely get home. Here are some ways to prevent your ...

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15 Feb

Think You Know DUI Laws in California?

Posted by Amy Morell on Feb 15, 2013

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Read these informative links to find out more about DUI law and what to expect when facing charges. For more information, call Amy Morell Law at (510) 314-8736. Read more about the penalties of a DUI arrest in California Learn more details about what happens during a California DUI arrest. Th...

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15 Feb

What Happens When You Are Arrested for a DUI?

Posted by Amy Morell on Feb 15, 2013

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A DUI charge is much more serious charge than a ticket, and is classified as a misdemeanor. That means handcuffs. And the police officer isn't going to let you just drive home. Let's take a look at what happens during and following a DUI arrest. The DUI Investigation. Generally, you are under n...

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15 Feb

Drinking and Driving video captioned from California DMV

Posted by Amy Morell on Feb 15, 2013

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This video, presented by the California DMV, describes the laws which apply to impaired and intoxicated driving. Since reaction time is impaired when under the influence, driving while intoxicated is very dangerous, especially for younger drivers who are less experienced. As such, the penalties ...

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15 Feb

Common Signs of DUI that Police Look For

Posted by Amy Morell on Feb 15, 2013

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Police, especially at night, keep an eye out for suspicious driving behavior. Here are a few “cues” that police look for when they observe drivers on the road: Failure to Stay in Your Lane Weaving within the lane, and especially outside of the lane, is sure to draw attention. Turning with a ver...

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15 Feb

Extra Information on Our Recent DUI Blog Posts

Posted by Amy Morell on Feb 15, 2013

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Would you like more information about the topics discussed in our recent blog posts? Read through the following resources for more details on what not to do during a DUI pullover and the importance of hiring a DUI attorney. If you have further questions about these topics, feel free to call the ...

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15 Feb

Check Out this Phone App (iPhone): R-U-Buzzed?

Posted by Amy Morell on Feb 15, 2013

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Have you yet to establish exactly how much alcohol it takes for you to be unsafe on the road? In addition to establishing a designated driver for the night, you can avoid a DUI arrest or a potential drunk driving accident with the R-U-Buzzed app. By simply entering in your weight, gender, and al...

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