The Riverside County District Attorney’s office announced that it has received over $490,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety to assist in prosecuting drugged driving cases. The grant will be used by the Vertical Prosecution Unit to retain additional DDAs to prosecute drug impaired driving cases. According to a statement by the District Attorney’s office. The Vertical Prosecution Unit’s goal is to reduce “drug impaired traffic fatalities and injuries by holding drug-impaired drivers accountable.”
California aggressively prosecutes drug-impaired and alcohol-impaired driving, and Riverside County is no exception. Tough laws designed to decrease the number of fatalities from DUI accidents carry severe penalties for drivers who are convicted for drug-impaired driving or alcohol-impaired driving. Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities increased during 2013 according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The percentage of drivers killed in accidents who tested positive for legal and/or illegal drugs has been increasing every year since 2006; therefore, law enforcement agencies are cracking down on driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) cases throughout California.
Have you been charged with a misdemeanor sexual offense or a felony sexual offense? If so, the charges against you can have a devastating effect on your life and the lives of your family members. If you are convicted of a sexual offense in California, you could face significant prison time, expensive fines and court fees, forced sexual offender registration, and mandatory sexual offender counseling sessions. You may be restrained from seeing your own children and other family members.
The prosecutors who handle these specialized criminal charges aggressively pursue defendants and seek a conviction at any cost. Many sexual offense cases are filed even though there may be very little evidence that can be corroborated through witness testimony or physical evidence. Regardless, once the sexual assault charges are filed, the suspect is regarded as a sexual offender and needs an experienced, effective sex crime defense attorney to protect his or her freedom.
Back in 1984, a scientist at Clemson University named John W. Huffman began studying the interaction between drugs and brain receptors. He and his colleagues created 460 synthetic cannabinoid compounds that resemble THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Why? The answer was harmless enough. The brain receptors play a role in regulating pain and inflammation in the body, and as Huffman and his team tested their cannabinoid compounds on lab animals, the results were promising—some of their compounds succeeded in reducing pain, inflammation, and certain skin cancers. In fact, one of his compounds, JWH-133 (named after Huffman), shrank brain tumors and regressed non-melanoma skin cancers in mice—a very exciting discovery for Huffman.
Then things started to go south, as Huffman had feared. He published his positive findings, but the chemical formulas, some very easy to reproduce with common substances, fell into the hands of the wrong people and the fake marijuana craze had begun. [Read more…]
With the recent surge (or so it would seem) of sexual assault on American university campuses, the experienced sex crime defense attorneys at Greenberg & Greenberg, APLC would like to address this issue from a side that receives much less attention: the side of the accused.
Last month, an opinion column written by Andrea Peyser in the New York Post brought to light a different but very important perspective on this heated topic. Peyser features the case of a University of Cincinnati junior who, after having had a few drinks, engaged in a threesome. Not long after the incident, the male student, Ethan Peloe, found himself being accused of sexual assault. [Read more…]
Come out and celebrate the Mexican culture and influence that abounds in our beautiful corner of the world.
Starting Friday, Sept. 19, and running through the whole weekend, you can find events celebrating the Mexican folk music known as Mariachi. This form of music dates back as far as the 16th century, before the Spanish conquest of Mexico, when the indigenous music was played with rattles, drums, flutes, and conch-shell horns as part of religious celebrations. [Read more…]
According to the news, there is an epidemic of campus sexual assault in our nation. To help curb this problem, federal and state legislation are cracking down.
The White House, in its best effort to squelch sexual assault in the university environment, has put in place several requirements for colleges receiving federal financial assistance. Under the Jeanne Clery Act, which was last amended in 2008, schools that fall into the federally funded category are required to disclose all campus crime statistics to all current and prospective students and employees. This includes every report of a campus sex offense to campus security or the local police. [Read more…]