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Can the Police Search My Car for Marijuana or Alcohol?

Marijuana and a gavel together for many legal concepts on the drug.

If you are a California resident, you no doubt have heard by now that California voters have legalized the recreational use and possession of small amounts of marijuana, effective immediately. And alcohol has of course been legal since the end of Prohibition. So why would a police officer ever have reason to search your car or vehicle for evidence of marijuana or alcohol? Because numerous situations remain in which you might face criminal charges based on the presence of alcohol or marijuana in your vehicle, including: Driving while intoxicated Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) Open container laws Possession...

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Do Drug Charges Show on Criminal Background Checks?

Criminal Background Checks California's Central Criminal Records Repository All fifty states, including California, has a central repository where criminal records are stored. Upon arrest or conviction, local law enforcement agencies and courts are supposed to transmit the information to the repository. California's central records repository is located at the Department of Justice. The repository is tasked with maintaining the records and limiting their dissemination to the public, as laws have been passed in California to greatly limit access with few exceptions. Private employers still often want to check the background of employees and many procure records in other ways. A recent survey revealed...

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Do Heroin Charges Carry Bigger Challenges Compared to Other Drugs?

Maybe. But fighting heroin charges definitely doesn’t make a criminal case any easier. Your first impression of the drug is only partly to blame. The rest is hidden underneath. The reasons some people begin abusing controlled substances can get lengthy. When it comes to using heroin it’s no different. For some reason, however, the courts have always placed a special stigma on heroin drug charges. When facing any kind of drug offenses there are several critical issues that could determine the outcome of the case (jail versus rehab, sales versus possession counts, to name a few). When it comes to heroin, there...

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