Navigating Justice for Active Duty Service Members and Veterans: The Impact and Future of the Military Diversion Program in California

At the intersection of military service and the justice system lies a unique demographic – Active Duty Service Members and Veterans grappling with mental health and substance abuse disorders. California's Military Diversion Program is a beacon of hope for these service members and veterans, providing a treatment-focused pathway to navigate this intersection. This article delves into this program's origins, workings, and impact while addressing challenges and future directions. Genesis of the Military Diversion Program Recognizing the[...]

Consequences of a First-Time DUI in San Diego

Being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense with considerable legal and personal consequences. First-time offenders may face severe penalties. These can include fines, mandatory educational programs, probation, department of public work service, interlock ignition device installation, alcohol monitoring devices, self-help meetings, two points on your driving record, and suspension of driving privileges.This article will explain the legal consequences of a first-time DUI conviction in San Diego, California. The laws and penalties discussed will be those in effect a[...]

DUI Trial Case Study: A New Job Offer on the Line

I am obligated to protect my client's privacy, so I cannot disclose the names of his original attorney or my client. However, I can share the details of the trial. A guilty verdict would have crushed my client's job opportunity in Canada. Initially Hired a Bad Attorney The accused was arrested and hastily hired a different attorney without conducting a proper background check. In retrospect, it would have been better to hire a prosecutor. This attorney convinced the accused to plead guilty to a DUI charge based on a bre[...]

DUI Blood Test: What You Should Know about Chemical Testing

You're headed home from a nice dinner with friends. You had a few drinks but feel perfectly confident to drive. Suddenly, you notice blue lights behind you, and the next thing you know, you're pulled over, asked to step out of your vehicle, and asked whether you prefer taking a DUI breath or blood test. Unfortunately, this situation is all too common today. Officers pull over California drivers routinely if they suspect they are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. To be fair, an officer must judge whether a [...]

Price played major role in rejection of AB282 Bill

I can honestly say it is the most rewarding part of my job. I also know that my family and friends are safer than before. The CDLA’s president lobbied before the Senate Public Safety Committee to help defeat an Assembly Bill that would have denied eligibility for Judicial Diversion for DUI offenses. San Diego DUI attorney and CDLA 2021 President Joshua J. Price helped to defeat the bill before it could go up for a vote in the State Senate. Mr. Price was the main opposition witness to testify against the bill befor[...]