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    Is Your Teen "Sexting?"

    Last updated 11 months ago

    In recent years, the increasing use of cell phones has led to a new and potentially dangerous phenomenon knowing as “sexting.” This term refers to sending or receiving sexually explicit material on a cell phone. Even though sexting itself may not be illegal, sending explicit photos to or receiving them from a minor can lead to a child pornography charge.  

    According to this news report, 20% of teenagers admit to engaging in sexting. Additionally, 15% of teens between the ages of 12 and 17 have received nude photos through their cell phones. These statistics highlight the need for parents to have open conversations with their children about the potential consequences of receiving or sending sexually explicit material through their phones.

    Call (408) 916-1413 to speak with a criminal defense lawyer at Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel. Our San Jose attorneys have years of experience handling criminal charges. 

    A Look at the Many Ways Our Attorneys May Defend Your DUI Charges

    Last updated 11 months ago

    If you have been charged with a DUI, the attorneys at Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel can help you create a defense strategy that matches the unique circumstances of your case. For example, we can determine whether the arresting officer had legal cause to stop you or if she violated your rights during the stop. Even though every case is different, there are some basic questions our attorneys will ask when evaluating the evidence against you.

    Was the Field Sobriety Test Properly Administered?

    In order for a police officer to administer a field sobriety test, she must be properly trained and accredited. In addition, the police officer must carefully follow her training and guidelines when administering this test. If our DUI lawyers find that the arresting officer made an error in administering your test, we can use this to challenge the evidence surrounding your charge.

    Was the Breathalyzer Calibrated?

    Police officers routinely use a breathalyzer to measure the blood alcohol concentration of a DUI suspect. Even though your breathalyzer results will be a key piece of evidence for the prosecution, there are a variety of factors that can challenge the reading. For example, health issues, food, and medications can all affect a reading. In addition, the police department may not have properly calibrated the breathalyzer to ensure an accurate reading.   

    Why Were You Stopped?

    In order for a police officer to stop you and administer a field sobriety test, she must have probable cause that you could be driving impaired. If you were not committing a traffic violation, our attorneys can challenge the validity of the police officer stopping you in the first place.

    For information about DUI defense services from Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel, call (408) 916-1413. We will explore your options. Our goal is to protect your rights and minimize potential consequences of a criminal charge.

    The True Cost of a DUI

    Last updated 11 months ago

    According to MSN.com, a DUI conviction costs approximately $10,000 after paying bail, legal fees, and insurance penalties. This is true even if driving while under the influence does not result in a car accident or injury. The purpose of imposing strict fines and penalties on convicted DUI drivers is to discourage this behavior and limit the number of people driving on the road while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    After being convicted of a DUI charge, a defendant faces increased insurance premiums for the next three to five years. Some insurance companies move these cases to a separate portion of the agency that exclusively handles high-risk insurance policies, while others drop convicted DUI clients altogether. In addition to paying higher insurance premiums, people found guilty of DUI charges are required to pay court fees as well as for alcohol evaluation, license reinstatement, and alcohol-monitoring devices.

    If you have been charged with a DUI in San Jose, contact Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel at (408) 916-1413. We will explore your options and fight to protect your rights and minimize the consequences of your case.

    What Are DUI Checkpoints?

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Typically, law enforcement agencies set up DUI checkpoints during certain times of the year. The purpose of these checkpoints is to look for and discourage drunk drivers. Even though DUI checkpoints have been the subject of controversy, the Supreme Court has ruled that these stops are justified because there is a need to curtail drunk driving.

    DUI checkpoints are fairly common throughout the country, so it’s important to learn what happens when you approach one. In this video, you will learn what signs of intoxication police officers look for at DUI checkpoints. You will also learn about the consequences of refusing or failing to take a field sobriety test.

    Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel of San Jose handles a variety of criminal cases, including DUI charges. You can schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys by calling (408) 916-1413.

    Qualities to Look for In a DUI Lawyer

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Many people falsely believe that DUI, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is a simple traffic violation that they can handle on their own. Unfortunately, DUI is a serious criminal offense. If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI in California, you need a criminal lawyer who has experience handling these charges. Review these important attorney qualities to find the best criminal defense attorney.

    Targeted Experience

    It takes a special kind of defense attorney with specific experience to successfully defend a DUI charge. Every state has its own DUI laws, and your lawyer should have experience with California criminal defense. Even a first DUI conviction has serious implications, ranging from steep fines to license suspension to jail time. When you look for a lawyer, you need an advocate who truly knows the California court system.

    Client Testimonials

    When you hire a criminal defense attorney, it’s important to work with a lawyer who has built up a solid local reputation. The secret to a strong DUI defense is a lawyer’s ability to develop creative strategies to challenge the state’s case against you. As you search for an attorney, ask for testimonials from satisfied clients and use your first consultation to inquire about DUI defense strategies.

    Personal Attention

    One of the most important aspects of picking any attorney is to select a lawyer whom you feel comfortable with. Be sure to hire a criminal defense attorney who is truly passionate about helping you and feels strongly that you have a solid case. Remember, a DUI conviction can affect the course of the rest of your life. You deserve to work with an attorney who will put in the hours to fight for you.

    Here at Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel of San Jose, our attorneys have decades of experience helping clients minimize the impact of a DUI on their lives, careers, and families. Our defense lawyers will personally work with you to build the strongest DUI defense. Learn more about our innovative defense strategies by calling 408-916-1413 to speak to a member of our criminal defense team today.

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