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Investigation leaves 1 facing mail theft charges in California

When facing allegations of unlawful behavior, the decisions a person makes could have a significant influence on the outcome of the situation. Unfortunately, the average person may lack the necessary legal knowledge to know how best to handle a similar scenario. One person in California could be in search of guidance after she was recently arrested and charged with mail theft.

Law enforcement agents advised that the incident began after they received a complaint from a local apartment complex about a possible burglary. While investigating the incident, authorities say that an inspection of surveillance footage showed a woman get out of a vehicle and use a key to open a mailbox at the complex. They claim she proceeded to steal mail from within the box before getting back into the vehicle and leaving the scene.

Fatal accident leaves 1 facing drunk driving charges

Being involved in a fatal accident can be a traumatic experience that those involved may carry with them for the remainder of their lives. Such a situation may only become even more challenging to handle should the incident leave a person accused of unlawful behavior. A 39-year-old man is currently facing multiple charges after he was accused of drunk driving following a fatal collision in California.

Authorities say the accident took place on a recent Sunday evening after a driver veered into the opposite lane of traffic while attempting to pass another vehicle. His vehicle reportedly crossed into the path of a truck, subsequently leading to a head-on collision. The driver of the truck reportedly suffered severe injuries in the crash, while a passenger in the truck was pronounced dead at the scene.

Car accident leads to drunk driving charges for 1 in California

Dealing with the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident can be a stressful and daunting process. Should the incident leave those involved somewhat shaken up and unnerved, they might not be fully capable of handling the situation as expected. A recent incident in which a vehicle veered off the road and collided with a parked car in California has left a 23-year-old woman in custody on suspicion of drunk driving.

Law enforcement agents say they received reports of the incident on a recent Monday evening. According to reports, the crash took place when the driver of a vehicle lost control and veered off the road before collided with a parked car. The driver of the car claims she was assaulted after confronting the other person and says the woman then proceeded to flee the scene on foot, leaving two kids behind in the process.

Former bookkeeper faces embezzlement charges in California

Many companies may choose to give their employees the power to handle a variety of financial transactions. When monetary challenges arise, it might not be uncommon for a business to take steps to find the root of the issues and in some cases, this may leave the owners in search of someone to blame. A 46-year-old woman is now facing embezzlement charges after she was accused of stealing funds from an orthopedic practice in California.

According to reports, California Orthopedic Specialists Inc. asserts that the theft was discovered after a doctor received a complaint from a contractor. The contractor reportedly informed the company that it had yet to receive payment for services rendered. While taking a closer look at company records, a doctor says that he discovered a variety of inconsistencies within the company's financial records.

1 suspected of drunk driving following alleged pursuit

Although being involved in a traffic stop can be an intimidating experience, attempting to evade authorities is never advisable. A similar decision could only increase the severity of the charges against a person and it could also lead to increased suspicion of the presence of unlawful behavior. A person has been taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving following a brief pursuit that is said to have taken place in California.

According to reports, the incident began just after 5 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. Authorities say they were attempting to initiate a traffic stop upon encountering a driver who was suspected of being impaired when the man decided to flee. As the pursuit approached excessive speeds on a local freeway, authorities say they were forced to call it off for safety reasons.

How do IIDs work?

If you are one of the many people in California who have been pulled over and subsequently arrested for suspected drunk driving, you may well be a bit afraid of how the event may impact your life. You likely know that some people who are convicted of a driving under the influence charge lose the right to drive for some period of time. The state does offer some people facing DUI charges a way to continue driving. This is through the use of an ignition interlock device.

As explained by Intoxalock, a manufacturer of IIDs, the ignition interlock device is comprised of a handheld unit that collects your breath sample and a microchip that is installed into your ignition. These elements work together to retain a lock on your vehicle's ignition until you successfully pass a breath test measuring the alcohol level in your system. You must do this every time you want to start your vehicle.  

Not all forensic testing methods are reliable

All evidence provided in a court trial is critical to the outcome of the case. In addition to eyewitness testimony, forensic test results may be factored in when the jury or judge makes their final decision. Although the scientific professionals relaying information to the court should be reliable, this is not always the case. Some forensic tests do not provide reliable and accurate results. In some cases, the inaccuracy of the results could lead to the wrongful conviction of an innocent person. 

According to the Innocence Project, more than 340 people have been released from their prison sentences after DNA evidence proved they were wrongfully convicted of a crime. Of this number, 45% of the erroneous convictions involved the misapplication of forensic science. Misleading or false forensic test results contributed to 24% of all wrongful convictions throughout the country. 

Domestic violence charges when a partner tries to frame you

People are falsely accused of domestic violence for so many reasons, whether their spouse wants to win a custody battle by bringing up false claims or an ex wants to get revenge and shatter their former lover's life. Sometimes, people go to great lengths in order to accuse someone of domestic violence, even though the details of the situation have been greatly exaggerated or made up altogether. For example, someone may hurt themselves and claim that their partner was responsible for their injuries. They may hit themselves in the head or another part of their body in order to back up their claims.

It can be extremely difficult for many people to defend themselves against these charges. Not only are domestic violence cases heavily stigmatized, but it is often one person's word against another's. Regrettably, courts may favor the person who claims to have been abused, which is why it is so pivotal to take these claims seriously and do all you can to prepare for your case. If you fail in the courtroom, your life could be turned on end in multiple ways. Your relationship with your kids may be in jeopardy, your reputation may be tarnished and you could face problems in your career as well as future employment opportunities.

Leaving the scene of an accident qualifies as a hit and run

For a lot of people, suddenly crashing into another vehicle, a piece of property or even a pedestrian can be alarming and cause instant panic. These feelings are often significantly worsened for people in California who have some type of record and want to avoid coming into contact with the authorities. However, if they choose to flee the scene of the accident they just caused, they are only asking to get into deeper trouble with the law. 

It is imperative that all involved parties of an accident remain on the scene until first responders arrive, an investigation is completed and information is exchanged between drivers. While there may be cases when a hit and run seems relatively minor and the person who caused it may not see much value in sticking around, their decision to leave can result in serious consequences. Regardless of how serious or how minor an accident may seem, the first step that both parties should take is to contact 911 and describe the situation and then patiently wait for help to arrive. 

The basics of identity theft: A diverse crime

Identity theft can take a variety of forms, making it a fairly diverse crime. Every case does not look exactly the same and does not have the same components. This can make it more complex and means that the specifics of each and every case, if and when it ends up in court, become very important.

In a general sense, identity theft simply means taking someone else's personal information and impersonating them in a criminal manner. The identifying information used could include:

  • A person's legal name
  • Their birthday
  • Their driver's license number
  • Their social security number
  • Their credit card number
  • Their bank account number
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