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For Immediate Release No. 20170720-088
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Sobriety and Driver License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will be conducting a sobriety and driver license checkpoint on Friday, July 21, 2017, on Meadowview Road Near Amherst Street. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run for 5 to 7 hours. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing; delaying motorists only momentarily.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Sacramento Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1’.

Please direct any inquiries to Sergeant Chris Prince via email at or by telephone at (916) 808-6069. Media is encouraged to attend the checkpoint in an effort to spread awareness about the impacts of drinking and driving.


DUI Checkpoint in Elk Grove 06/16/2017


ELK GROVE, CA – The Elk Grove Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety/Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, June 16, 2017 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

The checkpoint will focus on removing impaired drivers, as well as unlicensed drivers from the roadways.  Educational materials covering the dangers of driving under the influence will also be handed out to motorists.  The public is encouraged to call the Elk Grove Police Department at (916) 714-5111 (emergency line) or 911 if they observe a suspected impaired driver.


Funding for the sobriety checkpoint is provided through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Grant that was made available by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  For additional information, please contact Sergeant David Monti at (916) 478-8126.


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California DOJ files new ‘assault weapon’ regs, not available to the public

How can anyone be expected to follow the law when the law is hidden from the people?

For anyone in California who owns a firearm that may fall under these new laws and regulations it is extremely important that you pay attention to these developments. DOJ previously tried to push through regulations that vastly overstepped their statutory authority which would have had the effect of changing the law that the legislature created and voted on.

It is unlikely that you will have much time to comply with registration requirements as DOJ continues their assault on the second amendment. If you have questions about whether your firearm may need to be registered or what the regulations mean (when they are actually published) please don’t hesitate to contact us at 916-827-1529 so that we may discuss your situation.

-Brandon R. Leibrock, Esq.


The state Department of Justice submitted draft regulations to the California Office of Administrative Law this week expanding the definition of an “assault weapon” in the state.

The state hasn’t released the proposed regulations to the public, submitting them “file and print only” even though California residents are facing an end of the year registration deadline to abide by the yet-to-be established rules.

This comes three months after the withdrawal of an initial proposed rule formulated during the administration of Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a U.S. senator, to address changes required by legislation passed last year. That rule had been submitted after a proposed emergency regulation on making now-outlawed pre-ban magazines capable of holding more than 10 cartridges compliant, which, in turn, has also been pulled.

The National Rifle Association and California Rifle & Pistol Association had fired off a prelitigation letter to the state, warning of several potential illegalities with the initially proposed regulations and now eagerly wants a look at the new regulations.

According to attorney Chuck Michel, the NRA’s west coast counsel, the new statutes give DOJ the authority to establish the regulation on so-called assault weapons and large capacity magazines, but they can’t do it without first asking for public comment on the proposed regulations.

“They just want to railroad it through the Office of Administrative Law and get them published without any public comment,” Michel told on Tuesday in a phone call. He fears since the latest set of regs revise the same code sections as the first, there are still multiple illegalities in DOJ’s latest version.

Bill aims to base traffic fines on income in California

This is a problem caused by the legislature adding too many fines and fees to the base violation, the fines and fees on a traffic citation can cause the total cost to increase more than four times the intended fine for the violation.  We need a total overhaul of the laws in this state.

A new bill moving through the California Senate would base the amount of a traffic violation fine on a person’s income.

Senate Bill 185 would allow judges to reduce traffic violation fines by up to 80 percent if a person can prove they’re unable to pay the amount — and only if their income is two-and-a-half times above the federal poverty line or less.

The savings would have provided a huge discount to Sacramento resident Tashuna Harding, who owns about $4,000 in fines associated with speeding tickets.


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Sobriety and Driver License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will be conducting a sobriety and driver license checkpoint on Friday, May 5, 2017, on 21st Street near Capital Avenue. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run for 5 to 7 hours. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing; delaying motorists only momentarily.

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Court throws out conviction of teenage Sacramento girl involved in 2005 robbery-murder

Here is an example of the great work Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorneys do every day. This young ladies former defense attorney is now a Judge in Sacramento with a terrific reputation as both an attorney and a judge. I have been very lucky to have Charles Bonneau, the appellate attorney for Ms. Weeden on this case, as an office mate who has provided great advice and guidance this past year.

From the Sacramento Bee;

Law enforcement officers may be illegally selling guns, ATF says -LA Times

This is an important story for any law enforcement officer to read. It is important to note that if you are a law enforcement officer who has purchased an off roster handgun and you no longer want it the law allows you, with some exceptions, to sell that firearm through a FFL to anyone otherwise eligible to own firearms. However if you buy an off roster firearm with the intent to resell it the US Supreme Court has held that to constitute a “Straw Purchase”  (Abramski v. United States, 134 S. Ct. 2259) and is punishable under federal law as a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and up to 10 years in prison. Even if you are able to avoid the criminal penalties you could still face discipline through your employer. If you have questions, concerns, or find yourself the subject of an investigation it is important you obtain an attorney who understands Criminal defense, firearms law, and internal affairs procedures.
BY Greg Moran, Lyndsay Winkley

The head of the ATF’s office in Los Angeles has sent a memo to Southern California police chiefs and sheriffs saying the agency has found law enforcement officers buying and reselling guns in what could be a violation of federal firearms laws.

The memo from Eric Harden, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Los Angeles Field Division special agent in charge, describes the finding as an “emerging problem” and expresses concern about “the growing trend of law enforcement officials engaging in the business of unlicensed firearms dealing.”

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How Might Trump’s New Supreme Court Justice Rule on Gun Rights Cases? -The Motley Fool

The high court may decide on several related issues in the next year, and Neil Gorsuch could be the pivotal vote.

Apr 9, 2017 at 4:49PM
It took a Republican-controlled Senate using the so-called “nuclear option” of eliminating the filibuster to get President Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court. Now that he has been seated as an Associate Justice, how he will vote on various gun rights cases is a question for both gun owners and investors in the industry.There are a number of gun-related cases that will likely come before the court in the near future, and gun owners hope Gorsuch will rule in a manner similar to the late Antonin Scalia. But because he decided only a few relevant cases during his tenure on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals — and refused to prejudge any that might come before him during his confirmation hearings — there’s not much to say definitively which side he will come down on.Read More

California murder suspect expected to be released on $66M bail

A California murder suspect is in the process of being released from jail after posting bail set at more than US$60 million in cash and property.

Tiffany Li, 31, is expected to post $4 million in cash and another $62 million in equity and San Francisco area property with the help of her wealthy mother and friends.

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California would virtually eliminate money bail under proposed legislation