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Robin Williams Struggled With Alcohol and Depression

Best DUI Attorney CaliforniaRobin Williams, star of Mork and Mindy, struggled with alcohol and cocaine use for many years. He quit in 1983, but relapsed in 2006. Robin's lifelong battle with addiction and depression reportedly worsened recently when his TV and Movie projects did not go well. Robin is remembered for the wide range of characters he played, and his comedic genius.

Welfare Checks- Warrantless Entries

Welfare Checks- Warrantless entries may be justified when police are checking for victims in a residence upon a reasonable belief that someone inside a residence is in need of aid, or that there is an imminent threat to the life or welfare of someone inside. (People v. Ray (1999) 21 Cal.4th 464; Tamborino v. Superior Court (1986) 41 Cal.3rd 919; People v. Ammons (1980) 103 Cal.App.3rd 20.) 



Police Officer Frames Cat Woman

best dui attorney californiaPolice Officer Pressley was found guilty of falsifying records in a February 16, 2009, DUI arrest of a woman who had stopped her car to save a cat. Police framed the woman, Alexandra Torrens Vilas, blaming the collision on her. In fact, a police car rear ended her car. A video recorded Officer Pressley saying, "We'll do a little Walt Disney to protect the cop because it wouldn't have mattered because she is drunk anyway." She was charged with four counts of drunken driving and cited for improper lane change, and faced a maximum penalty of nearly three years in jail. The charges were dropped.


Are Addicts Criminals?

Philip Seymore Hoffman Actor Heroin AddictThe conversation about how best to handle the current epidemic of heroin addiction continues after the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Many feel that this type of addiction should be treated as an illness and not a crime.

Hoffman’s close friend, David Bar Katz, who discovered the actor’s body last Sunday, wrote a remembrance that appeared in the funeral bulletin. “Like a collapsed star, a teaspoon of you weighed a thousand tons,” it read.

“I won’t ever memorialize you, you beautiful beautiful beast, because even in your absence you’re so much more here than I am ... for the rest of my life I’m going to be looking towards the door waiting for you to walk in.” 

Police allege that Philip Seymour Hoffman, an Oscar-winning actor, had packets of the heroin in his New York apartment where he died, and had a needle sticking in his arm. As part of the escalating war on drugs, first responders like police, and EMTs treat overdose incidents as crime scenes, questioning suspects, interviewing witnesses, and collecting evidence, like pill bottles, needles and cell phones. The DEA claims that heroin addiction has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. A Putnam County judge sentenced a street level heroin dealer, Stefano DeMicheli, to 40 years in prison. His mother cried as she said, “He’ll be 66 years old when he comes out. I’ll never see my son again outside of jail. I’ll be dead.”

Car Chase in Michigan

DUI car chase heroinPolice allege a family of three in a black sedan led them on high speed a chase after police spotted them driving the wrong way. The car allegedly was weaving dangerously in and out of traffic and fishtailing on the slippery roads, and finally crashed into another vehicle. Police allege the suspects were under the influence of heroin. 

According to Fox News:


A father, mother and son were inside the black sedan that is seen on video leading police on a chase through the snowy streets of metro Detroit, and a police source tells FOX 2's Andrea Isom the suspects were under the influence of heroin. 

The chase began Wednesday afternoon when Southfield police spotted a vehicle driving the wrong way on the Lodge Freeway. Officers attempted to pull the car over but the driver sped off. 

The car lead police on a chase through Southfield, Detroit and Highland Park. The car can be seen on SkyFOX video weaving dangerously in and out of traffic and fishtailing on the slippery roads. 

The chase finally ended when the car crashed into another vehicle at Woodward Avenue and The Davison Freeway. The vehicle hit belonged to Patrick Caldwell. 

"I actually [saw] the car but I couldn't maneuver, it just happened to fast. ... I just had to sit there for a minute. I closed my eyes, opened them again, because I thought it was a dream," he tells Isom.

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