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Police considering felony DUI and murder charges after accident

According to the California Highway Patrol, an alleged drunk driver caused a wreck that injured three people and killed a 29-year-old man. That man was mistakenly identified as a minor in early reports, which claimed he was 15, but the latest information shows that he was actually 29.

Does the arrest disappear when your record is expunged?

Some people have the mistaken idea that having a record expunged means it is completely erased, as if the whole thing never happened. This is not the case. In reality, the fact that you were arrested is still visible, as are the charges that you were facing. However, the change is that any conviction is dismissed, and it's marked as such.

Breathalyzers may be wildly inaccurate

A blood test can be used to get a very accurate blood alcohol concentration reading. However, blood tests are invasive and harder to carry out, so police departments have decided instead to rely on Breathalyzers, or breath tests. These also measure BAC, and, over the years, people have come to accept that they're accurate.

Does Central California have a domestic violence problem?

Law enforcement officials report that the rates of domestic violence are particularly high in and around the Fresno area. Statistics from 2014 indicate that of all the 911 calls, over 6,000 involved domestic abuse. As the Justice Department estimates that roughly two-thirds of domestic violence incidents go unreported, these rates could be much higher.

What happens if Prop 64 passes in California?

If Proposition 64 passes on November 8 and legalizes recreational marijuana, what will be the effect in California? Well, there is much speculation, ranging from fears of the large drug cartels moving into the state and setting up domestic production sites to the potential for a massive drop in their interest in marijuana and their focusing on more dangerous and higher-profit drugs like heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Might some drivers be more aggressive around self-driving cars?

It seems highly unlikely that when fully self-driving cars do one day become available on the general market, everyone will go out and get one right away. So, there is likely to be a fair amount of time in which self-driving cars and regular cars share the roads.

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