TOP TEN LISTS. THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW
TOP 10 THINGS A DUI ATTORNEY MUST KNOW
1. Timing of a DUI and consequences.
2. Chemical testing and machines used.
3. BAL manipulation.
4. The Field Sobriety Test (NHTSA) guidelines and instructions.
5. The CURRENT case law.
6. DMV admin hearing deposition value.
7. Litigation experience.
8. How to minimize time without driving privileges.
9. How each court deals with DUI.
10. How to make you feel like you are getting the best representation.
TOP 10 WAYS THAT YOU HURT YOUR CRIMINAL CASE
1. Answering questions with anyone other than your attorney.
2. Admitting anything to anyone other than your attorney.
3. Trying to explain to the police.
4. Consenting to police requests for search or entry.
5. Not asking certain questions to the police.
6. Not properly invoking your rights.
7. Talking to "prison friends".
8. Not requesting certain paperwork from the police.
9. Not knowing your rights.
10. Hiring the wrong attorney to defend you against any charge.
TOP TEN THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO DO IF YOU GET ARRESTED
1. Write down EVERYTHING that happened. Who, what and when. What tests you took and any information you gave.
2. Consult with an attorney. He/She knows what to say and when to say it.
3. Have your attorney contact the relevant agency (DMV, DA, CA, etc.)
4. Have your attorney set your arraignment. Wait or move forward?
5. Save your paperwork. Keep any and all correspondences regarding your case.
6. Give all evidence to your attorney. Even the bad stuff.
7. Visit the scene with your attorney. Facts are your friend.
8. Discuss pros and cons of offers (if any). Sometimes the juice isn't worth the squeeze.
9. Breath. Stay calm.
10. Ignore negativity. Everyone has an opinion, but not all opinions are helpful.
TOP TEN FAMOUS DUIs
1. George W. Bush, September 4, 1976. Maine
2. Dick Cheney, November 1962. Wyoming
3. Mel Gibson, July 26, 2006. Los Angeles
4. Keifer Sutherland, September 25, 2007. Los Angeles
5. Heather Locklear September 27, 2007. Los Angeles
6. Charles Barkley, December 31, 2008, Arizona.
7. Krayzie Bone (Bone thugz), July 2012, Los Angeles.
8. Jerry Buss, September 4, 2007, Carlsbad.
9. Mathew Fox (LOST), May 2012, Oregon.
10. Jenna Jameson, May 25, 2012, Orange County.
TOP 10 REASONS YOU GET PULLED OVER*
2. Cell phone use.
3. Stop sign, Stop light violations.
4. Improper lane changes.
5. Illegal turn or U-turn.
6. Broken light.
7. Cracked windshield.
8. Tinted windows.
10. Failing to wear a seat belt.
* compiled from edmunds.com and interview with local police
TOP 10 REASONS YOUR DISPENSARY GETS BUSTED
1. The Customer - when your customer is asked about your dispensary they say something that makes you liable.
2. Your corporate structure - how are you getting paid?
3. Tax compliance - are you paying them? state? federal? deductions?
4. Licensing and ordinance compliance - do you know them?
5. How you treat an undercover cop acting like a "new patient" - what does your membership agreement say? are you a true collective?
6. How you label your medicine - how do you label yours?
7. Concentrates - Do you know how the police treat concentrates?
8. Advertising - What do your ads say to the police?
9. Delivery - Delivery services, how are they treated?
10. Overuse - What happens if a member takes too much medicine?
TOP 10 MISTAKES AN ARTIST MAKES WHEN OFFERED A RECORD DEAL
1. Hiring an attorney referred by the label. These "go to" attorneys are "gone to" for a reason.
2. Not understanding what is negotiable. Somethings just aren't on the table, don't waste time on them.
3. Not understanding copyright and trademark implications.
4. Advance guarantees, not structuring them to maximum advantage.
5. Foreign territories and how they are paid.
6. Ancillary services (360 deals) and what should/should not be included.
8. Publishing deals: length, terms and conditions.
9. Licensing terms.
10. Cross-collaterizing accounts.
TOP 10 MISTAKES BANDS MAKE
1. Nothing in writing. Music is a business. If you enter into a business arrangement without a contract or written understanding between the parties, it is likely that problems will arise.
2. Negotiating publishing up front between songwriters. Know who gets credit for what before a label gets involved.
3. Merchandise. What types, getting it made and ownership. Did you copyright your designs?
4. Not touring... like it or not, if you don't tour your chances are slim.
5. Writing to the radio. Bands think that if they write a song that sounds like what they hear on the radio it will work.
6. Not practicing. Practice, practice, practice! 10,000 hours.
7. Signing with a label because its the only offer. So many bands sign away too much because they don't want to do it alone.
8. Management and agency (booking & talent) choices. These people take a huge piece... vet them!
9. No videos. Its a video world, even without MTV.
10. Drugs. Too many great artists have fallen to drugs. Don't be another sad story.