Joseph P. Hougnon, Attorney at Law

Sacramento Attorney Blog

When You Should Engage a Professional License Defense Lawyer

Many professions in California are governed by licensing boards that oversee the conduct, ethics, and behavior of a variety of white-collar and blue-collar industries. This can include professions such as chiropractors, dental professionals, medical professionals, pharmacists, real estate, insurance brokers and agents. These regulatory agencies have broad powers and can impose varying levels of penalties on professionals ranging from warnings to a complete and permanent suspension of a professional license. As a result, every accusation should be treated with concern. From the moment you are made aware of an accusation, without the guidance of an attorney, you could make costly… Read More

Finding the Best Personal Injury Attorney for Your Situation

If you need the services of a personal injury attorney in Sacramento, there is a good chance you have been traumatized in some way – either physically, emotionally, or both. Although you have many great and experienced personal injury attorneys to choose, the abundance of choices can make the process of choosing a personal injury lawyer overwhelming if you don’t have any kind of experience with legal professionals. Rather than making things easier on you, finding the right attorney can actually add to your stress level, unless you know what to look for. Knowing What to Look For In addition… Read More

If You Have Been Charged with a DUI…

If you’ve been charged with a DUI offense, then you are facing serious charges that have the ability to impact many areas of your life. Depending on the circumstances of your case; you could be looking at fines, jail time, a loss of other related privileges, and the social fallout related to the stigma attached to this type of conviction. Without a doubt, you must hire an experienced DUI defense attorney to protect your interests, work toward your innocence, and minimize all impacts to your life. What to Look for in a DUI Defense Attorney There are many good DUI… Read More

Why It Makes Good sense to Hire an Auto Accident Lawyer If You’ve Been in a Car Accident

As much as we like to believe it, there is no such thing as a minor auto accident. Even if your car sustains only minor damage and you don’t think you’ve been injured, an auto accident can set off a chain of consequences that could come back to haunt you at some point. However, more serious accidents have much greater and far-reaching consequences. In Sacramento, major injury and deadly auto accidents have risen dramatically in recent years. An accident such as this can be devastating both emotionally and financially to surviving family members. When such a traumatic loss occurs, it… Read More

Attorney Joe Hougnon Helps Teacher Avoid Jailtime In Abuse Case

In a recent case, Attorney Joe Hougnon was able to get a dozen misdemeanor counts of battery and child abuse or endangerment dropped. The client received no jail time and was put on probation. To read more about the case, please follow the below link: The Sacramento Bee

Marijuana DUID’s and Per Se THC Limits Part 4

Reefer Madness – Science vs. Hysteria Science vs. Per Se THC Laws in Marijuana-related DUID’s Now that it’s legal to consume marijuana for personal use in California, the same concerns the scientific community has expressed regarding medical marijuana patients applies to those who consume marijuana for personal use. Those who consume marijuana regularly tend to develop a tolerance to the impairing effects of the drug. As I wrote in previous chapters of this blog, most states, including California, do not have “per se” limits for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) cases, as they do for alcohol-related DUI’s. If… Read More

Marijuana DUID’s and Per Se THC Limits Part 3

Reefer Madness – Science vs. Hysteria Injury-related DUIs and DUID’s In California, if a driver is proven or presumed to be DUI, the law only requires them to be at least 1% fault in a motor vehicle accident, in the event someone is injured or killed as a result (CVC section 23153). DUI’s that result in injury or death to another are called “wobblers”, meaning they can be charged as felonies or misdemeanors. In many cases I’ve handled over the years, I’ve been able to negotiate a reduction of the charges by convincing either the judge or the DA to… Read More

Marijuana DUID’s and Per Se THC Limits Part 2

Reefer Madness – Science vs. Hysteria Proposition 64 – Where Do We Go From Here? On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, the legalization of marijuana for personal use. The new law makes it legal for individuals to use and grow marijuana for personal use on November 9, 2016, although the sale and subsequent taxation of recreational marijuana will not go into effect until January 1, 2018. The question now is whether California will follow the lead of states like Colorado and Washington and pass “per se” DUID laws with low THC limits? As I wrote in previous… Read More

Marijuana DUID’s and Per Se THC Limits Part 1

Reefer Madness – Science vs. Hysteria Alcohol-Related Per Se Limits If you’re arrested for an alcohol-related Driving Under the Influence charge (DUI) and your blood-alcohol content (BAC) is proven to be .08% or more, you are presumed guilty of a DUI pursuant to California Vehicle Code (CVC) section 23152(b). This is often referred to as the “legal limit.” Every state in the U.S. has adopted 08% BAC “per se” limits for alcohol-related DUI’s. Essentially, per se laws shift the burden of proof to the defense, if a driver’s BAC is at or above the per se limit. Unless the Defense… Read More

The Devastation Black Mold Can Cause In Your Life

Finding black mold in your home or business is more common than you may realize. But a “simple” mold problem is more than just unsightly. This pervasive growth can financially devastate you when it causes health conditions requiring costly medical attention and property damage. This financial destruction can sometimes be offset through a personal injury claim for compensation, when other parties are found to be at fault or negligent in your property’s black mold growth and resulting health effects. There are a wide variety of problems caused by black mold, many of which have only recently been realized. Some of… Read More