John McCurley started writing criminal law articles for Nolo as a freelancer in 2015. He joined the Nolo staff as a Legal Editor in 2016.
Education. John has a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the University of California, San Diego, and completed law school at the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2008.
Legal training. During law school, John became interested in the criminal justice system while interning with the Prison Law Office and the San Francisco and Contra Costa County public defender’s offices. After graduating and passing the California Bar in 2008, John practiced criminal defense and juvenile dependency law, primarily doing writs and appeals.
Legal career. John is currently a member of the California State Bar and has been a certified appellate law specialist since 2017 (certification from by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization). John maintains a small private practice in San Diego (see www.mccurleylaw.com), handling mostly court-appointed juvenile dependency appeals out of various Southern California counties. He has a number published victories, including In re Juarez (2010) 182 Cal.App.4th 1316, K.F. v. Superior Court (2014) 224 Cal.App.4th 1369, People v. Hill (2015) 236 Cal.App.4th 1100 (co-counsel), and In re Bianca S. (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 1272.
Articles By John McCurley
Pennsylvania’s DUI law prohibits driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while: having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more having any amount of a Schedule I or II controlled substance in the body, or impaired by drugs or alcohol. Read about the third-offense penalties
Pennsylvania’s DUI law prohibits driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while having a BAC of .08% or more or actually impaired by drugs or alcohol. Read about the penalties for a second offense.
Pennsylvania’s DUI law prohibits driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while actually intoxicated or having a BAC of .08% or more. Here are the penalties for a first DUI conviction in the state.
In Florida, DUI repeat-offenders face serious penalties. Find out about the administrative and criminal consequences and penalties of a second DUI in Florida.
How Texas defines "driving while intoxicated" (DWI) and the penalties you'll face for a conviction.
How Indiana defines "operating while intoxicated" and the penalties you'll face for a first, second, and third OWI conviction.
Read about how Virginia defines "driving while intoxicated" (DWI) and the penalties—including jail time, fines, and license suspension—you'll be looking at for a first, second, or third DWI conviction.
Wyoming law prohibits operating or being in actual physical control a watercraft while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. The term “watercraft” means “any contrivance used or designed primarily for navigation on water”—not just motorboats. (Wyo. Stat. Ann.
Wisconsin law prohibits operating a motorboat while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. Read about how the offense is defined and the penalties you'll face for a conviction
West Virginia law prohibits operating a motorboat, jet ski, or other motorized vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A person can be convicted of boating under the influence (BUI) for operating a watercraft while: