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First DUI in California – What to Expect

Posted in Drunk Driving on May 30, 2018

Facing your first DUI charge is a daunting prospect. It helps to know what to expect from the process, easing your mind while preparing you for what’s to come. Learn how the DUI process works in California and how an attorney can help you through this trying time. Laws Surrounding California DUIs In California, you…

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What Happens If You Have Drugs on Your Person in California?

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on May 15, 2018

California drug charges can carry a myriad of penalties and may fall under several sections of state law. Generally, there are two main types of charges that apply to the possession of drugs in California: possession with intent to sell, and simple possession. The laws surrounding these offenses additionally depend on whether an individual is…

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Domestic Violence Laws in California

Posted in Domestic Violence,Domestic Violence FAQ'S on May 5, 2018

The laws surrounding domestic violence in California are complex and can be difficult to follow. It is essential to understand how these laws work, so you can protect your rights. California’s domestic violence statutes seek to prevent violence within families. Domestic violence occurs when one party commits a crime within a set of relationships defined…

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Why Do Domestic Violence Victims Stay Silent?

Posted in Domestic Violence on March 30, 2018

One in four women, or 24.3%, and one in seven men, or 13.8%, in the United States have been the victim of physical violence by an intimate partner. Physical violence is a common form of domestic violence, but it is certainly not the only form of it. Almost half of all American women and men…

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County to Start Pilot Program for People in Jail with Mental Illness

Posted in General FAQ'S on February 5, 2018

The topic of people with mental illnesses going to jail has been one of great controversy for years. Mental illness and disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder are risk factors for committing crimes. They are also rampant conditions in jails nationwide. One study in San Diego, for example, found the…

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Penal Code 496 PC: California “Receiving Stolen Property” Laws

Posted in Robbery on January 31, 2018

California Penal Code (PC) 496 has been part of the state’s laws since 1872. It deals with the crime of larceny, or theft, and crimes against property. PC 496 makes it illegal to knowingly buy or receive any property that someone else stole or obtained in a manner constituting theft. There are strict punishments for…

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2018 Marijuana Laws for Riverside County, CA

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on January 23, 2018

The New Year came with one especially exciting new law for California’s cannabis enthusiasts – the legalization of recreational marijuana. California is now one of eight states (plus the District of Columbia) to allow marijuana for recreational use. Before you visit your local dispensary, however, get to know some of the facts about how the…

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Moving to a Different State as a CA Sex Offender

Posted in Sex Crimes on January 23, 2018

A person can become a registered sexual offender in California for a wide range of crimes – from flashing body parts to taking nude selfies as a minor. If you are a registered sex offender in California, you will run into many roadblocks and barriers during tasks such as finding jobs and housing, or moving…

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New Law, Penal Code 851.87: Easier to Seal Arrest Record in CA

Posted in General FAQ'S on January 5, 2018

If police have arrested you in California but the courts never convicted you, a new state law makes it possible to automatically seal your arrest record. “Sealing” your record means the arrest will not appear on most criminal background checks in the state, although it will still be visible to law enforcement agencies. Learn how…

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The 6 Stages of the CA Criminal Justice Process

Posted in General FAQ'S on January 2, 2018

The cops recently put you under arrest in California. They handcuffed you, read you your rights, booked you into the jailhouse – the whole nine yards. Now you’re on the brink of the California criminal court process and don’t know what to expect. Understanding at least a basic outline of the average criminal case can…

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