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California Repeat DUI Offender Laws

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2019

Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher can result in a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction in California. A BAC less than 0.08% could also qualify as DUI, if the level is enough to impair a driver. Driving under the influence of impairing drugs, including prescription medications, could also…

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The Insanity Defense in California Courts

Posted in Criminal Defense on February 19, 2019

A defendant in a California criminal case will have two options to plea during an arraignment, or an initial hearing: guilty or not guilty. Within these two main options are subcategories. One option within the not guilty plea is the insanity defense. Using this defense means the defendant is admitting to committing the crime, but…

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California Sex Offender Residency Restrictions

Posted in Uncategorized on February 14, 2019

California Penal Code 290 makes it mandatory for any person with an applicable conviction to register as a sex offender with the city’s chief of police within five days of moving into the city. Convictions that could require joining California’s Sex Offender Registration include sex crimes, sexual assault, indecent exposure, lewd acts with a minor,…

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What is a Presentence Investigation?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 14, 2019

After the police arrest an individual, there may be a period of time between conviction and sentencing. Depending on the severity of the charges and unique case factors, this window could be a few days or several months. During this time, a probation officer will likely interview the subject of the criminal case and prepare…

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Should I Agree to Take a Lie Detector Test?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2019

Polygraph tests or lie detector tests have a muddled public image due to distortions from media representations, so it is vital to know what these tests mean in the real world. When the police arrest an individual, they have a legal obligation to instruct the arrestee of his or her rights, one of which is…

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Are Juvenile Records Automatically Sealed?

Posted in Juvenile Crimes on January 10, 2019

Any type of juvenile criminal record can have dramatic effects on a person’s life. Depending on the severity of the charges involved, a juvenile record can negatively impact school admissions, eligibility for financial aid, employment opportunities, military enlistment, and may even restrict housing options. A juvenile record includes every piece of documentation held by the…

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Random Drug Tests: What Are My Rights?

Posted in Uncategorized on December 18, 2018

To protect company safety, health, and operations, many employers require their employees and applicants submit to random drug tests. However, these tests are subject to many legal regulations regarding discrimination, fair notice, and accuracy. Before submitting to a drug test, it is crucial that you know your rights and can identify if a test violates…

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DUI Checkpoint Rules and Regulations

Posted in Uncategorized on December 17, 2018

DUI checkpoints are common in areas with high numbers of drunk driving incidents and on days of the year when people drink a lot alcohol, such as New Year’s Eve. At these checkpoints, police officers ask drivers questions about their night and perform field sobriety tests if they believe a driver is impaired. However, drivers…

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How to Prepare for Your Free Legal Consultation

Posted in Uncategorized on December 17, 2018

If you are facing criminal charges, you should retain a criminal defense attorney to represent you in the courtroom. The first step in hiring a lawyer is to attend a free legal consultation at his or her office to discuss the facts of your case, learn about the lawyer’s practice, and decide whether you will…

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Student Searches in Schools: What Are My Child’s Rights?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2018

What Are Student Searches? Teachers, administrators, school counselors, and other personnel use student searches to keep a campus safe. From drug suspicions to school shooting concerns, school officials have asked students to empty their backpacks, open their lockers, and even reveal the contents of their pockets during these searches. Most of the time, these searches…

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