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SB 384: Sex Offender Registration in California

Posted in Sex Crimes,Sex Offender FAQs on March 2, 2021

Most people have come to understand that when a person is required to register as a sex offender, that they are required to register for life. However, California’s sex offender registry laws have changed. This state abandoned the lifetime registry requirement in favor of a tiered system of registry requirements. The Sex Offender Registration Act,…

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AB 1950: Guide to New Probation Reform in California

Posted in California Law,Criminal Defense on February 22, 2021

For many people, prohibition is seen as a way to serve time without actually having to go to jail or prison after a conviction for a misdemeanor or felony offense. While this may be seen as a positive way for a person to complete their sentence, the reality is that the burdens of probation can…

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Misdemeanor Diversion Program in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Expungement on February 18, 2021

Over the last few decades, states across the country have recognized that certain low-level offenses should not necessarily be handled by the traditional criminal court proceedings. This is particularly true for low-level offenses committed by first-time offenders. California has acknowledged the need for diversion programs for certain misdemeanor offenses. Studies from universities and criminal justice…

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Expungement for Completion of Fire Camp in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Expungement,Sentencing on February 4, 2021

Many people may not realize that inmates in California play an integral role in fighting fires throughout the state. As of October 2020, there were approximately 3,700 inmates working at fire camps in various areas throughout the state. These inmates work to provide various services, including firefighting services as well as support staff for firefighters,…

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Evidence in Criminal Cases

Posted in Criminal Defense on January 11, 2021

If you or somebody you care about has been arrested and is facing criminal charges, you will undoubtedly be looking for answers. This can be an incredibly confusing and scary experience, and the number one thing that you can do is secure a skilled criminal defense attorney to help. Your case will revolve around evidence,…

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Can You Refuse A Breathalyzer Test In California?

Posted in DUI on December 28, 2020

If a police officer pulls somebody over because they suspect alcohol impairment, there are likely various steps that the law enforcement official will ask the alleged drunk driver to go through. In general, this will include being asked to step out of the vehicle and participate in various field sobriety tests. This could also include…

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What Does ‘Tolling’ the Statute of Limitations Mean in CA?

Posted in Criminal Defense on December 10, 2020

Most people have heard of the term “statute of limitations.” The statute of limitations is important for both civil and criminal cases, and this refers to the amount of time that an action can be brought against another person. In a criminal case, the statute of limitations refers to the amount of time that prosecutors…

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Attorney-Client Privilege in California

Posted in Criminal Defense on November 25, 2020

Most people have heard about the attorney-client privilege, whether they have seen it on TV or in the movies. The attorney-client privilege refers to any communication between an attorney and their client becoming privileged and confidential. In other words, an attorney is not generally allowed to disclose the privileged information that has been told to…

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What Is My Constitutional Right To A Speedy Trial?

Posted in Criminal Defense on October 29, 2020

You have probably heard that a person charged with a crime has the right to a speedy trial. This is true. Under the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution, criminal defendants have the right to a speedy trial, though the Constitution does not precisely define what a speedy trial means. Federal Speedy Trial Act The…

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How Is Criminal Negligence Defined In California?

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on October 29, 2020

Criminal negligence refers to conduct a person engages in that ignores an obvious or known risk or disregards the safety and life of others. Federal and state courts have varying definitions of what criminal negligence means, but they all describe this behavior as a form of recklessness. When a person is criminally negligent, this means…

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