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Inmate Visitation Rights in California

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2019

There are approximately 115,000 people incarcerated in prisons in California. Those are extremely high numbers, but they only show us part of the overall amount of people affected by incarceration. Most of those who are in prison have family members on the outside of prison walls that miss them and want to stay in contact….

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How Do Appeals Work In California?

Posted in Criminal Defense on November 19, 2019

Appeals are one of the most important aspects of our criminal justice system. When a person is initially arrested and charged with a crime, they are innocent until proven otherwise by a court of law. Regardless of how a person is convicted, judges can make bad decisions. Juries have been wrong. Prosecutors can act unethically….

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Holidays With the Most DUI Arrests

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI on November 14, 2019

Holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy spending time with family and friends. Many people enjoy having alcoholic beverages around holidays, and when they do, they need to find someone else to drive. Unfortunately, the holidays are typically marred by an increase in DUI arrests. With the winter holidays right around the corner, we wanted…

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Penalties For Using a Fake ID

Posted in Criminal Defense on November 13, 2019

TV shows and movies depict teens and young adults obtaining fake IDs for a number of reasons, usually to buy alcohol and cigarettes or to get into clubs and bars. However innocent these interactions may seem on screen, a person caught using a fake ID in California can face a range of consequences. In this…

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Aiding a Suicide Law in California

Posted in Criminal Defense on November 12, 2019

In California, there is a law in place that makes it illegal to help another person commit suicide, advise them about how to commit suicide, or encourage them to commit suicide. Understanding this law is essential for all citizens of this state. While this state does allow for physician-assisted suicides, Penal Code 401 makes it…

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Defenses for Robbery Charges

Posted in Burglary,Criminal Defense,Robbery on October 18, 2019

Beating robbery charges can seem daunting, but an experienced criminal defense attorney will understand every method to take in order to secure a successful conclusion for the client. Each case is different, and your attorney will look at the totality of the case when forming a defense strategy. Some of the following are ways that…

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What is the Age of Consent in California?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on October 17, 2019

The term “age of consent” refers to the age in which a person is considered legally old enough to give their permission for sexual activity. Age of consent laws are in place to protect minors who are generally not mature enough to make informed and intelligent decisions regarding sexual activity. What is California’s age of…

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What is a “Mistake of Law” Defense?

Posted in Criminal Defense on October 16, 2019

When a person has been charged with a crime, they will work to formulate a defense. They will often do so with the help of a criminal defense attorney. One common defense for a crime is that the defendant’s actions were a mistake of law. It is important to distinguish between a mistake of law…

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What is a Minor in Possession Charge?

Posted in Criminal Defense on October 15, 2019

Laws that refer to individuals under the age of 21 who are in possession of alcohol are often called Minors in Possession Laws (MIP laws) or Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age (PAULA laws). These laws are intended to provide sanctions for anyone under the age of 21 who possession alcohol, even if those…

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Marijuana DUI’s in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI on October 14, 2019

When people hear about a DUI charge, they usually think of someone driving while intoxicated by alcohol. Many people do not realize that it is a crime to drive while under the influence of marijuana in the state of California, even though medical marijuana and limited recreation use has been legalized. There are many questions…

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