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Hit-and-Run Charges & Penalties

Posted in Criminal Defense on January 25, 2020

Hit-and-run accidents often lead to serious injuries and property damage. In California, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident. If you or someone you care about has been charged with hit-and-run, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. A guilty conviction could result in serious consequences, including jail time…

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Arrested But No Charges Filed: Is My Record Affected?

Posted in Criminal Defense on January 24, 2020

Getting arrested is a scary situation, but it does not always mean you will be convicted of a crime. In fact, there are times when prosecutors decline to file charges at all. However, just because charges are not filed does not mean you will have a clear record. Unfortunately, the arrest will still show up…

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New Child Sexual Abuse Law

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on January 23, 2020

A new law that extends the timeframe that victims of childhood sexual abuse has taken effect in California. Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) was signed in October by Gov. Gavin Newsom and took effect on January 1 of this year. The bill changes existing laws in the following ways: Victims of childhood sexual abuse have…

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What Are Temporary Restraining Orders?

Posted in Criminal Defense on January 22, 2020

Most people have heard of restraining orders, but they may not fully understand what they are. If a restraining order has been filed against you, then you need to understand what options you have. It is vital that you understand the nature of the restraining order and how it affects you. Restraining orders are also…

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California Eases Mandatory Sentences

Posted in Criminal Defense on January 20, 2020

The debate over the effectiveness of mandatory minimums has raged for years in the US and throughout California. Often blamed as one of the main aspects of high incarceration rates in this state, we are now seeing major changes take place to state mandatory minimum laws. This state has made some major changes that could…

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When is Sexting Illegal?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on December 26, 2019

You have undoubtedly heard the phrase “sexting” by now. You may have a general idea of what the term means. “Sexting” is a word made from the combination of the words “sex” and “texting,” M refers to the sending and receiving of sexually explicit messages from one person to another through electronic means. This can…

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What Is Indecent Exposure

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on December 24, 2019

State law in California prohibits indecent exposure. This is considered a sex crime under Penal Code 314 PC, and a person found guilty of this charge could face a range of penalties. However, defining indecent exposure is not particularly easy. You may have heard that people only get charged with indecent exposure if they do…

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Juvenile Lifers Information CA

Posted in Criminal Defense,Juvenile Crimes on December 23, 2019

The United States has had a history of sending those who commit serious crimes as juveniles to prison for long periods of time, including life without the possibility of parole. This has historically been justified by pointing to the heinous nature of some crimes, saying that anyone who commits them must face adult consequences. However,…

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9 Other Ways You Can Get A DUI In California

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI on December 20, 2019

When most people hear about DUI charges, they think about someone driving a traditional passenger vehicle. This includes cars, trucks, SUVs, and motorcycles. In California, the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08%. Get caught driving at or above that limit, and you can face serious legal consequences. Aside from the legal ramifications…

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The Difference Between Robbery & Burglary

Posted in Burglary,Criminal Defense,Robbery on December 19, 2019

In many cases, people will use the words “burglary” and “robbery” interchangeably when in fact, these two words indicate two separate types of crimes. Burglary involves a person entering a building to commit a crime inside while robbery is generally meant to indicate the taking of something of value directly from another person by the…

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