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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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California Self-Defense Laws 2018

Posted in Uncategorized on November 15, 2018

Whether you are confronting a burglar or defending yourself from a physical attack, the right to use force to defend yourself is a widely accepted principle of criminal defense. When you are in a fight-or-flight situation, instinct tells you to preserve your own life by any means possible. Sometimes, incidents that involve self-defense can end…

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What You Need to Know About Erasing Past Cannabis Convictions 2019

Posted in Drug FAQ'S,Uncategorized on November 14, 2018

Recreational Marijuana Laws in California On January 1st, 2018, California joined the ranks of states such as Colorado, Washington, and Delaware and legalized cannabis for recreational use. During the November 2016 election, 57.1% of California voters cast their ballots in favor of Proposition 64, which provides the legal framework for recreational cannabis. While the proposition…

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How Much Jail Time for a Gun Charge

Posted in Riverside Jails Information on September 17, 2018

California has some of the strictest gun regulations in the country – and violating these laws can come with substantial consequences. As gun violations can be anywhere from a misdemeanor up to a felony, the specific penalty will vary depending on the severity of the crime. Often, such punishments involve fines, and restrictions on firearms…

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For-Profit Prisons vs. State/Federal Owned Prisons

Posted in Riverside Jails Information on September 17, 2018

The United States accounts for 25% of the world’s prison population despite only holding 5% of the total global population. These high numbers mean that there is a high demand for prison space – one that government-run prisons cannot accommodate. As a solution to this problem, private prisons started to gain popularity. And in recent…

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All the Scenarios When Police Can Lie to You

Posted in Police on September 17, 2018

It may come as a surprise, but police can legally lie to you if it’s for the purpose for solving a crime. In many cases, police use deception as a tactic to resolve a case that may be otherwise unsolvable. This can come in the form of undercover investigations, and interrogations where an officer may…

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How New Federal Bills Could Protect CA Weed Businesses and Consumers

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on September 17, 2018

Amongst the national discourse about the legalization of marijuana, California stands as one of the states that allow for both medical and recreational use of weed within the state. While the use of marijuana is still a federal crime, an Obama-era memorandum allowed for states that have legalized marijuana use to handle such issues on…

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What Is Ordinance 925 (Riverside County)?

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on July 6, 2018

California has some of the most progressive marijuana laws in the nation. Starting in 1996, the tide began to turn when California voters allowed for the legalization of medical marijuana and decriminalization of possession. Again in 2016, the state’s position on marijuana use relaxed drastically when it passed Proposition 64, or the Adult Use of…

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How New Federal Bills Could Protect CA Weed Businesses and Consumers

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on July 6, 2018

Both medical and recreational marijuana is legal in California, but it remains illegal at a federal level. However, federal lawmakers are in the midst of creating proposals that could ease the conflict between federal and local laws. These proposals, if they pass, could protect both cannabis business owners and consumers throughout the state. Medical marijuana…

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PC 466: Possession of “Burglary Tools”

Posted in Burglary on July 6, 2018

The California Penal Code sets forth certain rules about criminal acts in California and their commensurate punishments. For example, the Penal Code contains laws about assault, battery, robbery, theft, and homicide, among other violent and non-violent crimes. One section, PC 466, addresses the use of burglary tools and details the punishment for the crime. Consider…

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