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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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Penal Code 245b: Assault With a Semi-Automatic Firearm

Posted in Assault FAQ'S on June 26, 2018

If you have been charged with assault it is very important to contact an assault defense lawyer to discuss your case. Below we have compiled some of the more commonly asked questions regarding Penal Code 245(b). What is the penalty for assault with a semi automatic firearm (pc 245(b)) If convicted as a FELONY, the…

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How Does Good Time Credit Work In California?

Posted in 3 STRIKES FAQ'S on June 4, 2018

When given a jail or prison sentence in California, all defendants want to know “how much time will I actually do?” This is because jails and prisons throughout California award extra credit towards a defendant’s sentence for “good behavior.” However, the amount of good time credit a defendant gets is limited by the law based…

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First DUI in California – What to Expect

Posted in Drunk Driving on May 30, 2018

Facing your first DUI charge is a daunting prospect. It helps to know what to expect from the process, easing your mind while preparing you for what’s to come. Learn how the DUI process works in California and how an attorney can help you through this trying time. Laws Surrounding California DUIs In California, you…

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