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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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What Happens If You Have Drugs on Your Person in California?

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on May 15, 2018

California drug charges can carry a myriad of penalties and may fall under several sections of state law. Generally, there are two main types of charges that apply to the possession of drugs in California: possession with intent to sell, and simple possession. The laws surrounding these offenses additionally depend on whether an individual is…

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Domestic Violence Laws in California

Posted in Domestic Violence,Domestic Violence FAQ'S on May 5, 2018

The laws surrounding domestic violence in California are complex and can be difficult to follow. It is essential to understand how these laws work, so you can protect your rights. California’s domestic violence statutes seek to prevent violence within families. Domestic violence occurs when one party commits a crime within a set of relationships defined…

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Why Do Domestic Violence Victims Stay Silent?

Posted in Domestic Violence on March 30, 2018

One in four women, or 24.3%, and one in seven men, or 13.8%, in the United States have been the victim of physical violence by an intimate partner. Physical violence is a common form of domestic violence, but it is certainly not the only form of it. Almost half of all American women and men…

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County to Start Pilot Program for People in Jail with Mental Illness

Posted in General FAQ'S on February 5, 2018

The topic of people with mental illnesses going to jail has been one of great controversy for years. Mental illness and disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder are risk factors for committing crimes. They are also rampant conditions in jails nationwide. One study in San Diego, for example, found the…

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