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

Posted in Uncategorized 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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Penal Code 496 PC: California “Receiving Stolen Property” Laws

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2018

California Penal Code (PC) 496 has been part of the state’s laws since 1872. It deals with the crime of larceny, or theft, and crimes against property. PC 496 makes it illegal to knowingly buy or receive any property that someone else stole or obtained in a manner constituting theft. There are strict punishments for…

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2018 Marijuana Laws for Riverside County, CA

Posted in Drug FAQ'S on January 23, 2018

The New Year came with one especially exciting new law for California’s cannabis enthusiasts – the legalization of recreational marijuana. California is now one of eight states (plus the District of Columbia) to allow marijuana for recreational use. Before you visit your local dispensary, however, get to know some of the facts about how the…

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Moving to a Different State as a CA Sex Offender

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2018

A person can become a registered sexual offender in California for a wide range of crimes – from flashing body parts to taking nude selfies as a minor. If you are a registered sex offender in California, you will run into many roadblocks and barriers during tasks such as finding jobs and housing, or moving…

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New Law, Penal Code 851.87: Easier to Seal Arrest Record in CA

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2018

If police have arrested you in California but the courts never convicted you, a new state law makes it possible to automatically seal your arrest record. “Sealing” your record means the arrest will not appear on most criminal background checks in the state, although it will still be visible to law enforcement agencies. Learn how…

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The 6 Stages of the CA Criminal Justice Process

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2018

The cops recently put you under arrest in California. They handcuffed you, read you your rights, booked you into the jailhouse – the whole nine yards. Now you’re on the brink of the California criminal court process and don’t know what to expect. Understanding at least a basic outline of the average criminal case can…

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When Should You Consider Taking a Plea Deal?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2017

Today’s criminal justice system suffers from too much work and too little staff. The burden on the justice system often makes it advantageous for both sides to reach an agreement that does not result in a case going all the way to trial. For the judiciary, this presents an attractive reason to approve plea bargains….

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Penal Code 290: Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2017

If the courts have found you guilty of a sex crime, part of your conviction may be a requirement to register as a sex offender in the jurisdiction where you live. Failure to register may result in criminal and civil prosecution and a range of penalties depending on where you live and the nature of…

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What Happens At A Preliminary Hearing In Riverside Courts?

Posted in Preliminary Hearings FAQ'S on October 4, 2017

A preliminary court hearing is a”trial before a trial” so a judge may determine if there is or is not enough evidence to proceed with a criminal case and force a defendant to stand trial. It’s not a replacement for the actual trial with a jury or to find the defendant “guilty” or “not guilty,”…

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Incarceration Tips: How to Prepare for Prison

Posted in General FAQ'S,Riverside Jails Information,Sentencing on July 26, 2017

After being convicted of a crime, a jail or prison sentence is likely to be most people’s worst case scenario, and for good reason. Jail and prison are not pleasant experiences in even the best of cases. If you’re facing criminal charges, a qualified and experienced criminal defense attorney can help you secure less severe…

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