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Implied Consent Laws in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drunk Driving,DUI on May 17, 2019

Implied consent means that someone gives his or her permission for something not through express language, but through implicit circumstances. Someone’s actions or the facts of the situation can imply one’s consent, rather than the person giving consent expressly. In terms of California’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws, implied consent refers to a driver’s…

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What Is Brandishing a Firearm? Is it Illegal?

Posted in Criminal Defense on April 14, 2019

California has some of the strictest firearm laws in the country, and all gun owners should know the laws against producing a firearm in the presence of others, or brandishing a deadly weapon. Doing so in certain situations could easily lead to severe criminal penalties. Section 417 of the California Penal Code specifically defines the…

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Mistaken Identity Defenses

Posted in Criminal Defense on April 12, 2019

One of the most common defenses used to fight criminal charges is mistaken identity. In the heat of the moment during a criminal event, a victim may have trouble remembering specific aspects about an attacker or suspect. Human memory is not as reliable as most people realize. Many people have unfortunately gone to prison because…

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Embezzlement and Fraud Penalties in California

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2019

In California, white-collar crimes can be difficult to prosecute. Embezzlement and fraud penalties vary from case to case and depend on a number of factors. The more grievous the crime is, the more severe the penalty will be. California Law on Embezzlement and Fraud In California, you commit an act of embezzlement if you fraudulently…

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How Does California’s Ban the Box Law Affect You?

Posted in Criminal Defense on March 28, 2019

On January 1st, 2018, California’s Assembly passed a bill to protect employees from discrimination in the hiring process. Assembly Bill 1008, also known as the “Ban the Box” law, prohibits employers from asking questions about an applicant’s criminal history before making a job offer. In addition, California employers cannot rescind an offer of employment based…

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California Expungement Laws

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2019

Criminal convictions can have a deep impact on your life in California. If you have a conviction on your record, you can have trouble finding a place to work, a place to live, and even have some of your rights restricted by the court. However, a solution is available to help you get back on…

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How Does an Expunged Record End Up in a Background Check?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2019

Criminal records can follow you for many years and impact many aspects of your life, including your ability to find employment, obtain housing, or vote. However, you can undergo the expungement process to release you of these consequences. While expungement can help with many aspects of post-conviction life, certain expunged records can appear in a…

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California Sex Offender Registration Requirements

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

The state of California takes sex offender registration very seriously. California’s Megan’s Law requires all authorities to notify the public of sex offenders in their area. The conviction can have a lasting impact on your life, since you must place your name on a public record if a court finds you guilty of certain sex…

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What to Do If You Were Falsely Accused of Assault

Posted in Criminal Defense on March 25, 2019

The criminal justice system is not foolproof – in fact, many California residents face false accusations of assault each year. This fact can lead to devastating consequences, as the guilty party walks free and the wrongfully accused individual may spend years in prison for a crime they did not commit. If you are facing an…

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Driver License Suspension After a DUI Arrest

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2019

One consequence of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a possible license suspension. In California, driving is a vital form of transportation that we need to move around in our daily lives. However, the courts and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can take your license if you receive a DUI…

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