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What You Should Know About the Animal Cruelty Act?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Uncategorized on November 26, 2019

The US federal government is working to strengthen animal cruelty laws throughout the country. Recently, the House unanimously passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture, or PACT Act, was approved and will revise a previous law passed in 2010. This bipartisan law was introduced by Florida…

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Homeless Sex Offenders

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on November 25, 2019

Most people have a basic understanding of the sex offender registry process in California. Those who are convicted of certain sex offenses are often required to register as sex offenders for specified amounts of time. Some even have to register for life. Registered sex offenders have to check in with local law enforcement regularly and…

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DUI for Prescription Drug Defense

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI on November 22, 2019

When most people think of impaired driving, they think of alcohol impairment. However, being impaired behind the wheel not only includes alcohol. It also includes illegal and prescription drugs. Yes, even drugs that are legally prescribed by a doctor and filled at a licensed pharmacy can impair you to the point where you cannot drive….

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Inmate Visitation Rights in California

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2019

There are approximately 115,000 people incarcerated in prisons in California. Those are extremely high numbers, but they only show us part of the overall amount of people affected by incarceration. Most of those who are in prison have family members on the outside of prison walls that miss them and want to stay in contact….

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How Do Appeals Work In California?

Posted in Criminal Defense on November 19, 2019

Appeals are one of the most important aspects of our criminal justice system. When a person is initially arrested and charged with a crime, they are innocent until proven otherwise by a court of law. Regardless of how a person is convicted, judges can make bad decisions. Juries have been wrong. Prosecutors can act unethically….

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Holidays With the Most DUI Arrests

Posted in Criminal Defense,DUI on November 14, 2019

Holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy spending time with family and friends. Many people enjoy having alcoholic beverages around holidays, and when they do, they need to find someone else to drive. Unfortunately, the holidays are typically marred by an increase in DUI arrests. With the winter holidays right around the corner, we wanted…

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Penalties For Using a Fake ID

Posted in Criminal Defense on November 13, 2019

TV shows and movies depict teens and young adults obtaining fake IDs for a number of reasons, usually to buy alcohol and cigarettes or to get into clubs and bars. However innocent these interactions may seem on screen, a person caught using a fake ID in California can face a range of consequences. In this…

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Aiding a Suicide Law in California

Posted in Criminal Defense on November 12, 2019

In California, there is a law in place that makes it illegal to help another person commit suicide, advise them about how to commit suicide, or encourage them to commit suicide. Understanding this law is essential for all citizens of this state. While this state does allow for physician-assisted suicides, Penal Code 401 makes it…

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Defenses for Robbery Charges

Posted in Burglary,Criminal Defense,Robbery on October 18, 2019

Beating robbery charges can seem daunting, but an experienced criminal defense attorney will understand every method to take in order to secure a successful conclusion for the client. Each case is different, and your attorney will look at the totality of the case when forming a defense strategy. Some of the following are ways that…

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What is the Age of Consent in California?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on October 17, 2019

The term “age of consent” refers to the age in which a person is considered legally old enough to give their permission for sexual activity. Age of consent laws are in place to protect minors who are generally not mature enough to make informed and intelligent decisions regarding sexual activity. What is California’s age of…

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