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Criminal Defense

Truancy Laws & Penalties in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Juvenile Crimes on August 20, 2019

Under California’s Constitution, public education is declared to be an essential and fundamental right for all. Public education for all children between the ages of 6 and 18 is compulsory. Children between those ages who frequently miss school are subject to disciplinary actions, and their parents could be in trouble with the law. A child…

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Elder Abuse Penalties in California

Posted in Criminal Defense on August 16, 2019

Older Californians deserve respect and dignity. When an elderly person is alleged to have been abused, those suspected of the abuse can face a range of penalties in the state’s justice system. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines elder abuse as “an intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a risk…

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Child Pornography Laws in California

Posted in Criminal Defense on August 16, 2019

Child pornography is illegal in California, and those found guilty of a child pornography offense can face a range of harsh penalties. Under California’s Penal Code 311, there is a broad range of ways that a person could face child pornography charges. If you or a loved one have been charged with any of the…

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California Ignition Interlock Device Laws

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drunk Driving,DUI on August 14, 2019

When a person has been found guilty of driving under the influence in California, there are times when they may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle. These devices can be ordered under the following circumstances: A first offense DUI, particularly if the defendant’s blood alcohol level (BAC) is .15%…

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California Arson Laws

Posted in Criminal Defense on August 12, 2019

Arson laws for the state of California are covered under Penal Code 451 and 452. California law covers various arson-related crimes. California Penal Code 451 refers to malicious arson. California Penal Code 452 describes crimes in which a person unlawfully causing a fire due to reckless behavior. When discussing the differences between Penal Code 451…

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Can I Drive with Foreign License in California?

Posted in Criminal Defense on July 29, 2019

The United States is a nation of immigrants, and that’s especially true in California. Roughly of all Californians are either foreign immigrants, or they have at least one parent who was a foreign immigrant. In most cases, it is legal for these individuals to drive in California with a license from a foreign country. At…

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Marijuana Cultivation Laws in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drug FAQ'S on July 28, 2019

In November 2016, California voters approved a marijuana legalization measure. Proposition 64 had some limits. It only applies to people over 21 who possess small amounts of marijuana. Moreover, marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Nevertheless, Proposition 64 did legalize marijuana for personal use, in most situations. This measure covered not only refined marijuana,…

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Penalties For Missing a Court Date in California

Posted in Criminal Defense on July 27, 2019

To answer this question, we must ask another question. Why were you going to court in the first place? If you miss a divorce or other civil court date, and you are a party in that case, the judge may enter an unfavorable default judgement against you. If you miss a traffic ticket or other…

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7 Illegal Pets in California

Posted in Criminal Defense on July 26, 2019

Common domestic pets like cats and fish are legal to own in almost any place and under almost any circumstances. Most kinds of dogs are legal as well. However, dog owners must be aware of California’s rather strict animal cruelty rules, as well as any applicable state or local restriant laws (e.g. leash laws). Furthermore,…

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What You Need to Know About Racial Profiling Claims

Posted in Criminal Defense,Police on July 22, 2019

Racial profiling by police officers definitely exists in the United States. The reasons for this profiling, and the extent of the issue, are the subjects of considerable debate. Truthfully, these uncertainties make it difficult to establish these claims in civil court. Even though the buren of proof is low, compelling evidence of racial profiling is…

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