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Criminal Defense

Hate Crime Laws in California

Posted in California Law,Criminal Defense on April 28, 2021

When a crime is committed against a person based on their race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability, this can be classified as a hate crime. In California, hate crimes are taken seriously, and any person alleged to have committed a hate crime could face prosecution for a misdemeanor or a felony…

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What Does California Define as Lewd and Lascivious Conduct? 288(a)

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on April 21, 2021

If you or somebody you love has been accused of engaging in lewd and lascivious conduct, a need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. The charge of lewd and lascivious conduct in California can result in a person facing extremely stiff penalties, including time in prison, major fines, and a requirement to…

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Difference Between Expunged and Sealed Records

Posted in Criminal Defense,Expungement on April 12, 2021

If you or somebody you care about has been charged with and convicted of a crime, then you understand how a criminal record can affect your life. A criminal conviction of a misdemeanor or a felony offense can significantly affect a person’s ability to gain employment, find adequate housing, attend school, and more. Even a…

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Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor

Posted in California Law,Criminal Defense on March 29, 2021

Two of the main words used when discussing criminal cases are “felony” and “misdemeanor.” These two words, though both refer to types of criminal charges a person can face, have vastly different meanings when it comes to understanding the possible penalties for a particular offense. Here, we want to discuss the basic difference between a…

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SB 145: Amended Sex Offender Registration Laws in California

Posted in California Law,Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on March 15, 2021

Sex offender laws do change from time to time. One of the changes to California’s sex offender registration requirements came in 2020. California Senate Bill 145 (SB 145) was passed in an attempt to give judges the same discretion that they have for cases where a young adult and a minor engage in vaginal intercourse….

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SB 1437: Changes to Murder Sentencing in California Explained

Posted in California Law,Criminal Defense,Sentencing on March 9, 2021

California Senate Bill 1437 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2018, and this law made significant changes to the state’s felony murder rule. The felony murder rule is a centuries-old legal doctrine that has been used to hold people automatically liable for first-after a murder if a death occurs during the commission of…

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AB 1950: Guide to New Probation Reform in California

Posted in California Law,Criminal Defense on February 22, 2021

For many people, prohibition is seen as a way to serve time without actually having to go to jail or prison after a conviction for a misdemeanor or felony offense. While this may be seen as a positive way for a person to complete their sentence, the reality is that the burdens of probation can…

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Misdemeanor Diversion Program in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Expungement on February 18, 2021

Over the last few decades, states across the country have recognized that certain low-level offenses should not necessarily be handled by the traditional criminal court proceedings. This is particularly true for low-level offenses committed by first-time offenders. California has acknowledged the need for diversion programs for certain misdemeanor offenses. Studies from universities and criminal justice…

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Expungement for Completion of Fire Camp in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Expungement,Sentencing on February 4, 2021

Many people may not realize that inmates in California play an integral role in fighting fires throughout the state. As of October 2020, there were approximately 3,700 inmates working at fire camps in various areas throughout the state. These inmates work to provide various services, including firefighting services as well as support staff for firefighters,…

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Evidence in Criminal Cases

Posted in Criminal Defense on January 11, 2021

If you or somebody you care about has been arrested and is facing criminal charges, you will undoubtedly be looking for answers. This can be an incredibly confusing and scary experience, and the number one thing that you can do is secure a skilled criminal defense attorney to help. Your case will revolve around evidence,…

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