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Criminal Defense

What Is My Constitutional Right To A Speedy Trial?

Posted in Criminal Defense on October 29, 2020

You have probably heard that a person charged with a crime has the right to a speedy trial. This is true. Under the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution, criminal defendants have the right to a speedy trial, though the Constitution does not precisely define what a speedy trial means. Federal Speedy Trial Act The…

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How Is Criminal Negligence Defined In California?

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on October 29, 2020

Criminal negligence refers to conduct a person engages in that ignores an obvious or known risk or disregards the safety and life of others. Federal and state courts have varying definitions of what criminal negligence means, but they all describe this behavior as a form of recklessness. When a person is criminally negligent, this means…

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California Motions for Continuance in a Criminal Case

Posted in Criminal Defense on October 28, 2020

If you or somebody you care about has been charged with a crime in California, you will undoubtedly be overwhelmed initially by the thought of going through a criminal trial. However, it is important that you have a skilled criminal defense attorney by your side. Preferably, you should contact a private criminal defense lawyer as…

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How Are Plea Bargains Made?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sentencing on September 24, 2020

Getting arrested and charged with a crime can be an incredibly scary experience. Those who are facing charges and their family members are often left wondering what their options are. First, it is important to understand that you need to secure a Riverside defense attorney as soon as possible. A skilled criminal attorney will be…

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How Does Criminal Sentencing Work in California?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sentencing on September 23, 2020

If you or somebody you care about has been arrested and charged with a crime, this is understandably a confusing and scary experience. Criminal cases can become even more terrifying for the defendant, particularly when prosecutors start throwing around large numbers when it comes to sentencing. Sentencing is often the most confusing part of a…

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Disturbing the Peace Charges

Posted in Criminal Defense on August 28, 2020

“Disturbing the peace” is the term that most people have heard on a regular basis. However, understanding exactly what disturbing the peace means can be difficult. A person can face disturbing the peace charges for a variety of reasons, ranging from a simple verbal disagreement to an actual physical fight. There are also various legal…

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What Can the Police Arrest You for at a Protest?

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on August 26, 2020

Protest rights are protected under the First Amendment to the US Constitution, but that does not mean a person cannot be arrested at a protest. As civil unrest and protests continue across the country, it is important to understand what your rights are at a protest and what you can do if you have been…

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Resisting Arrest Charges in California

Posted in Criminal Defense on August 24, 2020

Most people have heard of resisting arrest charges, as this is frequently a scenario that shows up on television shows and in the movies. However, resisting arrest charges are serious, and a conviction can result in jail time, fines, and a permanent mark on a person’s criminal record. Here, we want to discuss what the…

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What Is The Punishment For Fleeing And Eluding?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sentencing on July 27, 2020

We have all seen reality TV shows where alleged perpetrators are fleeing from police. These Incidents do occur, though they are rarely as dramatic yes TV shows make them out to be. Sometimes, a person flees from or attempts to elude the police while they are on foot. Other times, a person may flee from…

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A Guide to Search Warrants in California

Posted in Criminal Defense on July 24, 2020

A search warrant is what allows law enforcement officials in California to search a person, vehicle, residents, place of business, or other area suspected of containing or harboring evidence of illegal activity. If police officers find the evidence they are looking for, the search warrant will allow them to seize that evidence. It is important…

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