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Criminal Defense

You Can Now be Sued for Distribution of “Deep Fakes”

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on March 25, 2020

Technology is rapidly evolving, and the criminal justice system is often playing catch up when it comes to certain internet-related crimes. One of the biggest growing threats for many people is the creation of “deep fakes.” Deep fakes are altered videos or photos that look incredibly realistic. This has many implications and has been in…

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What is a “No-Contest” Plea?

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on March 24, 2020

There are various ways that a person can be found guilty after being charged with a crime. This could include a jury finding a defendant guilty after a trial. However, a person is more likely to be found guilty after actually pleading guilty before going to trial. However, there are times when prosecutors or judges…

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What Are Miranda Rights?

Posted in Criminal Defense,General FAQ'S on March 23, 2020

If there is any one topic that causes an incredible amount of consternation and debate in the criminal justice system, it is Miranda rights. Everyone you ask has an opinion on what Miranda rights are, but very few people understand their history and how they are applied. This includes many law enforcement officers and prosecutors….

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State vs. Federal Criminal Procedure

Posted in Criminal Defense on March 20, 2020

In the United States, there are many different systems of crime and punishment. Every state in the union has its own court system structure used to prosecute those accused of committing state crimes. However, there is only one federal system used for those accused of committing federal crimes. It is important to understand both of…

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Motions for a New Trial in California

Posted in Criminal Defense on March 19, 2020

Many people think that when someone is convicted of a crime and given a sentence that the whole situation is over with. However, that is not necessarily the case. A defendant and their attorney may appeal the case. A defender convicted of a crime at a trial may also make a motion to seek a…

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How is Competency to Stand Trial Determined?

Posted in Criminal Defense on March 18, 2020

When someone is arrested for allegedly committing a crime, there is a chance they will be asked to stand trial to determine their innocence or guilt. The US court system is built on a system of fairness for everyone involved. In order for a person alleged to have committed a crime to be treated fairly,…

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Claiming Self-Defense in a Criminal Case

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sentencing on March 17, 2020

It is understood that a person has the right to protect themselves and their property from harm in most circumstances, even when the behavior or actions they take would generally be considered a crime. In California, defendants can claim self-defense in the event they are charged with a violent crime. What is Self-defense? Self-defense is…

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Are Inmate Phone Conversations Recorded?

Posted in Criminal Defense on March 16, 2020

Anyone who has a loved one in jail in California understands how difficult the incarceration can be on everybody involved. This includes not only the person who is incarcerated but also their family members and friends. One important aspect of incarceration is visitation and phone calls with loved ones. Studies have shown that regular communication…

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What Are the Pentalties For Petty Theft in California?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sentencing on February 29, 2020

There are several laws in California that relate to theft, the intentional and unlawful taking of another person’s property. In order for a theft to occur, there must have been the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property of the items taken. Penal Code 484 and Penal Code 488 It is a crime…

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The Most Commonly Charged Sex Crimes in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Sex Crimes on February 28, 2020

Facing a sex crime charge can be incredibly terrifying. The state of California takes these charges very seriously, and a sex crime conviction can lead to prison time, fines, and a requirement to register as a sex offender – often for life. In many cases, the pubic, friends, and family members of those charged with…

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