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Type of Field Sobriety Test in DUI Cases

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2019

A field sobriety test is a tool law enforcement officers may use to try to determine whether a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It involves a series of physical and/or mental exercises police officers may ask the driver to complete. Low performance during the field sobriety test allegedly serves as proof…

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Penalty for Resisting Arrest

Posted in Uncategorized on May 27, 2019

Resisting arrest is a crime in every state. In California, resisting arrest can result in additional criminal charges and penalties tacked onto a sentence. It is important to recognize the potential punishments for resisting arrest, as well as the long-term ramifications on your life. Resisting arrest could make an already bad situation worse. Is Resisting…

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Misdemeanor Jail Time in California

Posted in Uncategorized on May 25, 2019

The three main categories of crime in California are infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Infractions are the least serious, felonies are the most serious, and misdemeanors are in the middle. The punishments for a misdemeanor depend on the circumstances of the crime, but often include jail time and/or fines. Knowing whether you will serve time in…

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When Should a Defendant Testify at Trial?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2019

As the defendant of a criminal case, the thought of testifying at trial can be daunting. Providing testimony as a defendant is not mandatory, but it may be part of your lawyer’s defense strategy depending on the circumstances of your case. Knowing when a defendant should testify at his or her criminal trial is part…

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Embezzlement and Fraud Penalties in California

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2019

In California, white-collar crimes can be difficult to prosecute. Embezzlement and fraud penalties vary from case to case and depend on a number of factors. The more grievous the crime is, the more severe the penalty will be. California Law on Embezzlement and Fraud In California, you commit an act of embezzlement if you fraudulently…

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California Expungement Laws

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2019

Criminal convictions can have a deep impact on your life in California. If you have a conviction on your record, you can have trouble finding a place to work, a place to live, and even have some of your rights restricted by the court. However, a solution is available to help you get back on…

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How Does an Expunged Record End Up in a Background Check?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2019

Criminal records can follow you for many years and impact many aspects of your life, including your ability to find employment, obtain housing, or vote. However, you can undergo the expungement process to release you of these consequences. While expungement can help with many aspects of post-conviction life, certain expunged records can appear in a…

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Driver License Suspension After a DUI Arrest

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2019

One consequence of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a possible license suspension. In California, driving is a vital form of transportation that we need to move around in our daily lives. However, the courts and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can take your license if you receive a DUI…

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Effects of Solitary Confinement

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2019

Solitary confinement is a form of punishment within a prison that serves to punish inmates who have engaged in certain behaviors. Corrections officers often describe solitary confinement as a prison within a prison – the officers keep certain inmates in a tiny cell that is smaller in area than an average horse stable. The prison…

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California Repeat DUI Offender Laws

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2019

Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher can result in a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction in California. A BAC less than 0.08% could also qualify as DUI, if the level is enough to impair a driver. Driving under the influence of impairing drugs, including prescription medications, could also…

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