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Prisoners’ Rights in California

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2019

After an alarming increase between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, California’s prison population has declined. Nevertheless, almost 130,000 men and women are behind bars in California prisons. This number does not include the thousands of inmates in county jails, mand of whom are simply waiting for their trial dates. SInce almost all prison…

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Can I Get a Marijuana Card if I Have a Criminal Record?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2019

In November 2016, California voters approved a partial marijuana decriminalization measure. Possession of under one ounce, which is usually about fifty joints, is legal under California law. It’s also legal to possess eight grams of concentrated cannabis or grow up to six plants. As a result of these changes, California is now a big player…

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Punishment for Public Urination in California

Posted in Uncategorized on June 29, 2019

Urinating in public is generally not a crime in the state of California. California does not have a statute that specifically bars a person from urinating in public places, other than a statute (California Penal Code Section 640) prohibiting it in public transportation vehicles, such as trains or buses. Yet in certain circumstances, an officer…

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How Many Points Can You Get on Your License in California?

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2019

Violating a traffic law in California can result in points on your license. The point system serves to punish drivers for moving violations. If you accrue too many points on your driver’s license, you could lose your driving privileges. Understanding how the point system works can help you avoid losing your license due to too…

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Arraignment Hearing Process in California

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22, 2019

An arraignment hearing is the first court appearance a defendant will make after facing charges for a crime. During an arraignment, the defendant will hear the formal charges the court is pressing against him or her. The defendant will also have the opportunity to enter a plea: guilty, not guilty, or no contest. Arraignments are…

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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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