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What You Should Know About the Animal Cruelty Act?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Uncategorized on November 26, 2019

The US federal government is working to strengthen animal cruelty laws throughout the country. Recently, the House unanimously passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture, or PACT Act, was approved and will revise a previous law passed in 2010. This bipartisan law was introduced by Florida…

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Inmate Visitation Rights in California

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2019

There are approximately 115,000 people incarcerated in prisons in California. Those are extremely high numbers, but they only show us part of the overall amount of people affected by incarceration. Most of those who are in prison have family members on the outside of prison walls that miss them and want to stay in contact….

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Consequences for Fighting in Public

Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2019

Most people understand that fighting someone, whether in a public place or not, is not a good idea. Though we should all take steps to resolve differences before they reach a tipping point, there are times when tempers flare and fights break out. Fighting in public can be considered disturbing the peace, which is illegal…

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Can I Travel with CBD Oil?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2019

There has been a rapid rise in the popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) oil in the United States. The product is sold in many retail locations and marketed to ease or solve many types of ailments. There are some FDA-approved medications that contain CBD oil, though most of the CBD products sold are not FDA-approved. It…

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Penalties for Hiring Undocumented Workers

Posted in Uncategorized on August 19, 2019

When you own or operate a business, it is important to follow both state and federal laws. The issue of undocumented workers has been a hot topic in the news across the US for the last few years. Though California law offers wide-ranging protections for the rights of undocumented workers, it is important for employers…

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California Front Seat Laws & Penalties

Posted in Uncategorized on August 13, 2019

States across the country take child safety in a vehicle seriously and pass laws to ensure children are properly restrained. Most states have laws on the books that require you to use a child restraint system. California law is very specific about these laws, and we want to make sure you have the information you…

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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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