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  • DUI Outcomes: Here’s How to Move On

    DUI Outcomes Explained Moving on after a DUI conviction can be difficult. DUI outcomes aren’t easy, nor is the experience of being arrested for a DUI easy to forget. But countless others have been in your shoes and have moved on with their lives. Among the many consequences of a DUI are jail time, fines, alcohol education classes, probation, and a suspended license. You could also be ordered to go ...
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  • What’s My Right to Due Process?

    Defining the Right to Due Process Despite what many people argue, our constitutional rights are still relevant today. One, in particular, the right to due process, is especially important. Protected under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment, our right to due process means we cannot be convicted of a crime without fair legal proceedings. In plain terms, we have a right to argue our case before being ...
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  • California DUI Arrests Are More Common Than You Think: Here’s Why

    California DUI Arrests Are Prevalent Facing DUI charges in California? You’re not alone. California DUI arrests are very common. In fact: In 2013, there were 160,388 California DUI arrests. In 2016, the California Department of Motor Vehicles suspended 134,595 licenses due to drunk driving under the Administrative Per Se law . The Admin Per Se law suspends the license of anyone arrested for DUI. ...
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  • 5 Major Changes to California Laws in 2018

    With each New Year come new laws. In 2018, California made many changes to laws, but here are the ones that will change the criminal defense landscape in particular. Employers are banned from asking about prior convictions on job applications. This is part of the “Ban the Box” initiative. The new Assembly Bill 1008 expands on a 2013 bill that affected public employers and now covers private ...
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  • Keyed a Car in California: Here’s the Worst That Can Happen

    A Common Method of Revenge We’ve all been mad enough at someone to damage their property. Not everyone acts on these feelings, but those that do can face criminal charges. Keying someone’s car is a common revenge tactic. It seems simple enough. Cars are accessed easily. We often carry keys with us. And it may seem like you can get away with keying a car without any witnesses. In reality, many ...
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  • The Victim’s Word Against Yours: Conflicting Domestic Violence Stories

    Weighing the Victim’s Word Against Yours Domestic violence offenses are unique because, in a court of law, the most powerful evidence is sometimes testimony from the alleged victim and abuser. And when it’s the victim’s word against yours , it’s harder to defend yourself. Not surprisingly, the victim’s word can sound more believable to a judge and jury. Unfortunately, many people have taken ...
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  • Are California Domestic Violence Classes Effective?

    California Domestic Violence Classes: Benefit or Burden? The criminal courts order all those convicted of domestic violence offenses attend California domestic violence classes for 52 weeks. These classes are part of Batterers Intervention Programs , which aim to rehabilitate offenders. Far from a minor inconvenience, they are an intensive—and mandatory—condition of probation. Many argue the ...
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  • California Sentencing Guidelines: Will the Judge Go Easy on Me?

    How California Sentencing Guidelines Determine Penalties for Crimes Many people facing criminal charges have one thought at the front of their mind: will the judge go easy on me or will I get a harsh sentence? This is a crucial question because sentencing for a California criminal conviction can include incarceration, probation, fines, victim restitution, loss of certain rights, a criminal ...
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  • Outstanding Warrant in California? Here’s What You Need to Know

    If You Have an Outstanding Warrant, You Need to Take Action Having an outstanding warrant puts you at risk of being arrested. With a warrant, police can arrest you at any time in any place. It’s difficult to live your normal life not knowing when and where you will be arrested. If you think you have an outstanding warrant in California, you need to find out if you have a warrant, what type of ...
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  • Mistaken Identification? Here’s Your Defense

    Mistaken Identification Is More Common Than You Think Victim and eyewitness accounts are sometimes the only element linking a crime to an alleged perpetrator. Unfortunately, innocent people can be victims of mistaken identification when those accounts are wrong. And this happens all too frequently. Many factors can affect memory recall, especially for those who witness crimes or experience ...
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  • DNA in Domestic Violence Cases: Hard Evidence

    Clear and Convincing Proof Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a molecule that contains our unique genetic code. Specific to the individual (or individuals in the case of identical twins), DNA is reliable enough to be used in a court of law. A person’s DNA is constant, meaning it can be used to solve cases from years or even decades in the past, as long as there is preserved evidence. The use of DNA ...
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  • The Benefits of Representation: Can An Attorney Go to Court for Me?

    Your Options for Appearing in Court It’s important to prepare for and attend your court dates if you are facing criminal charges. If you do not show up at your hearings, the judge can issue a bench warrant against you to compel you to go to court. Also, without going to court, your case can take longer to resolve, and your options may be limited. Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to go ...
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  • How Judges Determine Bail

    Setting Bail Bail is money paid to the court to secure a defendant’s appearance at future court proceedings. When the judge sets the bail amount, the defendant can pay it directly or with the help of a bail bond company. Once bail is paid—called posting bail —the defendant is released from custody and free to go. On the condition of the bond, the defendant must then appear in court or he or she ...
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  • Dram Shop Laws: Finding the Liability

    Whose Fault Is It? DUI cases are handled in criminal courts. But sometimes DUI cases involve claims in the civil court as well, specifically personal injury claims. If someone harmed someone else while driving impaired, he or she could potentially be held liable in a civil suit. This means he or she would have to compensate the person harmed for damages. DUI cases involving accidents and property ...
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  • Why Are Sobriety Checkpoints Legal?

    Sobriety Checkpoint Laws Many states have ruled that sobriety checkpoints are unconstitutional and illegal. The State of California, however, does allow law enforcement to conduct sobriety checkpoints. In fact, California operates thousands of checkpoints every year. But what makes them legal in California but not other states? And how does law enforcement get away with violating our ...
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