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  • California’s Forthcoming Ignition Interlock Device Requirement

    The Future of California DUI Penalties In California, certain DUI offenders are required to install ignition interlock devices in the cars they own or drive. These devices prohibit drivers from starting their car without first providing a breath sample with no detectable alcohol in it. The devices are expensive and inconvenient, but they inarguably cut down on subsequent DUI offenses. Because of ...
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  • Can Felons Vote?

    How Do Criminal Convictions Affect Voting Rights? Voting rights are important to many Americans. Especially in today’s political climate, the right to vote is a great way to make your voice heard. And, as California proposes more and more controversial laws, every vote counts. Unfortunately, a person convicted of a felony may lose his or her right to vote . While this may be the least of your ...
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  • How to Disclose Your Criminal Past on Job Applications

    Knowing What to Disclose When applying for jobs in California, having a criminal past can hold you back. In today’s day and age, whether or not it is fair, hiring managers frequently don’t give applicants with criminal histories the time of day. Because of this, many job seekers with criminal histories hesitate to give any information about their conviction to their potential employers. Disclosing ...
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  • What Is a Violent Felony?

    An Important Designation Among the potential criminal charges you could face, felonies are the most serious. Far more serious than infractions or misdemeanors, felonies are punishable by prison time and can revoke many rights. Felonies considered as violent are unique in that they often result in enhanced sentences (i.e. harsher penalties) and more significant long-term consequences than ...
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  • Facing a DUI in California? 10 Terms You Need to Know

    Facing DUI charges is stressful, confusing, and overwhelming. Aside from worrying about your future, you will be encountering many legal terms you may not understand. But to face your charges with confidence, you will need to understand the basics of DUI law. To help you do that, here are ten DUI terms you need to know: Admin Per Se: California’s administrative per se law is fairly basic. Per se ...
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  • By the Book: Title 17 Regulations and DUI Defense

    Following Proper Procedure Many DUI cases hinge on the results of blood alcohol content (BAC) tests. Because these tests can have such serious consequences, they are subject to numerous regulations. These regulations ensure the tests produce legally valid and accurate results and do not violate the defendant’s rights. Title 17 regulations , part of the health code, set forth regulations for the ...
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  • Can I Be Kicked Out of My Home for Domestic Violence?

    Domestic Violence and Your Domicile A domestic violence conviction can turn your life upside down. It can cost you money, time, and freedom. In conjunction with a domestic violence conviction, a judge can issue a restraining order against the defendant. Restraining order is a general term; there are actually several different types of orders that restrain a person from a victim. Restraining orders ...
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  • What Is a Statutory Offense?

    Statutes vs. Common Law Legal terminology sometimes referred to as legalese, is complicated in part by the convoluted structure of the judicial system. Legal decisions can come from different authoritative bodies, be it a government or a judge. There are different courts that handle different types of cases, and different authoritative bodies that can create laws and enforce them. Because there ...
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  • Is Elder Abuse Domestic Violence?

    Defining the Victim Abuse comes in many forms, and these forms often depend on whom the victim is. While the abuse of a domestic partner, a cohabitant , a child, or a family member are all potentially punishable offenses, they can result in different charges and thus different sentences. One of the lesser-known forms of abuse is elder abuse. Although not well understood, elder abuse is actually a ...
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  • Introducing Evidence in a Criminal Trial

    The Rules of Using Evidence In a criminal trial, both the prosecution and the defense have a chance to introduce evidence in the case. The evidence helps inform the judge or jury’s decision. Only certain things can be introduced as evidence in a criminal trial, and the evidence must adhere to the rules of evidence set forth by the California criminal courts. These are collectively called the ...
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  • What Prop 64 Means for Those With Marijuana Convictions

    Changing Times and Changing Laws Over the years, the legal status of marijuana across the nation has changed. As we grow more tolerant, better understand how marijuana affects the body, recognize the detrimental effects from incarcerating marijuana users, and learn about how revenue can be generated from the legal sale of marijuana, more and more states are legalizing recreational use. California, ...
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  • The Role of the Arresting Officer at Criminal Trials

    A Key Witness In criminal trials, both sides (the prosecution and the defendant) can produce witnesses to provide information ( testimony ) relevant to the case. In many cases, the prosecuting attorney will call the arresting officer as a witness. Indeed, the arresting officer is sometimes the most pivotal witness in the case. That being said, they play a very important role. Reviewing the Facts ...
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  • The Basics of Trial Rules and Procedures

    Rules of the Court One of the reasons why many defendants need attorneys when facing criminal trials is because there are numerous trial rules and procedures that all involved parties must adhere to. To ensure the fairness and integrity of the judicial system, California courts set forth detailed rules on judicial proceedings . Trial rules and procedures provide guidelines that must be followed ...
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  • What Is the Different Between a Rap Sheet and a Criminal Record?

    Understanding Criminal Records When you are arrested, charged with a crime, or convicted of a crime, information about your case will be put on your criminal record. Criminal record is a general term. Different pieces of information and levels of detail will be included on different records, and these records are accessible by different parties. The record law enforcement will see will differ from ...
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  • What You Should Know Before Giving Statements to the Police

    Seek Advice and Review Your Rights Law enforcement officers intimidate many people. Today we hear stories of police misconduct and police brutality, and this causes many people to distrust the police. But entering into a police encounter with this attitude can work against your interests. You have a certain duty to cooperate with law enforcement, and you can face criminal charges for resisting an ...
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