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  • How to Fight Your Negligent Operator Status

    When Your Status Changes The California Department of Motor Vehicle’s Negligent Operator Treatment System keeps tabs on all Californian drivers. Acting as a centralized database of driving records, the system assigns points for driving code violations and accidents and takes action when a driver incurs too many points in a specified period. If you incur four driving points within 12 months, six ...
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  • Can I Expunge a Felony From My Record?

    Removing Evidence of Serious Offenses California recognizes two main types of criminal offenses: misdemeanors and felonies. Between the two, felonies are more serious, and misdemeanors are less serious. Not surprisingly, a felony conviction can hold you back in many ways and haunt you for the rest of your life. Because felonies are serious convictions and often come with a prison sentence, they ...
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  • What Factors Determining Sentence for Theft?

    Theft is a prevalent crime in California. How a defendant is sentenced for a theft conviction depends on many factors. There are two main theft crimes in California: grand theft and petty theft. Each is sentenced differently. Petty theft is typically charged as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are typically punishable by up to one year in a county jail, probation, and potentially a fine of up to $1,000 ...
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  • Defenses to Driving on a Suspended License Charge

    Driving Without the Right The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can suspend or revoke your license for many reasons , some of which are unrelated to driving. Many people need a car to get around California where public transportation is lacking, and this creates a problem. If you need a car to work and take care of your family, but your license is suspended, what are your options? If ...
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  • What Does “Accessory After the Fact” Mean?

    In California, you can be charged with a crime if you help—in any way—a felon avoid getting in trouble. Helping someone who has committed a felony avoid the authorities or prosecution is referred to as being an accessory after the fact. The legal definition of “ accessory after the fact ” is harboring, concealing, or aiding a person whom you know has committed a felony with the specific intent to ...
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  • Offensive Touching and Domestic Violence Charges

    The Domestic Violence Threshold Domestic violence is one of the lesser-understood types of California criminal charges, in part because so many different actions can be considered domestic violence and there doesn’t necessarily need to be hard proof of violence. A prosecuting attorney can file domestic violence charges off of very little evidence, even in cases where the victim was never harmed. ...
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  • Dealing With DUI Proceedings as a Freight Trucker

    When Your Career Is on the Line The future of freight is changing as the push to get self-driving trucks on the road continues. Eventually, freight truckers might face job insecurity because of this new technology, but until we reach that point, truckers are a vital part of our economy. Freight truckers supply the State of California and the country with valuable goods and products. Perhaps ...
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  • Lenient DV Sentences: What Public Outcry Means for Defendants

    How Public Opinion Can Affect Criminal Court Proceedings In recent years, there has been growing public outcry over California courts handing down lenient sentences for domestic violence crimes. From the protests that stemmed from the March 2016 sentencing of Brock Turner, the Stanford student who was thought to have “gotten off easy” for sexual assault to the recent proposed sentencing of a ...
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  • Maximum Jail Sentences for Misdemeanors

    What Is the Maximum Sentence? California recognizes three categories of criminal offenses : infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Infractions are the least serious and aren’t considered true criminal convictions. Many infractions are simple traffic citations and are punishable by nothing more than a fine. Misdemeanors are more serious than infractions and considered criminal convictions. ...
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  • How a California Conviction Can Affect Your Medical License

    Conduct On and Off the Job Medical professionals in California are held to high standards. Not only do licensed medical professional need to be at their best on the job, but they also need to be mindful of their conduct off the job as well. Medical professionals have to abide by a code of ethics whether they are treating a patient or not. In our society, we often look to physicians and other ...
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  • Criminal Traffic Violations

    Infractions vs. Criminal Convictions Not all traffic tickets are created equal. Traffic citations (i.e. tickets) can vary in seriousness from simple “fix-it” tickets for non-moving violations to criminal traffic violations for offenses such as driving under the influence or reckless driving. And, as you might assume, the consequences for traffic citations can vary quite a bit as well. For some ...
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  • Reckless Driving and Your Commercial License

    Commercial drivers in California are held to higher standards than non-commercial drivers are, both on and off-duty. A commercial driver’s entire career can be on the line if he or she does not drive safely at all times. Unfortunately, they face an increased risk of committing traffic offenses due to the sheer amount of time these drivers put in behind the wheel and the challenges they face on the ...
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  • Witness Testimony and DMV Administrative Hearings

    Defending Yourself at the DMV If you are facing DUI charges, you will be involved in two separate proceedings: the criminal court process and the DMV administrative process. The DMV is only concerned with your driving privileges. As a DUI defendant, you have a right to request an administrative hearing from the DMV. At this hearing, you will have the chance to challenge the DMV’s decision to ...
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  • DMV Proceedings and Your Rights

    Your Legal Rights According to both the state and federal constitution, you have a right to due process of the law . That right applies to both criminal and civil court and administrative systems, such as the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV must provide a hearing before taking action against your driving privilege, just as you have a right to a hearing before you are convicted in ...
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  • Low-Income Housing and Criminal Backgrounds in California

    The Far-Reaching Consequences of a Criminal Conviction Among the many consequences of a criminal conviction in California, difficulty finding rental housing is perhaps one of the most disruptive. Your options for rental housing in California can be limited by your criminal background, and this is even truer when it comes to low-income (i.e. public) housing. If you are one of the hundreds of ...
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