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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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  • Bail and Being Released from Jail

    Booking Then Bail After you are booked into jail, you may be able to be released from custody on the condition that you return on your court date. Posting bail is one of the ways you can be released before your court date. Bail is money you give to the court to be released. The bail works as a security deposit. By posting bail, you promise to return to court at the agreed upon date for your ...
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  • How Can the Prosecutor Prove I Was Intoxicated Without a BAC Test?

    Proving You Were Driving Under the Influence In California, you can be convicted of a DUI for driving while under the influence of alcohol or by having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. The prosecutor does not have to prove both of these elements to convict you, but in most cases, they are able to. This is because most DUI defendants are required to take a BAC test either at ...
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  • Who Can Get a Public Defender?

    The Right to Representation Criminal defendants in the U.S. have a right to counsel . This means they have a right to attorney representation when facing criminal charges. Public defenders can also be appointed in juvenile cases as well as some family law matters. The right to representation is a valuable one. Our legal system is difficult to understand and isn’t always intuitive. An attorney is ...
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  • Paying Court-Ordered Fines

    Understanding Court-Ordered Fines For many California crimes, you can face steep fines as a component of your sentencing. Your fines may be the least of your worries, especially if you are also facing a jail sentence, but they are a part of your sentence that must be fulfilled. Some people don’t take these fines seriously, but if a judge orders them, they are a requirement that must be fulfilled. ...
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  • Why an Attorney Should Be Your First Call After an Arrest

    The Phone Call Most people don’t know what to do when they’ve been arrested. Being handcuffed and booked into jail is a demeaning experience, in the midst of which you may not be able to think clearly about how to protect yourself. For this reason, the first thing you should do after an arrest is to contact an attorney. An attorney can do many things for you before you even appear in court . Most ...
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  • Your Chance of Beating DUI Charges

    Do You Have a Chance? Facing DUI charges would leave even the most grounded person in a panic. You stand to lose your license, several thousand dollars, and not to mention your dignity. The good news is many defendants are able to beat their DUI charges with the help of a skilled attorney. You should speak with an experienced California DUI defense attorney if you are facing charges to get a ...
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  • 5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Domestic Violence Charges

    Disadvantages of Domestic Violence With many crimes, you can face fines, imprisonment, and probation if convicted. Certain crimes, domestic violence crimes for instance, also result in a host of other consequences, some of which cannot be avoided. Here are five facts about domestic violence charges you may not be aware of. The victim cannot drop the charges . Once the victim notifies the police of ...
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  • The Details on Legal Weed After Prop 64

    A More Progressive State Laws are always changing, especially in a progressive state like California. Like recent changes in Washington and Oregon, California’s marijuana laws have recently been changed under Proposition 64 , which was passed by voters in the November 2016 election. Marijuana users across California probably want to know exactly what Prop. 64 did and how it will affect them going ...
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  • Domestic Violence in California: By the Numbers

    It’s All in the Numbers Domestic violence offenses are aggressively prosecuted in California. California employs dedicated prosecution units to ensure every case is prosecuted and each and every guilty defendant is punished. While other criminal offenses aren’t handled with this level of scrutiny, domestic violence offenses rarely slip through the cracks. And once a domestic violence case is ...
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  • What Is a No Contact Order?

    Establishing Legal Protection Victims of domestic violence, assault, harassment and stalking, or other similar crimes often turn to the police to seek help. The police can then help a person ask the court for legal protection. If the court finds reason to believe the victim needs protection, it can issue a protection order. Different protection orders serve different purposes. No-contact orders ...
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  • The Differences Between a Public Defender and Private Attorney

    One of the most well-known rights of criminal defendants is the right to an attorney . This right is protected under the Sixth Amendment and is one of the most important rights criminal defendants have. A criminal defendant has the right to seek legal counsel in most criminal cases. Here is where the right is less understood. Some people think that because you have a right to an attorney, the ...
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