August

Blog Posts in August, 2016

  • California DUI Laws: Do They Work?

    Looking at the Benefits and Costs California has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country. Those who are convicted of driving under the influence in the golden state face a host of consequences such as jail time, large fines, DUI classes, and a suspended license. The stakes are high when it comes to drinking and driving in California; your freedom, time, and money are on the line. Knowing ...
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  • Expungements and Megan’s Law

    California’s Sex Offender Registration Act Under the Sex Offender Registration Act, those convicted of certain offenses in California must register as a sex offender for the rest of their lives. This is also called the PC 290 requirement. This is a large burden to bear for committing even one crime. And, under Megan’s Law, sex offender registration information is easily accessible by the public ...
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  • How to Know if It’s Lawful Detainment

    A Brief Stop A police officer can do one of two things to someone they suspect has committed or been involved in a crime. An officer may arrest or detain someone. Detainment is the momentary stopping of someone so an officer can identify him or her and ask some questions. An officer may do a computer search using your identifying information to check for any outstanding warrants. He or she may ...
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  • Child Abuse and Domestic Violence

    California abuse and assault laws are differentiated, in part, by who the victim was. There are many different kinds of abuse under California’s laws, such as child abuse, elder abuse, and domestic abuse. It is important to understand that while these may be related, they are considered separate criminal offenses because of the identity of the victim. Child abuse differs from domestic abuse. ...
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  • Can Domestic Violence Be Mutual?

    When is Violence Mutual? Domestic violence is abuse directed at someone whom you are in or have been in an intimate relationship with. Many people think of domestic violence as always being one-sided. Sometimes, however, domestic violence isn’t what it seems from an outsider’s perspective. True instances of mutual domestic violence are hard to characterize. Even when domestic violence is mutual, ...
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  • Appearing in Court: Do’s and Don’ts

    Come Prepared Appearing in court on a criminal charge can be intimidating. You may be worried about the consequences, and not knowing what to expect in court can increase your anxiety. Knowing how to prepare yourself to appear in court and what you should do once you are there is an important step in your case. Not understanding the process or being otherwise unprepared for your court date can ...
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  • Evidence in Domestic Violence Cases

    Just the Facts Domestic violence cases present a variety of forms of evidence that can be used in criminal trial proceedings. California recognizes many different types of domestic violence, from making threats to physical violence. The form of evidence used by the prosecution in a California domestic violence case will depend on the specific allegations being made. Evidence is a key component of ...
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  • Do Online Record Cleaning Services Work?

    Knowing Where to Turn for Quality Legal Assistance As more and more employers choose to conduct background checks on prospective employees, our criminal records are more visible than ever. Online criminal background checks make viewing your past convictions easy and convenient for almost anyone who wants to see them. If you have a criminal history, you may have considered trying to clean your ...
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  • Can I Face Jail Time for Child Abuse?

    Potential Penalties of Child Abuse There was a time in the past when child abuse wasn’t considered a concern of the state. Those times have long passed. Today, child abuse is considered a serious crime in California. Instances of child abuse regularly take precedence in the media with gruesome stories of parents willfully neglecting or torturing their child. Although these stories certainly make ...
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  • What Is Domestic Violence Victim Restitution?

    Paying Your Debt for Your Crime A domestic violence conviction can cost you a lot. Beyond jail time, you may face some serious financial consequences as well. You may face fees, fines, and ordered payments that are part of the terms of your probation. Not paying these costs can have serious repercussions. One of the costs you may be ordered to pay under California Penal Code 1203.097 is victim ...
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  • How Can I Restore My Gun Rights?

    Fighting to Get Your Rights Back US citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. This is protected under the Second Amendment, and it’s one right that people have been known to fight tooth and nail for. While it is a protected right, there are many instances when this right can be suspended or even taken away permanently. Many people are shocked to learn your gun rights can be taken away if you ...
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  • Reducing Felony Domestic Violence Charges

    When You Can Move on From a Felony Some California crimes can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances. These are called wobbler crimes. There are many different types of wobbler crimes, a few of which are domestic violence crimes. Many domestic violence crimes are charged as misdemeanors under normal circumstances. But, if the victim was injured or the ...
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