June

Blog Posts in June, 2016

  • What Happens if I Fail to Attend My DUI Classes?

    If you are convicted of a DUI in California you will be ordered to complete a course of DUI classes. This is just one of the many mandatory punishments for driving under the influence. You must complete your DUI classes to fulfill the requirements of your sentencing and to get your license fully reinstated. DUI offenders may have to take classes from anywhere between three and 30 months, ...
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  • Fighting False Allegations of Domestic Violence

    As much as we want to trust in our legal system in the U.S., many people are falsely accused and charged with crimes they didn’t commit every day. People are falsely accused of many different crimes, but false allegations of domestic violence crimes are particularly frequent. Fortunately, you may be able to fight false allegations of domestic violence crimes. Doing so, however, takes an ...
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  • Will a Probation Violation Affect My Expungement Eligibility?

    Probation may be given instead of or in addition to jail time to many California defendants. Probation can be formal or informal. Informal probation is also called summary probation. No matter what type of probation you are on or for how long, it is crucial to not violate the conditions of your probation at any time. A probation violation can result in many consequences, not least of which is ...
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  • Defending Theft Charges

    Although property crimes are on the decline, theft is still one of the most common California crimes. Many Californians find themselves facing theft charges every day. Defending theft charges can be difficult, and so many people think they have no chance in court. This may lead to them pleading guilty before even speaking to an attorney. It is generally a bad idea to plead guilty to any crime ...
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  • Grand Theft Auto vs. Joy Riding

    California leads the nation in auto-theft rates. Auto-theft in California is a significant problem, and so cases are taken very seriously. The majority of stolen vehicles are retrieved, and defendants are prosecuted aggressively. Taking a car without the owner’s consent can be charged as either grand theft auto or the unlawful taking of a vehicle, also known as joy riding. The primary difference ...
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  • Criminal Charges and Expungement Eligibility

    Today, a person can easily be discriminated against for a past criminal conviction, no matter how minor the offense. Potential employers, landlords, and licensing offices may hesitate to give you the job, apartment, or license if they discover you have a criminal past. Unfortunately, this puts decent California citizens who have made mistakes in the past at a great disadvantage in life. Some of ...
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  • Credit Card Fraud: What Are the Penalties?

    Credit card fraud is a common white-collar crime in California. This type of crime covers a wide range of actions. Each one carries its own penalties. The type of credit card fraud you commit and the facts and circumstances of your case will influence the penalties you can face. Under California Penal Code 484e, it is illegal to acquire or otherwise possess a credit card with the intent to use, ...
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  • After an Arrest in California, How Long Will I Be in Jail?

    Being arrested is intimidating. Having your freedom taken away while you are taken into custody can be stressful. You may not know what to expect after an arrest in California. Most people are primarily concerned about how long they will be in jail after they are arrested. Your time in jail will depend on your charge and some of the facts and circumstances of your case. More than a million people ...
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  • Domestic Violence Firearm Restrictions in California

    California takes guns in domestic violence scenarios very seriously. Because of this, there are a number of domestic violence firearm restrictions that you may face if convicted of a domestic violence offense. You could face restrictions even if you did not injure or touch the other person or involve firearms in the incident. The length of these restrictions can vary, but some will stay in place ...
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  • Can BAC Chemical Test Results Be Challenged?

    The blood alcohol concentration or content level, also called a BAC level, is an important part of a DUI case. The results may be needed to convict a defendant. Contrary to popular belief, BAC chemical test results can and often are challenged in court. Although the concept of blood alcohol concentration and the ways it is tested are founded on scientific research, the reliability and accuracy of ...
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  • At a Domestic Violence Call Response What Will the Police Do?

    California police officers must follow certain protocol at a domestic violence call response. Domestic violence is a concerning problem in California. Californians make more than 150,000 domestic violence calls a year. Police officers respond to many of these. When responding to a domestic violence call, a police officer must make sure that the victim is left in safety. This often means that the ...
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