March

Blog Posts in March, 2016

  • What Is a Cohabitant?

    California is a diverse state that treats traditional and nontraditional families equally. Because of this, you do not need to be in a married partnership to commit domestic violence. Under California law, domestic violence is not limited to married spouses. It can also occur between two people who are closely related, who have a child in common, or who live together or have lived together. ...
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  • Should I Refuse a Field Sobriety Test?

    When you are pulled over on suspicion of a DUI , you may be put through a variety of tests. The officer will use these tests to assess your level of intoxication so they can make a decision on whether or not they have sufficient probable cause to arrest you. One of the first steps in the DUI arrest process is the field sobriety test. Standardized field sobriety tests , or SFSTs, are typically ...
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  • What Rights Will Expungement Restore?

    Having your criminal record expunged can restore your dignity and your confidence, especially when it comes to job hunting. No one should have to let a criminal record prevent him or her from finding a job or housing. Unfortunately, even one criminal conviction can cause you to lose your job or miss out on a job opportunity. A criminal conviction can also take away some of your rights. You may be ...
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  • How Do Cops Identify Drunk Drivers?

    When police are on patrol, there are a number of signs they will be looking for to identify drunk drivers. These are sometimes called signs of impairment and can be exhibited in drivers in moving vehicles as well as while they are stopped. When driving, these signs of impairment can include swerving, weaving between lanes, driving too slow for traffic, turning on too wide a radius, hitting or ...
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  • How Do I Know if I'm Eligible for an Expungement?

    Having a criminal record can burden you with limitations, restrictions, and stigma. It can prevent you from holding certain positions or living in certain areas. Unfortunately, a criminal conviction can stay on your record long after you've fulfilled your sentencing requirements and returned to a law-abiding life. Moving on from a criminal conviction is possible, but it takes time. After you've ...
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  • Can I Be Arrested for Domestic Violence if I Didn't Touch the Victim?

    Many people may think that there must be hard physical evidence of abuse in order for someone to be convicted of a domestic violence offense. If this were the case, many people would get away with abusive behavior with no ramifications. Under California law, however, domestic violence goes far beyond inflicting physical harm. Though physical abuse is still one of the most common forms of domestic ...
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  • How Do I Seal My Juvenile Record?

    The juvenile justice system is little understood. The juvenile justice system is not exactly the same as the criminal justice system, but they work together to rehabilitate youths who have broken the law. Unlike popular belief, your juvenile record is not destroyed once you turn 18. In fact, it is still visible as any adult convictions would be and will remain visible for quite some time unless ...
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  • Ignition Interlock Devices and Employer Vehicles

    In response to an increase in public concerns over rising DUI rates, California DMV rules on DUI offenses and license suspensions were revised in 2010. With these revisions, the ignition interlock device was added as a requirement for some offenders. As a result, those who are convicted of a DUI in California may be required to install an ignition interlock device , or IID, in their car as a part ...
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  • Do I Have the Right to an Attorney During a DUI Arrest?

    Many people are not fully aware of the rights they have as citizens being arrested or facing criminal charges. Most people think they have a right to an attorney, but do not know when, where, and how they can invoke that right. If you've never been arrested, this is an understandable area of confusion. California's criminal justice system can be complicated if you are unfamiliar with it and many ...
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  • Can Disturbing the Peace Be Domestic Violence?

    Many people think of disturbing the peace as something that happens in a public setting, generally involving someone who is belligerent or a group of people who are unruly, such as protesters or rioters. By definition, it is considered a crime against the public peace. Common examples of disturbing the peace include trying to start a fight with someone in a public setting such as a bar or sports ...
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  • Do I Have to Install an IID in My Motorcycle?

    Many Californians who get a DUI will be ordered to install an Ignition Interlock Device in any vehicle they drive or own, except for employer-owned vehicles. Ignition Interlock Devices , or IIDs, are mandatory for those with first-time DUI convictions in Alameda, Sacramento, Los Angeles, or Tulare County. You may still be ordered to install an IID in your vehicle if your DUI conviction is in ...
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  • Can Harassment Be Domestic Violence?

    Domestic violence is often discussed in the media as if it were a single criminal act. In reality, domestic violence is just the term we use when discussing violence in domestic situations . The violence itself can come in many forms. Harassment is one form of violence that can fall into the category of domestic violence crimes. In order for harassment to be considered domestic violence, it must ...
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