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Blog Posts in May, 2016

  • Can I Beat a California DUI Charge on My Own?

    Getting a California DUI charge can greatly disrupt your life. You've probably heard that DUIs are costly, especially if you have to get a DUI attorney. You may be wondering if you can handle a California DUI charge on your own if you don't want to spend that kind of money. Handling a criminal charge on your own is a big risk. California DUI laws are far from simple. You will have to understand ...
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  • Will I Be Arrested for a Restraining Order Violation?

    Restraining orders, also called protective orders, restrain a person from contacting or attempting to contact another person. A restraining order violation is a California crime that you can be arrested for. Not all violations will result in an arrest, but it is still a crime that can land you in jail. Restraining orders often have many terms and conditions that you have to follow. An order will ...
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  • The Expungement Process: What Information Will I Need?

    Trying to get a conviction dismissed through the expungement process can be a challenge. The California expungement process is complicated and will require a lot of information from you. If you are thinking about getting an expungement, you are probably wondering what information you will need to do so. It is a good idea to gather all this information before you start the process. You will need ...
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  • What Constitutes Identity Theft?

    Identity theft is taken very seriously in California. It is talked about frequently in the media and the subject of public debate. It is a high-profile crime partly because it affects so many Californians. It is also considered a fraud crime. In most cases, it is not simply stealing someone else's identity. More generally it is the stealing of information that can facilitate fraudulent activities. ...
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  • Do DUI Penalties Vary by County?

    Your first question after being arrested for a DUI is likely to about what DUI penalties you face. You may have heard that California hands down harsh consequences for DUI convictions, some of which are mandatory and non-negotiable. Your driver's license will be suspended, you will face hefty fines, will be ordered to attend alcohol education classes, and you will face jail time. Your penalties ...
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  • What Is a Juvenile Drug Court Program?

    Drug charges are not uncommon among California's youths today. Despite their commonality, minor drug crimes are punished much in the same way adult drug crimes are. Because of this, many minors who have drug convictions start their adult lives with a criminal record. Fortunately, there are options certain youths may have to prevent a criminal record from holding them back from a successful ...
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  • When Is Domestic Violence a Felony?

    California has several domestic violence charges, each carry its own standard sentencing. California has both misdemeanor and felony domestic violence crimes . In general, misdemeanor crimes are less serious than felony crimes, and thus are punished less severely. Misdemeanor crimes are crimes punishable by a fine and/or a county jail sentence of up to one year. Felony crimes differ from ...
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  • Where Can I Drive With a Restricted License?

    Driving while under the influence is just one of California's several driving crimes. More serious than simple traffic infractions or citations, a DUI will affect your driving privileges for a significant period of time. Even with your first DUI, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend your license for at least four months under the Admin Per Se program, which automatically ...
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  • What Are the Penalties for a Second Domestic Violence Offense?

    Repeating a criminal offense is not an uncommon occurrence. Although domestic violence offenses often result in harsh consequences, some offenders will continue on to commit a second domestic violence offense either against the same victim or another. As with many other California crimes, repeat offenses are punished more severely. The exact punishment for a repeat offense will vary, depending on ...
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  • What Happens at a DUI Pre-Trial Conference?

    If you are facing DUI charges, there are a few different paths you can take to handle your defense. In many cases, the defendant will make a plea of nolo contender or guilty and will be sentenced. In some cases, the defendant may have a public defender or attorney negotiate a plea bargain for them. In cases where the defendant is willing to challenge the charge, the defendant may plead not guilty ...
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  • What Are the Penalties for Transporting a Controlled Substance?

    There are many different California drug crimes, and they vary widely in their consequences. Some drug charges are taken more seriously than others. Some simple possession offenses carry minimal punishments. Other charges such as the selling or transporting of a controlled substance are aggressively prosecuted and punished severely. Exact ramifications will vary based on what charge the defendant ...
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