August

Blog Posts in August, 2017

  • Stay Informed: Summer Sobriety Checkpoints

    Summertime Sobriety Checkpoints Sobriety checkpoints are ubiquitous in summer months across the State of California. Summer, with its holidays, festivals, and other events and activities, can result in more drunk drivers on the road. California operates around 2,500 sobriety checkpoints across the state year round, more than almost any other state. What this means for California drivers are more ...
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  • Know the Facts: Cleaning Your Record and Your Rights

    When You Are at a Disadvantage Being convicted of a crime is a life-altering event. Not only will you be punished by the criminal court, but you will also carry that conviction with you the rest of your life in the form of a criminal background. And, unfortunately, many people can access that information and potentially use it against you. When you have a criminal background, looking for a job can ...
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  • DUI Accidents: The Consequences of a Conviction

    A DUI With Complications Many factors can affect a DUI case in California. One of the more significant ones is whether you caused an accident, injured someone, or damaged property while driving under the influence. If you caused a minor accident and no one was injured, you will probably only face a DUI charge, but don’t expect to get a minimum sentence. When you cause an accident and injure ...
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  • Criminal Convictions and Your Rights as an Employee

    Know Your Rights Californians possess many rights when it comes to when and how a criminal conviction can be held against them for employment purposes. At this point, most non-governmental employers cannot inquire about a conviction that has been expunged or an arrest that did not end in a conviction, nor could they use such a discovery in their hiring decision. For current employees, however, the ...
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  • How to Fight Your Negligent Operator Status

    When Your Status Changes The California Department of Motor Vehicle’s Negligent Operator Treatment System keeps tabs on all Californian drivers. Acting as a centralized database of driving records, the system assigns points for driving code violations and accidents and takes action when a driver incurs too many points in a specified period. If you incur four driving points within 12 months, six ...
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  • Can I Expunge a Felony From My Record?

    Removing Evidence of Serious Offenses California recognizes two main types of criminal offenses: misdemeanors and felonies. Between the two, felonies are more serious, and misdemeanors are less serious. Not surprisingly, a felony conviction can hold you back in many ways and haunt you for the rest of your life. Because felonies are serious convictions and often come with a prison sentence, they ...
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  • What Factors Determining Sentence for Theft?

    Theft is a prevalent crime in California. How a defendant is sentenced for a theft conviction depends on many factors. There are two main theft crimes in California: grand theft and petty theft. Each is sentenced differently. Petty theft is typically charged as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are typically punishable by up to one year in a county jail, probation, and potentially a fine of up to $1,000 ...
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  • Defenses to Driving on a Suspended License Charge

    Driving Without the Right The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can suspend or revoke your license for many reasons , some of which are unrelated to driving. Many people need a car to get around California where public transportation is lacking, and this creates a problem. If you need a car to work and take care of your family, but your license is suspended, what are your options? If ...
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  • What Does “Accessory After the Fact” Mean?

    In California, you can be charged with a crime if you help—in any way—a felon avoid getting in trouble. Helping someone who has committed a felony avoid the authorities or prosecution is referred to as being an accessory after the fact. The legal definition of “ accessory after the fact ” is harboring, concealing, or aiding a person whom you know has committed a felony with the specific intent to ...
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  • Offensive Touching and Domestic Violence Charges

    The Domestic Violence Threshold Domestic violence is one of the lesser-understood types of California criminal charges, in part because so many different actions can be considered domestic violence and there doesn’t necessarily need to be hard proof of violence. A prosecuting attorney can file domestic violence charges off of very little evidence, even in cases where the victim was never harmed. ...
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  • Dealing With DUI Proceedings as a Freight Trucker

    When Your Career Is on the Line The future of freight is changing as the push to get self-driving trucks on the road continues. Eventually, freight truckers might face job insecurity because of this new technology, but until we reach that point, truckers are a vital part of our economy. Freight truckers supply the State of California and the country with valuable goods and products. Perhaps ...
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