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  • Criminal Defense

    The latest posts for Criminal Defense are listed below.
    • How Judges Determine Bail

      Setting Bail Bail is money paid to the court to secure a defendant’s appearance at future court proceedings. When the judge sets the bail amount, the defendant can pay it directly or with the help of a bail bond company. Once bail is paid—called posting bail —the defendant is released from custody and free to go. On the condition of the bond, the defendant must then appear in court or he or she ...
    • Dram Shop Laws: Finding the Liability

      Whose Fault Is It? DUI cases are handled in criminal courts. But sometimes DUI cases involve claims in the civil court as well, specifically personal injury claims. If someone harmed someone else while driving impaired, he or she could potentially be held liable in a civil suit. This means he or she would have to compensate the person harmed for damages. DUI cases involving accidents and property ...
    • Why Are Sobriety Checkpoints Legal?

      Sobriety Checkpoint Laws Many states have ruled that sobriety checkpoints are unconstitutional and illegal. The State of California, however, does allow law enforcement to conduct sobriety checkpoints. In fact, California operates thousands of checkpoints every year. But what makes them legal in California but not other states? And how does law enforcement get away with violating our ...

    Domestic Violence

    The latest posts for Domestic Violence are listed below.
    • The True Costs of a Domestic Violence Conviction

      It All Adds Up A domestic violence conviction will cost you. Not only will you face court-imposed penalties as part of your sentence or a condition of your probation, you will have to deal with the aftermath of a stigmatized conviction for many years to come. To better understand the true costs of a California domestic violence conviction, let’s first take a look at the financial consequences of ...
    • Defining Relationships: Building a DV Defense

      Defining the Nature of the Relationship Under California law, certain crimes can be charged as domestic violence crimes if the victim had an intimate or familial relationship with the defendant. Because domestic violence convictions have serious consequences, it’s important to understand just what constitutes a domestic violence victim. Let’s first take a look at California domestic violence law. ...
    • What Is Dissuading a Witness?

      Stopping Justice Crimes against public justice are taken very seriously. California criminal courts and law enforcement agencies rely on certain rights and liberties to serve their purpose effectively. One of these is obtaining testimony from witnesses of crimes. Witness testimony can play a significant role in a criminal prosecution. When taken lawfully, it can be used as evidence in criminal ...

    DUI

    The latest posts for DUI are listed below.
    • Dram Shop Laws: Finding the Liability

      Whose Fault Is It? DUI cases are handled in criminal courts. But sometimes DUI cases involve claims in the civil court as well, specifically personal injury claims. If someone harmed someone else while driving impaired, he or she could potentially be held liable in a civil suit. This means he or she would have to compensate the person harmed for damages. DUI cases involving accidents and property ...
    • Why Are Sobriety Checkpoints Legal?

      Sobriety Checkpoint Laws Many states have ruled that sobriety checkpoints are unconstitutional and illegal. The State of California, however, does allow law enforcement to conduct sobriety checkpoints. In fact, California operates thousands of checkpoints every year. But what makes them legal in California but not other states? And how does law enforcement get away with violating our ...
    • Marijuana DUIs: Timelines and Tests

      How Many Tests Does it Take? It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana in California. Those that do can face DUI charges and all the potential penalties of a California DUI . But marijuana DUI cases differ from alcohol DUI cases in some respects. The legal elements the prosecuting attorney must prove require a slightly different type of evidence and are held to a different legal ...

    Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney

    The latest posts for Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney are listed below.
    • What Is the Burden of Proof?

      Bearing the Burden The U.S. judicial system relies on strict procedures to ensure justness and fairness. There are legal standards that must be met before a judgment can be made. These standards are particularly important to criminal defendants. Criminal defendants are presumed innocent until their guilt is proven. In criminal cases, you must present sufficient evidence to establish that a fact is ...
    • Who Can Get a Public Defender?

      The Right to Representation Criminal defendants in the U.S. have a right to counsel . This means they have a right to attorney representation when facing criminal charges. Public defenders can also be appointed in juvenile cases as well as some family law matters. The right to representation is a valuable one. Our legal system is difficult to understand and isn’t always intuitive. An attorney is ...
    • Why an Attorney Should Be Your First Call After an Arrest

      The Phone Call Most people don’t know what to do when they’ve been arrested. Being handcuffed and booked into jail is a demeaning experience, in the midst of which you may not be able to think clearly about how to protect yourself. For this reason, the first thing you should do after an arrest is to contact an attorney. An attorney can do many things for you before you even appear in court . Most ...

    Record cleaning

    The latest posts for Record cleaning are listed below.
    • Gubernatorial Pardons in California: Past and Present

      A Look at Your Options Cleaning your record can help you move on with your life after a criminal conviction. In California, those with misdemeanor offenses can petition to have their conviction dismissed . But if you have a felony conviction and were sentenced to prison or otherwise put under the authority of the California Department of Corrections, you are ineligible for a dismissal. You could, ...
    • Serious Juvenile Offenses and Record Sealing

      Moving on From Your Early Mistakes Making a mistake in your youth shouldn’t reflect on your character as an adult. But a juvenile record can follow you into adulthood. Courts, law enforcement, employers, landlords, and other agencies may have access to your juvenile records. While some records of juvenile offenses are automatically sealed, many others are not. And, contrary to popular belief, all ...
    • Have Priors? Here’s What That Means for Your Current Charges

      When the Deck is Stacked Against You When you are being prosecuted for a crime, many factors can influence your case. The facts and circumstances of your offense can influence how the prosecuting attorney files the charge. And many additional factors can influence how the judge sentences you. Among the most important of these numerous factors that can affect a criminal case is the defendant’s ...
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