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  • 7 Useful Tips for Those Facing California Drug Possession Charges

    Possession of a Controlled Substance If you are facing drug possession charges, it’s important to speak with an attorney to learn about the penalties the court can impose on you for a conviction. Penalties for drug possession vary widely. Depending on the substance and the quantity, you could face stiff penalties such as jail or prison time and exorbitant fines . A drug conviction can even affect ...
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  • Top Tips for Following Your California Restraining Order

    When the Stakes are High If you were arrested for a domestic violence offense, the judge may have issued a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO), also called a restraining order. Restraining orders can be short-term, lasting a few days or just until the case is resolved, or long-term, lasting a few years. You should take a restraining order seriously. Violating a restraining order can result ...
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  • 5 Things the Prosecuting Attorney Knows That You Might Not

    You Against Them Prosecuting attorneys may lead you to believe they hold all the cards. In reality, you have many rights and liberties you can use to your advantage when facing criminal charges. Here are five things the prosecuting attorney already knows that you might not be aware of. Not all first-time offenders face the maximum sentence. The prosecuting attorney knows that just because you are ...
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  • Arrested for a DUI? What to Expect in the Coming Months

    After Your Arrest After a DUI arrest in California , it can take a few months or longer for your case to resolve. During that time your life is on hold. To help you navigate your DUI case after your arrest, here is what you can expect in the coming months. The First Hours Immediately after your arrest, you will be taken into a station or the jail. In many cases, you will be given a blood or breath ...
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  • Drunk Driving in California? 5 Facts to Make You Think Twice

    The Facts Despite harsh DUI laws, drunk driving is more common than you think in California. According to the CDC, 1.8% of Californians reported driving after having too much to drink. This statistic only represents those who admitted to driving while impaired. Many people don’t readily admit committing this crime, and too many others simply don’t know when they’ve had too much to drink before ...
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  • Top Must Haves for California Drivers in 2018

    Devices and Apps to Make Driving Safer California drivers face many risks while on the road. From construction and traffic to poor road conditions and sobriety checkpoints, you never know what obstacles you will face on your commute. To help you drive in California worry-free and in compliance with the law, here is our list of top must-haves for California drivers. Hands-Free Capable Devices ...
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  • The Future of California Driving in 50 Years

    A Look to the Future The State of California is dynamic, innovative, and home to groundbreaking technology. It should come as no surprise that the future of driving in California would be largely autonomous. From driverless cargo trucks to autonomous pods that zip you around the city, Californians can expect to do less driving and more riding in 50 years. But what does this mean for you, and how ...
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  • 10 Criminal Defense Strategies That Could Clear Your Name

    Your Life on Hold Facing criminal charges can leave you with a lot of uncertainty. You don’t know what your future will hold. You may be anticipating steep fines , a criminal record, and even incarceration. When faced with these consequences, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. The good news is there are steps you can take to fight your criminal charges. Not all of these strategies will work for you; ...
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  • California Arrests: What to Expect and What to Avoid

    The Arrest Experience Being arrested for a crime is a stressful experience. But knowing what to expect (and what to avoid) can help you feel better prepared to defend your rights. Read on to learn about what an arrest in California entails and what you should and shouldn’t do during the process. How an Arrest Is Made Typically, a law enforcement officer must have probable cause to make a lawful ...
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  • 5 Common Misconceptions About Criminal Records

    Clearing the Misconceptions Having a criminal record is a liability. It can hold you back and cause others to judge you. Thus, it’s important to clear up some common misconceptions about criminal records so you better understand what is on yours, who can see it , and what they can do with that information. A background check company can pull up a record of every crime you’ve committed. For-profit ...
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  • Americans With Criminal Records Are a Growing Minority

    The Group No One Wants to Join If you think your criminal record is holding you back, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re just one of almost one-third of working-age Americans with a criminal record. But is being part of this growing group of Americans a good thing? Perhaps it is, but let’s explore why. The Rising Minority Studies have shown the number of Americans with criminal records nearly ...
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  • Three Reasons Why False Allegations of Domestic Violence Are on the Rise

    False Allegations Are Becoming More Common Domestic violence offenses are unique because they often involve the victim’s word against the defendant. Eyewitnesses are less common, as these types of crimes are frequently perpetrated inside the home. And if the victim doesn’t seek medical care for injuries, there might not even be any hard evidence to offer in court. Thus, false allegations of ...
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  • Forceful Entry: Do Police Need a California Search Warrant to Enter My Home?

    Freedom from Forceful Entry We like to think we have a right to privacy in our own home. Indeed, in the majority of cases, police need a California search warrant to enter your home. A search warrant is a court order issued by a judge. Police need a court order to enter and search your home because you have a constitutional right to privacy. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects that ...
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  • Facing DUI Charges? Here’s the Worst Advice We’ve Heard

    Seeking DUI Advice If you are facing DUI charges, you might be looking for advice on how to handle your case. Unfortunately, not all advice is good advice. Family, friends, and even attorneys can give you bad advice about DUI charges. But a good attorney will tell you every case is different, and taking the advice of others might not be a wise decision. Our firm is experienced in DUI defense, and ...
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  • Need a Criminal Defense Consultation? A Good Attorney Will Tell You These Things

    Looking for Legal Guidance When Facing Charges If you’re facing criminal charges, one of the best investments of your time is a criminal defense consultation. If you have an upcoming criminal defense consultation, be aware of the fact that not all attorneys are created equal. This is especially true in the field of criminal defense. California’s criminal laws and the criminal court system are ...
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  • 5 Unexpected Consequences of DV Convictions

    Managing Expectations A domestic violence (DV) conviction has many serious repercussions . Unfortunately, many defendants fail to realize them until it’s too late. If you’re facing domestic violence charges, keep these unexpected consequences of DV convictions in mind: A DV Conviction Will Impact Your Gun Ownership Rights Due to decades of studies highlighting the link between DV convictions and ...
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  • Is Wet Reckless Driving Better Than DUI?

    A DUI Can Ruin Your Life For many, a DUI is a life-changing experience. A DUI conviction can be a wake-up call. After the stressful experience of an arrest, you also face jail time, the loss of your license, and enormous costs. The good news is facing DUI charges doesn’t necessarily mean you will walk away with a DUI conviction. In reality, many DUI defendants walk away with a lesser charge: wet ...
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  • How to Know When Threats Are Criminal Threats in California

    Crossing the Line We’ve all heard the saying “talk is cheap.” In reality, talking has the potential to be very expensive if it is threatening. If you are charged with criminal threats in California, you can face jail time, steep fines, probation, and a protection order, which will come with great costs. But what is a criminal threat? How does it differ from other threats? If you want to avoid a ...
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  • Is a DUI a Criminal Traffic Ticket?

    What Is a Criminal Traffic Ticket? DUI (driving under the influence) is a criminal offense in California. Some jurisdictions used to view driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated an aggravated traffic citation. But, today, a DUI in California is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Many people wonder if DUI is a traffic ticket, a criminal offense, or a criminal traffic ticket. ...
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  • DUI Outcomes: Here’s How to Move On

    DUI Outcomes Explained Moving on after a DUI conviction can be difficult. DUI outcomes aren’t easy, nor is the experience of being arrested for a DUI easy to forget. But countless others have been in your shoes and have moved on with their lives. Among the many consequences of a DUI are jail time, fines, alcohol education classes, probation, and a suspended license. You could also be ordered to go ...
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  • What’s My Right to Due Process?

    Defining the Right to Due Process Despite what many people argue, our constitutional rights are still relevant today. One, in particular, the right to due process, is especially important. Protected under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment, our right to due process means we cannot be convicted of a crime without fair legal proceedings. In plain terms, we have a right to argue our case before being ...
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  • California DUI Arrests Are More Common Than You Think: Here’s Why

    California DUI Arrests Are Prevalent Facing DUI charges in California? You’re not alone. California DUI arrests are very common. In fact: In 2013, there were 160,388 California DUI arrests. In 2016, the California Department of Motor Vehicles suspended 134,595 licenses due to drunk driving under the Administrative Per Se law . The Admin Per Se law suspends the license of anyone arrested for DUI. ...
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  • 5 Major Changes to California Laws in 2018

    With each New Year come new laws. In 2018, California made many changes to laws, but here are the ones that will change the criminal defense landscape in particular. Employers are banned from asking about prior convictions on job applications. This is part of the “Ban the Box” initiative. The new Assembly Bill 1008 expands on a 2013 bill that affected public employers and now covers private ...
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  • Keyed a Car in California: Here’s the Worst That Can Happen

    A Common Method of Revenge We’ve all been mad enough at someone to damage their property. Not everyone acts on these feelings, but those that do can face criminal charges. Keying someone’s car is a common revenge tactic. It seems simple enough. Cars are accessed easily. We often carry keys with us. And it may seem like you can get away with keying a car without any witnesses. In reality, many ...
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  • The Victim’s Word Against Yours: Conflicting Domestic Violence Stories

    Weighing the Victim’s Word Against Yours Domestic violence offenses are unique because, in a court of law, the most powerful evidence is sometimes testimony from the alleged victim and abuser. And when it’s the victim’s word against yours , it’s harder to defend yourself. Not surprisingly, the victim’s word can sound more believable to a judge and jury. Unfortunately, many people have taken ...
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