Blog Posts in November, 2012

  • Even Celebrities Get In Trouble - Spotlight: Lindsay Lohan

    On Nov. 29 2012, Lindsay Lohan had a complaint filed against her in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. According to the LA County Public Relations Department, Lindsay Lohan was charged with violations of Penal Code (PC) section 148(a), Vehicle Code (VC) Section 31, and VC Section 23103. The first of three counts in the complaint alleges a violation of the PC Section 148(a). PC Section 148(a) ...
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  • What Happens When One Is Convicted of a DUI

    For first time offenders, you could be facing a minimum of 96 hours to a maximum of 6 months in jail. Your driver’s license will be suspended for 6 months. For second time offenders you will be facing 90 days to 1 year in jail with a 2 year license suspension. The third offense subjects you to 120 to 1 year in jail with a 3 year license suspension. The fourth and any other subsequent DUI offense ...
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  • Resisting Arrest by Threats or Violence - PC 69

    California Penal Code Section 69 makes it a crime to resist or deter an officer by means of any threat or violence. This means that anyone who makes threats to an officer that were made to deter the officer from performing his duties has committed a PC 69 violation. In addition, any individual who uses violence to deter an officer from performing his duties has committed a PC 69 violation. This ...
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  • Can Police Search My Vehicle? - Yes But No

    There is often some confusion as to when it is permissible for police to tow an individual’s vehicle and perform a an inventory search. The reason for this confusion is that the California Vehicle Code gives the police very broad authority and discretion while case law severely limits police authority to tow and perform inventory searches. California Vehicle Code Section 22652 states that “Any ...
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  • Proposition 36: California Three Strikes Law 2012

    On november 6th, 2012 the people of the State of Californian voted on and approved Proposition 36. Proposition 36 changed California’s three strikes law to a more fair and reasonable sentencing structure. Previously, California’s three strikes law authorized the imposition of a 25 to life term for anyone who committed any felony if the individual had two prior strikes. A strike is considered to be ...
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  • Looting - PC 463

    In California, certain crimes can only occur under certain circumstances. The crime of “looting” is one of them. This is when a crime involving theft or burglary occurs “during and within an affected county in a ‘state of emergency’ or a ‘local emergency’ resulting from an earthquake, fire, flood, riot, or other natural or manmade disaster.” Therefore, crimes such as second-degree burglary, grand ...
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  • What is an Arraignment ?

    For any criminal case to be filed against you, there must be an arraignment on the charges. An arraignment will probably one of the very first court appearance you will make. The purpose for an arraignment is to inform the individual accused of a public offense the nature of the charge(s). You will be given a chance to enter a plea. The most commong ples are guilty, not guilty or nolo contender. ...
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