Blog Posts in September, 2017

  • Domestic Violence Convictions and Your Career

    The Effect of a Criminal Conviction on Your Career A domestic violence conviction isn’t like any other criminal conviction. Domestic violence carries a stigma with it that is hard to shake. Even more so than assault, domestic violence offenses are seen as particularly immoral given the nature of the relationship between the defendant and the victim. Men and women face the same stigma, no matter ...
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  • Defenses to an Evading an Officer Charge

    Willful Evasion When it comes to law enforcement, police officers have immense power and authority. Because of their unique status in society, crimes that obstruct their duties or harm them in some way are punished severely. Evading an officer is one such criminal offense that isn’t taken lightly. It’s also one that can involve misunderstandings or lack of intent, which is why it’s so important to ...
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  • Record Cleaning: When Knowledge Is Power

    Record cleaning is a growing service industry. The number of Americans with criminal records is rising. Some studies claim up to 1/3 of all working-age adults has a criminal record. Given this figure, it seems unfair for an employer to make a hiring decision based off of a criminal record. But the vast majority of employers use criminal background checks to screen employees and applicants and, as ...
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  • The Burden of Proof in DMV Hearings

    DMV administrative hearings are much like criminal court hearings . They take place before a hearing officer—rather than a judge—and involve the presentation of evidence and argument to establish facts . Those facts, when coupled with a review of the law, often result in a decision being made as to what will happen to the defendant. But establishing fact from fiction isn’t a science. One way to ...
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  • Who Oversees a DMV Hearing?

    Legal Proceedings DMV hearings are administrative proceedings separate from the criminal court. Generally speaking, a hearing is a brief proceeding used to establish certain facts or issues relevant to the case. Typically, a hearing involves both the presentation of evidence and arguments. On these points, DMV hearings are similar to court hearings. But DMV hearings are heard before an ...
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  • How Do I Find Out if My License Is Suspended?

    Driving on a suspended license is a serious offense in California that can result in fines and even jail time. But believe it or not, many people are caught driving on a suspended license and argue they didn’t know about the suspension. To make sure you aren’t caught unaware, you should learn about how license suspensions are handled in California and how to figure out if your license is ...
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  • What Are 40509.5 Holds?

    The Initial Hold Counties across California can issue steep fines for even minor traffic violations. And when you can’t pay those fines—or go to court to contest them—you put your license at risk. 40509.5 is the legal code section that permits the traffic court to tell the DMV to put a hold on your license for failure to pay a fine or appear in traffic court. These holds are common, and many ...
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  • The Benefits of Probation Termination or Modification

    Lifting Restrictions Probation is a common penalty for criminal convictions. Many crimes can result in one to three years of probation, during which time the defendant is subject to certain restrictions and requirements. Violating the terms of your probation can result in a longer probation period or event jail time, which is easy to do given the terms of many probation sentences. This puts ...
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  • Understanding Your Right to Due Process

    An Important Right Your right to due process is protected under the U.S. Constitution. This is an important right to understand because it protects you on all levels of government, including the state government in California. This right ensures that without fair judicial proceedings, you cannot be convicted of a crime. The government, both at the state and federal levels, receives a lot of ...
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