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  • 3 Types of Diversion Programs in California

    || 21-Jan-2020

    A conviction for a first-time criminal offense—whether it’s a felony or a misdemeanor—can result in a jail or prison time, fines, and other penalties, including a criminal record that could follow you for the rest of your life. However, the courts understand that many first-time offenders suffer from addiction or mental health issues. In California, there are a few pretrial ...
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  • Attorney Virginia M. Blumenthal of Blumenthal Law Offices has been retained to provide defense in a high-profile murder case. She will be joining two other prominent lawyers hired to represent the women accused of murdering a California woman at a casino. Background of the Case On the morning of August 31, 2019, an 84-year-old Long Beach woman and her husband were dropped off at Pechanga Resort ...
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  • New California Criminal Laws in 2020

    || 6-Jan-2020

    When the new year—and new decade—begins on January 1, many new California laws will go into effect. Some of these laws deal with the criminal justice system. The following are several new California criminal justice laws in 2020: Juvenile hall age (SB 439) – Minor offenders who are 12 years of age can be sent to juvenile hall. A minor under 12 years old would be released to their ...
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  • Avoid Sexual Misconduct Accusations at a Holiday Office Party

    || 20-Nov-2019

    Companies throughout the United States host holiday office parties to celebrate the season and another year of productivity. Most of these parties include delicious food, open bars, as well as a dance floor and a DJ. But in recent years, many companies have scaled back on such parties. While some have limited the number of drinks each person receives or held the event on a weekday, others have ...
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  • What is Criminal Conspiracy?

    || 8-Nov-2019

    Whether you have been charged with a theft crime, a white-collar crime, or even a violent crime, you could also be charged with “criminal conspiracy.” In other words, you could be held criminally responsible for merely attempting to carry out a criminal offense. In order to be convicted of criminal conspiracy in California, the prosecution must prove the following three elements: The ...
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  • Gov. Newsom Signs 25 Bills Aimed at Criminal Justice Reform

    || 22-Oct-2019

    Governor Gavin Newsom signed 25 bills on October 8, 2019, which address criminal justice reform in California. These new laws end some mandatory sentencing enhancements, make the expungement process easier, and ban law enforcement officials from having body cameras equipped with facial recognition technology. The following are some of the notable measures signed the Gov. Newsom: AB 1076 – ...
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  • Common Crimes During the Holidays

    || 6-Oct-2019

    From festive gatherings with loved ones and travel plans to gift shopping and home decorating, the holidays are a joyous and busy time of year. On the other hand, the season is also associated with an increase in criminal activity. If you happen to make a mistake, not only does it put a damper on your holiday spirit, but it can also lead to criminal charges. The following are some of the common ...
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  • 5 Benefits of Expungement

    || 1-Oct-2019

    Whether you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony offense, a permanent criminal record can make it difficult to move on with your life. That is why it is important to spend time and money to seek record expungement to finally put the past behind you for good. Expungement is a legal process in which a criminal conviction, charge, or arrest is erased. Once a record is expunged, you can ...
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  • SB 1391 Raises Age Threshold for Minors to Be Tried as Adults

    || 1-Oct-2019

    Former-Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1391 into law in 2018, raising the age limit to 16 years old for juveniles to be tried as adults for certain crimes. The new law took effect on January 1, 2019. Difference Between Old Law & New Law According to the pervious law, a judge could decide whether a juvenile offender under 16 years of age should face legal proceedings in adult court. Now, no minor ...
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  • Common Drug Offense Penalties in California

    || 1-Aug-2018

    Penalties for drug offenses vary considerably under California law. For starters, several different types of actions violate state drug laws, including possessing drugs, selling them, transporting them, or manufacturing or cultivating them. Each of these offenses has different types of penalties, and on top of that there are hundreds or even thousands of different types of controlled substances. ...
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  • What to Do After a Drug Crime Arrest

    || 6-Jul-2018

    Being arrested for a drug crime can be a confusing and stressful experience, especially if it is the first time you have been accused of a criminal offense. It is important to understand that the moment you are under arrest, your future is in jeopardy. At Blumenthal Law Offices, our Riverside criminal defense attorneys have more than 100 years of combined legal experience to ensure that our ...
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  • The Difference Between "Guilty" & "No Contest" Pleas

    || 21-Jun-2018

    What's the Difference Between Guilty and No Contest? If you’re arrested and charged with a crime, the first step in your trial is asking how you plead. You have three options for this question: “ Not guilty,” which means you contest the criminal charges brought against you and you wish to be able to present your case as to why. “ Guilty,” which means you ...
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  • Can Breathalyzer Tests be Proven Wrong?

    || 11-Jun-2018

    The breathalyzer is the most common chemical test used to determine blood alcohol content. These tests are generally fairly accurate, easy to conduct, give results quickly, and are non-invasive to those taking them unlike blood or urine tests. However, while many people think a breathalyzer can’t be fooled, they’re far from perfect and there are several ways the integrity of a ...
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  • When Are Juveniles Tried as Adults?

    || 21-Feb-2018

    One of a parent’s worst-case scenarios is seeing his or her child accused of a crime. Not only does this create extensive stress for the family, but it also means your child’s future is at stake. A conviction of even a minor crime leaves a mark on someone’s record, meaning he or she will have a harder time finding a job or housing later in life. However, the juvenile court tends ...
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  • 3 Questions to Ask Your Defense Attorney

    || 24-Jan-2018

    If you’re facing a criminal charge, you want the best criminal defense attorney on your side. However, your own support can help your case, as well – and you can take steps as a client to improve your odds of avoiding a conviction. Here are 3 essential questions you should ask your lawyer before your trial. Question #1: Do You Have Everything You Need? Your lawyer should be a ...
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  • How Accurate are Field Sobriety Tests?

    || 5-Jan-2018

    If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer who suspects you may be intoxicated while driving, he or she will likely ask you to perform a seemingly simple task, such as standing on one foot or following the officer’s finger without moving your head. These tasks have a purpose: They’re designed to show signs of intoxication that can help establish probable cause and justify the ...
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  • Can Law Enforcement Search Me Without a Warrant?

    || 9-Oct-2017

    Based on legal dramas on TV, many people are aware that police need a warrant to search your home or property. Since the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects private citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures, these television programs are often accurate about that aspect of the law. Additionally, nothing seized during an illegal search can be used as evidence in court, ...
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  • What to Do After Your Child Gets a DUI

    || 25-Sep-2017

    If you got a call in the middle of the night about your child getting arrested for a DUI, I’m sure you felt overwhelmed with confusion, fear and anger. Due to the serious nature and severe penalties associated with a California DUI, it is imperative for parents to understand what it takes to protect their child’s rights and future. The following are the potential penalties for underage ...
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  • Arrested for Solicitation? You May Be a Victim of Entrapment.

    || 17-Mar-2017

    When the police conduct an undercover sting operation to catch and arrest people soliciting prostitutes for sexual favors and acts, it always raises a red flag to criminal defense attorneys. Unless law enforcement officers and detectives are completely careful – and oftentimes they are not – the illegal act of entrapment might be the only reason why they can make an arrest for ...
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  • What to Do If You are Being Audited for a Suspected Tax Crime

    || 1-Mar-2017

    When a person is suspected of committing a tax crime of any sort, not only will he or she be staring down the strength of law enforcement agencies, but the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will also put a hand into the investigation. IRS audits are notoriously thorough and intimidating, a process that no one wants to imagine. With so much force backing a potential prosecution, it can be easy to get ...
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  • What to Expect After Prop. 64 and California's Legalization of Marijuana

    || 22-Dec-2016

    In November, state voters approved Prop. 64 – the Adult Use of Marijuana Act – by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent. Now, adults in California age 21 or older can legally use, possess, and cultivate marijuana without the threat of criminal consequences under state law (although not under federal law). While Prop. 64 will bring changes to the way cannabis is regulated, distributed, ...
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  • Types of Fraud and Their Penalties in CA

    || 28-Nov-2016

    When people hear the word “theft,” they often think of a masked burglar sneaking into a home or a crook mugging someone in an alley at gunpoint. While these are indeed examples of theft, many crimes involving theft happen in more subtle and nonviolent ways, including through fraud. What Constitutes Fraud? “Fraud” is an umbrella term that describes a variety of criminal acts ...
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  • How Does the Passage of CA Prop 57 Affect Sexual Assault Convicts?

    || 18-Nov-2016

    California voters approved a range of ballot initiatives on Nov. 8, including Proposition 57. The measure, which passed by a margin of 63.7% to 36.3% statewide, allows parole consideration for “nonviolent” felons and sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior and education. Advanced by Gov. Jerry Brown as a means of addressing the state’s crowded prisons, the ...
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  • What Is a White Collar Crime?

    || 27-Sep-2016

    The category of “ white collar crimes ” encompasses a wide range of nonviolent crimes which are financially motivated in nature and typically involve the use of deceit or theft for personal financial gain. Usually committed by persons of power or high-status in the context of their occupation, these types of crimes can involve a wide range of unethical acts such as misappropriating ...
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  • Statutory Rape in CA: Definition & Penalties

    || 20-Sep-2016

    “ Statutory rape ” is a somewhat generic term used to describe the illegal act of an adult engaging in sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 18. In the state of California, this crime is legally referred to as “unlawful sex with a minor” or “unlawful sexual intercourse.” Statutory rape is a crime regardless of whether or not the sex is consensual, as ...
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