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Blog Posts in 2016

  • 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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  • At some point in every relationship or marriage, couples will have arguments about a wide range of issues from financial matters to parenting decisions. While no relationship is absent from heated debates, couples may wonder what separates a fight from domestic abuse. In some cases, there are clear indications, such as when one partner resorts to violence. However, this distinction can often be ...
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  • How Do I Get My Driver's License Back?

    || 14-Jun-2016

    One of the most detrimental consequences of an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) is the resulting driver’s license suspension. A license suspension can have an adverse impact on many different areas in your life, harming your ability to hold down a job, attend medical appointments, or even run routine errands on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are certain ways that you may be ...
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  • Your Marijuana Rights in California

    || 10-May-2016

    California has legalized medical marijuana use and cultivation under very unique circumstances, and it has even gone as far as decriminalizing the possession of recreational marijuana in scant amounts. While many may see this leniency as an open invitation to use the drug, there are still numerous ways to violate the law. And for every violation, the penalties can be excessive. If you have a ...
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  • What's the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

    || 29-Apr-2016

    Many people that have been charged with a crime do not fully understand the difference between the types of charges they face. While the terms “misdemeanor” and “felony” are often thrown around in legal texts, many people do not know exactly what makes them different from one another. Depending on whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, you could be ...
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  • Three Strikes You're Out... Or In Prison for Life

    || 22-Apr-2016

    In 1994, California enacted an enhanced-sentencing law for repeat violent felony offenders known as the “Three Strikes” law. As its namesake would suggest, this law implemented a “strike” system in which violent felony offenders would receive a mark on their criminal record and harsher sentences for subsequent violent felonies, culminating in a mandatory 25 years to life ...
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  • What Is the Difference Between Murder & Manslaughter?

    || 28-Mar-2016

    While the law has a reputation for being cut-and-dry, there are some legal distinctions that are incredibly fine or hard to define. When the law tries to make room for human nature and natural failings, there will usually arise a legal distinction that is a little...difficult to demonstrate. When it comes to high-level crimes, few things are as hard to delineate as the difference between ...
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  • Can I Refuse a Chemical Test?

    || 14-Mar-2016

    In California, every person who receives a license automatically subjects themselves to the implied consent law (Cal. Veh. Code § 23612(a)(1)(B)). That means by applying for a license, you are also signing away your right to refuse a blood, breath, or urine test when pulled over lawfully. The only option the law gives you is which test to take. As many people know, if the test reads a blood ...
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  • A History of the Death Penalty in California

    || 7-Mar-2016

    Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is a legal sentencing option in the state of California. Since the state’s first recorded death sentence in 1778, 722 executions have taken place. More than 700 inmates currently serving time on death row, though executions are currently on hold due to pending litigation. Methods of Execution in California Capital punishment has been carried out via ...
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  • I've Been Arrested! What Should I Do?

    || 10-Feb-2016

    Being arrested can be a terrifying experience, especially for those who have never had a brush with the law before. If you are ever arrested and charged with a crime, it is highly likely that several different thoughts and emotions will run through your mind. While it can be easy to slip into a state of shock amidst your tumultuous circumstances, it is important that you make an effort to remain ...
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  • What to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney

    || 11-Jan-2016

    After being arrested for an alleged crime in California, the criminal justice system is going to immediately put you and your life under the microscope. Prosecutors are well-known for seeking out weaknesses in both your case and your personality to secure a conviction, and the state is not exactly famous for being lenient with criminal penalties. To shield yourself and your rights, you need a ...
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