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Why You Should Hire a Lawyer if Charged with Public Intoxication

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Many view a charge of public intoxication as a minor issue, but a conviction for this crime can come to haunt you in the future. The penalties, criminal record, and reputational damage will all have a permanent effect on your life. To try and make the charges stick, a prosecutor...
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Can I Get Arrested for Synthetic Marijuana in California?

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We all know that California voters approved Proposition 64 in 2016, which made it legal within the state of California to possess limited amounts of marijuana for personal use (although it should be kept in mind that possession of marijuana remains illegal under federal law)....

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Child Sexual Abuse Claim in California?

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The sexual abuse of children is one of the worst horrors in our society, and, tragically, one that perpetrators and institutions take steps to cover up to avoid liability. Even an institution such as the Los Angeles archdiocese of the Catholic Church spent decades covering up...

Bringing a Sexual Abuse Claim in CA Where There Was No Conviction and/or Arrest

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A frequent question regarding a California sexual abuse claim – whether related to a child or on adult – is whether it is possible to bring a civil claim for damages where the police either failed to arrest the person or where the perpetrator was never prosecuted or...

Understanding the Basics of California’s Three Strikes Sentencing Law

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Those outside of California may think of the state as having a liberal government that goes “soft on crime,” but California created one of the most severe criminal sentencing laws in the country in 1994 when voters passed into law the infamous “Three Strikes” law. While the Three...
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Do Police Need a Warrant to Make an Arrest in California?

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State and local police in California are required to follow not only California law in making arrests but also to respect your rights under the U.S. Constitution, which includes the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures. An arrest is a seizure, and...
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Can I Be Arrested for Having Marijuana in the Car in California?

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It may be hard to believe now, but there was a time when news of celebrities being arrested for marijuana in Los Angeles was a regular thing. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Eric Clapton and Neil Young were arrested during a jam session in Topanga Canyon in 1968 when the police...
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Can Your Google Searches Be Used Against You in Criminal Court?

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One of the most watched criminal trials of the decade occurred in the now-ancient time of 2011, when Casey Anthony stood trial for the murder of her child Caylee Anthony. A key piece of evidence presented by the prosecution against her was the testimony of a forensic specialist...
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2017 California Guidelines for Growing and Carrying Marijuana

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You’ve probably heard that, as of November 9 of last year, recreational marijuana is now legal in California. And yet you cannot yet go buy it in stores, and no dispensaries are legally allowed to sell it to you if you do not have a medical prescription. On top of that, marijuana...