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Felony Offenses in California

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Being accused of a felony crime is a serious issue that must be handled by an experienced criminal defense attorney in the Los Angeles area. Failure to do so can result in severe penalties and years lost behind bars. At the Law Offices of Omar Gastelum & Associates, our team...
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White Collar Crimes in California

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California prosecutors are becoming more and more aggressive when it comes to white collar crimes. While many people do not consider white collar crimes to be as serious as violent criminal acts, the penalties associated with while collar offenses can be severe. If you or someone...

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...

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 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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When Can Law Enforcement “Wiretap” a Person

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The concept of “wiretapping” has been in the news lately with claims that the former President “wiretapped” the sitting President. And any fan of gritty crime shows and movies like “The Wire,” “The Sopranos,” or “The Conversation” knows that wiretapping and other forms of...