Blog Posts in 2017

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Do I Have to Take a Polygraph Test?

You’re probably very familiar with polygraph tests, also known as “lie detector tests.” After all, they’re depicted in crime shows and in Hollywood all the time. A polygraph ...
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Are California Licenses Suspended for Traffic Fines?

If you’ve been a long-time resident of California, you’re probably familiar with the state’s practice of suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid traffic fines. Well, that was ...
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About Intimidating a Witness

If you watch crime shows on television or movies involving criminal cases, you’ve probably seen episodes or films where a witness was intimidated by the perpetrators of a crime. For example, a ...
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Criminal Cases & the Burden of Production

Are you facing criminal charges in Orange County, California? If so, soon your defense attorney will be explaining the “burden of production,” and what it means to your criminal case. ...
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What is Restitution in California?

If you’re facing criminal charges in Orange County or anywhere else in California, you’re likely aware of the fact that you could be facing criminal fines, jail or prison time, community ...
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Purchasing a Firearm in California

Are you interested in purchasing a firearm in California? If so, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with California’s gun laws. Otherwise, you could unknowingly break the law and face ...
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Grand Theft Auto in California

Did you steal someone else’s vehicle? Or, did you take a vehicle for a joyride, only to drop it off at some random parking lot? Or, perhaps you stole a vehicle and drove it straight to a ...
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Victims' Rights in a Criminal Case

Were you recently accused of sexual assault, violently assaulting someone, auto theft, identity theft, fraud, or seriously injuring someone in a drunk driving accident? If “yes,” or if ...
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3 Possible Outcomes of a Criminal Case

If you’re facing criminal charges for the first time in Orange County, we want to go over a few things you should know, including the three possible outcomes of a criminal case. For starters, ...
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Claiming Self-Defense in California

Are you facing assault or battery charges in Orange County or anywhere else in California? If so, you may be wondering, “But I was defending myself, can I claim self-defense?” Under ...
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Will My Criminal Case Go to Trial?

Are you facing criminal charges for the first time? If so, you probably have lots of questions. After all, you’re in a scary place right now. Will you go to jail or prison? Will you have to pay ...
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Penalties for Sexual Battery in California

Are you being accused of unwanted sexual contact in Orange County, California? Or, are you facing criminal charges because you allegedly “touched” someone inappropriately without their ...
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About California's Drug Courts

You’ve probably heard people complain about the penalties for drug possession offenses: “Jail doesn’t help. What these people really need is rehabilitation. Drug possession is a sign ...
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Misdemeanors vs. Felonies in California

In criminal law, there are state and federal crimes. State laws are enacted by state legislatures, whereas federal laws are created by Congress. Here in California, when you break a state law, ...
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Hate Crimes Defined

Traditionally, hate crimes referred to crimes where perpetrators acted out against a victim because of his or her race, religion, or nation of origin. However, today’s definition of hate crime ...
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Penalties for Drug Possession in California

Are you facing drug possession charges in Orange County, or anywhere else in California? If so, and this is your first drug offense, you’re probably wondering, “What types of penalties am ...
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Can I Bring My Children to Court?

If you were recently arrested for a crime in Orange County, California, you can expect to attend a series of court appearances. Unfortunately, court appearances are not “optional.” So, if ...
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Juvenile Court Hearings in Orange County

If a minor (someone under the age of 18) is arrested in Orange County, California, a petition will be filed, asking the court to get involved in the matter. The petition will say what the state thinks ...
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Child Prostitution is a Federal Crime

Prostitution may be one of the oldest occupations ever to exist, but it’s still criminalized under state law. Many wonder why exchanging money for sex is criminalized and much of it has to do ...
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Age of 'Consent' in California

In California and throughout the nation, the states have enacted what is called an “age of consent” law. Age of consent laws refer to the legal age where someone can consent to sex. In ...
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Understanding Federal Crimes

In the United States, we have state-level crimes and federal-level crimes. State-level crimes are enacted by state legislatures, whereas federal crimes are enacted by Congress. Some crimes are only ...
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About California Firearms Restraining Orders

Are you a gun enthusiast? Or, do you live in a part of Orange County where you feel it’s necessary to own firearms in order to protect your family and your home? In either case, your right to ...
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How a Criminal Record Can Affect You

If you plead guilty to a criminal offense, or if a jury finds you guilty of a crime and you are convicted, you will have a criminal record, which lasts indefinitely. While there are “criminal ...
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Can the Police Search Your Cellphone?

If you are arrested in Orange County, California, or anywhere else in the nation, can the police grab your cellphone and start going through it without your permission? Can they read your text ...
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Criminal Convictions & Your Gun Rights in OC

Parts of Orange County can be dangerous, but that’s also the case in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego counties, not to mention the rest of the nation. If you’re like a lot of people, ...
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