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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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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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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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Tax Evasion, a White Collar Crime

Given the fact that it’s the end of April, we can’t help but have taxes on our mind. Of course, every April people have to file their state and federal taxes. Some people will send in ...
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Probation in Orange County, CA

If you, or someone you love was recently arrested for a crime in Orange County, California, you will be interested in learning more about probation, what it is, and what it can do for criminal ...
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Consequences of Failing to Appear

When it comes to the criminal process in Orange County and throughout the rest of California, criminal defendants must attend a series of court hearings. If a defendant is scheduled to appear for an ...
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Public Defenders vs. Private Lawyers in Orange County

A lot of people have a misunderstanding about public defenders; they think that they are available to more people than they actually are. For example, when someone is arrested for a crime in Orange ...
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Grand Theft Auto Charges in Orange County

Have you, or someone you love been accused of stealing someone else’s car, truck or SUV? If so, it’s important to take these accusations seriously because the consequences of a conviction ...
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Child Endangerment Charges in Orange County

In California, when adults put children in dangerous situations that could lead to serious bodily injury or death, they can be prosecuted under California Penal Code 273(a) for child endangerment. If ...
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Can You Trust a Public Defender to Handle Your Criminal Defense?

There comes a time for many individuals charged with crimes to consider whether they will retain the services of a private defense lawyer or allow their case to be handled by a public defender. As the ...
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Orange County Arraignments

If you were recently arrested for a criminal offense in Orange County, you will have to attend your “arraignment.” What is an arraignment and what is it all about? Assuming you were ...
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Use of 'Snitches' in Police Investigations

What are informants, and why does law enforcement work with them on a regular basis? Informants, otherwise known as criminal informants, confidential informants, or “snitches” are in the ...
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Orange County Police Investigations

Most people are familiar with local law enforcement, detectives, and arrest warrants – after all, they’re frequently represented in TV shows like Law and Order, and CSI. Most people ...
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Do I Decide if My Case Goes to Trial?

If you are officially facing criminal charges in Orange County, California, you have no other choice, you’re going to have to go down this road. Now you’re wondering, “Will my case ...
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Can I Clean Up My Criminal Record?

If you have been convicted of a criminal offense in Orange County, your world has probably been turned upside-down. You’ve probably already dealt with some of the negative effects of a criminal ...
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Lesser Known Facts About Probation in California

If you are facing criminal charges in Orange County or anywhere else in California, you may be interested in learning about probation. Why? Because, it is one of the major forms of “correctional ...
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Accessory After the Fact California

Are you accused of being an accessory after the fact in Orange County? If so, and if you are found guilty, you could be incarcerated for up to three years depending on the facts of the case. To learn ...
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Orange County Arrest Warrants

Last month, we talked about arrests and court appearances and what happens when a criminal defendant “fails to appear” in court. One of the consequences of a “ failure to ...
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