Blog Posts in 2017

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What is Bail in California?

Often, when people think of an arrest, they picture the defendant handcuffed and jailed until their trial concludes and the defendant is found “guilty” or “not guilty.” While ...
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Can I Be Deported for Domestic Violence?

Are you a Green Card holder, otherwise known as a lawful permanent resident? If you have a Green Card and you commit certain offenses, you could be placed in removal proceedings. Once a Green Card ...
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Failure to Comply with a Court Order

When Californians violate a traffic law or break another one of the state’s statutes, they will be ordered by the court to take certain steps. For example, someone who is in trouble with the law ...
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Dismissals in California

When people are convicted of crimes, they face a series of negative consequences and the stigma of a criminal record. Because a criminal record can seriously affect a person’s employment ...
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What Happens if I Ignore My Ticket?

Oh tickets, they can be extremely frustrating, especially when people lack the funds to pay them. The system however, is set up so people have little choice but to pay their tickets. If you get a ...
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Arrest Warrants in Orange County

What is an arrest warrant? It’s an official court document that a judge signs, authorizing the police to arrest the person named in the warrant. There are different ways that a warrant can be ...
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Why is My California Driver's License Suspended?

A lot of people think that once they obtain a California driver’s license, it should be valid as providing they renew it before it expires, and as long as they don’t accumulate too many ...
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Can I Film the Police?

When you’re out in public, you’re allowed to take photographs and even video of things and even people that are out in the open (plainly visible) – it’s a constitutional right. ...
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California's Drug Courts

Were you recently arrested for possession or another drug offense in Orange County? If so, we want to tell you about California’s Drug Courts and how they may be of interest to you. Before we ...
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Police Lineups in California

In Colman v. Alabama, a witness said, “That man there is the one. He’s the one that shot me.” According to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, “That man there ...
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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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