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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Applying for a Pardon in Orange County

If you were convicted of a felony in Orange County, you may be interested in cleaning up your criminal record, improving your employment possibilities, and restoring your right to bear arms. You may ...
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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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