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Bill Proposes to Seal RAP Sheets

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One of the least discussed issues when contemplating a plea bargain between a client and his or her attorney is ...

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Pretrial Diversion for Drug Crimes in California, Part II

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This is part II of an in-depth exploration of California’s pretrial diversion program under PC §1000 for certain drug offenses. ...

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Pretrial Diversion for Drug Crimes in California, Part I

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California offers pretrial diversion for drug crimes involving simple possession under California Penal Code §1000. Instead of jail time, certain ...

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Marijuana Possession Crimes in California, Part I

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Beginning in 1996, California’s marijuana laws changed with the decriminalization of possession of marijuana (if under 28.5 grams) and legalization ...

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The California Control of Profits of Organized Crime Act

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Criminal Profiteering in California mirrors the federal charge of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), and is intended to penalize ...

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How is DNA Profiling Used in California?

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In 1953, the double helix, the twisted-ladder like structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (“DNA”) was discovered by scientists James Watson and ...

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Money Bail Abolished in California

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In late Summer 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a landmark criminal justice bill, Senate Bill No. 11, abolishing cash ...

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The Hertzberg-Alarcon California Prevention of Terrorism Act

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California legislators recognised the need to combat terroristic threats, more specifically those where biological, nuclear, WMDs (weapons of mass destruction), ...

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What Happens if I Fight Extradition Back to California?

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If you have been charged with a serious felony like homicide in California, but have moved to another state, the ...

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Federal Prison Population Buildup Could Spell Early Release

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Over the last three decades, the United States has quietly increased its federal prison population by unprecedented numbers. In fact, ...

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Appealing DUI Convictions in California

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Being charged with and then sentenced for DUI ends the prosecution’s case – at least in their eyes. Sometimes, however, ...

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California Kidnapping Laws and Defenses to Kidnapping

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Under the California Penal Code, moving an individual a substantial distance by force, or fear, is considered kidnapping. Once an ...

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How to Defend Against Tax Fraud

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Investigations into tax fraud may lead to charges being brought at either the state or federal level, depending on the ...

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Penalties for Unauthorized Computer Access in California

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Part of California’s internet crime laws address unauthorized computer access, which is defined as taking control of another’s network, their ...

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Is Credit Card Fraud a Felony in California?

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Prohibited activities involving access cards, which many are accustomed to calling credit cards, are punishable in several ways in California. ...

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Forgery in California is a Felony

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Forgery can involved of a number of illicit deeds involving the alteration, signing, and creation or using of a particular ...

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Potential Defenses to Voluntary Manslaughter in California

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How prosecutors will approach manslaughter depends on the element of intent. With voluntary manslaughter, it was an individual’s intention to ...

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What Constitutes Felony Embezzlement in California?

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In California, embezzlement is the fraudulent misuse of assets by an individual to whom it has been entrusted. Misusing assets ...

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California Marijuana DUI Laws and Defenses

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While it is currently legal in California to enjoy the pleasures of marijuana, there are still several ways in which ...

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Immoral Interrogation of Persons Accused of Terrorist Threats

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Harsh interrogation’ most recently came to be defined by the Bush administration as enhanced questioning methods used by U.S. government ...

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