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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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Defending Credit Card Fraud Charges in California

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Like other white collar crimes, credit card fraud involves the unauthorized use of another person’s credit card, whether one has ...

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Could California’s Net Neutrality Bill Curb Internet Crimes?

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Anyone proactive online since dial-up speeds were popular knows Net Neutrality could mean speeds are reduced for others or increased ...

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The Rise of International Wire and Mail Fraud Rings

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Just when society finally figured out they will not receive a new car or lottery winnings after sending someone in ...

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Internet Crimes: Avoiding False Accusations

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The FBI’s well-publicized Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) provides an easy, clandestine method to report the many wrongdoings that occur ...

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Assembly Bill 109 and Overcrowded Prisons Seven Years Later

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Signed by then-Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in 2011, AB 109, known as the 2011 Public Safety Realignment, was enacted ...

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How California BUI Charges are Different Than DUIs

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People who operate vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol find themselves losing driving privileges, paying exorbitant fees, and ...

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Mentally Ill Suspects Given Pretrial Diversion Under AB 1810

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In an effort to address jail overcrowding across California, a bevy of new laws have been passed since 2011. AB ...

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New DUI Video Training Teaches Responsible Alcohol Serving

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Alcohol-related offenses, including DUI and public intoxication, require the consumption of alcohol beyond California’s legal limit of .08%. Since many ...

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Proposition 64 May be Significant in Curbing Drug Crimes

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Although California’s landmark cannabis reform does not include sales of marijuana and similar offenses, felony arrests related to marijuana possession ...

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Assembly Bill 109 and Overcrowded Prisons Seven Years Later

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Signed by then-Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in 2011, AB 109, known as the 2011 Public Safety Realignment, was enacted ...

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WHAT IS ILLEGAL UNDER THE RECREATIONAL POT LAW

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It is still illegal to sell pot. It is illegal to give pot to a person under 21. Persons under ...

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LEGAL POT: NOT SO FAST – WHAT CAN & CANNOT DO

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The pot heads demanded, marched, protested for years, but they achieved their goal. You can now legally smoke your pot. ...

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HOW TO LEGALLY CARRY YOUR LEGAL FIREARM IN A VEHICLE

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Penal Code, section 25400 prohibits carrying concealed in any vehicle any firearm capable of being concealed upon the person. Any ...

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CRIMINAL PROCEDURE DIFFFERENCES MISDEMEANOR/FELONY

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In California, criminal offenses are either infractions, misdemeanors, or felonies. A felony is an offense punishable with death, imprisonment in ...

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