Blog Posts in 2013

What are the Legal Defenses to Perjury in California?

According to California Penal Code 118 PC, one could be charged with perjury if they have knowingly and deliberately provided false information while under oath. For example, you could be accused of ...
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What Happens If I Fail to Register as a Sex Offender?

If you have been convicted of a sex crime in the state of California, there is a good possibility that you will be required to register as a sex offender once you have served your time. As if spending ...
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The Penalties for Resisting Arrest in California

In the state of California, you could be charged with a crime if you have knowingly resisted, delayed or obstructed a law enforcement officer or emergency medical technician while they were ...
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Overview of California's Marijuana Possession Laws

As you may know, attitudes about the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana are changing throughout the United States. While a number of states have recognized the medicinal benefits of cannabis, ...
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How Does an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Work?

If you have been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of California, you may soon be asked to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. This device, which is roughly ...
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Can I Be Charged with Statutory Rape if it was Consensual?

In the state of California, you could be charged with statutory rape if you, as an adult, have engaged in sexual intercourse with a minor (i.e. someone under the age of 18). Since the age of consent ...
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How Does the Three Strikes System Work in California?

California's Three Strikes Law dictates that any individual who has two prior "serious" or "violent" felony convictions, or strikes, on their record will face between 25 years ...
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What Constitutes Stalking Under California Law?

Stalking is considered to be a serious criminal offense in the state of California. When one person repeatedly harasses or follows another person in an attempt to intentionally intimidate, frighten, ...
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What are the Penalties for Grand Theft and Petty Theft in California?

California Penal Code §487 classifies grand theft as the criminal act of illegally taking, stealing, embezzling, transporting or otherwise carrying the personal property, goods, money, and/or ...
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Posting Bail and How It Works

Perhaps the only thing that is as difficult as being arrested is watching someone you care about be arrested. Feelings of anxiety and helplessness are not uncommon experiences for family members and ...
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Am I Legally Required to Participate in a DUI Checkpoint?

DUI checkpoints or sobriety checkpoints are locations where law enforcement officers are stationed to check drivers for signs of intoxication or impairment. There are many jurisdictions that utilize ...
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