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A Guide to Sentence Enhancements in California

By Criminal Defense Attorney on July 21, 2018

When someone has been convicted of a crime, the judge will look at the number of punishments allowed under the law and assign one of them depending on the nature of the crime and the past criminal record of the defendant.

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The Deal with Prison Alternatives

By Criminal Defense Attorney on June 12, 2018

When people are convicted of crimes, they may think that serving jail time is their only option. But in many cases, Southern California judges opt for alternative sentences. An alternative sentence is one that does not include jail time but some other form of punishment to deter the individual from committing another crime in the future.

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Criminal Background Checks: What Can Employers Ask You?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on April 26, 2018

Everyone deserves a second chance at life. They deserve employment, and the opportunity to be able to pay their own bills. That was the thinking behind some of our newest legislation in California. It allows people with a criminal record to at least get their foot in the door without having to disclose the “black mark” on their record. And that, the Legislature is hoping, will give them the second chance they rightly deserve.

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Is There More Domestic Violence on Super Bowl Sunday?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on February 1, 2018

There has been debate going on for decades now as to whether Super Bowl Sunday sees an increase in domestic violence. There are no concrete numbers that back up this claim, and Snopes.com, Huffington Post, and many other reputable sources have tried to put this myth to rest. Domestic violence does tend to spike around the holidays, but it is much more common on Christmas than when two NFL teams hit the field in February.

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What Qualifies James Dicks for Your Case?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on January 22, 2016

When you are charged with a crime, a lot of questions likely rush through your head. What should your next step be? How do you find a lawyer that is qualified to handle your case? What questions should you ask potential defense attorneys before you hire one?

Facing criminal charges is no small matter—regardless of how serious or minor you may think your charges are. Finding the right defense attorney in San Diego to handle your case can seem overwhelming. James N. Dicks is here to make simple for you.

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San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Hit with $20 Million Suit

By Criminal Defense Attorney on October 19, 2015

As a business many on vacation at Harrah’s Southern California Resort Hotel, Joven J. never expected to endure the incident that he did on his stay. After getting into a disagreement with another guest at his hotel, the police were called. The San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and decided to charge Joven with simple battery.

The deputies broke up the altercation, handcuffed Joven, and began to escort him down the hallway of the hotel. Unhappy about the incident, Joven made a rude comment to one of the deputies walking him. What happened next was extremely shocking.

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New California Law Requires Warrant for Cell Phone Searches

By Criminal Defense Attorney on October 12, 2015

As technology continues to develop, the laws that monitor the use of this technology must also develop. Sadly, California has remained far behind in this area for the last several years. Laws on how and when officers can seize and search a "suspect's" cell phone, computer, or other electronic devices were very vague and arguably unjust until last Thursday.

Governor Jerry Brown signed new legislation that will now require law enforcement officers to obtain a warrant before they can dig through a suspect's text messages, emails, or other electronic information. Senate Bill 178 was pioneered by Senator Mark Leno and Senator Joel Anderson. The bill was heavily supported by a coalition of major tech companies and civil rights organizations and will help boost the rights and privacy of consumers in regards to their electronic information.

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North County Jury Deliberates Over Wife’s Murder Retrial

By Criminal Defense Attorney on October 8, 2015

On the morning of August 7 of 2012, an argument broke out between Julie H. and her husband, Jason. There in the couple's master bedroom, Julie claims she feared so much for her safety that she accidentally shot her husband. Jason died from the fatal gunshot wounds.

Now, more than three years later Julie is facing her second trial—a retrial of the initial murder case. The retrial began on September 14, with the closing arguments taking place just this past Tuesday and Wednesday. But there are some conflicting stories and interesting pieces of evidence that the North County jury will have to wade through as they begin their deliberations.

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What Should I Do If I Have a Warrant?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on May 28, 2015

Discovering that you have an active warrant can be terrifying, especially if you don't know the reason for the warrant. Whatever the reason your warrant has been issued, it is important that you take action as soon as possible to clear your record, ideally with the help of a criminal defense lawyer. Doing so can protect you both now and in the future.

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Do I Have to Talk to the Police After my Arrest?

By Criminal Defense Attorney on February 3, 2015

So you've been arrested-now what? After an arrest, you may be facing an overwhelming and intimidating situation. It is crucial to understand your rights and practice them to the fullest extent during this time. Police should read you your Miranda rights to you during an arrest, but it is helpful to be aware of them regardless, as they are not always required to go into detail.

Remember, you have the right to:

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