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Los Angeles County Erases Juvenile Detention Fees

By Criminal Defense Attorney on November 9, 2018

Being sent to juvenile hall has many consequences in California. The one most people worry about is the fact that the child now has a criminal record, and that record is not always sealed after he or she turns 18 or 21. But there is another consequence to being held in a juvenile facility: the family must often pay for the incarceration. This burden can be a real hardship for many families, and California banned new detention fees in 2009.

In Los Angeles County, the Probation Department went one step further by erasing past juvenile detention fees across the board in one sweeping motion.

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Watch Out for Public Intoxication Charges This Halloween

By Criminal Defense Attorney on October 28, 2018

Halloween is right around the corner. For children, that means trick-or-treating and lots of candy, but it often means something else for adults. This is the time of year for parties, and alcohol is a big part of those parties.

While having a few cocktails with friends in costume is a great way to celebrate the holiday, there are some things you should watch out for in San Diego. One of those is public intoxication. California has statutes pertaining to being drunk in public, and those convicted of this crime may face serious consequences.

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Legal vs. Illegal Search and Seizures in California

By Criminal Defense Attorney on October 20, 2018

In California, law enforcement can search a person, vehicle, home, or other personal property if it is believed the person committed a crime. However, the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects all American citizens from unlawful search and seizure.

So, when can law enforcement conduct a search? When is a search and seizure considered illegal? And what happens to the contents found when a search has been conducted illegally?

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The Basics of Arson Charges in California

By Criminal Defense Attorney on September 19, 2018

Deliberately setting fire to anything in California is a serious offense. Our hot and dry climate has lots of things ready to burn, and firefighters always seem to be battling wildfire season. As such, when a person sets a fire that gets out of control, whether in a structure, on land, or to property, he will face severe penalties.

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When a Fight Becomes Assault and Battery

By Criminal Defense Attorney on September 7, 2018

Just about everyone has been in a heated situation. Tension can turn into arguments, yelling, or even become physical. So when does a simple fight turn into assault? And when does it become battery?

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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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