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What are the main drug possession crimes under California state and local laws?
Drug possession is a crime in California, and the state has several drug possession charges that it can choose from. The main two kinds of possession crimes are 1) Simple possession, and 2) Possession for sale. Both of these crimes will result in penalties upon…
Law Change: California SB 1437 Convictions and Appeals Clarified
In 2018, the California Legislature passed SB 1437 which entitled persons convicted of murder to vacate their convictions if they were not the actual killer but were convicted of either murder under a felony murder theory or under a natural and probable consequence theory.
Can my domestic assault charge be expunged under California law?
There are times when people may face domestic assault charges. In many cases, it could be possible to have those charges removed from your record in California. True expungement doesn’t exist in California, but there are ways to help clean up your record. Your…
Law Change: Participation in a Criminal Street Gang
Those facing enhanced punishment based on allegations they committed their crimes for the benefit of a criminal street gang should be aware the law has changed significantly in their favor.
How can I defend myself against assault charges in California?
Accusations that you committed a violent offense may eventually lead to criminal charges. In California, the state could charge you with an assault offense for hurting someone else or seemingly trying to hurt another person. Assault charges not only carry criminal…
What are the main assault and battery laws in California?
In California, there are specific laws that apply to assault and battery cases. Although many people believe that assault and battery are the same crimes, the reality is that they are two different things. California has both criminal and civil penalties for these…
How can I clean my record?
After an arrest, cleaning your criminal record is possible, and it can help reduce the impact of any convictions in your past. While California law does not allow you to remove arrests and convictions from your record entirely, it does allow you to seal them from…
What is the difference between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter?
Manslaughter, like murder, is a criminal offense that stems from the death of another person. In the case of murder, the intent was to deprive someone of their life. Manslaughter charges usually reflect neglect or preventable circumstances that did not include the…
What is the difference between first and second-degree murder?
When people hear that someone is facing murder charges, they often assume that the specifics do not matter. Murder is murder. They assume all murder is the same and carries the same ramifications. In reality, though, it’s far more nuanced than that. For instance,…
Factors that affect sentencing for drug crimes
Every individual who winds up charged with a drug-related offense faces an uncertain – and frightening – future. If you are in this situation, your primary concern is likely what the possible sentence will be if you are convicted. Sentencing guidelines and mandatory…
How a DUI conviction can negatively impact your future employment
If you get pulled over in California for an alleged DUI, it goes without saying that your best strategy is to defend yourself as strenuously as possible when you go to court. Not only could a DUI conviction land you in jail, it can follow you for years and haunt you…
Factors that can impact Breathalyzer accuracy
If you are a college student or resident of California, and you have the unfortunate experience of having a law enforcement official stop you who believes you have been drinking and driving, you probably know just how unnerving this is. In addition to the emotional…
How a late-night study session could lead to a DUI charge
Two common defenses against DUI charges are: Driving badly does not necessarily equate to DUI, and physical appearance does not equal DUI. Imagine this scenario: It is 5 a.m., and college student John has just left a friend’s house where he had been studying for exams…
Are judges more lenient with student DUI charges?
There are big differences between being charged with DUI and being charged with underage DUI. Perhaps most obvious, the BAC thresholds are different. If you are 21 or older, you are unlikely to be charged with DUI if you have a BAC of, say, 0.04, unless it has come in…
Your choices in college can keep you out of DUI trouble
Your first year in college can be exciting. For the first time in your life, you are on your own and in control of your destiny. Your teachers will be treating you like an adult, and you may have a job, bills and other responsibilities that reflect your transition to…
Academic consequences of a DUI conviction
As a college student in California, you spend most of your time attending classes and completing assignments. You may even have a part- or full-time job at the same time. Long hours of homework, the pressure to do well and financial troubles may cause you a lot of…

How can I clean my record?

After an arrest, cleaning your criminal record is possible, and it can help reduce the impact of any convictions in your past. While California law does not allow you to remove arrests and convictions from your record entirely, it does allow you to seal them from…

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What is the difference between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter?

Manslaughter, like murder, is a criminal offense that stems from the death of another person. In the case of murder, the intent was to deprive someone of their life. Manslaughter charges usually reflect neglect or preventable circumstances that did not include the…

read more
 

What is the difference between first and second-degree murder?

When people hear that someone is facing murder charges, they often assume that the specifics do not matter. Murder is murder. They assume all murder is the same and carries the same ramifications. In reality, though, it’s far more nuanced than that. For instance,…

read more

Factors that affect sentencing for drug crimes

Every individual who winds up charged with a drug-related offense faces an uncertain – and frightening – future. If you are in this situation, your primary concern is likely what the possible sentence will be if you are convicted. Sentencing guidelines and mandatory…

read more

How a DUI conviction can negatively impact your future employment

If you get pulled over in California for an alleged DUI, it goes without saying that your best strategy is to defend yourself as strenuously as possible when you go to court. Not only could a DUI conviction land you in jail, it can follow you for years and haunt you…

read more

Factors that can impact Breathalyzer accuracy

If you are a college student or resident of California, and you have the unfortunate experience of having a law enforcement official stop you who believes you have been drinking and driving, you probably know just how unnerving this is. In addition to the emotional…

read more

How a late-night study session could lead to a DUI charge

Two common defenses against DUI charges are: Driving badly does not necessarily equate to DUI, and physical appearance does not equal DUI. Imagine this scenario: It is 5 a.m., and college student John has just left a friend’s house where he had been studying for exams…

read more

Are judges more lenient with student DUI charges?

There are big differences between being charged with DUI and being charged with underage DUI. Perhaps most obvious, the BAC thresholds are different. If you are 21 or older, you are unlikely to be charged with DUI if you have a BAC of, say, 0.04, unless it has come in…

read more

Academic consequences of a DUI conviction

As a college student in California, you spend most of your time attending classes and completing assignments. You may even have a part- or full-time job at the same time. Long hours of homework, the pressure to do well and financial troubles may cause you a lot of…

read more