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Innocent Until Proven Guilty and Due Process

Innocent Until Proven Guilty and Due Process The presumption of a defendant’s innocence is one of the most important tenets of the criminal justice system in the United States. One could reasonably argue that it is THE most important principle. While the idea of “innocent until proven guilty” seems to have been forgotten in the […]

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Risk Factors Associated with Juvenile Crime

Risk Factors Associated with Juvenile Crime Any good parent is interested in knowing where their child is and what they might be up to at any given time. As a child grows up, it becomes impossible—and arguably unhealthy—to keep a constant eye on him or her. Parents must do what they can to raise their […]

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What to Do If You Are Falsely Accused of Child Abuse

What to Do If You Are Falsely Accused of Child Abuse Child abuse is sadly common in California. However, not everyone who is accused of child abuse has actually committed this heinous crime. It is not terribly unusual for angry spouses, ex-spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends, family members, or friends to accuse someone of child abuse […]

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Film Producer Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Rape Charges

Film Producer Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Rape Charges Last Friday, media mogul Harvey Weinstein was arrested in New York City after surrendering to police. The former producer has been charged with first-degree rape, third-degree rape, sex abuse and sexual misconduct, and first-degree criminal sex act in incidents involving two women. After voluntarily giving himself up […]

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What Does it Mean to Plead the Fifth?

What Does it Mean to Plead the Fifth? You may have seen in movies or on television where a criminal suspect is being questioned and he or she responds with the statement, “I plead the Fifth.” The topic has also resurfaced in regard to the ongoing investigations into the most recent presidential election. Most people […]

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Medical Marijuana May Provide Hope to Those Addicted to Opioids

Medical Marijuana May Provide Hope to Those Addicted to Opioids The misuse of opioids such as OxyContin, hydrocodone, morphine, heroin, and fentanyl has been increasing for years. Today, an average of over 115 people die each day in the United States due to opioid overdose. Paramedics and emergency medical personnel report getting more and more […]

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Proposed Legislation Would Restrict When Police Can Shoot

Proposed Legislation Would Restrict When Police Can Shoot A number of California lawmakers are suggesting that California should become the first state in the nation to pass legislation that place specific limits on when police officers can open fire on a suspect. The proposal comes just weeks after an unarmed 22-year-old man was fatally shot […]

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California DUI Basics

California DUI Basics Accidents involving a drunk driver were responsible for the death of 10,265 people in 2015. Thousands more have been injured as a result of car accidents involving an impaired driver. In order to keep motorists safe on the roads, California has enacted strict laws regarding drinking and driving. When Am I At […]

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Male Victims of Domestic Violence Often Overlooked

Male Victims of Domestic Violence Often Overlooked For years, many assumed that only women could be victims of domestic violence or spousal abuse. Fortunately, this myth has been losing credibility as more and more male victims of domestic violence speak out about the abuse they suffered. Research shows that about one in four women are […]

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California Reduces Criminal Penalties for Knowingly Exposing Partners to HIV

California Reduces Criminal Penalties for Knowingly Exposing Partners to HIV When L.A. Lakers star Magic Johnson announced that he was HIV-positive in 1991, the sports world and the general public reacted as if he had just read his own death sentence. Since entering the public consciousness in the mid-1980s, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has […]

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