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New Law Enforces Mandatory Prison Sentences for Certain Sex Crimes

New Law Enforces Mandatory Prison Sentences for Certain Sex Crimes Around this time last year, the nation’s news outlets were abuzz as they followed a high-profile case of a Stanford student charged with the campus sexual assault of an unconscious 23-year-old woman. The student was found guilty, but in a decision that stunned the country, […]

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Juvenile Record Sealing in California

Sealing Juvenile Records in California Many people assume that juvenile criminal records in California are automatically sealed when the offender turns 18. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. While it is true that some juvenile records are sealed automatically, many are not. If you or someone you love has a juvenile criminal record, there […]

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Bill Would Make Attacks on Police Officers Hate Crimes

Bill Would Make Attacks on Police Officers Hate Crimes In recent years, there have been an alarming number of high-profile crimes committed against victims based the perception of the victims’ race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. The media often refers to such acts of destruction and violence as “hate crimes.” Most states, including California, also […]

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California Lawmakers Look to Reform Bail System

California Lawmakers Look to Reform Bail System When a person is arrested and charged with a crime, he or she is entitled by the U.S. Constitution to a fair trial. In practice, a defendant’s trial may be scheduled for a date that is many months away due to busy court schedules and more pressing cases. […]

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Should You Accept a Plea Bargain?

Should You Accept a Plea Bargain? Most cases in the California criminal justice system do not end in a trial. Instead, in most cases, a criminal defendant accepts a plea deal, sometimes knownas a plea bargain. Before you decide if a plea bargain is right for you, you need to understand how they work. The […]

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Your Rights to Exculpatory Evidence

Your Right to Exculpatory Evidence In the course of investigating a crime, evidence may be discovered that could be used to show that a particular defendant did not, in fact, commit the offense for which he or she has been charged. There have been many examples across the country, however, of law enforcement agencies and […]

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Proving Sex Crimes Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Proving Sex Crimes Beyond a Reasonable Doubt In any criminal prosecution, the burden is on the prosecution to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This standard of proof applies to all elements of the alleged crime. Unfortunately, prosecutors sometimes try to get around this standard, particularly in sex crimes cases where the emotional […]

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California Law Sets Attorney Standards in Juvenile Cases

California Law Sets Attorney Standards in Juvenile Cases A little over a year ago, Governor Jerry Brown signed a measure into law which amended the Welfare and Institutions Code as it relates to juveniles. Individuals under 18 who commit a crime fall under the jurisdiction of the juvenile courts, rather than the criminal courts, and […]

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Monterey Defendant Convicted of Sexual Battery Conspiracy After Impersonating Roommate

Monterey Defendant Convicted of Sexual Battery Conspiracy After Impersonating Roommate Sex crimes encompass more than rape. Under California law, sexual battery occurs whenever someone touches the intimate part of another person for a sexual purpose “against the will of the person being touched.” Even though sexual battery is a misdemeanor, a conviction can still permanently […]

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Restitution and Expungement in California

Restitution and Expungement in California If you have been convicted of a crime in California, you may be able to get the conviction dismissed from your record. While such a dismissal—commonly known as expungement—will not erase the underlying conviction (only a pardon can do that), it can make your life easier if you are looking […]

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