Court Proceedings

What Makes Evidence Inadmissible in Court?

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Not all evidence is good evidence. United States Federal Law stipulates what kind of evidence can be legally used in trial, and which evidence is considered inadmissible. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys are concerned with the admissibility of evidence, as the law applies to both sides of the table. Ultimately, the judge is the one…

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What Happens During a California Arraignment?

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Getting arrested is a harrowing experience for most people, especially for those who do not have much experience with the California legal system. You may feel that you are being treated as if you are guilty, even before you step into the courtroom to see the judge. You may feel confused, panicked and fearful about…

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Can You Be Penalized for Missing Jury Duty?

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As a citizen of the United States, it is your civic duty to serve on a jury when called to do so by the courts. While some people relish in the opportunity to participate on a jury and help uphold the rights given to citizens under the U. S. Constitution, others will try to avoid…

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Understanding Juror Misconduct in California

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Understanding Juror Misconduct in California In the United States, all defendants are guaranteed the right to a trial by an impartial jury of their peers. Read on to find out how juror misconduct can impede your ability to get the fair trial you deserve. What is Juror Misconduct?  While we may want to believe that…

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What San Diego Jurors Need to Know About Reporting for Jury Duty

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What San Diego Jurors Need to Know About Reporting for Jury Duty Criminal trials are now being held in San Diego County courthouses. As a prospective juror, find out what you need to know about reporting for jury duty and staying safe. Earlier this month, the San Diego Superior Court held its first criminal trial…

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What is Contempt of Court in California?

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What is Contempt of Court in California? Contempt of court is more than just cinematic entertainment. It is a misdemeanor offense that can come with jail time and fines in the state of California. Film and television courtrooms frequently feature scenes of heart-pumping action and uncontrollable emotion, making the court process seem much more like…

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Understanding Common Pretrial Motions for California Criminal Cases

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Understanding Common Pretrial Motions for California Criminal Cases To help you get the best possible outcome in your case, your defense attorney can file pretrial motions to weaken the case against you or get your case dismissed altogether. A lot goes on in your case prior to a trial. During the pretrial phase of court…

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