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Can You Be Penalized for Missing Jury Duty?

September 9, 2021

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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What is Considered Vandalism in San Diego?

August 31, 2021

Vandalism may not seem like a serious crime. After all, doesn’t it simply refer to innocent graffiti on a wall or some teenage fun? The reality is that vandalism can be a felony in the state of California, carrying with it hefty fines, jail time and a mark on your permanent record.  If you have…

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When Can You Claim Self Defense in California?

August 26, 2021

In the state of California, you have the right to defend yourself and other people from harm. In order to do that, there are circumstances that call for the use of force or behavior that may be otherwise against the law. Depending on the crime you’ve been accused of, you may be able to argue…

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Preparing For Your San Diego DUI Trial

August 18, 2021

Have you been arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in California? Since the start of the pandemic, reports have indicated that there has been a rise in DUI arrests in the state of California. If you are facing a DUI arrest, it is critical that you secure an experienced DUI attorney who can protect…

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Stealing Mail is Serious Business in California

August 12, 2021

Technology has become one of our primary means of sending and receiving information. But that does not mean that there is no place for traditional mail delivery and the United States Postal Service (USPS). And, with the enormous rise in online shopping in recent months due to the pandemic, more and more people are getting…

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Murder or Manslaughter: What’s the Difference?

August 5, 2021

Murder is a serious crime that could result in life behind bars. But when is the death of a person considered manslaughter and not murder under the California law? Many people are unclear as to the difference between a murder charge and a manslaughter charge in the state of California. There are some key differences…

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Social Media and the Police: Are You Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

July 29, 2021

In the American legal system, defendants are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. This fundamental principle has been challenged, however, by social media. Law enforcement has regularly posted mugshots of defendants to social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Just this month, this policy will change with Assembly Bill 1475.  Gov. Gavin Newsom…

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Could Your Confession Be Thrown Out of Court?

July 23, 2021

A confession to a crime is not always as straightforward as it may seem. While it may appear to be strong evidence of guilt, there are circumstances in which a confession must be thrown out of court. The law protects defendants by putting safeguards in place to ensure that they are aware of their rights…

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Do You Qualify For House Arrest in California?

July 16, 2021

You would be hard-pressed to find many people who want to serve time in jail. Jail time is a punishment because the loss of one’s freedom is a difficult and disturbing prospect. In the state of California, certain defendants may be eligible for house arrest instead of jail time. In this article, we will share…

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Do You Need to Take a Field Sobriety Test in California?

July 9, 2021

When you think of a DUI arrest, what comes to mind? For many people, the answer is the field sobriety test. Field sobriety tests, or FSTs, are commonly depicted in the media and are generally well-known by the public. However, there’s a lot more to field sobriety tests than may meet the eye. Did you…