Monthly Archives June 2015

Campus Sexual Assault Policies Examined in California

News stories in recent years have shed light on the inadequacy of campus rape policies throughout the country. In the first week of June, California lawmakers are sending a message that things need to change by backing a bill that would impose new penalties and change the way campuses are required to report on-campus assault incidents. By backing this legislation, California is sending a clear message that sex crimes on campus will not be tolerated in our state. California Campus Rape Policies According to Time, California is already the most “aggressive” state regarding its treatment of sexual assault offenders. However, California,
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Stages of a Domestic Violence Case in San Diego

We think it is important to explain each step of a domestic violence case so that you can better understand the process and know that you are not alone. The Stages The 911 Call The Initial Investigation Before The Case is Filed When The Case is Filed The Trial First Stage – The 911 Call The 911 Call is important for the following reasons: It is the first complaint, It is the first piece of evidence, It is the first thing the police hear, and It is one of the most important pieces of evidence that will be used throughout
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Understanding Drug Crimes in San Diego

“It’s just a misdemeanor.” “It’s only pot.” “You can get it dismissed.” These are some of the things people might say to you if you’ve recently been charged with a drug-related crime. Charges for possession of even “recreational” drugs such as marijuana, however, can have lasting consequences on your future.Many people do not understand the severity of possession, intending to distribute, or traveling with illicit substances, whether it be marijuana or heroin. Drug Crimes in California The general categories of drug crimes can be divided into the following: Simple possession of drugs Possession of drugs with intent to sell Transporting
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Expunging Criminal Records in San Diego

If you have ever been charged with a criminal offense, you probably heard that a dismissal is the best possible outcome. Dismissals usually occur before a person is convicted of a crime. The judge may dismiss the charges against a person due to lack of evidence or the prosecutor’s lack of desire to proceed with the case. This dismissal is preferable because no plea, whether guilty or not guilty, is on the court record, and no conviction ultimately results. An expungement, however, is a procedure in which the charges against you are dismissed after a conviction and the case is
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Temporary Restraining Orders in San Diego

If someone has filed or been granted a temporary restraining order against you in San Diego, you likely have questions about what this means for you. Having a restraining order against you, even a temporary one, can have significant implications on your work, home, and family life. A restraining order is most commonly filed amidst domestic violence allegations, where the alleged victim files an order against the person who has been conducting the violent acts. Restraining Order Basics When a person has a demonstrated fear of harm or bodily injury, they may file for a temporary restraining order against the
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