Monthly Archives October 2016

Understanding Parole in California Criminal Cases

The presidential election is getting lots of media coverage nationwide, but in California, another measure on the ballot is attracting attention: Proposition 57. Voters will get the chance to weigh in on the measure, which will make it easier for some felons to be freed from state prison on parole. Public Media Channel KQED also reports that Proposition 57 will reduce recidivism because certain inmates have more incentive to participate in rehab programs. If issues regarding parole impact you or a loved one, a criminal defense attorney can tell you more about how it works in California. However, you can
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What is Prop 57 in California?

How Does California’s Proposed Proposition 57 Impact Juvenile Court Proceedings? In addition to the presidential election in November, California voters will be asked to weigh in on Proposition 57, “Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements.” According to an L.A. Times report, Governor Jerry Brown is encouraging residents to vote “YES” on the measure, which would allow judges – not prosecuting attorneys – to decide whether to try certain juvenile as adults in criminal courts. If passed, Proposition 57 will change California criminal law, but parents and offenders should be aware of existing regulations on the court process
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Statute of Limitations for Murder Cases in California

After 43 years, two families finally have some closure on the deaths of their daughters, as two men were arrested for the murders of the girls in mid-September 2016. As CBS Sacramento reported, DNA evidence and improved forensic testing helped investigators solve the cold case in March 2014. Over two years later, police located both men and made the arrests; one man was still living in California, while U.S. Marshalls assisted law enforcement with apprehending the other man in Oklahoma. Considering that more than four decades had passed since the murders, you may question how criminal charges can still be
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Criminal Pre-Trial Motions

Crime rates are up in California, according to the FBI’s Crime Statistics Report for 2015. According to Sacramento’s KFBK News Channel, the increase in violent crime was 7.6 percent, more than double the rate of the US as a whole. Some are blaming Proposition 47’s treatment of prisoners, setting free criminals who should remain jailed. Other factors are cited as well, but as police are cracking down, the importance of a strong San Diego criminal defense attorney becomes clearer. One way these experienced lawyers fight for the rights of defendants is through motions during the pretrial phase of a criminal
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Revenge Porn Law In California

A first date turned into a nightmare for a Los Angeles woman who found herself the victim in a revenge porn case. As reported by KTLA News 5, she reluctantly agreed to be videotaped during an intimate encounter with her date, whom she met online. Though he promised to delete the footage, he actually uploaded the content to an adult website shortly after the two cut ties. The man was soon arrested and charged with revenge porn, a crime of disorderly conduct under California law. Any sex crime is a matter punishable by harsh penalties under state law, so you
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Vandalism as a Wobbler

Vandalism and Other “Wobbler” Criminal Cases in California A series of tire slashing incidents has Lexington Park police searching for the culprits, but there is hope that the offenders will be brought to justice and face criminal charges in California. Law enforcement received a total of 11 calls involving destruction of property in St. Mary’s County over September 17-19, 2016. If apprehended, the perpetrators will likely be charged with vandalism, a crime that may be treated a felony or misdemeanor under state law. If you’re facing vandalism or other “wobbler” criminal charges in California, some general information should help you
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What is Ransomware?

Extortion has been a crime in California for many years, but certain online conduct involving “ransomware” may soon lead to these types of charges under proposed legislation. Ransomware is software that is installed on a computer to hold hostage the user’s data, pending receipt of a designated amount of money. The L.A. Times recently reported on the bill, which was initially proposed in July 2016 and sent to the Governor’s desk for approval in late August. California already has various laws in effect prohibiting different internet theft crimes, but this one specifically includes ransomware as extortion. A criminal defense lawyer
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The Difference Between Marijuana Posession and Trafficking

Marijuana Possession and Trafficking in California A California man is facing charges for drug distribution after he was pulled over for following another vehicle too closely in traffic. As an iHeart Radio news affiliate reported, officers conducted a search after a K9 officer indicated an odor emanating from the trunk of the man’s car. He was charged with drug trafficking due to the fact that 18 pounds of marijuana, other drugs, and paraphernalia were discovered in the vehicle. While you may be aware of the offense and penalties for possession of a controlled substance like marijuana, the crime of marijuana
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