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3 More Types of Alternative Sentences

How could police test for a marjuana dui?

Earlier this month, we listed out three types of alternative sentences that offenders may want to consider to avoid jail time. Here are 3 more alternative sentences an offender can complete. Alternative sentences can be made up of a combination of the total six sentences we’re posting about this month. By meeting specified conditions set by the judge or prosecution, offenders could get their charges dropped altogether. Remember, the judge decides whether an alternative sentence will… Read More


Types of Alternative Sentences

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  Being convicted of a crime does not necessarily mean you’ll be required to do jail time. It will be up to the judge to decide whether an alternative sentence will be granted and their decision will be dependent on: The type of offense The severity of the offense Age of the defendant The defendant’s criminal history The effect of the crime on the victim The defendant’s remorse Below are six types of alternative sentences… Read More


California Proposes Hotel Panic Button Bill

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Earlier this month, two California state lawmakers proposed a bill that would mandate California hotels statewide to provide hotel panic buttons to their housekeeping staff. Lawmakers hope that the bill could lower the number of violent assaults or sexual assaults that have occurred in California hotels. If the bill is passed, California will be the first state in the US to have a statewide mandate providing housekeepers with panic buttons. The button would work like… Read More


What is “Swatting”?

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  A 25-year old California man has been arrested and transported to the state of Kansas for making a phony 911 call. The hoax led to a SWAT team shooting and killing an innocent father of two, according to the Time’s report. The California man called 911 dispatch and claimed he was a Kansas man holding his family at gun point after shooting his father. A SWAT team surrounded the address given by the phony… Read More


What is the Difference Between Deferred Adjudication and Pretrial Division?

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Depending on the offense and offender, certain cases can be dismissed upon the completion of specific conditions. The programs go under many different names, but the end results are the same: upon the completion of the specified conditions, the court will dismiss the charges. These programs can help people charged with crimes avoid jail time in exchange for community service, a much better result for some folks. The goal of these programs is to rehabilitate… Read More


Seven Important Facts About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a cruel fact of life for millions of men and women in the United States. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has released numerous statistics that show the seriousness of the problem. According to the NCADV: Domestic violence affects millions: Roughly 20 people per minute in the US are physically abused by their partners. This figure accounts for 10 million men and women each year. Domestic violence cases may involve weapons:… Read More


Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

If you read last week’s blog, then you already know that an estimated 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the US end in divorce. Depending on the type of divorce, former spouses may expend significant financial, emotional and legal resources while fighting over property or other assets. But what if these problems could be avoid before a marriage even took place? A prenuptial agreement (also called a prenup) can be drafted before you and… Read More


Is Divorce the Right Choice?

Deciding whether to file for divorce can be one of the most difficult decisions you have ever faced. However, it is a choice that millions of people in the US will ultimately make. The American Psychological Association (APA) estimates that 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the US end in divorce. While each case is going to be different, there are still common reasons why people end their marriages. Examples include but are not… Read More


How Can California Police Test for a Marijuana DUI?

It can be difficult for law enforcement officers to determine whether motorists are under the influence of marijuana. There may be no smell or signs of impairment. Marijuana also complicates DUI laws in California in other ways. Law enforcement officers may use several tools to determine whether a driver is under the influence of marijuana. Field sobriety tests: Officers may ask you to perform one of several field sobriety tests if they suspect you are… Read More


What is Alternative Sentencing?

Alternative sentencing options allow you to avoid jail or prison time. Which options are available would depend on the circumstances of your case. Judges can determine alternative sentencing options based on multiple factors, such as your age, nature of the crime or prior criminal history (if there is one). These are only a few of many possible examples what might be considered. Options for alternative sentencing may include: Probation: With this option, you are allowed… Read More


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