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How Could a Felony Conviction Affect My Life?

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A majority of states in the US separate crimes into two categories, felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are more serious crimes than misdemeanors. These are offenses that may include assault, fraud, rape, murder or burglary. In addition to possible prison time and parole upon release, there are collateral consequences to consider after being charged with a felony. These are consequences that continue after your official punishment has ended. A felony conviction could affect your life in… Read More


Jail Alternatives for Drugs in California

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Several weeks ago, our blog discussed various options for alternative sentencing in California. These options included probation, community service or rehab. Much more can be said about the alternative sentencing options for drug crimes in California. In some cases, you can seek alternatives to jail if you are being charged with a drug crime. Addiction is a complex public health issue that has led to overcrowding in prisons and jails. California courts recognize this fact… Read More


Types of Manslaughter in California

Manslaughter is a criminal charge that falls under the general term of homicide, but under California law, is further defined as the unlawful killing of a person without malice. A person could potentially face charges against three types of manslaughter: voluntary, involuntary, and vehicular manslaughter. Each type differs from the others, but if charged with any one type, an individual could face years in prison and huge fines. Voluntary Manslaughter If you kill someone in… Read More


Types of Rape in California

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Rape is a very complicated criminal charge that relies heavily on one party’s claim of consent. In the state of California, rape falls under the broader category of sexual assault, which can include groping or other unwanted sexual contact. In some cases, physical evidence can be used to prove or disprove rape charges. Commonly, however, prosecution relies heavily on witness testimony. Due to the significant impact a rape charge can have on someone’s life, it… Read More


3 More Types of Alternative Sentences

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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


What Are Common Mistakes People Make While Under Arrest?

As we said in the conclusion to last week’s blog, many people make mistakes after being arrested and charged with crimes. Errant social media posts are only one of many possible mistakes you could make. You could also make mistakes while being placed under arrest and held in police custody. Depending on the mistake, you could end up putting yourself in a much worse situation. Common mistakes to avoid include but are not limited to:… Read More


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