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A Breakdown of California Stalking Laws

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California is home to many of the country’s most notable and popular celebrities. With fame and fortune comes increased attention which, in many cases, is unwanted and potentially dangerous. Sandra Bullock, Sean Penn, and Jennifer Lopez are a few of the A-list California celebrities who, in recent months, have turned to the police for assistance […] Read More

Robbery Charges in Los Angeles

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According to the LA Times, robberies in the LA area increased by 12.3 percent in 2015. In particular, in more affluent areas in the city, residents have increasingly complained of home thefts and car break-ins. Additionally, packages have been taken from resident’s doorsteps, and smartphones have literally been lifted right out of the hands or […] Read More

Defrauding an Innkeeper in Los Angeles

A wide variety of theft offenses exist under California Penal Codes, one of which makes it a crime to defraud an innkeeper. Charges of defrauding an innkeeper fall under California Penal Code section 537(a), and are extremely serious. In fact, depending on the value of the theft, the offense can be charged as a felony. […] Read More

What Does A Dismissal Without Prejudice Mean?

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At a preliminary hearing, which usually occurs some months after the arraignment, the prosecutor essentially previews the evidence to be used against the defendant at trial. The defense attorney then has a chance to poke holes in the prosecutor's evidence, perhaps by questioning the basis for the stop or the probable cause for the search. Based […] Read More

Driving After A California DUI Arrest Or Conviction

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California is an implied consent state, meaning that by signing their licenses, all drivers consented to provide chemical specimens upon the lawful demand of a law enforcement officer. At the same time, no law enforcement officer has the right to force a person to provide a sample, unless the officer has a search warrant for […] Read More

Bail Reform Expands In California

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Add Contra Costa County to the list of jurisdictions in the Golden State that have replaced the cash bail system with a tool that advocates claim is more reliable and fair. According to one group, on any given day, at least 45,000 Californians are incarcerated not because they've been convicted of a crime but because […] Read More

California Supreme Court Limits Police Powers

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The state's highest court reversed course and ruled that officers could not search cell phones unless they had probable cause to believe that a crime had occurred. People v. Macabeo is a case that originated here in the Los Angeles area. Two Torrance detectives pulled over Paul Macabeo on his bicycle after he rolled through a […] Read More

Lawmakers Consider ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Law

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Against a rising tide of tensions between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve, one assemblyperson wants to make attacks against peace officers a hate crime. Republican Jay Obernolte, from Big Bear, CA, introduced a measure that would add "law enforcement officer" to the list of protected classes in the existing hate crimes law. […] Read More

Calif. Voters Retain Death Penalty; Approve Changes

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Proposition 62 failed by a 54-46 margin, and Proposition 66 passed by a 51-49 count, so capital punishment is still legal in California and cases should move more quickly through the system. Proposition 34, the most recent prior attempt to overturn the death penalty, failed by a similar margin in 2012. Had Proposition 62 passed, […] Read More

Calif. County Moves Forward With Bail Reforms

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Santa Clara County officials announced that they would change the rules and free hundreds of jail inmates who are awaiting trial. Could this level of reform come to SoCal next? The Board of Supervisor's unanimous vote makes Santa Clara County one of the leaders in the state's burgeoning bail reform movement. Civil rights groups, who […] Read More