What Is a Civil Harassment Restraining Order in California?

by Ambrosio E. Rodriguez | Nov 27, 2023 | Restraining Orders

If you find yourself as the defendant in a civil harassment case in California, it’s crucial to understand what this means. A civil harassment restraining order is a legal instrument used by individuals who claim abuse, threats of abuse, stalking, or harassment by someone with whom they don’t share an intimate relationship. For example, a… read more

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What Are the Penalties for Driving Without a License in California?

by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Nov 17, 2023 | California Law

Driving without a valid license in California can have serious consequences. If your license expires, gets suspended, or is taken away from failing to pay multiple citations, operating a vehicle without the appropriate credentials can lead to various penalties.  You need to know the potential consequences of driving without a license in California to avoid… read more

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What Prosecutors Must Prove in a Rape Case?

by Ambrosio E. Rodriguez | Nov 08, 2023 | Sex Crimes

In California, understanding the definition and implications of rape charges is critical for those involved in criminal proceedings. This understanding can help you craft a strong defense strategy while also preparing you for potential outcomes.   State law defines rape as non-consensual sexual intercourse. Specifically, ‘sexual intercourse’ refers to any degree of penetration – no… read more

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Is Domestic Violence a Felony in California?

by Ambrosio E. Rodriguez | | Domestic Violence

Understanding the legal implications of domestic violence charges in California is crucial. Domestic violence, in some instances, can be charged as a felony depending on several different factors.   For defendants, it’s helpful to understand exactly what domestic violence is and what determines the severity of the charges.  What Is Domestic Violence? In California, domestic… read more

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Should You Waive Your Miranda Rights in Los Angeles, CA?

by Ambrosio E. Rodriguez | Nov 01, 2023 | Criminal Law

When interacting with law enforcement, a key part of your protections under U.S. law hinges upon Miranda rights. Named after the landmark 1966 U.S. Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona, these are safeguards put in place to protect an individual’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, among other protections. In Los Angeles, California – and anywhere… read more

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Consent Laws in California

by Ambrosio Rodriguez | | California Law

Understanding consent laws in California is crucial if you have been arrested and are facing charges related to rape, statutory rape, or any other sex crime. This information can inform your legal strategies, defenses, and overall understanding of the case against you. What Is Consent? Consent is voluntarily giving permission or agreement to something. In… read more

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How Often Are Drugs and Alcohol Used in Sex Crimes?

by Ambrosio E. Rodriguez | Sep 14, 2023 | Sex Crimes

Prosecutors and law enforcement take a heavy hand against sex crime offenders, and civil law provisions allow victims to sue for damages. But not all who are charged with a sex crime are guilty. In fact, many are not.  What is true about those who are actually guilty is that a large portion of them… read more

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What Rights Will You Lose if You Are Convicted of a Sex Crime in California?

by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Sep 09, 2023 | Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Being accused of a sex crime in California is terrifying. If convicted, you face severe penalties, including fines, prison sentences, and registration as a sex offender. However, you also face numerous collateral consequences for being a convicted sex offender. Depending on the charge, you could lose several legal rights if you are convicted of a… read more

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Removing Your Name From the Sex Offender Registry in CA

by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Sep 05, 2023 | Sex Crimes

The Sex Offender Registration Act in California imposes the obligation for residents convicted of specific sexual offenses to register with the state. Until recently, all sex offenders were required to register for life under California law. However, as of January 1, 2021, that requirement changed, thanks to the implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 384. The… read more

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