Things Cops Do That Are Illegal: What a Police Officer Can and Cannot Do
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Dec 23, 2020 | Criminal Defense

No one is above the law, including police officers. Police officers who break the law are subject to the same criminal penalties as everyone else. Courts hold police officers accountable for their wrongdoing and illegal acts. For example, a police officer who assaults another person, commits a drug crime, or operates a vehicle under the… read more

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What is the Difference Between Escorting and Prostitution?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Dec 15, 2020 | Sex Crimes

For many people, there is little difference between an escort and a prostitute. They use the words interchangeably. However, under California criminal law, there is a distinct difference that makes one act legal, and the other act illegal. What is an Escort? An escort is someone who is paid to spend time with you. The… read more

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California Gun Laws
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Dec 14, 2020 | Concealed Weapons

California has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States. Several new laws were added in 2020 as part of the state’s gun control measures. If you own a gun or want to purchase a firearm, it is crucial that you understand California gun laws. Let’s look at five of the most commonly… read more

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Can You Be Prosecuted for Causing Someone’s Suicide in California?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Dec 13, 2020 | Murder

Suicide is the act of taking your own life. California’s laws do not criminalize suicide. The End of Life Option Act allows someone to take his or her life with prescribed medications. However, a California statute makes it illegal for someone to encourage or help another person commit suicide. A conviction under this statute is… read more

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Exigent Circumstances: What They Are and How They Allow Police to Search and Seize Without a Warrant
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | | Search Warrants

Most people assume that police cannot enter their home without permission or a search warrant. However, that is not always the case. There are exceptions to the laws that prohibit unreasonable searches and seizures. One of the exceptions to the general rule requiring police officers to obtain a search warrant is exigent circumstances. What Are… read more

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Do Presidential Candidates Have to Release Their Tax Returns?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Dec 01, 2020 | Federal Crimes

Although there is a heated debate around presidential candidates’ tax returns, they are not required by law to release them to the public. Like anyone else, presidential candidates can exercise their constitutional right to privacy regarding tax returns. There is ongoing contention about whether presidential candidates should have to release their tax statements. One senator… read more

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How Often Do DUI Cases Go to Trial?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Nov 30, 2020 | DUI

DUI cases are considered criminal charges in California. Therefore, each DUI case has the chance of going to trial. In reality, most DUI cases are resolved without going to trial. That does not necessarily mean that all DUI cases that do not go to trial end in a guilty verdict. If you have a strong… read more

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How Long Does a Misdemeanor Stay on Your Record?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Nov 29, 2020 | Expungement

A misdemeanor might be considered a minor criminal offense compared to a felony charge, but it is a criminal offense. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, the misdemeanor remains on your criminal record for the rest of your life, unless the court expunges the offense. According to the California Attorney General’s Office, the Department… read more

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Can You Be Arrested For Cursing At The Police?
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Nov 28, 2020 | California Law

Perhaps the real question here should be where does free speech end and criminal conduct begin? In examining this question, it turns out that the facts and situation involved will determine the answer. Where you are, what you say, and how you say it all matter in the analysis. The basic rule is that people… read more

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What You Need to Know About DUI Cases
by Ambrosio Rodriguez | Nov 27, 2020 | DUI

The California Vehicle Code §23152(a) states that it is unlawful for any person under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, to drive a vehicle. If you are stopped, and the officer suspects you are under the influence, knowing what to do is crucial. What to Do if… read more

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