Hard Times Blog

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Arrested for a DUI? What California’s Ignition Interlock Device Law Means for You You’ve been arrested for a DUI. You feel like your entire life has been turned upside down. How will you tell your family? What about your employer? How will you get to work? While you could be in for a bit of...
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On July 3, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 188 which will ban discrimination based on certain hairstyles, making California the first state to protect citizens from discrimination based on hairstyle. This bill is known as the C.R.O.W.N. Act (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) and provides that the standards of professional...
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Hiring a new employee is always an exciting time. It means your business is growing and most employers are eager to get the new employees off to a fast start. Before you bury them in assignments and meetings take the time to ensure that the following documentation is provided to and completed by the new...
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You’ve been charged with a crime you didn’t commit. You can’t wait to clear your name. It’s a ‘My Cousin Vinny’ scenario and it’s a classic movie for a reason. Having a surprise witness clear your name and ultimately hearing ‘not guilty’ in court as declared by 12 of your peers is every innocent person’s...
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Juvenile Delinquency
Approximately 90%. That’s the percentage of juvenile detainees who reported being exposed to at least one traumatic event, called adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). These experiences include abuse, neglect, mental illness, addiction, growing up in a neighborhood marked by poverty, and more. The more trauma they’ve experienced, the higher their risk. Some estimates show that up...
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Someone you love has been accused of a crime. You feel blindsided. They can always count on you but here you are completely unprepared! It makes you feel absolutely helpless. You are not alone. Even children are no stranger to the criminal justice system these days. A recent Rutgers University study revealed that 1 in...
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You’ve been arrested. What if your friends and family find out? You’re worried about being seen as a criminal. You already feel judged. And you’re right because the “Presumption of Innocence” is more of an idea than a reality, according to a Dubin Research and Consulting survey that found 77% of 1,261 jury-eligible citizens believe...
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As a criminal defense attorney, I know that when someone steps into my office it is usually one of the worst moments of their lives. They are confused, vulnerable, and afraid of the worst-case scenario. They have often been unexpectedly arrested or charged and now find themselves trapped in a legal process that can have...
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In California a drunk night that ends in a sexual encounter can very well turn into lifetime sex offender registration and up to 8 years in prison. Many Californians are unaware of California Penal Code section 261 (a)(3), which reads: Rape is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person not the spouse of...
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