Hard Times Blog

...In addition to celebrations, the holidays are the season of DUIs. In fact, during the holidays, drinking jumps 100% percent according to a study held in recent years. Naturally, this correlates heavily with drunk driving-related arrests and fatalities...
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We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: California is one of the best states in the nation if you are an employee — but for employers wanting to ensure they are in compliance with health and safety regulations for their employees, it can be a bit tricky...
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Imagine life without the possibility of parole, potentially even the death penalty. When you did not kill someone yourself or intend for them to die. Until very recently, that was the reality of being charged with a violent felony that resulted in someone’s death under the Felony Murder Rule...
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Beyond a reasonable doubt. That standard of proof is foundational to a fair trial and conviction in our criminal justice system. Unfortunately, determining a defendant’s gang involvement has often not required that same high standard of proof... Fortunately, AB 333 addresses this disparity by making some important changes...
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As the end of the year approaches, so too does the time for new legislation. For employers in California, that can often mean substantial changes in government mandates and operating requirements. Among new laws taking effect this coming year is Senate Bill 807, signed by Governor Newsom in September...
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150. That is the number of sentence enhancements you could theoretically face when charged with a crime... Fortunately, Senate Bill 81 addresses the issue of excessive use of enhancements... As a direct result, your case might just have a much better outcome than it would have in the very recent past...
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If you or a loved one were arrested and are facing charges for a drug-related crime, it can be an emotional and nerve-wracking time. Especially if you’ve read that there is no chance for probation and a minimum jail/prison sentence attached if you are found guilty... Fortunately, a new bill has been passed that allows...
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While I make my living as an attorney, I am also a business owner. I know firsthand just how challenging – and personally rewarding – it can be to own and operate one’s own business. As the owners of Proper Defense, my husband and I both know that there are more than a few California...
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Whether you or someone you love has been arrested, it can be hard not knowing what will happen next — especially if it’s for the first time. Fortunately [the new Misdemeanor Diversion Program] has changed that answer in a way that may very positively benefit the opportunity for a second chance.
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