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How private should your genetic information be? In an age where everything is available at our fingertips, it’s a very important question. While there are valid and lawful reasons for collecting DNA (often in cases of serious felony arrests), your DNA has a number of protections in place that are constitutionally protected...
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Half of all women killed in the United States are murdered by a former or current intimate partner. If this seems like a harrowing number, so too is the risk when firearms are involved in domestic violence situations — a woman is five times more likely to be murdered when an abuser has access to...
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What is the status of juvenile justice in California? That’s the question on a lot of minds as the state prepares to shutter the Department of Juvenile Justice. The intention is to keep juvenile defendants in their local community and focus on rehabilitation rather than serving sentences in state-run juvenile lock-ups...
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...The correlation between increased gun sales and gun-related violence is no coincidence according to the troubling data of the past couple of years. In a previous blog on the subject, we addressed skyrocketing homicides rates in 2020 over 2019 (at a 31% increase) and violence-related calls for assistance involving a firearm (at 42%)...
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Often when we think of legal rights, it’s those of a defendant who has been accused of a crime that come to mind. However, every victim in California has clearly defined rights... The law entitles a victim to everything from financial compensation to the right to be reasonably protected from the accused...
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...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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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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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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