Hard Times Blog

...If you or a loved one has been accused of theft, it is worth knowing how prosecutions of theft (and the more serious charge of robbery) are being viewed in an era of smash-and-grab crime, thus leading to a question of whether there needs to be a specific smash and grab California law...
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2022 is here — and in its wake — there is a nearly two-year record of skyrocketing depression AND crime rates (a 30%+ increase in homicides, a 42% uptick of domestic violence calls for assistance involving a firearm, and a steep increase in other serious and violent crimes.) Criminality is a SYMPTOM...
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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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...1 in 3 Americans has dealt with depression since the early months of the pandemic... a 2015 Oxford University Study [found] that those diagnosed with depression were three times more likely than the general public to commit violent crimes... Add to those statistics the increased pressure, drinking, and heightened emotions of the holidays, and it’s...
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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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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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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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