Hard Times Blog

Every second, 63,000 people hit ‘search’ on Google. That’s 5.6 billion searches per day! Some of these searches are no doubt high stakes — like right after an arrest. While it can be tempting and even feel like you’re being proactive, it can have the opposite effect. This is because Google will pull information without...
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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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Arrested in the Valley? Call Sally
If you are driving on highway 99 you are about to see a friendly new face. A new billboard on 99 in Fresno has the slogan “Arrested in the Valley? Call Sally!”?   Learn more about Sally Vecchiarelli and the new billboard on our website. Click to call 855-SALLY-CALI.
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...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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