Hard Times Blog

Few things are more stressful than an arrest. But when it’s for drug possession, the stakes can be even higher. Fortunately — especially if it’s your first offense (or first in many years) — you may be eligible to obtain treatment and have your case dismissed...
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If you or a loved one are struggling with a mental illness and have been charged with a crime, you may be eligible for treatment that results in both the dismissal of the case and the sealing of your records... this pretrial program in California offers defendants a true second chance...
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When you’re charged with a crime, it can feel like the worst day of your life... an arrest can be costly. Extremely costly. In most places in the United States, a host of fees can be piled onto an arrest and incarceration...
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When your child has been charged with a crime, it’s a tough moment to say the least! You fear the worst. Fortunately, not only are you far from alone, but your child is still changing and developing, with plenty of time for personal growth...
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It’s happened... you have been arrested. You can’t change that. What you can change is the potential outcome of the legal proceedings that [will] follow...
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Innocent until proven guilty. Many of us take this presumption of innocence as a given because, in an ideal world, this would always be the case. Something many don’t think about until it’s too late is that an arrest is far from a private event...
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For many convicted of a crime, they receive a life sentence by establishing a criminal record that follows them throughout their life. This impacts their future opportunities and ability to have meaningful employment...
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31% and 42%. Those percentages mark the steep increase of homicides and domestic violence-related calls [in 2020]... Let’s review what these numbers mean...
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When new juvenile justice reform laws are passed, such as the slew of them in 2020 and 2021, they often bring with them a sense of hope... The reality is that even after a bill is signed into law, significant work — and even more questions — lie ahead...
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