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California Domestic Violence Laws, Offenses, and Penalties

California’s domestic violence laws begin at California Family Code Section 6203. These laws provide legal protections for domestic partners, children, elderly persons, and other vulnerable persons from mental and/or physical abuse. In the State of California, it is illegal to threaten or harm a child, spouse, partner, or relative. It is also against the law to […]

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Are Domestic Violence Charges a Felony in the State of California?

According to California Penal code 273.5, “Domestic violence” covers crimes such as child abuse, domestic battery, and the infliction of a corporal injury on a cohabitant or spouse. In the state of California, “domestic violence” is the phrase typically used to define a category of crimes in which a person uses physical violence upon a […]

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Criminal Defense Law of Domestic Violence Charges in San Jose

The California legislature enacted domestic violence laws in California to afford special protections to people who are or were in close, personal relationships. People in close relationships are particularly susceptible to abuse, retribution, manipulation, and bullying. The generic term domestic violence in California, therefore, refers to several individual criminal charges like domestic battery, abusing a […]

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Internet Sex Crimes in the State of California

Internet Sex Crimes in the State of California In the State of California, contacting minors online for sex, sending sexually explicit images to minors, engaging in sexual conversations with a minor, or the possession, sale, or the distribution of child pornographic images or depictions (including cartoons, deep fakes, and illustrations) are serious criminal offenses. Clients […]

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New California Law Modifies California’s Juvenile Court Jurisdiction

New California Law Modifies California’s Juvenile Court Jurisdiction In September 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 439 into law.  The act amends Sections 601 and adds Section 602.1 to California’s Welfare and Institutions Code as these sections relate to juveniles.  Under the former law, juvenile courts had jurisdiction over cases involving a “minor” (persons […]

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Proposition 21 – When a Child Can Be Tried as an Adult in the State of California

Proposition 21 – When a Child Can Be Tried as an Adult in the State of California In the State of California, Proposition 21 gives court judges the authority to determine whether a juvenile, of at least sixteen years of age, will be tried as an adult or as a juvenile. A juvenile between the ages […]

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Legal Defenses When Accused of Violating a Protective Order in California

Legal Defenses When Accused of Violating a Protective Order in California In the State of California, an individual or petitioner may ask the court to issue a “protective order” against an individual (“person to be restrained”) in order to protect the petitioner from: • harassment, • contact, • attacking, • destroying personal property, • stalking, […]

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What’s the Difference Between Restraining Orders and Protective Orders in California?

What’s the Difference Between Restraining Orders and Protective Orders in California? California Domestic Violence Laws In the State of California, as in many other states, “Restraining Orders” and “Protective Orders” mean exactly the same thing.  Restraining, Protective, or Stay Away Orders are court orders that are meant to provide protection from: stalking, harassment, threats, or […]

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Federal and State Juvenile Solitary Confinement Bills

Federal and State Juvenile Solitary Confinement Bills Recently, legislation to reform the incarceration of juveniles has been making its way through both the state and the federal legislatures. A bill has passed the California State Senate that would limit the use of solitary confinement for youths incarcerated in state and local juvenile facilities. Additionally, the […]

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Understanding the Differences Between Sting Operations and Entrapment

Understanding the Differences Between Sting Operations and Entrapment If you have ever seen a television show like Undercover Stings or To Catch a Predator, you may have wondered about the legality of such operations. In the show To Catch a Predator, for example, adults pretend to be teenagers or children online in order to lure […]

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