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You Have a Right to Know About Exculpatory Evidence

You Have a Right to Know About Exculpatory Evidence Throughout a criminal investigation, sometimes evidence is discovered that proves the defendant did not commit the crime being investigated. This evidence, called exculpatory evidence, has the ability to completely end the ordeal of a drawn-out investigation and the associated costs for the defendant on trial. Unfortunately, […]

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Understanding Ignition Interlock Devices in California

Understanding Ignition Interlock Devices in California If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), chances are you may be required to install an ignition interlock device. These devices are required in some states as a consequence for individuals convicted of a DUI, but California law varies depending on the county. In order […]

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Innocent Until Proven Guilty and Due Process

Innocent Until Proven Guilty and Due Process The presumption of a defendant’s innocence is one of the most important tenets of the criminal justice system in the United States. One could reasonably argue that it is THE most important principle. While the idea of “innocent until proven guilty” seems to have been forgotten in the […]

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Risk Factors Associated with Juvenile Crime

Risk Factors Associated with Juvenile Crime Any good parent is interested in knowing where their child is and what they might be up to at any given time. As a child grows up, it becomes impossible—and arguably unhealthy—to keep a constant eye on him or her. Parents must do what they can to raise their […]

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What to Do If You Are Falsely Accused of Child Abuse

What to Do If You Are Falsely Accused of Child Abuse Child abuse is sadly common in California. However, not everyone who is accused of child abuse has actually committed this heinous crime. It is not terribly unusual for angry spouses, ex-spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends, family members, or friends to accuse someone of child abuse […]

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Film Producer Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Rape Charges

Film Producer Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Rape Charges Last Friday, media mogul Harvey Weinstein was arrested in New York City after surrendering to police. The former producer has been charged with first-degree rape, third-degree rape, sex abuse and sexual misconduct, and first-degree criminal sex act in incidents involving two women. After voluntarily giving himself up […]

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What Does it Mean to Plead the Fifth?

What Does it Mean to Plead the Fifth? You may have seen in movies or on television where a criminal suspect is being questioned and he or she responds with the statement, “I plead the Fifth.” The topic has also resurfaced in regard to the ongoing investigations into the most recent presidential election. Most people […]

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Medical Marijuana May Provide Hope to Those Addicted to Opioids

Medical Marijuana May Provide Hope to Those Addicted to Opioids The misuse of opioids such as OxyContin, hydrocodone, morphine, heroin, and fentanyl has been increasing for years. Today, an average of over 115 people die each day in the United States due to opioid overdose. Paramedics and emergency medical personnel report getting more and more […]

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Proposed Legislation Would Restrict When Police Can Shoot

Proposed Legislation Would Restrict When Police Can Shoot San Jose Criminal Defense Lawyer And Santa Clara Criminal Penalties Attorney A number of California lawmakers are suggesting that California should become the first state in the nation to pass legislation that place specific limits on when police officers can open fire on a suspect. The proposal […]

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California DUI Basics

California DUI Basics San Jose DUI Lawyer And Santa Clara Drinking, Driving Attorney Accidents involving a drunk driver were responsible for the death of 10,265 people in 2015. Thousands more have been injured as a result of car accidents involving an impaired driver. In order to keep motorists safe on the roads, California has enacted […]

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