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Understanding Expungement in California

Is a prior criminal conviction making it difficult for you to land your dream job? Were you convicted of a misdemeanor or felony and want to erase the stain of one mistake from your past?

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Can I Have My Records Sealed?

If you’ve been convicted of a crime in California, it will go on your criminal record. However, even if you’re just charged with a crime, but the case is dismissed or you’re acquitted, that also will show up on your public record, making life difficult for you. Arrests that lead to no charges also become part of your public record.

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Are There Alternatives to Going to Jail?

In many cases, there are indeed alternatives to incarceration, starting with probation. If your offense falls under certain penal codes or programs, probation may be offered. You may even be afforded a sentencing alternative, including community service or home detention.

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Are Parents Responsible for their Child's Crimes?

According to a recent report from the California Department of Justice detailing Crime statistics in California, there were over 43,000 juvenile arrests statewide in 2019. In the State of California, offenses committed by minors under the age of 18 years are typically referred to the juvenile delinquency court system.

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What to Do if You’ve Been Arrested for Domestic Terrorism

Under federal law, if you’re suspected of even contemplating an act that could be considered domestic terrorism, you can have all of your assets frozen while waiting months for a court appearance. You can also be charged under a number of different criminal statutes.

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The Consequences of Parental Kidnapping

The act of one parent’s taking a child from the custodial parent has come to be known in popular parlance as parental kidnapping — but under California law, it is more often categorized as a statutory crime of child abduction or deprivation of custody, depending on the circumstances.

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California’s New Rules for Probation in 2021

If you or a loved one is facing a criminal investigation or charge in or around Los Angeles, California, taking advantage of the probationary reforms under AB 1950 could well be to your benefit — as could coming up with a solid defense strategy to lessen the charges against you or get them dropped altogether.

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The Costly Consequences of Ineffective Representation

If you’re facing a criminal investigation — or have already been charged — in or around the greater Los Angeles, California area, you want to make sure you seek the legal counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney who has your best interests at heart. It could make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

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When Hazing Turns Into a Crime

Initiation rituals to join fraternities, sororities, sports teams, and other groups — generally known as hazing — have been going on for decades, if not much longer. Though campuses and other higher authorities attempt to regulate hazing, problems arise when the initiation takes a dangerous turn.

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The Advantages of Hiring a Private Practice Attorney

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the annual caseload assigned to public defenders ranges from 50 cases to 590 cases per attorney.

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