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Understanding Evidence in a Criminal Trial

According to statistics from the Crime in California Report, there were 853,576 total arrests by law enforcement statewide in 2020. When a person is arrested and charged with a crime, a criminal trial will be scheduled to examine the evidence before a law court or jury. However, the outcome of the criminal case will depend on the strength and admissibility of the available evidence. Such evidence may include scientific evidence, physical proof, or witness statements and testimonies.

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California Rule Requires Considering Ability to Pay Bail

According to a report by the Vera Institute of Justice, more than 40,000 individuals are incarcerated in California's jails while awaiting trial. Of these, approximately half are there because they're unable to afford bonds.

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What are the Rules for Self Defense in California?

According to data obtained from a 2021 National Firearms Survey, about 25.3 million Americans have used a gun in self-defense. Under California law, individuals have the right to protect themselves or others against potential harm or danger. However, certain rules guide the use of force or deadly force in self-defense or defense of others.

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The Criminal Appeals Process

In California, the Courts of Appeal review issues and hear appeals in civil and criminal matters from the lower courts. Through the California appellate court, legal mistakes made in a trial court can be resolved.

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How a Restraining Order Affects Gun Ownership Rights

According to the 2018 California Safety and Wellbeing Survey (CSaWS), an estimated 4.2 million adults in California own a gun. Owning and possessing a gun in the State of California is legal. However, you may lose your gun ownership rights when facing domestic violence allegations or if a restraining order has been filed against you.

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Exceptions to Sex with an Underage Person (Statutory Rape) in California

According to statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, there were about 2,155 total arrests for rape in California in 2019. Under California laws, it is illegal for a person who is 18 years or older to have sex with someone below 18 years, even if the sex is consensual.

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California’s New Law for Sex Offender Registration Removal

According to SafeHome.org, there are 82,751 total registered sex offenders in California as of May 2021. Under California laws, any individual convicted of certain sex crimes must register as a sex offender with local authorities.

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How A Domestic Violence Conviction Affects Your Right To Own A Firearm

In a study of women in 67 California domestic violence shelters, it was found that handguns were used to threaten, harm or scare 32.1 percent of the victims. Some 39.1 percent of the women reported that their abusive intimate partner owned a firearm during their relationship, a figure almost twice the average rate of gun ownership in California.

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When Child Protective Services Get Involved in Domestic Violence Claims

Statistics from the California Department of Justice indicate that there were 166,890 domestic violence-related calls to law enforcement statewide in 2018. Researchers have long established a link between domestic violence and child abuse. Therefore, when there is a claim of domestic violence, Child Protective Services (CPS) in California can easily get involved.

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Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

According to the California Department of Justice’s Criminal Justice Statistics Center (CJSC), there were 166,890 domestic violence-related calls to law enforcement statewide in 2018.

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