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      If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you may be terrified about what your future has in store. If you are convicted of your crime, you may be forced to spend your days in jail, and may ...

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    • Can I Fight a Breath Test?

      A breathalyzer test is one of the leading ways in which law enforcement officials can obtain probable cause to make an arrest for driving under the influence ( DUI ). If the breathalyzer test shows a ...

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    • The Process of a Criminal Case: The Appeal Process

      A lot of effort is put into the trial and when a guilty verdict is given, the defendant may feel as though they have run out of options. A guilty verdict does not have to be the end of the road and ...

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    • The Process of a Criminal Case: The Verdict

      Trial can be a long process as the defense and the prosecution attempt to persuade the jury of their side of the case. Following the lawyers' arguments and the presentation of the evidence at trial, ...

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    • The Process of a Criminal Case: The Trial

      After an arraignment will be the trial. In a criminal case, defendants have a right for their case to be tried by a jury of their peers. Prior to the trial, the defendant will need to choose if they ...

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    • Drug Crime Defense

      In California, drug crimes are highly penalized and those who are convicted can face costly fines, jail time and even a strike on their record. An accusation of sale, transportation, possession or any ...

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    • Forensic Analyst Accused of Drugs from Evidence

      Drug crimes may come with a stigma but the reality is that people in every type of profession and from all walks of life may find themselves accused. Many times this is a wrongful allegation and it is ...

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    • Medical Marijuana Use & Dispensaries

      Marijuana is a drug that has been pushed forward and the use encouraged for the medical benefits that it can offer. For those with health concerns, it can be a relief when nothing else seems to work. ...

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  • DUI
    • What Warning Signs Alert a Police Officer to Drunk Driving?

      Drivers often feel that drunk driving arrests are completely random – the officer just got “lucky” when they pulled someone over. In reality, a police officer is actually much more strategic as they ...

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    • California Drunk Driving Punishments: California Vehicle Code 23152

      According to California Vehicle Code 23152, " Driving Under Influence of Alcohol or Drugs " it is illegal for any individual to drive a vehicle while he or she is under the influence of either ...

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    • DMV Hearings: You Have 10 Days to Act

      If you have been placed under arrest for driving while under the influence (DUI) in Pasadena, you should have already received a notice of suspension or revocation from the arresting officer. As ...

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    • City of Carson Seeks to Make Bullying a Crime: Proposal Passes Preliminary Approval

      The city of Carson – located in Los Angeles County, California – is seeking to outlaw bullying in schools. The Carson City Council gave preliminary approval of a proposal to make bullying a ...

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    • New Law May Help Workers with Criminal Backgrounds Get a Job

      The large amount of workers in the state of California means that there is a greater chance for employees with a criminal past. Many of these employers provide hard work and their past record is never ...

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    • Welcome to our new Pasadena Criminal Defense Blog

      We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Pasadena Criminal Defense Blog with an RSS feed located here .

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    • Nine California High School Students Arrested Due to Sexual Assault Accusations

      According to several different news articles, nine young men at Venice High School were recently arrested following accusations of sexual assault. Authorities say that the unlawful acts persisted for ...

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    • City of Carson Seeks to Make Bullying a Crime: Proposal Passes Preliminary Approval

      The city of Carson – located in Los Angeles County, California – is seeking to outlaw bullying in schools. The Carson City Council gave preliminary approval of a proposal to make bullying a ...

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    • Nine California High School Students Arrested Due to Sexual Assault Accusations

      According to several different news articles, nine young men at Venice High School were recently arrested following accusations of sexual assault. Authorities say that the unlawful acts persisted for ...

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    • What Is Sex Offender Registration?

      If you are convicted of any crime, you could potentially be facing consequences that could have lasting implications. If the crime you are convicted of is related to a sexual offense, however, you are ...

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    • Types of Theft Crimes in California

      Theft crime is somewhat of an umbrella term that refers to a number of different types of illegal activity involving removing property from the possession of the owner without their consent. It can be ...

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    • Battery vs. Assault

      The laws for battery and assault will differ from state to state, but many times these terms are used synonymously when they are actually two different charges. The two charges often go hand in hand ...

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