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The Consequences of a Violent Crime Conviction

February 23, 2017

From a strike on your record to potential sentencing enhancements, a conviction for a violent crime can have a serious impact on your life. Under California law, a violent crime can be any number of offenses, as defined by Penal Code 667.5(c).  Some are unsurprising, such as murder, assault, sexual assault, and armed robbery.  But […]

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How Social Media Can Land You in Jail

February 18, 2017

Posting pictures of guns, drugs and more can have real-life consequences Love it or hate it, social media has taken over modern life.  From Facebook to Snapchat, it seems that everyone from tweens to senior citizens is on social media today.  It has become a place to get the latest news, to share photos, and […]

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What Is First Degree Murder?

February 12, 2017

There are three ways that first degree murder can be charged in California. When you think of the crime of murder, you may be confused — what exactly does it mean to be charged with murder?  What is the difference between the degrees of murder?  Are there different punishments for different types of murder? In […]

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What It Means to Be Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

February 9, 2017

California follows the McNaughten rule, which is rarely used. On legal dramas and television crime shows, it’s an old trick: the defendant in a criminal case pretends to be mentally ill so that he or she can get off on a murder charge as not guilty by reason of insanity, free to kill again. But […]

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