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Federal Jurisdiction Crimes

07/16/2016 13:03:33 PM

Criminal charges are filed in different jurisdictions depending on the location or locations the alleged crime occurred in and the nature of the crime. Jurisdiction, generally, means the power of a court to oversee a case. A person who commits ...

California Drug Crime Sentencing Reform

07/16/2016 10:38:00 AM

Back in 2014, the controversial Proposition 47 bill passed in California. By a margin of 60%, voters permitted lawmakers to reduce certain drug possession charges from felonies to misdemeanors, as well as to lessen sentences accompanying other ...

San Diego Drug Crimes and Consequences

07/12/2016 05:35:48 AM

Lumping together first time offenders, “minor” drug crimes, and possession of “small” quantities of drugs creates a misrepresentation that these offenders may get off easy their first time facing the criminal justice system. While first ...

California Leads Nation in Auto Thefts Per Capita

07/12/2016 05:20:12 AM

Central Valley and the bay area have both seen significant rises in auto theft over the past several years. It is estimated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a vehicle is stolen approximately every 46 seconds throughout the nation. Due ...

Understanding Attempt Crimes in California

07/11/2016 04:35:33 AM

Despite what you may think, more often than not, being convicted of an attempted crime can lead to the same sentence as if you had actually completed the crime. The basis of all criminal law comes down to intent. The rationale is that if you ...

California Child Pornography Charges

07/11/2016 03:32:07 AM

Sex crimes are viewed as among the most serious in the criminal justice system for the impact such crimes have on their victims and society at large. A convicted sex offender will likely face a steep prison sentence in addition to being required ...

California Crime on the Rise and Law Enforcement Response

07/10/2016 11:28:50 AM

Police departments in the greater San Diego area recently installed surveillance cameras between the OB Pier and San Diego River, hoping to deter crime. Cities in Northern California are also advocating for surveillance as a safety measure in ...

California Marijuana Legalization

07/10/2016 02:55:34 AM

Twenty years ago, California upheld its well-deserved image as a social innovator by becoming the first state to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The passage of Proposition 215 set into motion a steady wave of other states ...

The Meaning of the Voisine Decision

07/05/2016 11:59:42 AM

Ten years is a long time in human terms. When it comes to the United States Supreme Court, ten years can seem like a lifetime. The case of Voisine v. United States, recently decided by the Court, is significant because it marked the first time ...

Insurance Fraud Among Most Common White Collar Crimes

06/27/2016 16:52:21 PM

White collar crimes are financial crimes that can include embezzlement, fraud, tax evasion, or other crimes involving misappropriation of funds, deception, or schemes. While white collar criminals are often publicized as CEOs, wealthy top-ranking ...

What Happens When I Get a DUI in San Diego?

06/25/2016 17:39:28 PM

While most of us know someone who has been pulled over for suspected drunk driving, not many of us know what a drunk driving charge truly entails and what the possible consequences are. The possible charges you may face, the effect the charge ...

California Juvenile Criminal Offenses

06/18/2016 08:59:36 AM

If your child has been accused of a crime, you likely have many questions about how this transgression may affect his or her future. The severity of juvenile crimes is often understated—not all juvenile crimes are eligible to be removed from ...

California Sex Offender Registration

05/05/2016 21:06:03 PM

If you have been convicted of a crime that is sexual in nature, you likely needed to register for the official California Sex Offender Registration list. This list is a publicly available domain that notifies the public of those who have tr ...

Domestic Violence Truths Under California Law

04/09/2016 05:18:35 AM

Domestic violence is one of the most misunderstood crimes that an individual can be charged with. There are numerous misconceptions that the public has regarding domestic violence charges that limits the otherwise broad definition of what exactly ...

Driving Under the Influence Charges in San Diego

04/02/2016 18:10:44 PM

While drinking and driving is never a good idea, chances are that you or someone you know will, at some point, get caught drinking and getting behind the wheel. Drinking and driving penalties in San Diego are steep and it is important to understand ...

Sex Crimes on College Campuses

03/29/2016 12:52:27 PM

For criminal defendants, those that have allegedly committed crimes that are sexual in nature face some of the most severe possible consequences. Not only do many sexual crimes have stiff possible jail sentences, but sex-related convictions ...

Property Theft Crimes on the Rise in San Diego

03/27/2016 21:41:22 PM

According to a recent FBI Investigation, San Diego has been experiencing a significant rise in property crimes. Property crimes include a variety of offenses, but most commonly include burglary, robbery, shoplifting, and receiving stolen property. ...

Why You Should Consider Getting Your Criminal Record Expunged

03/26/2016 16:37:54 PM

For many of us, our criminal histories are deeply personal, private outliers from our past that we do not want shared with anyone. Yet, we forget that our personal information is still available to those that are willing to take the time to ...

Caught Stealing? Overview on Shoplifting

03/24/2016 23:55:31 PM

Retail theft is a crime that spans across all ages and socioeconomic statuses and is something that many people do at some point in their lives. However, shoplifting can have serious consequences that can affect your criminal history, future, ...

What to Do When You Have Been Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence Charges

03/11/2016 23:00:59 PM

Domestic violence is viewed by society and the courts as one of the most serious charges against a criminal defendant. Regardless of whether you are guilty or innocent, mere allegations of domestic violence against you can adversely affect your ...

What to Do When a Restraining Order is Filed Against You

02/05/2016 19:03:21 PM

Restraining orders, often referred to as protective orders, are orders of the court that prohibit certain interactions between individuals. Restraining orders are most frequently filed when there is: Unwanted contact, Harassment, or Domestic ...

Understanding White Collar Crimes

01/24/2016 02:02:02 AM

White collar crime is inaccurately synonymous in the media with “rich people committing crime.” White collar crime, in reality, spans across all socioeconomic statuses and is characterized generally by crimes that are financial in nature. ...

Making a Murderer: Understanding Sex Crimes in California

01/18/2016 10:31:21 AM

Despite its title, Netflix’s hit series Making a Murderer starts out with an in-depth look of a man falsely accused of a sex crime that landed him in jail for 18 out of his 32 year sentence. While later accused of murdering a different i ...