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Can You Claim Self Defense Based on a Mistake?

May 3, 2020
Imperfect self defense may be used in limited situations. In cases involving physical violence, self defense may be argued if a person believes that they or someone else is under an immediate threat of great bodily injury or death. For example, if a woman is being physically abused by her spouse to the point that…
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What Is Hazing?

May 2, 2020
Hazing is a crime in certain situations in California. If you follow the news, you have likely seen stories about hazing, such as the Penn State student who died after his fraternity brothers forced him to drink large amounts of alcohol and then didn’t seek medical help after he fell and hit his head. That…
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What Happens If You Provide a Fake Name to the Police?

May 1, 2020
You may be charged with a crime for giving false information to a peace officer. Imagine this scenario: you’re driving down the highway when you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror. You panic, because your license is suspended — and you know that you could get in serious trouble for driving with a suspended…
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What Is California’s Mental Health Diversion Program?

April 30, 2020
You may be eligible to have your criminal charges dismissed if you meet the criteria. As a country, we are coming to a better understanding of how mental health issues may impact many areas of our lives. The California criminal justice system is also coming to this same realization. As a result, in some cases,…
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Sex Crimes–What is a “CSAAS” Expert?

In many cases involving sexual molestation or other sex crimes involving children, it is common for the prosecution (and sometimes the defense) to call a Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome ("CSAAS") expert. This expert, typically a psychiatrist or psychologist, seeks to provide insight to the jury concerning why children are reluctant to disclose sexual abuse and how children attempt to Continue Reading