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What Are California’s Statutory Rape Laws?

October 19, 2018
It is against California law to engage in sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 18. Age of consent laws can be tricky, and often confusing for young people involved in romantic relationships. If you are a freshman in college and dating a high school senior, that isn’t necessarily inappropriate — but it could…
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How Do Mandatory Minimums Affect Sentencing for California Crimes?

October 18, 2018
California law provides a minimum sentence for each crime. In the not-too-distant past, Californians who were convicted of crimes were left to the judge’s mercy. The court would evaluate the facts of the case and the personal characteristics of the defendant, and determine a sentence based on his or her judgment. This changed in 1977,…
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What is Criminal Trespass Under California Law?

October 17, 2018
The offense requires some level of intent. While the idea of “trespassing” may seem straightforward, the reality is a bit more complex. Under California law, just entering someone else’s property without their consent is generally not enough to be charged as a crime. Instead, you generally have to have some level of intent to be…
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Death Penalty Series: Washington State Ends Death Penalty

October 16, 2018
The state’s highest court ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional. The death penalty is a major part of American jurisprudence — but that reality is slowly changing, as states slowly begin to outlaw its use. The most recent state to do so is Washington. This October, the Washington Supreme Court struck down the death…
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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