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Charges in California for Street or Drag Racing

April 17, 2021
Street Racing Charges and Their Possible Penalties California prohibits street racing, also known as drag racing, on all public highways. There are additional crimes you can commit while racing in the street, such as reckless driving. While many people do not see a significant difference between speeding and drag racing, a conviction for racing is…
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California’s Criminal Threat Laws and Punishments

April 15, 2021
What Constitutes a Criminal Threat? The criminalization of threatening language might seem like a violation of your right to free speech. Because California is punishing you for the words you say, write, or communicate, it appears to conflict with the First Amendment to the Constitution. However, the state narrows which statements are criminal so much…
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Rules for California Probation Violation Hearings

April 13, 2021
How Do Probation Violation Hearings Work? If you are serving probation in California, violations of your probation terms may land you in front of a probation violation hearing. Whether your probation is summary (misdemeanor) or felony, a probation violation hearing can imperil your freedom. At a probation revocation hearing, a judge will determine whether you…
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California’s New Felony Murder Rule

April 9, 2021
What Is the Felony Murder Rule? Under California’s “felony murder rule”, you can be convicted for a homicide if another individual dies while you are committing a crime. This is true even if you did not kill the individual yourself or intend for them to die. The state softened its felony murder rule in 2019.…
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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