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Is Swatting a Crime in California?

March 18, 2020
Sending emergency responders to a fake emergency — known as swatting — may lead to criminal charges. In recent years, the practice of “swatting” has become all-too-common. Swatting occurs when a person tries to get police to respond to another person by creating a fake emergency. This usually happens when a person calls 911 to…
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How Are Jury Instructions Used in a California Criminal Case?

March 17, 2020
These instructions guide the jury’s decision-making process. If you watch police or legal dramas, then you may be familiar with how a trial works. Each side, starting with the prosecutor, has an opportunity to make an opening statement, present witnesses and evidence, and then make a closing argument. Finally, the judge sends the jury off…
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What Happens When a California Wildfire Was Caused By Arson?

March 16, 2020
Arson is charged as a felony under California law. California has — unfortunately — become known for its wildfires. Throughout the year, various fires have raged across the state, causing both death and destruction. While there are many potential causes of wildfires, in California, almost 95% of wildfires are started by people, either intentionally or…
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What Is White Collar Crime?

March 14, 2020
White collar crime can include both misdemeanor and felony offenses. If you follow the news, you have probably heard the term “white collar crime.” This phrase is often used to describe something that an executive did, like embezzling. It may also be used when a doctor commits healthcare insurance fraud. “White collar crime” does not…
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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