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What Is Considered Identify Theft Under California Law?

August 9, 2019
With the recent Equifax data breach, the prospect of identity theft has once again become a major concern for Americans across the country — and right here in California. This crime has become more common in the age of the internet, with a vast amount of personal data available to hackers and others. But the…
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First Inmate Released Under AB 2942

August 8, 2019
The law permits prosecutors and — in some cases — inmates to have unduly harsh sentences reviewed This summer, a California man got a new lease on life when he was released from prison after 16 years, despite being sentenced to 50 years to life. Kent Williams had not committed a violent crime, yet California’s…
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Pilot Program Gives Crime Victims A Chance to Confront Defendants

August 7, 2019
The diversion program is currently available in San Joaquin County. California offers a number of diversion programs that are design to give people who commit crimes an opportunity to avoid incarceration. Generally, these programs are designed for low-level drug offenders, people with mental health disorders, or military veterans who may need treatment rather than jail…
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New Law Prohibits Police from Using Condoms As Evidence of Sex Work

August 6, 2019
The law aims to protect sex workers Prostitution is illegal in California, along with related acts, such as solicitation. Under state law, it is a misdemeanor offense to pay or accept money in exchange for sex, to offer to engage in act of prostitution or to agree to engage in an act of prostitution. For…
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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