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Does California use target letters too?

If you are facing criminal charges in Orange County, you may wonder what your options are and how to protect your rights. You may have heard of target letters, which are official letters from the...

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Can I refuse a breathalyzer test?

If you are pulled over for suspected drunk driving in Newport Beach you may wonder if you can refuse to take a breathalyzer test. The answer is not simple, as there are different types of breath tests...

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Is a police stop as a pedestrian different than as a driver?

If you live in California or plan to visit, you may wonder what to do if you encounter a police officer. This could be while walking as a pedestrian or driving as a driver. And, to be clear, there are...

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What are the penalties for insider trading?

Many companies offer their employees an opportunity to buy stock in the organization. However, if an employee is accused of insider trading, it can carry serious penalties. Insider trading overview...

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How to handle a DUI checkpoint

You have a lot to lose with a DUI conviction. The penalties for DUI in California are extremely high, which is why you want to do your best to avoid a charge. When you come upon a DUI checkpoint, your...

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Addressing an accusation of money laundering

If you are accused of money laundering, it can carry serious penalties. Money laundering involves making illegal funds look as though they came from a legitimate source. Money laundering overview Money...

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Penalties for white-collar identity theft

An identify theft crime happens when a person uses or possesses another person’s information for financial gain. It usually occurs in a professional setting by a person in a position of trust. Examples...

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Know the law when facing charges of driving while high

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in California, there is a greater chance of drivers being stopped and accused of driving under the influence of drugs. In the past, the focus for DUI was...

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Understanding the “collateral consequences” of a conviction

When California residents face a criminal charge, they understandably have one primary concern: protecting their freedom. From misdemeanor charges to the highest of felony cases, criminal charges can...

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When does theft become a felony in California?

If you are accused of theft in California, your charge could be treated as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. The crime of theft is the unlawful taking of another person’s...

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Possible battery charges based on California domestic violence laws

When disagreements between partners or family members get heightened, the conflict may get out of hand. Often, when law enforcement in California is called to a domestic matter, one or more individuals...

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Addressing an accusation of self-dealing

If you are in a position of trust and authority within an organization and are accused of self-dealing, you could face criminal penalties as well as reputational harm. There are defenses that may be...

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When is a DUI considered a felony in California?

In California, driving under the influence is typically classified as a misdemeanor. However, depending on the circumstances of your case, prosecutors may decide to charge you with a felony instead of...

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Minimizing the reliability of the prosecution’s witnesses

When you’re accused of criminal wrongdoing, you have to aggressively defend yourself if you want to protect your future. After all, any kind of conviction can upend life as you know it, making it hard...

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Handling ‘he said/she said’ issues in domestic violence cases

A domestic violence accusation is something many people fear. One reason is that there are so many harmless or innocent situations that could result in domestic violence charges. A neighbor or...

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What are my rights if I am stopped by police in California?

Getting stopped by the police can be an intimidating experience. Many people make the mistake of giving the police too much information or consenting to searches of their personal property. If you have...

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