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August 2017 Archives

How graffiti crimes are punished in California

In driving around California's inner cities, it doesn't take long before you encounter graffiti. It's virtually everywhere. In fact, as soon as one community service worker paints over one surface, it seems like another tagger comes and puts graffiti on it all over again.

How marijuana possession is controlled under California's Prop 64

Many California residents who voted Proposition 64 (Prop 64) into law in November of 2016 did so with the expectation that that marijuana would become largely deregulated much like alcohol and cigarettes are. Despite their hopes, the final legislation, crafted in part by the Drug Policy Alliance, spans 60 pages. Within those, it covers when it's appropriate to consume marijuana and not.

3 downsides of going to trial with your case

Many people facing criminal charges mistakenly assume that a prosecutor will not have any interest in taking the case to trial. Unfortunately, this is often not the case, and even small cases are often brought to trial rather than dismissed or offered plea bargains. If you want to get your life back on track, it is sometimes advantageous to avoid a trial, and consulting with a legal representative may be the best way to do so.

The difference between misdemeanor and felony drunk driving

If you're been recently charged with driving under the influence (DUI), in researching the penalties associated with the crime, you might have found that a misdemeanor generally results in a lesser sentence than a felony one. You may have wondered why you were charged with one crime versus the other.

California to honor Canada's domestic violence restraining orders

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Tuesday, July 25 that will provide reciprocity for a now 6-year-old Canadian law. California law enforcement agencies will now be required to uphold restraining orders in domestic violence cases issued by Canadian authorities statewide.

California bill disallows license suspensions for unpaid fines

The governor of California signed a bill on June 27, 2017, ending the state's longtime practice of suspending driver's licenses for unpaid traffic citations. In doing so, he cited the fact that studies have shown that suspending the driving privileges of low income individuals only perpetuates an endless cycle of job loss and persistent poverty.

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