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What Are the Likely Outcomes for a Shoplifting Arrest?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Oct 04, 2023 | 0 Comments

While shoplifting is a misdemeanor offense under California Penal Code 459.5 PC, being arrested should not be taken lightly. This law makes it illegal to enter a commercial establishment intending to steal while it is open during regular business hours. The property's value must not exceed...

Will You Pass a Background Check with a Misdemeanor?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Oct 03, 2023 | 0 Comments

Let’s review whether your misdemeanor conviction will appear on a California background check. One of the defendants' most significant concerns regarding convictions is how it will affect their job ability. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, a relatively minor offense, you might receive...

Is It Illegal to Have Sex in a Car?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Oct 02, 2023 | 0 Comments

It's something of an archetype in the modern age, the stuff of coming-of-age films as well as real life: two people having sex in a car. The question is, is it illegal, and could you be charged with a crime for doing so? While no specific statute on California's books directly addresses this issue...

What Is a Ramey Warrant?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Oct 02, 2023 | 0 Comments

Let’s review a Ramey Warrant and how it’s different from a regular arrest warrant. Law enforcement cannot arrest you without a warrant unless you are arrested in a public place for probable cause, such as at a traffic stop or public disturbance. An arrest warrant is typically executed....

Can You Legally Spank Your Child in California?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Sep 28, 2023 | 0 Comments

Let’s review the often controversial issue of corporal punishment in California, which has strict laws against child abuse and harsh penalties for anyone convicted as defined under Penal Code 273d PC. While corporal punishment (spanking) is not illegal under California law, the state's...

What Is the CLETS System in California?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Sep 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

The California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, or CLETS, is an essential tool for law enforcement agencies across California. This system plays a vital role in maintaining public safety. Suppose you have a criminal record, a restraining or protective order, or DMV violations...

What Are the Signs of a Weak Criminal Case?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Sep 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

Let’s review the sure signs that the prosecutor’s criminal case against you is weak and what your defense lawyer can do about it. As an individual accused of a crime, understanding the nuances of your case can significantly enhance your defense strategy. The simple fact that you are...

Consecutive vs. Concurrent Sentences

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Sep 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

Suppose you are convicted for multiple offenses during the same trial in California. In that case, whether for separate crimes or multiple counts of the same violation, the judge must decide during your sentencing whether to impose the sentences consecutively (served one after the other)...

How MVARS Can Help or Hurt Your DUI or Criminal Case

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Sep 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

Let’s review how MVARS (Mobile Video Audio Recording Systems) can help or hurt your California DUI or criminal case. Suppose you are pulled over in California by local police or a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer. In that case, there's an increasing possibility that your interaction...

California Bench Warrants and How to Get Them Removed

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Sep 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

A bench warrant is a type of arrest warrant issued by a judge, or "the bench," hence the name. Unlike other types of warrants, a bench warrant isn't issued due to suspected criminal activity but is primarily issued when an individual fails to adhere to court rules, orders, or other instructions....

Flannel Doctrine and Imperfect Self-Defense

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Sep 08, 2023 | 0 Comments

The State of California gives citizens the right to defend themselves against attackers--but that doesn't mean that you couldn't still face criminal charges for killing someone even if you believe you did so to protect yourself or someone else. Self-defense can be a viable defense against...

Compounding a Crime - Penal Code 153 PC

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Aug 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

In the State of California, if you agree to conceal the commission of a crime in exchange for any compensation (monetary or otherwise), you can be prosecuted at or near the same level of severity as the original crime itself. This is known as compounding, a crime defined under California...

Why Criminal Defense Lawyers Hire Private Investigators?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Aug 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

Let’s review the importance of hiring a private investigator for your California criminal defense case because facing a criminal charge can be a daunting experience. Depending on the nature of the crime and the case facts, a conviction could lead to significant penalties, including fines...

Definition of Domestic Violence - Penal Code 13700 PC

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Aug 17, 2023 | 0 Comments

The laws of California are stringent when it comes to domestic violence. Penal Code 13700 PC defines the crime of domestic violence in California as an act or attempted act to inflict injury on a current or former intimate partner. It also encompasses direct and indirect threats, such...

What to Know About California's "Clean Slate" Laws

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Aug 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

As of July 1, 2023, California has implemented one of the country's most aggressive criminal justice reform policies. Commonly referred to as the Clean Slate Law, Senate Bill 731, built on its predecessor, Assembly Bill 1076, this law represents a significant shift in the state's approach to...

Panhandling Laws - Penal Code 647(c) PC

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Aug 02, 2023 | 0 Comments

Under California and federal laws, asking someone for money is protected free speech under the First Amendment. But when the solicitation occurs in a public place and is aggressive in nature, it's considered "panhandling" (also called "soliciting of alms"), it becomes a crime under...

What Are Wobbler Sex Crimes?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Jul 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

California law identifies some crimes as misdemeanors and others as felonies. Naturally, felony charges come with enhanced penalties upon conviction. However, a great many crimes, including numerous sex crimes, are identified as "wobbler" offenses, meaning they can be charged...

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