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Spousal Rape Law Repealed in California - Penal Code 262 PC

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Apr 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

In October of 2021, California’s state legislature officially enacted Assembly Bill 1171, which, among other things, repealed the state’s “spousal rape” law, formerly California Penal Code 262 PC. This act makes spousal rape subject to the same penalties as non-spousal rape defined under California...

How Can You File a Brady Motion?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Apr 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you are charged with a crime, the prosecution has a constitutional duty during the discovery phase to disclose all material evidence concerning your case—not just the evidence it has against you, but any exculpatory evidence that might work in your favor. If you or your attorney suspect the...

Making, Possessing, or Transporting Explosives Law

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Mar 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

It is illegal to produce, possess, receive, or transport certain explosives in California. The law on this is outlined in the state Health and Safety Code 12085 which says “Nobody shall make, possess, or transport any explosive in a manner prohibited by any ordinance of a city, county, or by the laws or...

Hate Crime Law in California

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Mar 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

People often think of civil rights violations committed by government actors such as police or governmental employees. When these violations take place, remedies include evidence suppression and civil lawsuits. It is uncommon for a government actor to be criminally charged for a civil rights...

What is a Criminal Conspiracy?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Mar 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

In California, conspiring with others to commit a crime is a serious offense in itself. So serious, in fact, that if you are convicted of criminal conspiracy under Penal Code 182 PC, you could be facing the same penalties as if you had committed the crime—whether or not you carried it out. A “conspiracy”...

What is Intimidating a Witness or Victim?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Mar 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

It is a serious offense in California to prevent a witness or victim to a crime from reporting it to authorities or testifying concerning it. Intimidating or dissuading a witness, otherwise known as "witness tampering," may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony under Penal Code 136.1 PC...

What are the Illegal Gambling & Gaming Laws?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Feb 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

California Penal Code 330 PC makes it a crime for engaging in gambling, also known as “gaming,” by use of a “banking or percentage game. Social poker games are completely legal in California, along with other socially played games of chance, skill, and strategy that involve individual bets. Penal Code...

What are the Disobeying a Peace Officer Laws?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Feb 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

In their mission to serve and protect, law enforcement officers have the authority to issue orders to people to execute their duties. When a person is approached by a police officer or pulled over by an officer for a suspected traffic violation, they are expected to follow the officer's orders. These orders might...

What are the Penalties for Indecent Exposure?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Feb 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

In the State of California, indecent exposure is considered one of the “lesser” sex crimes—a misdemeanor for the first offense—but the ramifications of a conviction can haunt you for many years to come. The penalties for a conviction depend on the circumstances of the offense and whether it is a first...

What are the Oral Copulation with a Minor Laws?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Feb 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

According to Penal Code 287 PC, it is a crime in California to engage in oral copulation with anyone under 18—even if the engagement is consensual and even if both parties are underage. PC 287 also applies if the oral copulation was completed by force, violence, or fear. This sexual-related crime is a...

What is Forcible Sexual Penetration with a Foreign Object?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Feb 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

In California, it is a felony to cause sexual penetration with a foreign object upon anyone against their will. According to Penal Code 289 PC, it is considered forcible sexual penetration when it is “accomplished against the victim’s will using force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful...

What are the Sexual Assault Laws in California?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Feb 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

Sexual assault, also called "sexual battery," is a serious offense. Sexual assault crimes in California range from misdemeanor to felony offenses, but even a misdemeanor charge can carry serious long-term consequences if you are convicted. Not only could you be facing significant jail time and...

Registered Sex Offenders in Long Beach, CA

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Feb 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

Under California Senate Bill 384, the sex offender registry rules changed on January 1, 2021, by creating a three-tiered approach to registration. Under prior law, a defendant convicted of specific sex-related offenses was required to register as a sex offender for life under California Penal Code 290...

What Are the Federal Misuse of a Passport Laws?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Feb 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

Under Title 18, U.S.C, Section 1544, it’s a federal crime for anyone to knowingly use another person’s passport. Further, this statute also prohibits anyone to use a passport in a manner that violates the restrictions that govern its usage. In addition, it’s illegal for anyone to give someone a passport...

What are the Federal Visa Fraud Laws?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Feb 03, 2022 | 0 Comments

Visa fraud cases have significantly increased in the United States as government policies make it more challenging to enter the country. Many people enter the country using a visa obtained by using false information. Some will change their name and identity because they have a prior removal...

Federal International Parental Kidnapping Laws

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Feb 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

Regardless of custody disputes or impassioned disagreements, when one parent forcibly takes and conceals a child from the other parent in violation of their parental rights, it is tantamount to kidnapping. Every state has laws that make it a crime for a parent to kidnap their child to keep them from...

When Does Kidnapping Become a Federal Crime?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Feb 01, 2022 | 0 Comments

Kidnapping is a serious felony offense resulting in significant fines and prison time upon conviction. It is a federal offense under 18 U.S.C. 1201. It is also a crime under California Penal Code 207 or 209 PC. If you kidnap someone in California without crossing state lines, you will likely be tried under state...

What is Lewd Conduct in Public?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Jan 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

It is a crime to commit lewd acts in public—meaning lewdness committed in public view or in the presence of others who might be offended. Penal Code 647a PC defines lewd conduct in public as touching your own or someone else’s genitals, buttocks, or female breast to gratify sexual desires when...

Proffer Agreements in Federal Court

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Dec 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Relying on principles of contract law, the Court of Appeals in the case of People v. Palacios determined the trial court properly admitted statements made by a criminal defendant under a proffer agreement with the prosecutor because the defendant failed to meet his burden of establishing his statements... 

The Standard for Imperfect Self-Defense

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Dec 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

The imperfect self-defense theory in criminal law can avoid a murder conviction, and a life sentence if accepted by the jury. Our law firm has handled homicide cases where the evidence of intent was mitigated either by heat of passion or imperfect self-defense. In many instances, our clients have been...

Search Warrants in Child Pornography Cases

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Dec 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

Recently, criminal investigations for child pornography offenses have risen sharply in both state and federal courts. Normally, an alleged child porn case begins with an anonymous online tip to police from a peer-to-peer network or social media. Based on the information received, federal law enforcement...

Federal Bank Robbery Charges and Penalties

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Oct 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

The federal crime of bank robbery is defined under the United States Code Title 18, Section 2113 as part of a statute that also includes other theft-related crimes. Bank robbery is described as taking, using force or intimidation, any money or property under the custody and control of a bank, credit union... 

Common Prostitution Related Crimes

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Sep 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

California Penal Code 647(b) defines the state’s prostitution crime as agreeing to engage in, or actually engaging in, any act of prostitution intending to receive something of value in exchange. Put simply, it’s a crime to make an offer to pay or accept money or something of value in exchange for a sexual...

Lewd Conduct Crimes in California

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Sep 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

California Penal Code 647(a) PC defines the crime of lewd conduct in public as the touching of your genitals, buttocks, female breast, or another person’s, in order to gratify sexual desires, when you knew, or should have known, other people were present and might be offended by your behavior...

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