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California Proposition 57

California Proposition 57, also known as the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016, changes California’s criminal law in several important ways. First, it eliminates certain provisions which previously allowed prosecutors to try a juvenile in adult court simply by charging them with certain serious felonies, such as or...

Posted: February 14 2018 read more

Bail and Own Recognizance Release in Los Angeles

In Los Angeles County, when you are arrested and charged with a criminal offense, you have the chance to be released on while your case in pending in court. In California, the right to reasonable bail is protected by the California Constitution and California Penal Code Section 1275. At...

Posted: February 07 2018 read more

Alternative Sentencing in California

When you are convicted of criminal offense in Los Angeles, losing your freedom to a jail sentence can impact every part of your personal and professional life. However, in some cases,  could give you another chance at freedom. A criminal conviction does not always mean you will have to spend...

Posted: January 31 2018 read more

Arson Laws in California – PC 451 and 452

Arson laws are covered under California Penal Code Sections 451 and 452. Arson is any willful, malicious or reckless act that causes a fire that burns a structure, forest, land, or property. An arson investigation is typically conducted by the county fire department where the fire occurred, but other government...

Posted: January 24 2018 read more

Carrying a Concealed Weapon Laws in California - PC 25400

If you carry a gun in California, you are facing an often complex set of firearm laws and restrictions. Under California Penal Code Section 25400, it’s a crime to carry a concealed firearm, either on your person, or vehicle under your control. Under PC 25400, a firearm is any device...

Posted: January 17 2018 read more

Gang Sentencing Enhancement Law in California – PC 186.22

Under California Penal Code Section 186.22, any person who willfully participates in gang activities or joins with other members of a gang while carrying out a crime could be found guilty of violating gang enhancement laws. Basically, a criminal street gang is any group of 3 or more people who...

Posted: January 03 2018 read more

California Possession of Burglary Tools Laws - PC 466

Possession of burglary tools are covered under California Penal Code Section 466. In basic terms, it’s a crime to have possession of certain tools that can be connected with  when you possess them with the intent to break into a building, car, or other type of structure. These tools can...

Posted: December 20 2017 read more

Human Trafficking Laws in California - PC 236.1

The criminal offense of human trafficking is covered under California Penal Code Section 236.1. Back in 2012, California voters passed new stricter human trafficking laws under Proposition 35, which is commonly known as the “.” This new law not only expanded the legal definition to include distribution of child pornography, it...

Posted: December 13 2017 read more

Theft by False Pretenses in California – PC 532

Theft by false pretenses is covered under California Penal Code Section 532. In basic terms, it’s when someone is convinced to voluntarily give up of something of value based on false or fraudulent representation. In other words, it’s lying or making false promises to fool someone to give them their...

Posted: November 29 2017 read more

Evading a Police Officer Laws in California – VC 2800.1

Evading a police or peace officer is covered under California Vehicle Code Section 2800.1, which criminalizes the act of willfully attempting to flee from a police officer who is pursuing you. In basic terms, it’s illegal to evade or even attempt to evade a law enforcement officer whom is in...

Posted: November 22 2017 read more