Expungement tends to be a joyful word for criminal defendants. In California, those with a criminal record have the option to wipe a misdemeanor from their record to clean up their past mistakes. For this process, hiring the right attorney is crucial. There is an abundance of paperwork and filing that needs to be done,…

Recently, President Obama gave a speech to the NAACP in Philadelphia about reforming the criminal justice system. In the same week he became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, and he announced that he would commute 46 non-violent drug offenders’ sentences, because they were given unjust penalties for their crimes. This is…

When issued a ticket or a complaint, you are given a court date, for which you must appear on your own behalf or hire an attorney to do so. If you fail to appear when ordered, there could be a warrant issued for your arrest. However, waiting around to be picked up by the police…

California is known for being tough on crime, especially against minors. California does not tend to hold back when a minor faces a life sentence, despite the obvious critics of such a cruel punishment. In an effort to fight rising crime rates of previous 20 years, California toughened its stance on juvenile crimes ranging from…

We have reached a new frontier in the law. It used to be that whenever a new, instrumental piece of technology was released, the law took many years to incorporate the new technology into written penal codes. However, with the speed at which technology is developed nowadays, the law is forced to adapt much quicker and…

Did you know that transmitting an STD can earn you a life-sentence in prison? Sure, that may be a harsh sentence, but it is possible. In many states, one can be charged with a crime for giving a partner a sexually transmitted disease, as long as it is done intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly. This charge…

Generally, there are two types of probation: misdemeanor and felony. Misdemeanor probation is usually referred to as Summary or Informal probation. The major perk of informal probation is there is no supervision of a probation officer. Once released on informal probation, the defendant will have to adhere to the terms the court laid out for…

A one-time amnesty program will be available on October 1, 2105 for any unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets. All infractions will be eligible for amnesty, so long as the ticket is unpaid or related to a failure to appear violation and the initial payment due date or court date was on or before January…

After incarceration, the justice system can perform what it considers to be an act of grace, rather than a right, in allowing a prisoner to be released on parole. However, parole is the perfect example of a word everyone knows, but few outside of the system understand. Because of this view of parole as a…

In today’s day and age, with technology making leaps and bounds forward every minute, the law is looking at ways to catch up with the times. Cyberbullying is prevalent in society, and occurs when one harasses another via an electronic device. Harassment being a conduct or pattern of conduct performed by one individual with the…

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