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More Criminal Justice Reforms on the Horizon

Being arrested on suspicion of a crime is terrifying. From intimidation to shock, those individuals in this situation undergo a roller coaster of emotions. Further, and typically for political expediency, may politicians will propose harsh penalties in an effort to...

What Is Carjacking in California?

Arrests and criminal charges are serious situations that need immediate attention. In fact, with the sheer multitude of crimes written into statute, not everyone can truly know whether they have done something illegal. Further, in some cases, the crime charged may be...

Violent Crimes in California

While any arrest would make most people worry, when the crime at issue is a violent crime, even the toughest may shudder. Unlike so-called minor or non-violent crimes, those crimes deemed to be violent typically carry with them substantial penalties, and, in most...

Which Statements Are Protected from Admissibility at Trial?

Dealing with law enforcement, whether officers or prosecutors, is a very intimidating experience. Unfortunately for the accused, this is a feature, not a flaw, of the American justice system. In an effort to allow law enforcement to investigate and, if necessary,...

Convicted Felons May Get Better Opportunity to Start Over

One of the supposed benefits of our criminal justice system is that, when a convicted individual completes the assigned sentence, he/she will be considered to have paid his/her debt to society and is welcomed back without further punishment. However, the reality for...

Legislature Asked to Consider New Police Deadly Force Law

It is a truism that law enforcement is a dangerous profession, and a lot that danger stems from pursuing and arresting individuals suspected of criminal activity. While law enforcement is permitted to use some degree of force to subdue a person during arrest, this...

Repeal of Felony Murder Being Questioned

Murder is, unquestionably, one of the most serious of all crimes that an individual can be accused of committing. In these cases, mounting the most aggressive defense possible may be the only strategy that will result in acquittal. Retaining the services of an...

Is a Confession a Guaranteed Road to Prison?

When an individual is arrested for committing a crime, he/she is usually brought to a nearby police station for questioning. Unfortunately for the arrestee, the procedure used by law enforcement for questioning a suspect is extremely one-sided. In an attempt to...

Are You Required to Cooperate with Police?

Being stopped by police is no joke and can result in arrest and criminal charges if certain facts and actions are present. However, merely engaging with law enforcement is unnerving. What makes the experience so unnerving is the lack of familiarity of the criminal...