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Bribing a Witness and Taking Bribes in California is a Felony Offense

Bribing a Witness and Taking Bribes in California is a Felony Offense

It is unlawful under California Penal Code 137 to give a witness anything as a bribe to influence what they say when they are on the witness stand. Likewise, a witness who accepts a bribe to affect what they say in their testimony in court can also be charged with a...
Increased Funding to Police in Los Angeles

Increased Funding to Police in Los Angeles

There has been a spike in crime in Los Angeles and to address the increase in criminal activity, Los Angeles County Metro voted to up funding the police. The violent crime that has jumped resulted in a vote for $36 million to go to the Los Angeles Police Department in...
What is Cyberstalking?

What is Cyberstalking?

Cyberstalking is covered under California’s broader stalking law, Penal Code section 646.9. In its most basic terms, it’s a crime to annoy or harass someone with electronic communications and to make credible threats of harm to the recipient or the recipient’s family....
Spousal Rape in California May Be Eliminated

Spousal Rape in California May Be Eliminated

California makes distinctions with regard to rape for instances where the action happens outside of marriage and inside of a marriage. New bills have been put forward that would end the benefits that are associated with spousal rape. Proponents of the changes argue...
When Can the Police Search Your Car?

When Can the Police Search Your Car?

It’s important to know your rights to react appropriately in encounters with the police. You have to know your rights when you get arrested, for example, to protect yourself. People who don’t know their rights can often make mistakes, saying things they...
Can You Have Your Los Angeles Bail Amount Reduced?

Can You Have Your Los Angeles Bail Amount Reduced?

California’s bail system allows some defendants the ability to avoid having to stay in jail while they await their court date. Individuals who are charged with crimes punishable by death, individuals who have violated their parole conditions, and individuals that are...
Should You Plead Guilty to Get Court-Ordered Rehab in California?

Should You Plead Guilty to Get Court-Ordered Rehab in California?

Everyone makes mistakes and if you violated the law that doesn’t necessarily mean you are a bad or depraved human. If you were arrested for a nonviolent offense in California that you committed due to a substance abuse issue, a judge may decide that instead of prison...
What is a Detainment Vs. an Arrest in California?

What is a Detainment Vs. an Arrest in California?

When the police come knocking it is natural for an individual to feel a rush of stress and anxiety as to why they want to talk. Potentially, a police officer isn’t interested in talking but rather to take an individual into custody for a crime. When police are...
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