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October 2014 Archives

Pilot program in San Francisco jail brings education opportunity

Whether you're 50 or 15, being convicted of a criminal offense can be a life-changing event. It can affect everything from your current life to your life down the road, causing difficulties in everything from where you are allowed to live -- if you are on the sex offender registry -- and your ability to obtain a job after your release.

What are some cyber crimes that can result in hefty penalties?

Thanks to movies like the Matrix, just about everyone has an idea of what computer hacking is -- albeit a slightly distorted version of the actual term. As is explained by WiseGeek, in states across the nation, including here in California, computer hacking is defined as "the practice of modifying computer hardware and software to accomplish a goal outside of the creator’s original purpose."

Will Proposition 47 be a benefit or a detriment to California?

Back in a July post, as some of our more frequent readers may remember, we talked about Proposition 47, the new ballot measure that would change how certain nonviolent crimes were classified in California.  Proposition 47, if signed into law, would convert some felony crimes into misdemeanors, which would have a huge impact on how the criminal courts issue sentences for these crimes.

'Yes means yes' law: good news or bad news for college campuses?

The line between what constitutes sexual assault and what does not is a very difficult one to draw. It's a point some of our more frequent readers may remember us highlighting in a July post where we discussed the problems defining sexual assault was creating for college campuses across the nation, including here in California.

Recent Case Results

  • Juvenile Charges

    A juvenile was arrested for 2nd Degree Robbery. After 6 months the case was dismissed.

    A juvenile was arrested for Sexual Battery. After 6 months and 80 hours of Community service, the case was dismissed.

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  • Drunk Driving Offenses

    A client with a 1st DUI arrest. Fearing she would go to jail; lose her license for a year and lose her job. Got a wet reckless and minimal fines.

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  • Drug Charges

    A client with 4 Felony charges on a Transportation Charge, a Attempt to Sell, Possession of Marijuana, (50 pounds), Conspiracy Charge all where reduced to 1 Misdemeanor. No Jail.

    Client was charged with 6 Felony drug possessions. Facing jail time. The results: Client got a deferred entry of judgment and then dismissed.

    Client charged with several felony counts of possession of Marijuana with intent to sell. Client was involved in a medical marijuana grow. Case was reduced and later dismissed.

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  • Sex Crimes

    A client with alleged 2 Felony Sex charges and he faced jail and sex registration. The case was entirely dismissed.

    Client charged with prostitution; facing jail time and sex offender registration. Result: NO JAIL TIME AND NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION Deferred Entry of Judgment.

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  • Domestic Violence

    Client charged with domestic violence, with great bodily injury. Case reduced to a misdemeanor with time served.

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