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Cleaning up your Clients Record Part 2: Dismissals per 1203.4 aka Expungements

Penal Code §1203.4 sets out the ways in which a prior conviction can be dismissed. There are a number of benefits in doing this for your clients. These include answering no to questions on ...
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Cleaning Up Your Client's Record - Part 1: Early Termination of Probation

Ideally, we all want that squeaky-clean client to put up on the stand before a jury. The reality is no one has lived the perfect life. Some of your civil clients will have past criminal records. But ...
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Avoiding Jail Time, A Guide to Sentencing Alternatives

One of the first statements you might hear when referred a criminal case is, "I don't want to go to jail." While this may not always be possible, there are some programs or options that ...
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Civil Compromises Promote Justice

As a civil attorney, much of your practice involves privately resolving disputes. So when you receive a call for a misdemeanor, explore a dismissal through a Civil Compromise Motion under Penal Code ...
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Brief History of Marijuana Legalization

On November 8, 2016, Californians and Americans living in several other States will be allowed to vote for the legalization of marijuana for "recreational use." Colorado and Washington ...
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God Made a Trial Lawyer*

In his famous speech, Paul Harvey called attention to an underappreciated profession: the farmer. Similarly, trial lawyers deserve the same recognition. They have a positive impact on society that ...
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New Criminal Statutes in 2016

H ere are the most important legislative changes in the California criminal justice system in 2016: 1. Ethics: Misconduct The Legislature recently took a step in the right direction to help quell what ...
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New DUI Law Takes Effect Jan. 1, 2012

Starting January 1, 2012, a new DUI Law takes effect for repeat offenders. The new law allows a judge to punish a repeat DUI offender with a suspension of up to 10 years after a third ...
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California to Stop Towing Unlicensed Drivers

Starting Jan. 1, 2012 a new law takes effect in California that prohibits police officers from impounding cars at sobriety checkpoints if a motorist's only offense is being an unlicensed driver. ...
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New 2012 California Motor Vehicle Laws: Be Informed

The California State Legislature approved a number of new motor vehicle laws which, unless otherwise noted, take effect January 1, 2012. These New Motor Vehicle Laws Pertain to: Vehicle License Fees ...
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Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Limiting DUI Checkpoints

Under the new law (courtesy of Assemblyman Gil Cedillo), police in California will not be able to freely impound cars from sober-but-unlicensed drivers at DUI checkpoints anymore. This bill is an ...
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Bell Sports Files Suit Against Specialized, Alleging Unlawful Business Practices

Specialized Bicycle Components was recently hit with a lawsuit filed by Bell Sports which claimed that the company engaged in "unfair and unlawful" business practices. The September 9, 2011 ...
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Carlsbad Man Arrested In Hit-And-Run Fatality

According to this articl e, 36 year old Joseph Ricardo Fernandez was arrested in relation to the hit-and-run death of James Steven Swarzman. According to police, Fernandez got in ...
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See original story here. Detectives now say that the truck they are looking for is a dark-colored Dodge Ram pickup. According to this follow-up article at, the truck would meet the ...

Missy Giove Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

Melissa “Missy” Giove, women’s mountain biking titlist, is no stranger to controversy. Know not only for her skills on the trail, she has always been outspoken about her lesbian ...
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Update: Brentwood CA Doctor To Stand Trial Soon For Assault With Deadly Weapon Charge

You first heard about Christopher Tomas Thompson, the 59 year old Brentwood Doctor charged with road rage, in our initial blog post here. Since the alleged incident Thompson has been nicknamed ...
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