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what is Misdemeanor Probation

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You could face a misdemeanor conviction when you commit a crime in California, and the prosecution charges you with a misdemeanor. Your conviction could lead to imprisonment, payment of fines, or informal probation. Informal probation, most of the time, acts as an alternative to serving jail time. When you are posted to informal or misdemeanor probation, you serve a sentence in your community under the supervision of the court rather than spend time in jail. Though you will do your time at the comfort of your home, probation comes with some rules and regulations that you must follow. Failing to follow these rules and regulations could result in a jail term or having other repercussions. In addition, you must report to the court periodically to show that you are adhering to the probation conditions. The length of misdemeanor probation ranges from one to three years,... Read More

What Happens When You Drive With A Suspended License After A DUI

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A driver’s license gives a qualified driver the privilege to operate a vehicle within that state in California. Without a valid driver’s license, you would be operating a vehicle illegally in the state and could be subject to a criminal conviction. A person who has been driving within the state might lose their driving privilege for several reasons, the main one being a conviction for a DUI-related offense. In this article, we’ll discuss what could happen to you if you continued to drive after losing your driving privilege due to a DUI matter. For more information and legal help, you could contact an experienced criminal attorney. What Happens When You Drive With a Suspended License After a DUI? California VC 14601.2(a) makes it a criminal offense to operate a vehicle on a suspended driver’s license after DMV has suspended or revoked the license for driving while... Read More

In Truck Accidents, Do I Sue the Driver or the Trucking Company?

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Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney - (Blog) In Truck Accidents, Do I Sue the Driver or the Trucking Company? An accident involving trucks can have long-term implications on any victim's health and finances. These accidents often result in severe fatalities and devastating injuries, which could be life-altering. Obtaining compensation following a truck accident is essential, but this is not always simple. Finding out who is liable for the damages caused and holding them accountable may be a time-consuming and challenging undertaking. In this blog, we will look deeper into truck accidents, who can be held liable, and who you should sue following a truck accident. An Overview of Truck Accidents in California Many traffic-related deaths involve large trucks, semi-trucks, and 18-wheelers. An 18-wheeler can be up to 30 times the weight of a passenger car. In accident... Read More

What is Double Jeopardy in California?

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The federal double jeopardy clause is a crucial part of the Fifth Amendment. It prevents the state or federal government from persecuting a defendant twice for the same crime. Specifically, California Penal Code 697 reiterates this kind of protection at the California state level. There are many aspects that a defendant has to learn to apply double jeopardy in different situations. This article aims to shed light on what double jeopardy means and how your lawyer can help you. The Basics of Double Jeopardy Everything to do with double jeopardy is included in the United States Constitution Fifth Amendment. Under the double jeopardy clause, the following factors come into play: A defendant shouldn’t be prosecuted after the acquittal of a particular offense. There should be n double conviction for a similar crime. The court should not punish defendants several times... Read More

Can Felony Cases be Expunged in California?

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A criminal record can be quite damaging. When you are sentenced for a crime in California, you have a permanent criminal record. Anyone who runs a background check on you will find out about it. When you apply for a job, you have to admit it. Thus, a conviction is something you carry with you forever. It could influence the way people see or think about you. For instance, a potential employer’s decision could be affected by your past conviction. Fortunately, California law gives past defendants a chance to clear their criminal records through expungement. The state expungement law allows you to re-enter a plea of not guilty or to withdraw your plea of guilty or no contest. When granted, you will be released from all the criminal consequences of a conviction. Therefore, if you have a damaging felony conviction and would like to have it expunged from your criminal record,... Read More

What Makes A Theft Crime A Felony?

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Theft crimes are the most common crimes in Los Angeles and throughout California. Theft is the unlawful taking of another person’s property. There are numerous theft crimes in California. Theft crimes fall under two main categories: petty theft and grand theft. Under California law, a theft crime can be either a felony or a misdemeanor. Several factors could make a theft crime a felony: 1.  Property Value When you commit a theft crime, you deprive a person of their property temporarily or permanently. The value of the stolen property will determine whether the crime qualifies as a felony or misdemeanor. Under California law, a theft crime can be petty theft or grand theft, depending on the property value. A petty theft crime is a misdemeanor offense, but grand theft is a wobbler, meaning that the prosecutor may charge the crime as a felony or misdemeanor. You will face... Read More

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