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Last Build Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:00:42 +0000


Pretrial Diversion is Now an Option in California (PC 1000)

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:00:42 +0000

Over the past several years, California lawmakers have been overhauling the state’s criminal justice system in an effort to reduce the prison population. The latest law amed to curb jail and prison overcrowding went into effect on January 1, 2018, and changed how courts deal with cases involving simple possession of drugs. Previously, if you […]

Sealing Your Arrest Record in California Just Got Easier (CARE Act)

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:00:13 +0000

If you are arrested, there will be a record of your arrest regardless if you are convicted of the crime. Having an arrest record could harm your chances of getting a good job, getting admitted to the college of your choice, or being able to achieve other business successes. Fortunately, a law that recently took […]

Is Criminal Justice Reform Helping Lower the Crime Rate?

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:00:40 +0000

In 2010, California began what is being called the “justice reform era.” That is when new legislation, voter-approved initiatives, and court mandates began to make sweeping changes to the state’s justice system. So, is California starting to see the effects of these laws? Recently, a non-profit group Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice released a […]

New California Laws Allow Marijuana Convictions to Be Expunged

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:00:27 +0000

California will make sales of recreational marijuana legal on Jan. 1, 2018. So, when the law takes effect, what happens to people who have been convicted of marijuana-related crimes in the past? Thanks to a provision in California’s new marijuana laws, those convicted of nearly any marijuana offense may have the opportunity to get their […]

10 New California Laws for 2018

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:00:41 +0000

On Jan. 1, 2018, hundreds of new laws will go into effect in California, and they will impact every citizen in our state. Here’s a look at 10 important new California laws for 2018 that you need to know. 10. AB 1008: Ban-the-Box Criminal History on Applications Companies with five or more employees are now […]

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Make “Hack Back” Laws

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:00:50 +0000

There’s an expression that “two wrongs don’t make a right.” However, U.S. lawmakers may not be following that old saying when it comes to “revenge hacking.” Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have co-sponsored the Active Cyber Defense Security Act (ACDC), which would essentially allow people or companies who have been hacked […]

10 Rules Businesses Selling Marijuana in California Must Follow

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:00:19 +0000

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, businesses in California will be able to apply for a license to sell marijuana. Recently, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Food and Agriculture, and Department of Public Health released a nearly 300-page rulebook of regulations that new and established marijuana businesses will have to follow if they are […]

Has California Passed Too Much Criminal Justice Reform?

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:00:42 +0000

In recent years, California has passed several laws that essentially give people who are convicted of low-level crimes a second chance. It all started when California voters approved Prop. 47 in 2014, which reclassified several drug, theft, property and other non-violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. Other reforms soon followed, including changes to the Three […]

California Removes Mandatory Sentence Enhancements for Using a Gun During a Crime

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:00:37 +0000

California is strict when it comes to gun laws. For instance, using a gun in any way during the commission of a felony crime carries mandatory prison time. However, this will change when a new law recently passed in California takes effect on January 1, 2018. The law will remove the mandatory prison time for […]

If You Plead Guilty to Domestic Violence, You May Never Be Able to Own or Possess a Firearm

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:00:12 +0000

If you are facing domestic violence charges, it is important to consult with a Southern California domestic violence attorney before you enter a plea. An experienced lawyer can help you understand the consequences of entering a guilty plea.