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How to Protect Yourself from a Break-In

How to Protect Yourself from a Break-In

The tragedy of the Idaho murders back in 2022 has caused all of us to question how safe we really are. Suddenly we’re wondering if our locks, doorbell cameras and security systems will prevent us from a break-in. The good news is that there are some things you can do to make sure you’re safe […]

What Happens if I Disturb the Peace in California?

What Happens if I Disturb the Peace in California?

Disturbing the peace is kind of a blanket term in California. If you’re charged with disturbing the peace, it basically means that you did something to irritate someone. Examples of this can include anything from deciding to mow your lawn in the middle of the night to playing really loud music, getting into a fight […]

What is Aggravated Battery in California?

What is Aggravated Battery in California?

Aggravated battery is a term that’s often thrown around in legal circles that many of us don’t fully understand. According to California law, aggravated battery is a crime that’s committed when your actions cause another to suffer a serious injury. Examples of this include: Deliberately tripping the victim and when they hit the ground, they […]

Using a False Compartment to Hide Drugs

Using a False Compartment to Hide Drugs

There is often a great deal of surprise when people are formally charged with crimes, in large part they find themselves facing charges that they didn’t even know existed. A perfect example of this is someone who has been arrested for drugs. It’s not uncommon for them to learn that in addition to possession of […]

California’s Minor in Possession Law

California’s Minor in Possession Law

Teenagers like to do things that they feel make them more adult-like. They also like to experiment with things that make them feel wild and free. This combination prompts many minors to consume alcohol long before they reach their twenty-first birthday. Like most states, California has strict minor in possession laws that deal with the […]

Brake Checking in California

Brake Checking in California

“Brake check” is a term that refers to the act of someone slamming hard on their brakes while they’re driving in front of another driver, forcing the other driver to either slam on their own brakes or swerve out of the way. It’s often done because the driver of the lead vehicle feels the second […]

What is a Corporal Injury?

What is a Corporal Injury?

Corporal injury is a term that we often hear in press releases and media stories. Most of us hear the term and assume that it means something serious happens, but when we stop and really think about it, few of us can actually say what a corporal injury really is. Corporal injuries really are as […]

What is Compounding a Crime in California?

What is Compounding a Crime in California?

You aren’t allowed to compound a crime in California. If you’re caught doing so, the legal ramifications will be severe. Compounding a crime is the act of taking something of value, such as money, for the specific purpose of hiding a crime from the police. Examples of this include taking money in exchange for hiding […]

Can I Get in Trouble for Having a Fake Gun in California?

Can I Get in Trouble for Having a Fake Gun in California?

When you walk into a toy store, you will find entire shelves full of imitation guns. Some don’t look even close to real, while others are surprisingly authentic looking. Looking at the authentic toys, it’s easy to wonder if you could get in trouble for having an imitation gun in California. The answer is both […]

Will My California DUI Prevent Me From Owning a Firearm?

Will My California DUI Prevent Me From Owning a Firearm?

DUIs, especially a DUI that doesn’t involve anyone getting hurt or a significant amount of property damage, generally are not considered a felony. That means that if you’ve been convicted of driving while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol and are only convicted of a DUI and not any additional felony-level drug charges, […]

Riding Your Bike While Under the Influence in California

Riding Your Bike While Under the Influence in California

The rising fuel costs are causing many of us to take a second look at our bikes. Now they not only seem like a pleasant way to stay in shape but also a viable way to ease transportation costs. Not only can you use your bike to get from your home to your workplace, but […]

What Parents Should Know About Fentanyl

What Parents Should Know About Fentanyl

Every parent should be worried about fentanyl. It’s showing up with increasing regularity in common street drugs. Unfortunately, the synthetic opioid is often missed with common street drugs because it’s a cheap way to increase the potency of other drugs. Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than plain heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. In […]

What Happens if You Damage a Communication Device?

What Happens if You Damage a Communication Device?

California lawmakers understand how important it is for a person to call for help when they’re in danger which is why it’s illegal to damage a communication device. The good news is that the police aren’t going to knock on your door and arrest you just because you dropped your cell phone on the sidewalk […]

Gross Vehicular Manslaughter in California

Gross Vehicular Manslaughter in California

Haven’t heard of gross vehicular manslaughter before? You’re not alone. Many people don’t know that this particular California crime exists until they’ve been charged with it. Everyone knows that driving is dangerous. All it takes is one moment of inattention for a potentially fatal accident to occur. In most cases, the accident is just that. […]

Common Credit Card Scams

Common Credit Card Scams

When most of us think about credit card scams, we automatically assume they involve numbers being stolen or that someone used our identity to take out a credit card in our name. The truth is that there are many different types of credit card scams we need to be aware of. Phishing Scams Phishing scams […]