Appealing a School Expulsion in California

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Appealing a School Expulsion in California

Expulsion from school and entire school district is the ultimate punishment that any school can impose on a student. It is a drastic measure that is intended only for the most severe of discipline problems because it can affect the rest of the student’s life. If your child is in grade school, high school, or college, an expulsion will limit your son or daughter’s ability to get a diploma, or…

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Police Can’t Search Your Genitals without a Search Warrant (PC 4030)

When you are arrested for a crime, you will probably be frightened and anxious. You may be too overwhelmed to think straight. So, when a law enforcement officer asks you to submit to a strip search, you may think you have to comply with this request. However, there are very strict requirements for a strip search, and if the police violate these requirements, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be…

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Differences between theft and embezzlement

Your boss comes to you and asks if you can deliver some cash to the bank for a deposit. Of course, you say yes. When you get to the bank, you think “My boss won’t realize that a few hundred dollars went missing,” and you pocket some of the money. A few days later, the police show up to work and arrest you for embezzlement. “What is embezzlement?” you are…

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How California Law Distinguishes Burglary Offenses

Summer in California is associated with beaches, vacations and fun. According to reports, the summer months also bring an increase in crime. Burglary reportedly increases 11 percent during the summer. Whether it takes place during the summer or during the coldest night in the winter, burglary is a serious offense in California. Let’s take a closer look at the crime of burglary and how it is prosecuted under California Penal…

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California Hit and Run Statute of Limitations Extended

According to various reports, Los Angeles experiences more hit-and-run accidents than any other city in the country. An investigation by L.A. Weekly found that about 48 percent of crashes in Los Angeles were hit-and-runs in 2009.1 The Los Angeles Police Department investigates approximately 20,000 hit-and-run incidents annually. On a national level, about 11 percent of traffic collisions are hit-and-runs.2 In California, it is about 18 percent of all traffic collisions.…

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What is the Difference Between 1st and 2nd Degree Burglary in Los Angeles?

California Penal Code 459 defines burglary as breaking and entering a structure with the intent to steal or commit a felony. A structure could include a residence, a business, a cargo container, or even a tent or a storage unit. That is the basic definition of burglary in California, but what makes a burglary a first-degree burglary, and what makes it a second-degree burglary? The answer has to do with…

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How to Avoid Trial for DUI Charges in California

If you are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it does not necessarily mean you will be convicted, but it also doesn’t mean your case will automatically go to trial. In fact, your best option may be to agree to a plea bargain before the case can go to trial. An experienced DUI defense attorney can help you negotiate a favorable plea agreement, which…

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Could Chewing Tobacco Lead to DUI Charges?

The tests law enforcement officers use to determine if someone has been driving under the influence of alcohol can often be the deciding factor in whether or not that person faces DUI charges. Because a DUI charge can have serious implications on your future, it’s important that these tests give accurate results. But with the current DUI testing technology being used, it’s possible to be charged with a DUI for…

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Can I Be Charged with Felony DUI in Los Angeles?

In Los Angeles, DUI is a “wobbler” offense, which means you could be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor if you are accused of this crime. So what is the difference between misdemeanor and felony DUI? Misdemeanor DUI in Los Angeles Though it is punished less severely than a felony, a misdemeanor DUI conviction is a very serious crime. Usually, you will be charged with misdemeanor DUI if it…

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What a California DUI Means for Arizona Residents

Southern California is a picturesque area ideal for those looking for the perfect vacation destination. Visitors from across the country come to celebrate the summer and soak in the lifestyle. For those in neighboring Arizona, a trip to California is not too far away, and thus it is a frequent hotspot for short vacations. It can be easy to get wrapped up in all this fun and travel back to…

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