Proposed Law Would Raise Age for Being Tried as an Adult in California

By: southernblog

In California, minors as young as 14 can be subjected to the adult criminal justice system if they are charged with certain crimes. That means a 14-year-old child could be sentenced to life in prison. However, a new proposed law would raise the minimum age for being tried as an adult. Raising the Age Limit …

Posted In: Juvenile Justice Reform
Tagged: Juvenile Justice Reform

Hate Crimes Rise in California for the Third Year in a Row

By: southernblog

There was a 17.4 percent increase in the number of hate crime events reported in 2017, according to a report recently released by the California Department of Justice. The number of hate crime events in California increased from 931 in 2016 to 1,093 in 2017. Since 2014, the number of reported hate crimes in California …

Posted In: Hate Crimes
Tagged: Hate Crimes

Group Seeks to Ban ICE from Making Arrests in Courthouses

By: southernblog

Last year, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Secretary of Department of Homeland Security John Kelly to urge them to cease the practice of arresting undocumented immigrants in courthouses. Now, a non-profit organization is petitioning California’s Judicial Council to create a rule that would prohibit Immigration and …

Posted In: Arresting Immigrants
Tagged: Arresting Immigrants

Could You Be Arrested by ICE for Shopping in Orange County?

By: southernblog

California has attempted to distance itself from the Trump Administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration. Since President Trump took office, California has passed laws to protect undocumented immigrants and limit how local law enforcement cooperates with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. While California may be known for its welcoming stance on immigration, a well-known Orange …

Posted In: Shopping
Tagged: Shopping

California Voters to Decide Fate of Criminal Justice Reforms

By: southernblog

Over the past few years, California voters and lawmakers have passed legislation aimed to reduce the prison population and focus on rehabilitation over incarceration. In 2014, voters approved Proposition 47, which lessened the punishment for several drug and property crimes. Two years later, voters passed Proposition 57, which allows inmates convicted of nonviolent crimes to …

Posted In: Criminal Justice Reforms
Tagged: Criminal Justice Reforms

Is the LAPD Surveilling “Probable” Offenders?

By: southernblog

What is the job of a police officer? Is it to arrest those who commit crimes or is it to protect people from potential criminals? Is it both? A recent report by The Appeal, which cites a public records request lawsuit claiming that the Los Angeles Police Department is using data and analysts to monitor …

Posted In: News & Information
Tagged: News & Information

Am I Eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation?

By: Wallin & Klarich

Have you been convicted of a felony in California or been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor sex offense that requires you to register as a sex offender? If so, you may not have to carry the weight of your past on your shoulders anymore. With a Certificate of Rehabilitation, you can move on with …

Posted In: Clearing Your Criminal Record

The Legal Battle Surrounding California’s Doctor-Assisted Suicide Law

By: southernblog

In 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a landmark bill allowing doctors to assist certain patients in committing suicide. The End of Life Option Act (ELOA) gave patients who had six months or fewer to live the right to seek life-ending medication and prevented criminal and civil prosecutions against doctors for providing these patients with …

Posted In: Law & Information
Tagged: Law & Information

California Lawmakers Trying to Make It Easier for Individuals with a Criminal Record to Obtain State Licenses

By: southernblog

Everyone knows that a criminal conviction comes with consequences that could include jail or prison time and expensive fines. What most people do not realize is that having a conviction on your criminal record could prevent you from getting a state professional license, which is required for jobs such as barbers, building contractors, paramedics and …

Posted In: Law & Information

Place Your Bets: Supreme Court Opens the Door to Legalized Sports Gambling

By: southernblog

Every year, millions of Californians break the law.   Placing bets on March Madness brackets and office Super Bowl pools violates state laws prohibiting gambling on sports. However, a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling could pave the way for legalized sports gambling in California and other states.   Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way for Legal …

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Wallin & Klarich was established in 1981. Over the past 32 years, our law firm has helped tens of thousands of families in their time of legal need. Regardless of whether our clients faced criminal or DUI charges, the loss of their driving privilege, or wanted to clean up their criminal record, we have been there to help them.