Gun Violence Restraining Order Law Has Been Used Infrequently

By: southernblog

In 2016, California passed a law that allowed concerned family members, roommates and law enforcement officers to petition the court for a Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) against someone who poses a danger to themselves or others. If a GVRO is issued against you, you are required to get rid of any firearms or ammunition …

Posted In: Gun Violence
Tagged: Gun Violence

Can I Be Charged with a Crime for Emotional Abuse?

By: southernblog

Imagine you are at the park on a weekend afternoon, enjoying a picnic with your family. A few yards away, you see a man yelling at a woman, calling her “stupid” and “worthless” while she cries. He does not touch her, but his constant shouting and insulting behavior continues for several minutes. What you have …

Posted In: Emotional Abuse
Tagged: Emotional Abuse

Selling Sidewalk Street Food No Longer a Crime in California

By: southernblog

Street vendors have long set up on the streets of California cities to sell bacon-wrapped hot dogs and other food to passers by. While street vendors add to California’s unique flair, cities like Hollywood have struggled with how to address these unique businesses. Past efforts to legitimize street vendors have had little success. However, a …

Posted In: Sidewalk Street Food Crimes
Tagged: Sidewalk Street Food Crimes

Glitch Blamed for Illegal Recording of Attorney-Client Phone Calls

By: southernblog

The Constitution rights to remain silent and to an attorney are critical tools in the defense against criminal charges. Every person accused of a crime has these rights, which means it is your right to only speak to your attorney and to have those conversations protected by attorney-client privilege. Recently, a company working with the …

Posted In: Attorney-Client Phone Calls
Tagged: Attorney-Client Phone Calls

California Law Seeks to Cap Felony Prison Sentences

By: southernblog

When you ask a criminal defense lawyer what penalties you will face for a crime, the answer you will receive is often “it depends.” That is because sentencing depends on numerous factors, including the facts of the case, the judge and whether any number of exceptions applies. However, California lawmakers are currently considering a bill …

Posted In: Felony Charges
Tagged: Felony Charges

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 …

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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

About Wallin & Klarich

About Wallin

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.