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 …

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Orange County Sheriff’s Department Finds Loophole in California Sanctuary State Law

By: Wallin & Klarich

While President Donald Trump’s Administration has taken a hardline stance against illegal immigration, the state of California has passed laws that make it difficult for federal immigration agents to find and arrest undocumented immigrants within the state. One such law is the California Values Act (Senate Bill 54), which took effect this year. This “sanctuary …

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Do Ring Doorbell Cameras Violate Wiretapping Laws? (PC 632)

By: Wallin & Klarich

Companies like Ring make doorbells that allow video and audio to be recorded when motion is detected near your front door. It is now easier than ever to install security cameras in different rooms of your house to keep an eye on your pets or property while you are away. This technology may help you …

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California Lawmakers Proposing 10 New Gun Laws

By: Wallin & Klarich

The recent school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has sent shockwaves throughout the country and sparked a national debate about gun control. California already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but lawmakers are proposing 10 new gun laws in the wake of this school shooting. Expanding the Definition …

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Can My Wife Drop Corporal Injury on a Spouse Charges? (PC 273.5)

By: Wallin & Klarich

Under California Penal Code Section 273.5, the crime of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse is defined as using physical force on a current or former spouse or significant other, mother or father of your child or cohabitant that results in that person suffering a traumatic condition. If you are convicted of inflicting corporal injury …

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ICE Agents Must Obtain a Warrant Before Entering Courts and Other State Buildings to Make Arrests

By: Wallin & Klarich

Federal immigration authorities recently issued a directive stating that they plan to enter federal, state and local courthouses to make arrests. In response, the California State Senate approved a bill that would keep ICE agents out of courthouses if it becomes law. Senate Bill 183 would prohibit federal immigration agents from entering state buildings to …

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California Considers Sentence Enhancements for Murder Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender (PC 190)

By: Wallin & Klarich

While visiting his parents on break from the University of Pennsylvania, 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein, who identified as gay, was reportedly stabbed more than 20 times and left to die in a park in Lake Forest. Samuel Woodward has been charged with Bernstein’s murder, which authorities believe may have been motivated by Bernstein’s sexual orientation, and …

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Explaining California’s Proposed “Straw Law” (AB 1884)

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Lawmakers introduce new bills every year meant to protect citizens. However, one recently proposed law meant to protect the environment has drawn a lot of attention. Being referred to as the “Straw Law,” Assembly Bill 1884 would reportedly punish restaurant employees for providing patrons with a plastic straw for their drinks. Would California lawmakers really …

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Minors Under 16 Must Consult with Legal Counsel Before Waiving Miranda Rights

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Your child is accused of breaking the law while at school. The police arrive and begin questioning your child. Using interrogation tactics, police coerce your child into confessing to a crime he or she did not actually commit. How can this happen? Unfortunately, minors don’t have all the same rights as adults. However, a law …

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

By: Wallin & Klarich

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 …

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