No Body, No Murder Conviction?

By: Wallin & Klarich

Dumped in a lake. Dissolved in acid. Fed to pigs. In movies and TV shows, murderers often find creative ways to dispose of one key piece of evidence: the victim’s body. In reality, disposing of the body may not prevent a murder conviction in California.  Several people in California have been convicted of murder in …

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Tagged: Criminal Defense Attorney Murder

Should You Be Banned from Owning a Gun if You Commit a Hate Crime?

By: Wallin & Klarich

Gun control has long been a controversial topic, but the conversation has become even more heated with the rise of mass shootings and domestic terrorism. In an effort to balance gun rights with public safety, California lawmakers have introduced a bill that would prevent people who are convicted of hate crimes from owning guns. Assembly …

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Tagged: Hate Crimes

Should Recording Someone’s Violent Crime Be a Crime? (PC 667.95)

By: Wallin & Klarich

Social media allows us to share the most compelling moments of our lives. All too often, those moments include fist fights and criminal activity. It’s almost impossible to see a fight in public without also seeing dozens of cellphones recording it while people shout “World Star!” Now, it seems that some young people may even …

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Tagged: Jordan’s Law

Do You Have to Keep Your Gun in the Trunk of Your Car? (PC 25140)

By: Wallin & Klarich

California gun laws are extremely complex and can be difficult to understand. You have the right to own firearms, but that doesn’t give you the right to take a gun wherever you please. A new California gun law answers one question regarding your gun rights: Do you have to lock your gun in the trunk …

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Tagged: California gun laws

Can I Legally Possess a Firearm If I Have Been Convicted of Misdemeanor Battery?

By: Wallin & Klarich

The legality of firearm possession for people who have committed crimes in California is often a difficult issue. If you have been convicted of certain crimes, not only are you subject to California’s laws restricting gun possession, but you are also subject to a strict federal law – the Lautenberg Amendment (18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9)) imposes …

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Can Police Scan Your Credit Card?

By: Wallin & Klarich

Credit cards are a convenient way to pay for pretty much anything. Many of us don’t think twice about handing our credit card over the counter to make a quick purchase or using it to buy something online. Those plastic cards can come in handy. However, many people do not realize that credit cards store …

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Tagged: Fourth Amendment rights violations

Does Prison Reform Lead to an Increase in Crime?

By: Wallin & Klarich

Ever since California voters passed Proposition 47 into law in 2014, law enforcement and others have been quick to blame the new law for leading to an increase in criminal activity. The same claims have been made of the 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act (PSRA), which shifted the responsibility for treatment of lower level, non-violent …

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Tagged: Criminal Defense Attorney

Can Social Media Prevent Future Crimes?

By: Wallin & Klarich

In 2002, Steven Spielberg directed Tom Cruise in the movie Minority Report. Spoiler alert: the movie’s plot focused on a detective in a futuristic world where the police used the gifts of three people who could see into the future to stop crimes before they could happen. Fourteen years after that movie’s release, it seems …

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