What We Learned from the 2016 California State Crime Report

By: Wallin & Klarich

The California Department of Justice recently released its annual report on crimes. For the year 2016, several notable trends were spotted. Here is a look at some of the important statistics in the report. Violent Crime Increased for the Second Year In a Row In 2016, violent crimes, including homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, …

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California Could Copy Kentucky to Overhaul Bail System

By: Wallin & Klarich

After you are arrested, the court will typically assign bail. Bail is a monetary payment made by the defendant in order to be released from custody while the case is pending. The money is held by the court as a way to ensure the defendant will show up to his or her court dates. The …

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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