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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Poor Representation by a Lawyer Can Be a Reason to Get Your Sentence Reduced

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When a criminal defense lawyer accepts the responsibility of defending a person in court, he or she has a duty to investigate and present mitigating evidence that would assist in the defense. An investigation into the facts of the conduct is just part of the process. The lawyer should also investigate the accused background and …

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I Have a Serious Medical Condition, Do I have a Chance For Parole?

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Medical Parole- Adds Pen. Code § 2065, and adds Title 2.3 (commencing with § 3550) to Pen. Code Part 3. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger approved a measure which will allow state prisons to release comatose and physically incapacitated inmates on medical parole. Starting in 2011, the new law will give the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations …

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California Home Detention Qualifications

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Can my Criminal Defense Attorney Help me Serve my Jail Time in Home Detention? The answer to this will depend on whether you make the sound decision to retain the legal services of a knowledgeable, reputable and experienced criminal defense attorney in California at Wallin and Klarich. Voluntary Home Detention Programs are generally available to …

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