The Legal Battle Surrounding California’s Doctor-Assisted Suicide Law

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In 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a landmark bill allowing doctors to assist certain patients in committing suicide. The End of Life Option Act (ELOA) gave patients who had six months or fewer to live the right to seek life-ending medication and prevented criminal and civil prosecutions against doctors for providing these patients with …

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California Lawmakers Proposing 10 New Gun Laws

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

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

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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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Sealing Your Arrest Record in California Just Got Easier (CARE Act)

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If you are arrested, there will be a record of your arrest regardless if you are convicted of the crime. Having an arrest record could harm your chances of getting a good job, getting admitted to the college of your choice, or being able to achieve other business successes. Fortunately, a law that recently took …

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New California Laws Allow Marijuana Convictions to Be Expunged

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California will make sales of recreational marijuana legal on Jan. 1, 2018. So, when the law takes effect, what happens to people who have been convicted of marijuana-related crimes in the past? Thanks to a provision in California’s new marijuana laws, those convicted of nearly any marijuana offense may have the opportunity to get their …

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10 New California Laws for 2018

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On Jan. 1, 2018, hundreds of new laws will go into effect in California, and they will impact every citizen in our state. Here’s a look at 10 important new California laws for 2018 that you need to know. 10. AB 1008: Ban-the-Box Criminal History on Applications Companies with five or more employees are now …

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U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Make “Hack Back” Laws

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There’s an expression that “two wrongs don’t make a right.” However, U.S. lawmakers may not be following that old saying when it comes to “revenge hacking.” Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have co-sponsored the Active Cyber Defense Security Act (ACDC), which would essentially allow people or companies who have been hacked …

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Has California Passed Too Much Criminal Justice Reform?

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In recent years, California has passed several laws that essentially give people who are convicted of low-level crimes a second chance. It all started when California voters approved Prop. 47 in 2014, which reclassified several drug, theft, property and other non-violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. Other reforms soon followed, including changes to the Three …

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