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The link between ADHD and juvenile crime

Researchers have found that there may be a link between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and crime rates, at least when looking at juvenile offenders.

The researchers were trying to see if they could uncover early warning signs that might be able to tell parents and other adults how likely kids were to turn to crime before they did it. They had observed that it was easy to do the reverse -- waiting until a child committed a crime and then seeing red flags. They wanted to see if they could identify issues in advance to then take positive action to prevent the crime from occurring.

California gun regulations: What you need to know

The state of California has some strict gun control laws that must be adhered to. Breaking these laws comes with stiff consequences, even jail time, so if you're accused of a gun law violation, you'll definitely want to brush up on your legal rights as a criminal defendant.

Under California's penal code, there are certain firearms that are prohibited from use by the public. These firearms are considered illegal contraband. No one is permitted to own or possess them. Here are the types of guns that are off-limits in the state:

  • Cane guns
  • Wallet guns
  • Firearms that cannot quickly be recognized as firearms
  • Sawed-off shotguns, or shotguns with barrels that are shorter than 18 inches
  • Rifles with barrels less than 16 inches
  • Zip guns
  • Exploding bullets
  • Multi-burst trigger activators
  • Unconventional pistols
  • Firearms that are undetectable

Couple's sexual abuse charges exonerated decades after trial

If you followed the story of a couple accused of sexual abuse, drinking blood and sacrificing in the name of a satanic ritual in the 1990s, then you may be interested to know that the couple has been exonerated. The couple went to prison after being convicted of sexually abusing a troubled 3-year-old child who had visited Fran's Day Care in Austin.

The couple served 21 years in prison before they were freed in 2013 as a result of an attorney and journalist's hard work. In June 2017, the Travis County District Attorney filed a motion to have the case against the couple dismissed. How did this couple finally get proven innocent?

College, careers and criminal records

Your child is facing criminal charges. He or she is about to graduate from high school and was hoping to attend college. What is the impact of the case going to be on this future?

Don't worry; your son or daughter is legally allowed to enroll in college, even with a criminal record. Naturally, this may be delayed if he or she has to spend some time in jail or serving a sentence that makes attending college impossible, but no laws exist to bar students access to higher education.

Will a child have an easier time than an adult in criminal court?

The California legal system does not treat or punish children in the same manner as adults. The reasons are obvious: Children have yet to develop the same level of understanding that adults have of ethical and social norms. In this respect, children do not have what is referred to as "legal capacity."

The issue becomes a little more difficult to decide when we consider that everyone grows up at a different rate. Indeed, a 15-year-old might be as mature as a 25-year-old in some cases. Nevertheless, states must make a determination on a standard day that people become adults and when they will be held criminally accountable on an adult level for committing a crime.

Are BB guns recognized as firearms?

While the laws surrounding BB guns usually don't treat them like violent weapons, the truth is that they can be treated like weapons in certain cases. There are a few things you should know about your right to use and carry a BB gun.

First, did you know that despite the fact that many do, BB guns aren't required to have orange-tipped barrels? Imitation firearms are required to have an orange tip on their barrels, but traditional pellet-firing air guns and BB guns are exempt from the federal law.

Why friends may actually encourage drunk driving

Not only do friends often let others drive drunk, but some studies have indicated that they may encourage it.

Peer pressure is powerful. It can get people to do things that they don't want to do and that they'd never do otherwise. Alcohol does the same thing. When those two forces are combined, intelligent and rational individuals can make life-changing mistakes.

Are you ready to take your DUI defense seriously?

California's drunk driving laws are so severe, and so strictly enforced by local and state police agencies, that pretty much everyone knows a family member or friend who's been charged with a drunk driving offense. This doesn't make facing DUI charges any easier on a logistical level; however, it can make it a little bit easier on an emotional level.

A negative stigma is associated with any criminal allegation, and California residents charged with drunk driving crimes could face a backlash of disapproval from their communities and from their jobs, friends and loved ones. Nevertheless, it's important for the person who has been charged to keep everything in perspective. Whether you're guilty of the offense, or you were charged in error, criminal charges can happen to anyone. What's important to do now is to keep your wits about you and move forward with a sound, appropriate and well-planned criminal defense.

Hate crime offenders may lose the right to weapons

If you commit a violent crime, you already know that you may not be able to own a gun. Now, a new bill could ban those who commit hate crimes from owning guns at all. The bill is currently going through legislation, and if it passes, you could be completely banned from buying guns.

The current law states that those convicted for violent hate crimes have the option of purchasing guns. This is a loophole, in some legislators' opinions, since the majority of violent crime convictions ban the offenders from being able to own a gun.

Immigrant man wins case after alleged sexual assault

A man from Mexico came to the United States and, in 2000, became a permanent resident. In the next decade, he was accused of sexual assault and, in 2009, he pleaded no contest. This happened in the Superior Court of California, where he had been accused of statutory rape.

The issue was that the man, who was 20, engaged in a sexual relationship with his girlfriend. It was consensual and both parties agreed to it. However, his girlfriend was, at the time, just 16 years old. Since that made her more than three years his junior, he was charged.

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