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March 2015 Archives

Let's discuss a divisive new idea for our prison system

We have a staggering prison population here in the United States. In fact, we are the most incarcerating country in the world, and it's not even particularly close. One criminologist says that even if you released every person on a drug charge from prison, you would only put a 300,000-person dent in the prison population -- and the U.S. would still have the largest prison population in the world.

How far 'off the body' should you keep a concealed weapon?

California law makes it a crime to carry a weapon, like a firearm or a stabbing knife, on your person. A 2013 criminal case ruled that this means the weapon cannot be specifically “on the body or in the clothing worn on the body.” The judge who wrote that decision also went on to clarify that this does not include instances in which it is in a “carried or attached container.”

Cyber-bullying can lead to harsh legal consequences

The rise of the Internet in the past few decades has also led to the expansion of Internet-related crimes. Online activities are no longer as incognito as they once seemed. Anonymous usernames, avatars and password-protected accounts aren’t enough to shield users from the real-world consequences of online crimes.

Felons have tough road to travel in order to vote again

You probably don't think about this much, but someone who is incarcerated loses their right to vote in every state other than Vermont and Maine. The right to vote is one of many things that a felon loses when they are convicted of a crime, but with this specific right, it is notoriously difficult for the individual to regain his or her ability to vote -- and even when they do regain their right, it can be rife with complications.

How to Know When You Need to Call an Attorney

You shouldn't wait until you are in trouble before soliciting the services of a lawyer. Sacramento residents and those across the nation who are in need of immediate legal assistance know the importance of retaining an attorney as soon as possible. Here are some specific situations where it's imperative you call an attorney. Trouble with the Law
If you get into trouble with the law and are taken off to jail for whatever reason (DUI, tax fraud, domestic violence, or other criminal activities), you will need to speak to an attorney. You have the right to remain silent until you do. This means you don't have to answer any questions posed by law enforcement. If you don't have a specific lawyer to call right away, ask for a referral to one who is experienced and trustworthy. Accident or Injury
Once you have suffered any type of bodily harm in a car accident, you should seek legal counsel. You should also call for legal assistance if you have been injured on the job. Estate Planning
For planning your estate, seek the help of an expert lawyer. Sacramento has many estate planning professionals who are experienced in that particular field of law. Business Contract
If you are in the process of engaging in any type of business endeavor that involves signing a contract, you should contact a corporate attorney. Anything that has to do with large sums of cash and long-term business commitments requires the specialized knowledge of a lawyer. Sacramento attorneys are available for those who live in the area. Divorce
If you are legally separated and have decided to get a divorce, it is time to talk to a divorce professional, especially if the divorce is being contested or if assets need to be divided. Be sure to seek the help of a lawyer. Sacramento attorneys will help you to resolve the pending issues at hand. If you find yourself in any of these situations, contact an attorney! Most legal professionals will see you for the initial consultation to discuss your case in more detail. Bring along as much evidence and documentation as possible to the scheduled meeting. 

Material witnesses held without charge for more than 2 years

An incredible story out of Oregon demonstrates that the criminal justice system doesn't always respect your rights or your liberty -- and for this reason, anyone accused of a crime needs to get criminal defense help to ensure that they are protected from this type of unfortunate situation.

Don't let the justice system run you over after a DUI

Drunk driving seems like such an ubiquitous charge nowadays, and there's a reason for that. Many states, prosecutors, and district attorneys are pushing back against drunk driving, and this has resulted in people who commit this offense to be pursued and punished in very harsh ways. The penalties associated with drunk driving are already harsh enough, even without bolstered laws or overly-exuberant prosecutors.

What does it mean to be charged with aggravated assault?

When you hear the phrase "aggravated assault," what do you think of? You probably imagine someone who has attacked someone, but who is also really upset while it's happening. Though that may seem comical, that would seem to be the truth if you interpreted it literally. To the contrary, aggravated assault is a charge that depends on the circumstances of the crime in question.

Debt after criminal fines can cause unfortunate cycle

Imagine this scenario: you are driving to work one day but you are going a little too fast. The police pull you over for speeding and they give you a ticket -- but wait a minute. It turns out you forgot to renew your license. Now the police throw more fines at you and you're required to appear in court, at which point you tell a judge you are unable to pay the exorbitant fines that have suddenly piled up.

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