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Recreational Marijuana Use is Legal, but Driving while High Is Not

By Paul Tyler |

In January of 2018, recreational marijuana use and possession became legal in California. However, the laws barring driving after having consumed marijuana remain the same, and California drivers still face serious consequences if they’re found guilty of driving while under the influence of pot. Below, learn more about how legal marijuana use can affect… Read More »

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California Legislators Propose Additional Laws to Reform Juvenile Justice

By Paul Tyler |

Last year on this blog, we shared news about changes to California’s sentencing laws that altered how inmates who were under age 25 would be considered for parole. These  changes were signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown prior to the end of 2017 along with a number of other laws targeted at preventing… Read More »

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What You Should Know about Violating a Restraining Order in California

By Paul Tyler |

Restraining orders, also known as protective orders, are often used by courts and law enforcement to protect alleged victims of domestic violence or harassment from additional abuse or threats of violence. Restraining orders can be imposed with little warning, and they can result in a major disruption of your normal routine. If you’re facing… Read More »

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What Factors Influence Your BAC?

By Paul Tyler |

The best way to avoid getting a DUI in California is not to drink before you drive. If you are planning to have a drink before getting behind the wheel of your car, however, it’s very important to understand the factors that do—and don’t—affect your blood alcohol content (BAC). Below, find out more about… Read More »

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New California Gun Laws Enter into Effect

By Paul Tyler |

As of January 1, 2018, a number of new laws entered into effect regarding gun ownership and ammunition sales in California, some of which have significant effects on persons convicted of a crime. Learn more about these changes in the law below, and contact a California criminal defense attorney with any additional questions. In… Read More »

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California Residents Convicted of Marijuana-Related Offenses May Be Able to Clear Their Records

By Paul Tyler |

In November of 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, the law that permits the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Most people know that sales of marijuana to individuals over age 21 from licensed dispensaries will begin on January 1, 2018. What many don’t know is that the law also includes provisions which can… Read More »

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Numerous Criminal Justice Reforms Signed into Law by Gov. Jerry Brown

By Paul Tyler |

California’s 2017 legislative session resulted in numerous laws geared toward reforming criminal justice in the state and improving the lives of those convicted of a crime, and Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a number of the bills that were passed by the legislature into law. Read on to learn about some of the new… Read More »

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Bill Would Ask Parole Boards to Consider Age of Inmates

By Paul Tyler |

Two new laws would change how California parole boards consider the inmates standing before them, based on their ages. The laws, now awaiting signature by Gov. Jerry Brown, would also have the effect of further reducing the California prison population. Senior inmates would be considered for parole One potential new law would ask parole… Read More »

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California to Consider Statewide Bail Reform Measures

By Paul Tyler |

For many individuals currently locked up in jail in California, it isn’t proof of guilt that’s keeping them behind bars; it’s an inability to make bail. In recent years, a number of states have begun to reform their bail systems so that arrestees facing trial don’t spend months behind bars simply because they can’t… Read More »

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Detecting Marijuana Use among Drivers Not an Exact Science

By Paul Tyler |

In November, California joined the states of Colorado and Washington in legalizing recreational marijuana use. According to law enforcement, this shift in the law has resulted in an uptick in the number of arrests for and accidents caused by pot intoxication while drivers are behind the wheel. These increased arrests may be due in… Read More »

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