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Can California DUI Stop Me From Buying a Gun?
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees your right to own a firearm. State and federal laws can, however, impose reasonable restrictions on that right. They can limit your ability to own certain types of weapons or carry firearms in certain areas. Once you are convicted of a crime, moreover, the government… Read More »
Can You Refuse a DUI Checkpoint?
As a general matter, police officers must have a reason for pulling you over. They cannot simply decide to make a traffic stop on a whim. There are certain exceptions to the general rule, however. In California, police set up checkpoints to check for drunk drivers, and they ask drivers to stop even without… Read More »
Can Police Search Your Home Without a Warrant?
The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 13 of the California Constitution protect California residents against unreasonable search and seizure by the government. State and federal laws generally require police officers to obtain a warrant before entering a citizen’s home. Your attorney can get evidence obtained during an illegal… Read More »
What to Do After Your DUI Probation Ends
If you were convicted for DUI in California, you might have faced jail time, a suspended license, or probation. After you have served your time and your probation is up, what steps should you take to ensure that you satisfy all of your legal duties and get your life back on track? Are there… Read More »
How to Prepare for Your Court Appearance
Being arrested or charged with a crime is a harrowing experience. Most people will not have much experience with the inside of a courtroom; it is intimidating at the best of times, without the added stress and fear connected to grappling with criminal charges and the possible ramifications of a conviction. If you are… Read More »
What are the New Traffic Laws for 2020?
California legislators are constantly working to improve traffic safety in light of the continued rise in the number of traffic fatalities each year. To that end, a number of new traffic laws go into effect this year. It is important to be aware of these new laws to avoid triggering any civil or criminal… Read More »
How Long Does a Restraining Order Last in California?
A restraining order is a court order issued upon application by one party that forbids another party from engaging in certain activities. A typical restraining order stemming from an allegation of domestic violence, for example, may prohibit one party (the target) from engaging in any violent or harassing conduct toward another party (the alleged… Read More »
What Constitutes Disorderly Conduct in California?
Disorderly conduct, also known as “disturbing the peace,” is a crime under California penal code section 647. Disorderly conduct generally involves public activity or behavior that is offensive or disruptive, such that it prevents others from enjoying a public space. In California, disorderly conduct also includes prostitution. It is a misdemeanor punishable by up… Read More »
What Should I Do After I am Arrested in California?
Being arrested for a crime can be one of the most shocking and jarring moments of your life. Most people will never experience an arrest. If you get arrested, it will likely be one of your first encounters with law enforcement and with a situation in which your freedom is on the line. It… Read More »
What to Do When Facing Your First Felony Charge
Being charged with a felony, regardless of the specific crime, is a very serious matter. Even a first offense can lead to significant prison time, on top of heavy fines and other secondary penalties and consequences. If you are charged with a felony, there are certain steps to take and pitfalls to avoid to… Read More »