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Can Police Search Your Home Without a Warrant?

By Paul Tyler |

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 »

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What to Do After Your DUI Probation Ends

By Paul Tyler |

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 »

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How to Prepare for Your Court Appearance

By Paul Tyler |

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 »

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What are the New Traffic Laws for 2020?

By Paul Tyler |

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 »

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How Long Does a Restraining Order Last in California?

By Paul Tyler |

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 »

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What Constitutes Disorderly Conduct in California?

By Paul Tyler |

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 »

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What Should I Do After I am Arrested in California?

By Paul Tyler |

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 »

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What to Do When Facing Your First Felony Charge

By Paul Tyler |

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 »

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How to Avoid Jail Time for 2nd or 3rd DUI in California

By Paul Tyler |

The first time a defendant is charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in California, the crime is a misdemeanor. There may be aggravating circumstances (if there was an accident involving injury, for example), and jail time is a possibility, but typically the defendant will receive a fine, a license suspension, and probation. The… Read More »

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What Happens if I Miss My Court Date?

By Paul Tyler |

As a general rule of thumb, you should follow the orders of a court. This is doubly true in a criminal case, where disobeying a court order can mean violating bail or parole conditions, cause you to forfeit certain defenses, affect your sentencing, and land you in jail unnecessarily. Court dates are court orders… Read More »

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