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California Moves to Automate Process of Clearing Cannabis Convictions

By Paul Tyler |

Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative approved by California voters in 2016, legalized the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational use.  The law also permitted residents with prior convictions based on cannabis possession and sale to petition the courts to clear their records.  The expungement process, however, is time-consuming and burdensome.  It… Read More »

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Proposed California Law Would Seal Criminal Records, Help Former Inmates Move On

By Paul Tyler |

Rap sheets can haunt a former inmate for years after they have served their time.  Criminal convictions can make it more difficult to apply for jobs, obtain professional licensing, find housing, or secure a loan.  A California lawmaker recently proposed a bill that aims to lessen this burden on former inmates in order to… Read More »

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New California Law Opens Police Misconduct Records to Public

By Paul Tyler |

Allegations of police misconduct, whether as part of a civil rights lawsuit or as part of the defense in a criminal matter, can be difficult to prove.  Past misconduct by the same officer can be powerful evidence in those instances, but law enforcement agencies are often very protective of their own and will typically… Read More »

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Can Police Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant?

By Paul Tyler |

The digital age has provided a host of new issues with law enforcement, many of which deal with the intersection of privacy rights and criminal law.  Law enforcement officials have been straining to retain the ability to get as much information as possible from our digital selves without having to go the historical (and… Read More »

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With End of Money Bail System, California Courts Must Determine Whether to Detain or Release a Defendant

By Paul Tyler |

The bail system has long been controversial.  The original idea seemed positive and generally neutral:  Allow criminal defendants to be released pending trial, rather than locking them up simply for being accused of a crime, but require them to leave a deposit behind to ensure that they actually return for trial.  Opponents of the… Read More »

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California Appellate Court Says Defendant Cannot View Algorithm That Contributed Evidence to Guilty Verdict

By Paul Tyler |

The use of computer algorithms in statistics-based evidence is more prevalent in criminal cases than many people realize, until they are personally involved in a criminal matter.  DNA evidence often involves an expression of the likelihood that a particular defendant’s DNA matches whatever evidence was found in connection with the crime, rather than a… Read More »

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When Can the California Police Search My Car?

By Paul Tyler |

Oxnard police recently arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence.  After detaining the suspect, officers searched his car and found a gun.  As a result, he was charged with possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle in addition to DUI and reckless driving.  Was the search that led to… Read More »

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Getting Your DUI Expunged In California

By Paul Tyler |

Having a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) can have many unfortunate repercussions beyond the immediate fines, license suspension, and possible imprisonment.  Convictions, especially felony convictions, can affect eligibility for government programs, insurance rates, professional licensing, and even your ability to find work.  Thankfully, there are procedures in California to have convictions removed… Read More »

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DUI Arrests Drop in California Thanks to Ride-Share Services

By Paul Tyler |

A recent study from the University of California at Davis and Moll Law Group showed a sharp decline in DUI arrests in major cities across the United States and California in particular following the introduction of ride-share services like Uber and Lyft.  Read on to learn more about the results of the study, and… Read More »

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California Legislators Consider Softening “Felony Murder” Doctrine Which Allows Murder Convictions Even if You Did Not Kill Anyone Yourself

By Paul Tyler |

In California, like in many states, you can be convicted of murder if you are involved in a crime in which someone else actually killed the person, even if you never agreed to kill anyone and you did not want anyone to die.  The California State Senate recently passed a bill intended to limit… Read More »

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