How Could a Felony Conviction Affect My Life?
A majority of states in the US separate crimes into two categories, felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are more serious crimes than misdemeanors. These are offenses that may include assault, fraud, rape, murder or burglary. In addition to possible prison time and parole upon release, there are collateral consequences to consider after being charged with a […]
Jail Alternatives for Drugs in California
Several weeks ago, our blog discussed various options for alternative sentencing in California. These options included probation, community service or rehab. Much more can be said about the alternative sentencing options for drug crimes in California. In some cases, you can seek alternatives to jail if you are being charged with a drug crime. Addiction […]
Types of Manslaughter in California
Manslaughter is a criminal charge that falls under the general term of homicide, but under California law, is further defined as the unlawful killing of a person without malice. A person could potentially face charges against three types of manslaughter: voluntary, involuntary, and vehicular manslaughter. Each type differs from the others, but if charged with […]
Types of Rape in California
Rape is a very complicated criminal charge that relies heavily on one party’s claim of consent. In the state of California, rape falls under the broader category of sexual assault, which can include groping or other unwanted sexual contact. In some cases, physical evidence can be used to prove or disprove rape charges. Commonly, however, […]
3 More Types of Alternative Sentences
Earlier this month, we listed out three types of alternative sentences that offenders may want to consider to avoid jail time. Here are 3 more alternative sentences an offender can complete. Alternative sentences can be made up of a combination of the total six sentences we’re posting about this month. By meeting specified conditions set by […]
Types of Alternative Sentences
Being convicted of a crime does not necessarily mean you’ll be required to do jail time. It will be up to the judge to decide whether an alternative sentence will be granted and their decision will be dependent on: The type of offense The severity of the offense Age of the defendant The defendant’s […]
California Proposes Hotel Panic Button Bill
Earlier this month, two California state lawmakers proposed a bill that would mandate California hotels statewide to provide hotel panic buttons to their housekeeping staff. Lawmakers hope that the bill could lower the number of violent assaults or sexual assaults that have occurred in California hotels. If the bill is passed, California will be the […]
What is “Swatting”?
A 25-year old California man has been arrested and transported to the state of Kansas for making a phony 911 call. The hoax led to a SWAT team shooting and killing an innocent father of two, according to the Time’s report. The California man called 911 dispatch and claimed he was a Kansas man […]
What is the Difference Between Deferred Adjudication and Pretrial Division?
Depending on the offense and offender, certain cases can be dismissed upon the completion of specific conditions. The programs go under many different names, but the end results are the same: upon the completion of the specified conditions, the court will dismiss the charges. These programs can help people charged with crimes avoid jail time […]
What Are Common Mistakes People Make While Under Arrest?
As we said in the conclusion to last week’s blog, many people make mistakes after being arrested and charged with crimes. Errant social media posts are only one of many possible mistakes you could make. You could also make mistakes while being placed under arrest and held in police custody. Depending on the mistake, you […]