California Misdemeanor Criminal Justice Process

Criminal Justice Process: Misdemeanor Charges Misdemeanors are offenses generally punishable jail, county jail, and or fines. On the other hand, felonies are generally punishable by imprisonment in the State prison and/or fines, or in serious murder charges, if special circumstances apply, punishment may include the death penalty. In Los Angeles misdemeanor cases, the Court conducts arraignments where the defendant/accused individual is informed of the specific charges against him/her and are advised of their rights. The Court holds preliminary hearings on felony charges to determine if there is sufficient evidence to require a defendant to stand trial. What Occurs in a Misdemeanor Case? California misdemeanor charges are primarily offenses and hold a maximum punishment of a $1,000 fines and a county jail term of 1 year or less. However, sometimes depending on your misdemeanor charges, your punishment, if foun d guilty, can carry a higher maximum fine.…

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Embezzlement PC 503 Penalties and Defenses

California Embezzlement Penal Code Section 503 PC California embezzlement charges are categorized as white collar crime and theft crime which involves a defendant to unlawfully take property from another person which has entrusted the defendant with their property.California Penal Code Section 503 PC  governs embezzlement charges. Generally, people charged with embezzlement are employees that have committed an theft. It is vital for your case that you consult with a experienced embezzlement defense attorney in the early stages of criminal proceedings. Generally, it is a good idea to contact an California criminal defense attorney after you have been arrested. How to Prove Embezzlement in California? California embezzlement charges require the prosecution to prove the following: The defendant fraudulently took property from another Defendant intended to permanently deprive the owner of his or her property Owner entrusted his or her property to the defendant The defendant fraudulently converted or used that…

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Sex Offender Parolees Should Never Remove GPS Trackers

Sex Crime Cases in Los Angeles Paroled sex offenders who remove their GPS trackers may be in for more than they bargained for if Los Angeles lawmakers get their way.  In October 2011, AB 109 came into effect, which sent parole violators to county jail instead of overcrowded state prisons when parole violations occurred. Unfortunately, a number of those parole violators are sex offenders who have Los Angeles law enforcement highly concerned for public safety. An unforeseen repercussion of the law was that parole violator often only spend a couple of days in lockup, with many serving no time if the local jail was already overcrowded. Consequently, sex offenders who remove their GPS trackers have little incentive to not violate their requirement to wear a tracking device, endangering public safety as a result. In fact in Los Angeles County alone, GPS warrants for sex…

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Early Legal Representation Can Help Your Criminal Case

How Can Early Legal Representation Help Your Criminal Case? Criminal Defense Lawyer While no Los Angeles criminal defense attorney can guarantee the outcome of your case, one thing he or she can guarantee is that the earlier you hire a lawyer to represent you, the better your chances are of a positive outcome. Early involvement of an experienced defense attorney in your criminal case is probably the single most beneficial action you can take when a criminal arrest is made or is imminent. Consulting with a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney not only helps you understand the charges against you, but provides you with legal guidance that could save you from even being formally charged at all. If you do end up being charged, having an attorney on hand will definitely help if you want to negotiate with prosecutors to lessen the charges filed against you. Things to…

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Criminal Defense for Internet Pornography Crimes

Criminal Defense Attorney: Giving an Opinion about the Crime of Internet Pornography California laws governing Internet content are complex. Various agencies with different criteria and penalties can become involved and a criminal defense law firm in California is beneficial in working through the complicated possibilities In 1996 the Communications Decency Act was passed at the Federal level. This act attempts to control the transmission, production, and possession of materials that are “indecent.” Many portions have been found to be in violation of the First Amendment, but guidelines regarding decency remains in effect. Contemporary community standards determine the material that is “patently offensive.” The problem is that each community has a different idea of that means. The Internet creates confusion because of the availability of material. A great deal of Internet content comes from countries that do not regulate content and allow for free enterprise…

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