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November 2014 Archives

New measure may mean resentencing for many felons

There is no disputing the fact the drug charges are a serious matter in California. In fact, the state's three-strikes law meant that even a nonviolent felony could carry a life sentence if the accused had at least two previous convictions. However, this ruling was made less harsh in 2012, being changed to include only felons who were violent or committed serious crimes.

What does it mean to plead the fifth?

Choosing the right line of defense when faced with a criminal charge can be the difference between a conviction and walking free. Of course, it is not quite as simple as it sounds. Every case is different, so a method that works for one person may not apply to you at all. In some cases it may be enough to simply enter a not guilty plea and say nothing more.

Do not let theft allegations ruin your future

The misappropriation of property is a serious matter and if something ends up in your possession illegally, you could face serious consequences. However, the matter is far from simple, as it is possible for you to acquire an object without realizing that it is stolen property. In other cases, an item may be planted or left somewhere that makes it appear to be in your possession. Worse still, the property may not turn up at all, yet you become implicated in its theft during the course of the investigation.

Be prepared to stand your ground if accused of embezzlement

If you are accused of a white-collar crime, it is no laughing matter. These crimes are taken extremely seriously in California. The thing that makes these offenses so significant is that they involve an abuse of power and position on the part of a businessperson or government official. White-collar crimes come in many forms, but they can often involve massive sums of money and significant financial harm done to the victims.

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