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Diversion programs help soldiers avoid having a criminal record

In an era in which so many soldiers have not just experienced one, but several tours of duty in some of the world's disturbing war zones, Veteran's Affairs (VA) offices find themselves overwhelmed with how to prioritize the treatment of them. This has meant that many, with what are deemed to be less pressing mental health ailments, have had their treatment delayed.

Gun owners with drunk driving records at risk for violent crime

A recent study published by University of California Violence Prevention Program suggests that legal gun owners with drunk driving convictions may be at a higher risk for committing a violent crime than others that do not have any criminal conviction at all. The study's authors argue that this research, which was first made public on Jan. 30, 2017, could prove valuable in identifying ways to curb violent crime in this country.

Orange County man allegedly assaults, kidnaps store associate

A 47-year-old Portola Springs man was taken into custody at his home on Monday, June 19, 2017, at around 4:30 p.m. He is suspected of having assaulted and attempted to kidnap a 20-year-old associate at an Irvine baby boutique over the weekend.

Are search warrants limited?

There is a lot of competing, conflicting information in the media about the role of search warrants in law enforcement. Each and every day, it seems that the rights of citizens roll back a little further, and law enforcement receives a little more room to violate your Fourth Amendment rights. You may wonder if search warrants even apply to the criminal justice system anymore. While your rights may be under attack in any circumstances, a search warrant is still not a blank check for law enforcement officers to do whatever they want to you or your property.

Saddleback Church mentor is accused of molesting two 14-year-olds

A veteran student mentor with Saddleback Church was arrested on Thursday, May 25, 2017 by the Orange County Sheriff's Department. He's being held in the Orange County Jail on suspicion of having engaged in both inappropriate conduct and lewd acts with minors after two teenage boys came forward and reported having been molested by the 32-year-old Lake Forest man.

The benefits of a judge trial versus a jury trial

One common question criminal defense attorneys get asked by their clients is whether it's in their best interest to pursue a trial by judge or jury. While the circumstances surrounding the crime you've been charged with will greatly impact the choice you make, each has their own unique benefits.

An car accident ends in a 9th DUI charge for an Orange County man

An Orange County man finally got his day in court Monday, March 6, 2017, weeks after having wrecked his car on South Lakeview Avenue in Placentia on January 29. The 52-year-old man has reportedly been charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) nine times in the past six years. Of those nine, four have resulted in felony DUI convictions.

Driver alleged to have assaulted developmentally disabled

A 56-year-old Orange County, California, man was arrested on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, and is facing three counts of sexual assault after he allegedly took advantage of three women with developmental disabilities that he was responsible for transporting. His arraignment was scheduled to be held at the Orange County Superior Courthouse in Santa Ana on Friday, April 28, 2017.

School board president charged with possession of child porn

The 50-year-old president of the Buena Park School Board was arrested on Friday, April 21, 2017, on suspicion of having distributed child pornography. The man faces two distinct felony charges, one having to do with possession of child pornography and the other having to do with transporting of the obscene material into the state.

Understanding what is considered self defense in California

Like many states across the country, an individual's right to use deadly force to protect both his or her person and property is widely accepted in California as well. Under California Penal Code § 198.5 - 199, otherwise known as the Castle Doctrine, a claim of self-defense can be utilized in one of two situations.

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