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Man arrested on way to Google's Mountain View headquarters

Most people in Irvine are likely familiar with the old saying about sticks and stones being able to break bones yet words not having the power to cause harm. Some might take this literal fact a license to say whatever they want. yet while it is true that words are not themselves able to hurt people, the threats that they imply can. For this reason, law enforcement officials are authorized to apprehend people that they believe to be making dangerous and credible threats. 

RICO cases see increase in 2018

To many people in California, it may seem that there has been an increase in the number of white collar criminal cases across the nation. Certainly, there have been numerous high-profile cases that have played out across a variety of venues in the last few years. However, it is important to take a look at the nature of some of these cases to get the full picture of what might be happening.

A look at the most addictive drugs

People in California who end up facing criminal charges may ultimately be struggling with a more serious underlying problem. Substance abuse is one of these problems that has been known to contribute to criminal activity as people who are addicted to drugs may engage in behaviors that are risky, illegal or potentially both in order to feed their addictions.

How bad is a DUI in college?

If you are like most people in California, the thought of drinking among college students does not seem abnormal. In fact, it is almost expected that college kids will experiment to some degree with alcohol. When those students also drive, they can be at risk for being charged with a driving under the influence offense even if they have only had one or two drinks. 

Having past criminal offenses dismisssed

After having completed the requirements that may come with a criminal offense in Irvine, typically your only wish is to be able to move on with your life. Yet as many of those that our team here at Ron Cordova, Attorney at Law has worked with in the past can attest to, having any record of a past criminal offense can inhibit doing just that. A criminal history can keep you from getting a job or enjoying other benefits such as qualifying for housing. The question then becomes whether there is a way for you to have your criminal record cleared. 

Job seeking after a conviction

Among the many challenges faced by people in California who have been convicted of criminal offenses is the task of getting a new job. According to the Society for Human Resources Management, a whopping 96 percent of companies today run background checks on job candidates prior to finalizing a new hire. That, however, does not mean that an applicant with a criminal record cannot find a job but it does mean that such a person must be prepared to address their past.

Overcoming an addiction to prescription drugs

Many people dangerously do not realize the risks of taking copious amounts of prescription drugs. When people have been prescribed a medication to help treat persistent symptoms, they may be at a higher risk of becoming addicted if their doctor in California does not regularly monitor their condition to identify improvements. They are also at a higher risk if they do not understand the proper way to take their medication including dosage amounts and whether or not there are substances that should be avoided while a particular medication is being used. 

Malibu resident accused of looting

Most people who live in California have witnessed in some form wildfires in various areas of their state. These events are no longer contained to remote or rural areas and sadly leave too many people without their homes and belongings. In 2018, the state has experienced its most deadly and destructive fires in history. One of these fires even ravaged through the relatively wealthy community of Malibu in the southern portion of the state.

The use of eyewitness testimony in criminal trials

When people go on trial for a crime, there is often evidence linking that person to the crime. In some cases, however, the evidence may be circumstantial and the answer as to whether the person on trial actually committed the crime isn’t so clear. Eyewitness testimony may be used to show that the defendant was present during the crime. Yet, research shows that eyewitness testimony is not always accurate and may lead to an innocent person being wrongfully convicted. When testimony is entered in court, the jurors may not understand that the witness’s identification of the suspect may not be valid.

How is stalking defined in California?

It can be difficult to pinpoint the behaviors that count as stalking in California, especially if you are accused of something you did not intend or your actions were misinterpreted. For example, if you asked a co-worker out and she refused, then you approached her later to engage in friendly conversation and she accused you of stalking her, you might be confused as to what you did wrong. It is important to understand the actions that can result in you being charged with a stalking offense.

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