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Possession of ecstasy and the legal obstacles

In recent years, marijuana has been the drug at the center of the public psyche, but ecstasy has long been known for its connection to serious legal penalties. Similar to most states, California law enforces various penalties for this popular recreational drug -- but not all of these penalties result in damaged permanent records and reputations.

How accurate are field sobriety tests?

Like most California drivers, you likely know that the state can come down hard on someone accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. While few people would argue that protecting people from the danger of a truly intoxicated and negligent driver is important, it is equally important that all drivers' rights are protected. Not everyone arrested for drunk driving is actually guilty and it is good for people to know that the tests used during a DUI arrest may not always be accurate.

Appellate court rules cellphone search warrant too broad for home

If the police have a search warrant for a small item like a cellphone, they can search anywhere in the designated area where such an item might be hidden. So, getting a warrant to search for a cellphone seems like an ideal way to get the chance to search someone's entire home.

Justice Department announces forensic evidence working group

A deputy attorney general recently announced the creation of an internal forensic science working group within the Justice Department. It's main goals will be to develop uniform standards for how forensic evidence may be described in testimony and to set up a monitoring program to ensure federal analysts comply with those standards.

3 ways you could accidentally commit credit card fraud

Committing credit card fraud may be the last thing you intend to do. While this is a term often used to describe a wide range of theft and fraud using a credit card, it usually has an association with unauthorized credit card charges. There are seemingly innocent or accidental actions you can take that can get you in financial or legal trouble.

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.

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