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  • Secret Sentences - The True Cost of a Drug Conviction

    || 9-Feb-2016

    When non-violent drug offenders are sentenced, they are typically ordered to time in jail, or ordered to pay a hefty fine. These individuals serve their time, pay their fines, and look forward to putting the whole situation behind them. Unfortunately, many find that normal life is not so easy once they have a record. For these individuals, many of whom were normal, hardworking folks prior to their ...
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  • Is Your Criminal Defense Attorney Taking the Appropriate Actions?

    || 6-Jan-2015

    Once a client has retained your services to handle a criminal case, there are a number of common steps that most attorneys will take: 1. Inform their client to not speak to anyone except the attorney and/or an investigator hired by the attorney. 2. Procure discovery from the district attorney including, but not limited to, police reports, taped statements, photographs, medical records, and ...
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  • What Will My Employer Find About My Criminal Record?

    || 18-Dec-2014

    The statistics are staggering. Approximately one of every three adults has an arrest record. Although not every arrest leads to a prosecution or a conviction, the fact remains that there are a number of people employed or seeking employment (or concerned about an employer finding out about a criminal case) that desperately want their "spotted" history eliminated. In California, there are ...
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  • Bill Cosby and Statutory Limitations

    || 12-Dec-2014

    The media storm surrounding Bill Cosby have drawn attention to the statutory limitations for bringing prosecutions against a defendant for alleged criminal behavior many years ago. People are generally confused and believe that an accused should be required to answer for their crimes irrespective of the delay in reporting the conduct. The reality, however, is that most crimes are solved and ...
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  • Know Your Electronic Footprint

    || 8-Dec-2014

    Criminal defense practice 101 is to inform your clients "not to speak to the Police, and generally not to tell anyone (particularly family and friends) about your misdeeds." Indeed, the Fifth Amendment protects your right to be silent. The reality, however, is that some defendants ignore the admonishment and broadcast their criminal behavior across social media. If you represent a ...
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  • Decriminalization in California

    || 1-Dec-2014

    In California, voters passed Proposition 47 which reduced certain felony cases (like drug possession) to misdemeanor violations. In today's Wall Street Journal there is an expose detailing the assembly-line nature of most criminal courts; where the volume of cases requires swift proceedings and inevitably impacts the rights of a defendant to justice. In some courts, district attorneys are ...
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  • Brave New World - Law Enforcement and Advancing Technology

    || 24-Nov-2014

    In Livermore, police officers will soon be attired with video cameras and will be contemporaneously filming their stops and arrests. In San Jose, the police department uses a drone to search buildings. The FBI regularly uses helicopters with infrared technology to search for marijuana fields. Most police agencies have IT employees on the payroll that search suspects' phones and computer ...
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  • On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Violent Crimes on Saturday, October 25, 2014. When facing criminal charges, it's important to understand what those charges are as well as the penalties that may result from a conviction. In many cases, the criminal charges brought against an individual are based upon intent and the degree of harm inflicted. ...
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  • Man exonerated after spending 28 years in prison

    || 18-Oct-2014

    On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Criminal Defense on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Twenty-eight years have passed since David McCallum learned he had been found guilty of felony criminal charges and would spend the rest of his life in prison. He was 16 years old. Just last week, flanked by family members, Mr. McCallum walked out of a New York courtroom a ...
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  • On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Criminal Defense on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Criminal charges related to money laundering are serious in nature and carry hefty penalties. In cases where allegations and criminal charges related to money laundering are filed by the federal government, targeted individuals often face stiff penalties including prison ...
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  • What is an expungement?

    || 3-Oct-2014

    On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Criminal Defense on Friday, October 3, 2014. Individuals, who have been charged and convicted of misdemeanor or felony crimes, experience the repercussions of a conviction long after completing the terms of a sentence or probation. A criminal conviction can adversely impact an individual's ability to attend college, ...
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  • What is California's Proposition 47?

    || 26-Sep-2014

    On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Drug Charges on Friday, September 26, 2014. California's problems with prison overcrowding have been widely reported on and publicized. While steps implemented to reduce the state's prisons populations have been marginally successful, a measure set to be voted on this fall would likely have a much more significant ...
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  • First-Time Child Pornography Offenders and Sentencing Issues

    || 23-Sep-2014

    On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Criminal Defense on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Under the provisions of the U.S. Federal Law on Child Pornography, the law defines and reserves the right to prosecute any individuals who engage in the viewing, sharing, downloading or production of a "visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a ...
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  • 6 accused of drug charges following investigation

    || 12-Sep-2014

    On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Drug Charges on Friday, September 12, 2014. Six people were recently arrested in Barstow during a sting operation. Each individual faces different drug charges, including possession of a controlled substance and possession with the intent to sell. Three of the six California residents have already been arraigned for their ...
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  • On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Criminal Defense on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. An ex-Marine has recently entered a plea in his criminal case. The 24-year-old has been accused of killing his neighbor's wife, and he was extradited back to California from another state. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree murder in his criminal ...
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  • Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?

    || 29-Aug-2014

    On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Weapons Crimes on Friday, August 29, 2014. On Aug. 9, an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer. The now infamous shooting was witnessed by some residents in the area and the aftermath and images of Brown's body lying in the street were even captured via cellphone ...
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  • It's time for California to pass new drug sentencing laws

    || 15-Aug-2014

    On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Drug Charges on Friday, August 15, 2014. In the 1980s, the U.S. government ramped up its drug war campaign. Anti-drug programs such as Just Say No and DARE were established with the hopes of educating America's youth about the dangers associated with illegal drug use. Americans were bombarded with images and stories ...
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  • On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Criminal Defense on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. An interesting case is headed to the Supreme Court of the United States, or SCOTUS, this fall. The case, out of North Carolina, involves a cop that made a stop based on a law that didn't exist. The cop argues his stop was "reasonable," and that the resulting ...
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  • Exoneration shows flaws in criminal justice system

    || 30-Jul-2014

    On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Violent Crimes on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. A man is celebrating his exoneration after spending a dozen years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Unfortunately, his story is not unheard of. A recent report in The Washington Post notes that over 317 exonerations have occurred since 1989, many with the help of the ...
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  • On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Drunk Driving on Friday, July 25, 2014. DUIs are expensive, but drivers in some parts of the country pay a significant amount more in insurance premiums than others. A recent article by NerdWallet analyzed the impact of DUIs on insurance throughout the country. The findings were particularly interesting for those in ...
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  • On behalf of Dan Henner of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebsposted in Drunk Driving on Friday, July 18, 2014. A man out of California is in the news for his attempt to take a case to the highest court in the United States: SCOTUS. SCOTUS, or the Supreme Court of the United States, denied review of his case. The case provides an interesting take on the reliability of DUI machines. The man's ...
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  • On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Criminal Defense on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The Supreme Court of the United States, or SCOTUS, has been busy lately. From the Hobby Lobby case to cellphone issues, the justices have been addressing a wide range of legal matters in the last few weeks. When it comes to those facing criminal charges, the holding issued by ...
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  • How the Facebook case applies to you

    || 1-Jul-2014

    On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Criminal Defense on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The Fourth Amendment is designed to provide the protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. This constitutionally guaranteed right extends to a variety of circumstances, but does it cover social media? That is a question currently being considered on an appeal being ...
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  • California DUI checkpoints - is the evidence admissible?

    || 25-Jun-2014

    On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebsposted in Drunk Driving on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. DUI Checkpoints are found throughout the state of California. The stops are desgined to help better ensure that the state's roadways are safe and to discourage drivers from getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink or using drugs that could impair their ability ...
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  • How much does exoneration cost California?

    || 19-Jun-2014

    On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Criminal Defense on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The Innocence Project has drawn attention to the process of exoneration, which occurs when a person is wrongfully convicted for a crime that he or she did not commit. When states put the wrong person in prison, that person can sue. These lawsuits are intended to help make ...
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