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Blog Posts in December, 2014

  • 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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