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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Criminal Defense on Thursday, June 5, 2014. California's Sex Offender Registry is designed to help increase the safety of those who live in California by keeping track of individuals who are charged with certain sex offense crimes. Critics argue that there is no proof to support that the registry fulfills this goal. ...
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  • Welcome To Our Blog

    || 27-Oct-2013

    Welcome to our Criminal and Immigration law blog. Please stop by periodically for news and events.
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