CALIFORNIA GUN LAWS

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Criminal Lawyer in Sacramento Explains the New California Gun Laws in Detail

California saw some big changes to its gun laws in 2016. These changes in regulation will affect up to 6 million gun owners across the state. These new laws are set to take effect in the beginning of 2017, but certain aspects will be rolled out over the following years. Due to some recent complications with the legislation, including legislative overlap and concern over the constitutionality of the laws, many Californians are left confused about the laws effects and what action should be taken. If you have any questions about CA gun laws, t’s important you speak with a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Continue reading “CALIFORNIA GUN LAWS”

WILL PAST CONVICTIONS AFFECT MY CURRENT CASE?

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Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Past Convictions and How They Can Affect Your Current Case

If you ask a psychologist what the best predictor of future human behavior is, they will almost certainly answer “past human behavior”. Many of us are programmed to be change averse, and this tends to make our habits and personality “sticky” and difficult to change. Continue reading “WILL PAST CONVICTIONS AFFECT MY CURRENT CASE?”

DOES CALIFORNIA HAVE A STAND YOUR GROUND LAW?

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A lot of attention has been afforded to “stand your ground” laws across the country following the highly publicized and fatal encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012. We will leave the details of that specific case for another time and place, but the subject of “stand your ground” laws is worth an in depth discussion.

The term “stand your ground” has been used across the country by a variety of states to describe their self-defense laws. In Texas for example, the term “stand your ground” is used because the self-defense laws state that an individual is allowed to use force against a perceived attacker if they are unable to hold or stand their ground, and they fear imminent and serious harm to themselves. In other words, you could make a valid defense for shooting someone who advanced upon you in a way that instilled fear of harm within you, as long as their advancement hampered your ability to stand your ground. In California, the laws surrounding the use of force during self-defense are governed by the “Castle Doctrine” PC Section 198.5. Continue reading “DOES CALIFORNIA HAVE A STAND YOUR GROUND LAW?”

PROPERTY CRIMES

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Property crimes in the State of California include many common offenses that relate to the theft or destruction of someone else’s property. Crimes against property can range from low-level misdemeanors to general felonies. By definition, a property crime is the theft or damage of another’s property, and does not involve the use of force or threat of force against. In some cases, more serious violent felonies including robbery are considered crimes against property.

Property crimes are the most common crimes committed in California, and after years of declining property crime rates in the state, California has seen an explosion in crimes against property. Experts argue on the exact nature of the increase, but the numbers are clear. Continue reading “PROPERTY CRIMES”

VEHICULAR CRIMES

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Vehicular crimes can be classified as infractions, misdemeanors, or felonies. Depending on the charge, they can carry criminal penalties including probation, fines, jail time and incarceration in state prison. In addition to the aforementioned criminal penalties, you could be punished with vehicular penalties that can include the revocation or suspension of your drivers license, in some cases for life!

As data on traffic related injuries and deaths has become more readily available, vehicular crimes have become an increasing priority for prosecutors across the state of California. Charges are being brought more frequently and the severity of the associated penalties is on the rise across the state. Continue reading “VEHICULAR CRIMES”

ARSON

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Arson, the criminal act of setting fire to property, can fall under two categories in California.

  • The first is known as “malicious arson” which is always charged as a felony and considered a violent crime.
  • The second is “reckless burning” of property which could be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor.

If you have been charged with arson, contact Sacramento criminal defense attorney Alin Cintean for consultation today. Depending on the extent of the harm caused, your previous convictions and the intent behind the act, the penalties can vary. Continue reading “ARSON”

UNDERAGE DUI

Sacramento DUI Lawyer Provides Underage DUI Defense Legal Services

Driving under the influence is not only a dangerous and risky act to participate in but it has severe consequences, especially in the state of California, which as a zero tolerance policy for those underage. If you are above the legal drinking age in California, you will be arrested for a DUI when you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.

However, if you are under the age of 21, your BAC only has to be at 0.01%. California has two major laws concerning underage drinking and driving. The first pertains to a blood alcohol content of 0.01% and higher and the second pertains to a blood alcohol content of 0.05% or higher. If you are under 21 yrs of age and are arrested for drinking and driving, you can be violating more than one law. Contact an experienced Sacramento DUI lawyer for help. Continue reading “UNDERAGE DUI”

Getting Your First DUI

Sacramento DUI AttorneyDUI arrests continue to increase in frequency across the US as a whole and particularly in the state of California. With the increase in arrests, state and local governments have continued to increase the severity of punishments and a conviction will cost the average defendant in ways they may have never imagined. Aside from the serious government imposed penalties, DUI arrests place the accused under immense stress and can cause individuals to lose their jobs, standing in the community, and stability at home. Continue reading “Getting Your First DUI”

PROFESSIONAL LICENSE DEFENSE

In the state of California, by law, many people who hold a profession in an industry like medical, legal, construction, service, and many more, require to hold a current professional license in order to practice their profession. If you are a licensed professional, you have invested a substantial amount of years and money for education. You are considered an expert in your field and know how to advance in such profession. If you are facing an investigation, allegation or accusation that questions your license, contact an experienced Sacramento criminal attorney immediately for help. Continue reading “PROFESSIONAL LICENSE DEFENSE”