Animal abuse and neglect is not uncommon but it is very hard to police since it’s not widely reported. In order to understand the legal repercussions, it’s important to understand the definition of animal abuse, which covers a broad range of conduct. Animal cruelty happens whenever an animal is physically abused or neglected, like deprived of food, water, shelter or veterinary services. [Read more…]
Elder abuse is neglect, exploitation or harmful mistreatment of anyone who is 65 or older. It can include physical violence, psychological abuse, isolation, abandonment, abduction, false imprisonment or a caregivers neglect and it can also involve taking a senior’s money or property. Elder abuse can be prosecuted as either a felony or a misdemeanor. It depends on the defendant’s criminal history and the facts of the case. [Read more…]
Victimless crimes don’t have a black and white definition, but are still a serious concern and in fact, constitute 86% of federal prison population. Some offenses that have been categorized as a victimless crime include: public drunkenness, vagrancy, various sexual acts, obscenity, pornography, drug offenses and gambling to name a few. If you find yourself being charged with a victimless crime, make sure to call an experienced attorney who can help you get through it.
Hate crimes are criminal acts or attempted criminal acts against an individual, a group of individuals, or society as a whole. Because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or disability. The victim of a hate crime can also be a business or institution.
California is one of twelve states that has legalized marijuana for medicinal uses. However, it is still illegal for any recreational use. Selling marijuana can have severe criminal penalties so it’s important you understand the legal ramifications and contact an experienced attorney who can help you if you find yourself facing such charges. In California, it is a felony to sell or import to the state any usable amount of marijuana and could be subject to two-four years in county jail. [Read more…]
The United States Constitution allows individuals the right to possess firearms, but every state has different ways of regulating the use and possession of firearms, and California gun laws are among the toughest. California has complicated codes and potential for severe penalties so make sure if you are charged with violating of statutes, you consult with a criminal defense attorney. [Read more…]
In California, any sexual intercourse between an adult ages 18 and over with a minor under the age of 18 is illegal and therefore, considered statutory rape. Statutory rape is a crime regardless if the sex was consensual. It’s under the premise that minors are incapable of giving informed consent to sexual intercourse. Although statutory rape does not require the prosecutor prove an assault, it is still considered rape. That means, a college 19 year old male who is still in a relationship and has regular sexual lintercourse with his 17 year old girlfriend, is guilty of statutory rape. So even if the sex was consensual, it is illegal and to make matters worse, a lot of innocent people are charged with it. [Read more…]
Fraud, or white collar crime, consists of several different crimes like forgery and identity theft, insurance fraud, real estate and mortgage fraud, financial fraud, among other types of fraud. According to California law, any person who uses fraud or deceit to obtain possession of money, labor or personal property is guilty of theft by trick, which is different than larceny. [Read more…]
There are other flaws with the HGN test result. Chemicals, drugs, and numerous substances can cause nystagmus (jerking of the eyes) without the presence of alcohol.
For example the ingestion of barbiturates, antihistamines, phencyclidine, depressants, and anticonvulsants can cause nystagmus. Other influential substances include caffeine, nicotine or aspirin. Even atmospheric pressure influences nystagmus. [Read more…]
The crime of battery is defined as a deliberate harmful or offensive touching of someone else without his or her consent. Although we tend to think of battery as a violent act, such as a punch in the nose or a kick to the stomach, a light brush of the hand can be battery in some cases. A man who deliberately rubs his hand across a woman’s breast without her consent, for example, commits battery, even if the woman isn’t physically injured, because the touching is highly offensive to the woman. [Read more…]