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…]
It is most universally accepted that the indicators of intoxication are fatally flawed because sober individuals can be characterized as drunk drivers. According to legislative findings, there are approximately 60 pathological conditions that exhibit symptoms of alcohol consumption, despite the lack of alcohol being present. Alcohol symptoms may be the product of illness or medication, insulin overdose or deficiency, nervous system injuries, concussions, or hypoglycemia. Nevertheless, officers are adamant that their observations conclusively prove intoxication. [Read more…]
Walnut Creek is a city located in Contra Costa County, the first county in California to adopt the “Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence” initiative in February 2000. Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence is a multi-agency effort, designed to reduce domestic and other violence between people in intimate relationships. It assumes that strong early intervention with those that commit domestic violence offenses at the misdemeanor level will prevent the violence from escalating to the felony-level.
As part of the Zero Tolerance initiative, private and public agencies in Walnut Creek are encouraged to share information with each other to facilitate stronger and more efficient responses to domestic violence. In accordance with the program’s goals, during the first ten years after the initiative began there was an increase in prosecution of misdemeanor domestic violence, but a reduction in felony-level domestic violence charges. In light of these evolving trends in enforcement, if you are accused of domestic violence in Walnut Creek, the best course is to hire experienced and knowledgeable attorneys to defend you and seek the best possible outcome. [Read more…]
At Dudek & Cintean, a large number of our cases are sex crimes, including child molestation. In California, the penalties for a sexual offense conviction can sometimes be heavier than those for murder, and can include substantial time in prison, as well as lifetime registration as a sex offender. Because this list is so easily accessible, registration there can affect both employment and housing. If you have been accused of this kind of offense, it is important to understand what “child molestation” is under California law, and how the related criminal prosecution process works from start to finish. We are experienced criminal defense lawyers, two of whom previously worked for the prosecution and therefore have an exceptional understanding of how child molestation charges are handled from the investigation stage, through arrest, settlement discussions, and trial. [Read more…]