New Law Helps Juvenile Offenders Escape Lifetime Consequences

New Law Helps Juvenile Offenders Escape Lifetime Consequences Making mistakes is part of being young, as trying and failing is the only way to learn. However, when youthful mistakes involve criminal charges, the consequences may last for a lifetime. Whenever criminal...

State Measures Tighten Gun Laws

Everyone shares a basic desire to protect themselves from and avoid unnecessary harm. Living in a populous state like California means having to interact with and encounter many people on a daily basis, and brings the risk of being harmed. Many people own guns to...

Legal Defenses to Stolen Property Charges

While there are signs the economy in the U.S. is continuing to slowly improve from the fallout of the 2008 recession, there are still a lot of people struggling to find decent and steady work. Unfortunately, the need to buy items does not go away. Therefore, it may...

Newly Signed Law and Police Detention

Few would support the occurrence of criminal activity in their neighborhood, but the desire for a safe place to live does not always supplant a person’s reluctance to report suspicious or criminal activity to police. Unfortunately, history has shown that police...

What Is Considered Gang Activity?

California has a history of fighting gang violence with tough sentencing laws for close to 30 years. While this goal is laudable, the tough stance the State has on gang violence has led police to associate individuals with these organizations simply based on where...

How Mental Illness Can Impact Criminal Charges

Individuals suffering from mental illness are one of the most vulnerable groups in society. Stigmas about their presumed propensity to engage in illegal activity can result in the unfair targeting of the mentally ill when crimes are suspected. Anyone facing criminal...

Is Failing to Report a Crime Itself Illegal?

Contacting the police, even under the best of circumstances, can be a stressful experience, and if a person has negative associations with law enforcement, a greater reluctance to reach out may exist. Minorities may especially have reason to hold back on contacting...

How to Seal and Destroy Juvenile and Adult Arrest Records

No one is immune from making a mistake, and this is especially true when a person is young and trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in the world. Many people probably assume that if they entered the juvenile system as a minor, these records would be...

Suicide: Be Careful What You Say

Many people have some connection with suicide, and few would endorse it as a good choice. However, what some people may not know is the state can prosecute a person for someone else’s suicide if it thinks the accused encouraged or otherwise aided the act....