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Can I Get Arrested for Being High?

 Posted on February 09, 2024 in Criminal Defense

CA defense lawyerIn most states, people can only be arrested for drug crimes if they are caught in possession of a controlled substance. California is not like most states in that regard. You do not need to actually have a controlled substance in your possession to get in trouble for drug activity. Simply being found under the influence of an illicit substance is enough to get you arrested and charged with a misdemeanor drug offense. This law is designed to address the social issues that can come with a large number of visibly inebriated people in public spaces. While many drug users can function fairly normally while high, many others create public disturbances or pose a danger to the public. This law enables the police to arrest anyone they encounter who seems to be under the influence of an illegal substance, such as heroin or methamphetamine. If you are charged with being under the influence, a San Jose, CA, criminal defense attorney can help. 

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What to do if Your Child is Hit by a Car

 Posted on January 27, 2024 in Personal Injury

San Jose, CA child injury lawyerSadly, children are often at higher risk of being hit by a car than adults. Children who like to play outside often ride their bikes or play ball in the street. Delivery drivers in particular often pose a risk to children, as they are likely focused on finding the correct address and may not be paying attention to their surroundings. 

Although the city of San Jose takes care to address pedestrian safety issues, some drivers fail to follow important laws giving pedestrians who are crossing the street at an intersection right of way. School zones can be a particularly dangerous area, despite safety measures. Parents may be in a hurry to drop off their own children and get to work, failing to look out for other children who are walking to school. Non-school traffic may become frustrated with the slow pace and make risky maneuvers. If your child has been hit by a vehicle, it is very important to call 911 immediately, and then contact a San Jose, CA, pedestrian accidents attorney as soon as you can. 

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Moving Forward After a Felony

 Posted on January 12, 2024 in Criminal Defense

San Jose, CA criminal defense lawyerThere are some cases where no matter how skilled your attorney is, a felony conviction is inevitable. Felonies, like burglary and distribution of a controlled substance, are considered substantially more serious than misdemeanors like a simple DUI. The role of your San Jose, CA, criminal defense lawyer in these cases is to provide you with the best defense possible under the circumstances while seeking to minimize any consequences you may face. \

If you are almost certain to be convicted or plead guilty, it is best to start preparing for life after a felony. While it is true that life can be more difficult for felons, moving on and living a great life is entirely possible. You may face unique challenges, like finding a place to live after you are released from prison, or finding a good job that does not require a clean background check. There are steps you can begin taking now to prepare you for success and happiness after a conviction. 

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Drunk Driving Accidents and the Holidays

 Posted on December 21, 2023 in Car Accident

Palo Alto Car Accident Attorney

It is fairly easy to correctly conclude that there is an elevated risk of encountering a drunk driver during the holiday season. People are having parties where the alcohol flows freely. Others may be drinking more to cope with the stress of dealing with family. While it is easy to understand why people tend to drink during the holidays, it is much harder to understand why the drunk driver who just hit you thought they could drive in their condition. Everyone knows that it is illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol - or marijuana, or opioid pain medication, or any other intoxicant, legal or otherwise. Yet, the statistics year after year suggest that quite a few people do it anyway, putting everyone around them in danger and causing an unusual number of car accidents. If you were recently injured by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. A Palo Alto, CA, car accident lawyer can help you understand your rights and pursue the funds you are owed.

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Help for Women Accused of Domestic Violence

 Posted on December 11, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Alameda County Criminal Defense Attorney

Over the last ten years or so, it has become far more common for women to get arrested for domestic violence when the police are called to a dispute. While this is a very good thing for genuine male survivors of intimate partner violence, there is a distinct problem. Many of the women who are accused of domestic assault against a male partner were defending themselves. While there are women who perpetuate violence against men, women are far more likely to be the victim of domestic violence than the offender. When the police arrive, they have no real way of knowing what transpired before they got there. Unless the entire incident was captured on a security camera - which abusers rarely allow in their homes - the police have to guess who was the dominant aggressor. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is important to contact a Fremont, CA, criminal defense lawyer

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3 Common Juvenile Charges and Their Impact

 Posted on November 21, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Untitled---2023-11-21T125846.863.jpgMaking mistakes is a normal part of growing up. Most teenagers’ mistakes result in nothing worse or more permanent than an in-school suspension or failing a test. An unlucky few, however, will get arrested for their mistakes. Being charged with a crime can be stressful for anyone of any age. Juveniles may experience a different type of stress. Their future may be riding on the results of the case. Being adjudicated delinquent, even for a minor offense, can prevent a teenager from getting into the college they want to attend. It may even become a barrier for young people who were planning to enlist in the military. If your minor child is facing juvenile criminal charges, the best thing you can do to help them is to immediately contact a qualified criminal defense attorney with experience in juvenile courts. Many juveniles are eligible for some type of diversion program that can prevent their record from following them. 

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What to do Right After a Car Accident

 Posted on November 08, 2023 in Car Accident

Untitled---2023-11-08T151217.671.jpgMost people get an adrenaline rush when they are involved in a car accident, even if the accident seems minor. Adrenaline is sometimes called the “fight or flight” chemical. While it can be helpful in certain types of emergencies, it can also make it hard to think clearly. Remembering what steps you need to take immediately after a car accident can be difficult, but it is very important that you do take the right steps. You may wish to refer to this guide while you are navigating the aftermath of an accident. Knowing what to do right away after a car accident can help you in a number of ways, especially if you will need to pursue compensation for medical costs or other losses. It is best to call an attorney as soon as you can do so safely. 

4 Things to do Immediately After a Motor Vehicle Crash

Some of the most important things you can do right away after an auto accident include: 

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Why Distracted Driving Is Likely to Lead to Car Accidents

 Posted on October 20, 2023 in Car Accident

Untitled---2023-10-20T124202.732.jpgDistracted driving has become a major concern on the roads of California and throughout the U.S. With the increasing use of smartphones, drivers are more distracted than ever before. In fact, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. If you have been injured in an accident that you believe was caused by a distracted driver, you can work with an attorney to determine your options for receiving compensation that will address the harm you have suffered.

The Rise of Distracted Driving

In recent years, distracted driving has been on the rise due to advancements in technology and other issues that command people’s attention. Smartphones have become an indispensable part of our lives, but they also pose a significant threat when used behind the wheel.

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When Can a Person Be Charged With Identity Theft in California?

 Posted on October 09, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Untitled---2023-10-09T163415.734.jpgIdentity theft is a criminal offense that involves the unauthorized use of someone's personal information for fraudulent purposes. In California, the laws regarding identity theft are stringent, and people who obtain, possess, or use other people’s personal information illegally can face severe penalties. It is important to understand when a person can be charged with identity theft in California and what types of penalties they may face if they are convicted of this crime. When defending against identity theft or fraud charges, it is important to work with an attorney who has experience representing clients in these types of cases.

Understanding Identity Theft Charges

Identity theft occurs when someone uses another person's personal or financial information without their consent, typically for financial gain or to commit fraudulent activities. The stolen information can include:

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Can I Face Criminal Charges for Violating a Protective Order?

 Posted on September 21, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Untitled---2023-09-29T113538.246.jpgA protective order, also known as a restraining order or an order of protection, is a legal document issued by the court to protect people from abuse or harassment. These orders are typically filed in cases involving allegations of domestic violence, stalking, harassment, or other forms of violence or abuse. A protective order can place significant restrictions on a person. They may be accused of violating the terms of the order when engaging in daily activities such as contacting their family members or returning to their home. Violations of protective orders can result in serious criminal charges. In these situations, an experienced attorney can provide guidance on how to defend against these accusations and avoid penalties.

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