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  • If I Have a Criminal Conviction in California, Can I be Deported?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    “Permanent residents” and “visa and green card holders” enjoy most rights and privileges of other U.S. citizens. They can both work and live in the United States. However, if they commit certain crimes in California, they can be stripped of their status as a permanent resident or have their visas and green cards taken away, leading to deportation and permanent removal from ...
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  • Is Leaving The Scene of An Accident A Crime in California?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    Yes. This is commonly known as a Hit and Run. Leaving the scene of an accident without exchanging personal identifying information and assisting an injured person is a crime in California. A driver must stop whenever there is an accident or vehicle collision regardless of who was at fault, the extent of damages or the seriousness of the injury. Failure to follow these procedures can result in ...
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  • Can You Be Charged & Prosecuted For Accidentally Shoplifting?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    Have you or someone you know been accused and charged with shoplifting ? It can happen to anyone and there are several reasons people shoplift: Economic Necessity - Some people do not have the money to purchase what they need or want. Excitement & Thrill – Some shoplifters experience a high or an adrenaline rush when stealing. Often these shoplifters have no need for the products they ...
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  • Police Knock at the Door and Ask to Come In - Can You Say No?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    You’re entertaining friends in your living room when you hear a knock at the door. You peek through the window: it’s the cops, and they’re asking you to let them in. What do you do? Are you legally required to open the door? What if the officer claims they only want to talk to you – are you required to say something? Can you ignore them, or will they break down your door? ...
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  • What Do I Say If Pulled Over By Police?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    Getting stopped by law enforcement can be a stressful experience, whether or not you have anything to hide. Most people will be pulled over several times during their driving career, usually for minor traffic violations. However, a routine stop can quickly become a serious situation if the officer suspects the driver or passenger(s) of committing a crime. You should be aware of your rights if you ...
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  • What Do I Say If Pulled Over By Police?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    Getting stopped by law enforcement can be a stressful experience, whether or not you have anything to hide. Most people will be pulled over several times during their driving career, usually for minor traffic violations. However, a routine stop can quickly become a serious situation if the officer suspects the driver or passenger(s) of committing a crime. You should be aware of your rights if you ...
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  • Can the Police Search My Car?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    Can the police search your car? The short answer is yes. The police do not need a valid search warrant to search your car during a traffic stop. People in cars have a lower expectation of privacy than in their homes. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that because cars are mobile, there is an opportunity to transport contraband and weapons or use it to commit crimes. A car search must be ...
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  • Can the Police Search My Car?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    Can the police search your car? The short answer is yes. The police do not need a valid search warrant to search your car during a traffic stop. People in cars have a lower expectation of privacy than in their homes. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that because cars are mobile, there is an opportunity to transport contraband and weapons or use it to commit crimes. A car search must be ...
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  • Can I Get Arrested For Drugs That Weren't Mine?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    If you have been arrested or charged with possession of illegal drugs that weren’t yours, you may in for the shock of your life. Many people attempt to assert their innocence to law enforcement, though that may backfire. “ They aren't mine ” or “ I don't know how they got there ” are excuses that officers hear all the time and are often dismissed as untrue. If ...
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  • Can I Get Arrested For Drugs That Weren't Mine?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    If you have been arrested or charged with possession of illegal drugs that weren’t yours, you may in for the shock of your life. Many people attempt to assert their innocence to law enforcement, though that may backfire. “ They aren't mine ” or “ I don't know how they got there ” are excuses that officers hear all the time and are often dismissed as untrue. If ...
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  • Can I Be Extradited from Los Angeles for an Out-of-State Warrant?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    What is Extradition? Extradition is the legal process by which one state turns over a wanted criminal to another state. The reasons for which a person may be extradited include: commission of a crime, escape from imprisonment, or probation, parole, or bail violation. There are two types of California extradition cases: extradition into California and extradition out of California. If you have been ...
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  • Can I Be Charged with Rape if the Minor Consented?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    A 19-year-old boy is dating a 17 year-old-girl from the local high school. No problem. There is only a two-year difference in age and nowadays that's common behavior amongst teenagers. However, if he is having sex with the minor and lives in California, he can be prosecuted for Statutory Rape even if the sex was willing and consensual. That's because in the eyes of the law, a minor is ...
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  • Can I Be Charged with Rape if the Minor Consented?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    A 19-year-old boy is dating a 17 year-old-girl from the local high school. No problem. There is only a two-year difference in age and nowadays that's common behavior amongst teenagers. However, if he is having sex with the minor and lives in California, he can be prosecuted for Statutory Rape even if the sex was willing and consensual. That's because in the eyes of the law, a minor is ...
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  • What Does Soliciting a Prostitute Mean?

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    The California prostitution law, Penal Code section 647(b), makes it is illegal to engage in, agree to engage in, offer, or seek sexual services in exchange for money or some other form of compensation. Soliciting for prostitution means to offer or accept money or other compensation for sex. Soliciting means to persuade, induce, or urge someone to do something. Soliciting for prostitution also ...
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  • What Does Soliciting a Prostitute Mean?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    The California prostitution law, Penal Code section 647(b), makes it is illegal to engage in, agree to engage in, offer, or seek sexual services in exchange for money or some other form of compensation. Soliciting for prostitution means to offer or accept money or other compensation for sex. Soliciting means to persuade, induce, or urge someone to do something. Soliciting for prostitution also ...
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