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  • Is Driving Without A License A Crime in Los Angeles?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    Yes, drivers caught driving without a valid driver's license in Los Angeles can be charged with a crime. California Vehicle Code section 12500 makes it illegal and a misdemeanor to drive a motor vehicle without a valid license in your possession. If you are charged and convicted with a misdemeanor it will be on your criminal record. Driving without a license can also be charged as an ...
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  • Is Driving Without A License A Crime in Los Angeles?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    Yes, drivers caught driving without a valid driver's license in Los Angeles can be charged with a crime. California Vehicle Code section 12500 makes it illegal and a misdemeanor to drive a motor vehicle without a valid license in your possession. If you are charged and convicted with a misdemeanor it will be on your criminal record. Driving without a license can also be charged as an ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 be 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. ...
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