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  • Is Flying A Drone A Crime In California?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    As drones grow in popularity, states across the nation are adopting laws to protect privacy and limit drone usage, but what about California? Drones are classified as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and often carry cameras, video recording devices, or, sometimes, weapons. While sometimes the visual and audio aids help the operator to fly the drone or create videos, they can also be used for more ...
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  • Is Driving On A Suspended License A Crime In Los Angeles?

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    If you are driving a vehicle on a suspended or revoked license in Los Angeles and are stopped by the police, you can be arrested and thrown in jail and have your vehicle impounded. California Vehicle Code section 14601 makes it a misdemeanor crime to drive when you know that your driver's license is suspended. It is presumed you knew of your license suspension if the DMV sent you a letter ...
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  • First and Second Degree Burglary in Los Angeles: What is the Difference?

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    First Degree Burglary, also referred to as a res burg or residential burglary, is defined in California Penal Code section 459 as the breaking and entering of a residence with the intent to commit a theft or a felony. A residence by law is a structure that is liveable/inhabitable. In plain language it means the breaking into an occupied home with the intent to commit a crime. First Degree Burglary ...
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  • Is Driving Without A License A Crime in Los Angeles?

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    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?

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    “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?

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    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?

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    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 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?

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    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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  • Can I Be Extradited from Los Angeles for an Out-of-State Warrant?

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    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?

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    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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  • California Peeping Tom Laws

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    Peeping Tom Laws exist to safeguard peoples' privacy. These laws are intended to protect you from voyeurs, nosy neighbors, stalkers, strangers, ex-boyfriends, and perverts. A Peeping Tom refers to a person who obtains sexual gratification by secretly watching others through windows at night. The Peeping Tom laws are contained in California Penal Code sections 647(i) Peeking While Loitering and ...
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  • Can Possession of a Fake ID Land You in Jail?

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    While most people think of possession of a fake ID as a harmless crime, Los Angeles prosecutors view the possession of a fake ID as serious business. According to California Penal Code section 470b, possessing or displaying a fake ID is a crime in California. The criminal law definition of a “ fake ID ” is any government-issued driver’s license or identification card (US ...
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  • Is Road Rage a Crime in California?

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    Road Rage is aggressive or violent driving done intentionally and maliciously with disregard for public safety. Some behaviors that lead to Road Rage include: Cutting off a driver Driving too slow on the fast lane Making obscene gestures to other drivers Yelling or using profanity Making threats to other drivers Blocking traffic Using your horn excessively Brandishing a firearm or a weapon ...
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  • Escort Laws in Los Angeles

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    An escort is a paid companion or date who accompanies another person to a social or entertainment event. Escorts are booked through an agency or, in many cases, through internet ads such as CityVibe, Backpage and Eros. Escorts are legal in California if they have a valid California permit or license. Escort licenses are very difficult to obtain in Los Angeles. Escorts who provide sexual services ...
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  • Can Adderall Get Me in Trouble?

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    Adderall is a popularly prescribed drug used primarily to treat the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While the drug can be beneficial in this regard, in recent years a number of people have taken to using stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin for other off-label purposes, such as to stimulate mood or as a study aid. Because the drug is effective at sharpening cognitive ...
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  • How to Interview & Hire the Right Defense Attorney

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    If you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime in Los Angeles, DON'T PLEAD GUILTY without considering all your options. The law provides that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. That’s what we believe, and that is why we fight for our clients. Pleading guilty results in a permanent criminal record. A guilty plea comes with risks of jail time, large fines, probation, ...
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  • What are the Penalties for Attempted Crimes?

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    Many people are surprised to learn that even if a crime has not been completed, the very act of attempting to commit a crime is, in itself, a crime according to state and federal law. What does it mean to attempt a crime? An attempt is defined not only as intending to commit a crime, but also taking steps toward completing it, even if those steps proved ineffective. Because the potential to cause ...
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  • Celebrities Push Back Against "Stalkerazzi"

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    Security and privacy is a major issue these days, especially among celebrities who face constant harassment by paparazzi. That is why a number of celebrities, empowered by social media, are fighting back in an effort to protect not only their personal privacy, but also the privacy of their children. Many have taken to using the term “stalkerazzi” to describe aggressive photographers ...
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  • Why is Probable Cause Important to My Case?

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    You may have heard that police need “probable cause” to arrest you, but what does this mean? Because probable cause is often subjective, the answer is not always clear. The term probable cause comes from the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which states that law enforcement must have a legitimate reason grounded in firm evidence for making an arrest, searching an ...
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  • False Domestic Violence Claims

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    Los Angeles Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer Inaccurate domestic violence claims can be detrimental to the other partner’s criminal record and may affect the rest of that person’s life. For this reason, it is best to handle the situation using professional, legal help to make sure rights are protected. Below, we have listed a few different methods you may want to use when handling a ...
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  • Is It Illegal For Me to Buy Adderall Without a Prescription?

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    When it comes to college, many students study in libraries or close-by coffee shops, isolating themselves from human contact to cram for tests. With such heavy workload, many students partake in substances, such as energy drinks and coffee, to stay awake and focus. However, another substance has become increasingly popular amongst college students, especially during finals weeks. This substance is ...
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  • Can I Get a DUI Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    The short answer is, “Yes. You can be charged with DUI if you are caught driving under the influence of marijuana in California.” In fact, driving while high can land you with the same charges a person caught drinking and driving might face. While some may argue, marijuana possesses the ability to impair a driver’s ability to react as he/she might when sober. For this reason, a ...
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  • How to Avoid a DUI the Morning After Drinking

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    Drunk driving is a serious issue all over the United States. However, many people fail to notice that drunk driving arrests can occur at any time of day. While many alcohol-related arrests occur at night, law enforcement can arrest you for driving under the influence at any time, including mornings! Studies show that on average, a human body can only metabolize one drink per hour. That means if a ...
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  • What is the Difference Between Theft, Robbery, and Burglary?

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    You might think that theft, robbery, and burglary are the same. In reality, these terms refer to three criminal offenses with different penalties. These offenses are generally “property crimes,” but only share a few similarities. California’s Theft Law Also called “larceny” or “petty theft,” theft happens when a person intentionally takes another ...
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