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  • Can I Seal My Arrest Record in Los Angeles?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    In Los Angeles, you can be wrongfully arrested and still have the arrest record show up on a criminal background check for the rest of your life, unless you seal that arrest. This is true even if that arrest did not lead to a conviction. An arrest on a background check can be an obstacle to employment, promotion, renting or buying a house. Employers and landlords who depend on background checks to ...
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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?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    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?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    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?

    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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  • 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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  • 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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