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  • Accused of Child Sex Abuse in Los Angeles?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    Being accused of child sexual abuse can be one of the most stressful allegations any parent, relative or person could face. Often, prosecutors may file a criminal case with little or no physical evidence and uncorroborated statements of the victim. If the case goes to trial, it may come down to a “he said, she said” case where the result will have a lot to do with who you believe. ...
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  • Violating A Court Order In Los Angeles: Contempt of Court

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    A court order is a ruling, direction or instruction issued by a court or judge requiring a person to do or abstain from doing certain acts. Willful violation of a court order is a crime in California, charged as Contempt of Court and prosecuted under California Penal Code section 166. If you are accused of violating a court order, we can help. Call and schedule a consultation with one of our ...
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  • Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse Restraining Orders

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    California law provides protection from abuse for Elder and Dependent Adults in the form of restraining orders. These restraining orders are a powerful tool that can be used to stop the conduct of a person abusing an Elder or Dependent Adult. An Elder Adult refers to any person 65 years or older; a Dependent Adult is any person between the ages of 18-64 years of age who has physical or mental ...
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  • Is Giving False Information To The DMV A Crime in Los Angeles?

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    Many people may think that lying to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) is no big deal, but in California it is misdemeanor crime punishable by up to 6 months in county jail as well as a $1000 fine. California Vehicle Code section 20 states “ It is unlawful to use a false or fictitious name; to knowingly make any false statement; or conceal any material fact in any document filed with the ...
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  • Los Angeles Handicap Parking Fraud California Law

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    You're running late to work and you need your coffee fix. On your way to work you spot a Starbucks and pull in and grab the only parking space available – Handicap Parking. You figure you will only be several minutes and you park there. You then run in and grab your favorite tall latte and dash to your car only to find a citation on your windshield. You just committed Handicap parking ...
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  • Los Angeles Grand Theft Auto ... It's Not A Game!

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    Grand Theft Auto (California Penal Code section 487(d)(1) is a serious crime in Los Angeles. If convicted, you could face some stern consequences. Grand Theft Auto “ GTA ” is charged when someone takes another person's vehicle without the owner's permission and with the intent to deprive the owner of the vehicle permanently or for a period of time long enough to deprive the ...
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  • If I Borrow Or Rent A Car Can I Be Charged With Theft In Los Angeles?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    The answer to that question is both yes and no. It depends on the circumstances. A key factor in any auto or vehicle theft offense is what the borrower or renter specifically intends to do with the car at the time of taking it. Generally, a person is guilty of auto theft when he or she takes a car, without the owner's consent and with the specific intent to take it from its rightful owner ...
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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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  • 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 of a misdemeanor it will be on your criminal record. Driving without a license can also be charged as an infraction ...
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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?

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    Leaving the Scene of an Accident Leaving the scene of an accident, also known as Hit and Run, is a criminal offense committed when the driver of a vehicle leaves the scene of an auto accident without immediately stopping and exchanging driver information with the other party or rendering reasonable assistance when the accident involves death or injury. A driver is required to immediately stop ...
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  • Can You Be Charged & Prosecuted For Accidentally Shoplifting?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    What is Shoplifting? To begin, we must first understand what shoplifting is. According to California Penal Code sections 484 and 488, shoplifting, otherwise known as petty theft, is prosecuted as a misdemeanor and is defined as taking personal property of another valued at $950 or less, without the person's consent and with the intent of permanently depriving the owner of the property. If the ...
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  • Can the Police Search My Car?

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    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

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    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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  • 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. In many cases, escorts are booked through an agency or, through internet ads such as: CityVibe Backpage Eros Escorts are legal in California if they have a valid California permit or license; however, escort licenses are very difficult to obtain in Los Angeles, and escorts who provide sexual ...
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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

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    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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  • 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?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    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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