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  • Violating A Court Order In Los Angeles: Contempt of Court

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    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

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    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?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    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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  • Got a Criminal Record? How To Clean and Expunge Your Criminal Record in Los Angeles

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (U.S. Department of Justice) 68 million Americans have become “criminalized” with misdemeanor, felony, or other criminal records. This criminalization of Americans could be a roadblock to living a normal and productive life. Fortunately, most states, including California, provide relief to people convicted of certain misdemeanors and ...
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  • Los Angeles Handicap Parking Fraud California Law

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    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!

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    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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  • 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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  • Sealing Your Arrest Records in Los Angeles

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    In California, innocent people wrongfully arrested have a unique opportunity to have their arrest records sealed and destroyed by filing a Petition for Factual Innocence, according to California Penal Code section 851.8. This petition must be filed no later than two years from the date of arrest or the filing of a criminal complaint, whichever is the most recent. If you succeed in sealing your ...
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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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  • 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 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?

    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 ||

    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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  • 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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  • Escort Laws in Los Angeles

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    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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  • Busted for Speaking to a Prostitute?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    Most people know that prostitution is a crime in California. However, one common question we receive is, “can I get arrested and charged with a crime for simply speaking to a prostitute?” The laws concerning these matters can be complex, but the potential for an arrest and criminal charge depends on various factors. California Law Under California Penal Code Section 647(b), if a person ...
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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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  • How Can Requesting a DMV Hearing Help Me Save My License?

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    If you have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you are probably concerned that your driving privileges may be suspended. A number of questions come to mind when faced with this scenario. Will my license be taken away? How will I get to work or school? How soon can I get my license back? Is there anything I can do to possibly keep my license? Fortunately, ...
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  • Celebrities Push Back Against "Stalkerazzi"

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    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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  • Over 6,000 U.S. Inmates to Be Released from Federal Prisons This Month

    Posted By Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners ||

    In what will be one of the largest discharges of prisoners U.S. history, approximately 6,000 inmates are set to be released from federal prisons starting at the end of this month. This effort is part of a plan to ease massive prison overcrowding (the U.S. has one-quarter of the world’s prison population) and revoke some of the harsh penalties imposed upon non-violent drug offenses stemming ...
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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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