San Diego Law Blog
Given its location on the border of Mexico, California is considered a hotbed for drug trafficking, both into our state from Mexico and to neighboring states like Nevada and Arizona. Despite changes to our state’s laws regarding marijuana, it is still illegal for residents to travel to other states with marijuana, even if those states have also legalized it.
A person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is one of the key elements used by district attorneys to convict them of driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of California. Generally, if a police officer suspects someone of driving while intoxicated, the officer can pull them over and request a breathalyzer test to measure the driver’s BAC. If the driver has a BAC level of 0.08% or higher, then the officer can arrest the driver for DUI. However, BAC tests are not foolproof, and there are several factors that can influence the test to show a positive result, even if you have not had any alcohol.
Despite its widespread use as a prescription medication for a variety of mental health conditions, Adderall is considered a Schedule II drug in the state of California. Possessing or using Adderall without a prescription can lead to serious drug charges for adults, and there are still significant consequences for minors. As this drug is prescribed for young adults with ADHD and can be abused as a study aid, it is not uncommon for juvenile offenders to illegally buy or sell the drug for quick cash to fellow students. Any of these actions can drastically impact their future.
Given the nature of California’s relationship with wildfires and fireworks, our court systems often bring harsh charges down on people who start fires. An arson conviction can result in a lengthy prison sentence on top of hefty fines and restitution for any property damage. While in the majority of cases, starting a fire can be charged as a felony, there are situations where your charge can be reduced to a misdemeanor.
Being convicted of a DUI can lead to both administrative punishments and criminal penalties, each of which will have a major impact on your life. While first-time offenders may be able to avoid criminal charges, they may still have to deal with a license suspension if they are not successful in a DMV hearing. Losing your license could impact your career, your relationships, and generally just make it extremely difficult to live in California. Reinstating it, while not impossible, also requires several key steps.
Theft laws in California are extremely complex, often applying in only specific scenarios and situations. With regards to robbery, it is the act of taking another person’s property through force or violence while he or she is in the immediate vicinity. This law is specifically designed to contrast with burglary, shoplifting, and other common theft crimes. But even robbery has its own unique categories that can heavily influence the penalties you face.
Since the invention of Craigslist, the internet has hosted numerous posts surrounding users’ romantic and sexual interests. While some instances do lead to genuine and respectful connections, others can devolve into inappropriate and even nonconsensual messages. The further expansion of cell phones, social media, and dating apps led to the development of “sexting,” the sending of intimate and sexual messages through digital devices. This unique form of communication has become commonplace in modern society, but California courts are slowly coming to terms with how to handle situations when sexting involves criminal actions.
One of the biggest fears many San Diego residents have is being deported back to their home country, whether they are here illegally, on a green card, or have a visa. As such, many try their best to avoid criminal activities, which could jeopardize their immigration status in the United States. However, not all crimes can lead to deportation, and the courts must determine how to categorize a crime under immigration laws before a defendant can be deported.
Whether it was due to a fight or vehicle collision, any criminal charge that involves a death should be taken extremely seriously, as the prosecution will want to find someone to blame immediately for a homicide. They may launch an in-depth investigation into all suspects, invade your privacy, and follow thin trails of evidence to your doorstep. But while you may assume these cases typically lead to a murder charge, manslaughter is another very real possibility. While a conviction is typically lighter than murder, every defendant should take a manslaughter charge as seriously as possible.
While most parents believe they have the right to see their child at any time or take them on trips whenever they want, divorced parents operate under different rules and requirements. Once a couple separates, they must enter into a custody agreement by law in California. These custody schedules are not simple guidelines, and violating them can lead to serious consequences, including criminal charges of parental kidnapping.
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