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How Does a Court Determine the Value of Stolen Goods?

By San Diego Attorney on August 11, 2021

The value of stolen goods will determine whether a charge will be filed as petty theft or grand theft. The value of the goods is a crucial point in the level of a theft charge. The value should reflect the “fair market value” of the item. If it is determined the value is above $950, grand theft charges will be filed. The value of the item is of critical importance to the accused person – if the allegedly stolen item is overvalued by the prosecutor, the accused could face an unfair legal situation.

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Posted in: Theft Crimes

Can I Get Probation for Domestic Violence?

By San Diego Attorney on August 4, 2021

Rather than incarceration, you may have probation as the penalty for a domestic violence offense.

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Posted in: Domestic Abuse

The Sting: Understanding Entrapment and Prostitution

By San Diego Attorney on July 7, 2021

California has taken a mixed stance on prostitution over the years. While it is illegal in all contexts across the state, new laws have been enacted to protect prostitutes from prosecution in certain scenarios… but the state has also continued efforts to limit prostitution as much as possible. For “johns” and other sexual solicitors, there are still harsh penalties, and law enforcement has continued to utilize prostitution stings to catch and prosecute offenders.

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Posted in: Sex Crimes

Will an Old, Out-of-State DUI Affect My Current Charge?

By San Diego Attorney on June 30, 2021

Having to go through the process of fighting a DUI once can be draining, especially if your case ended in a license suspension and criminal penalties. Years later, you may think the charge is far behind and that you have paid your debt to society. But if you end up on the wrong side of the law again, that old DUI charge may come back to haunt you – even if it took place in another state.

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Posted in: DUI

Do Juveniles Have a Right to Self-Defense?

By San Diego Attorney on June 23, 2021

Self-defense is one of the first legal concepts the average person brings up when facing a potential assault and battery charge. While this is a useful defense, it only applies in a handful of scenarios and requires a skilled attorney to know how to use it. When a minor is arrested for inflicting physical violence on someone else, this defense may rely on a specific interpretation of the law.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

Meet the 2 Winners of the 2021 Against the Current Scholarship

By San Diego Attorney on June 3, 2021

Since launching the 2021 Against the Current Scholarship, our team at jD LAW, P.C. have been busy reading, re-reading, and debating over our 5 amazing finalists. Each of them brought something unique to the table and perfectly embodied the spirit of the Against the Current Scholarship. We started this scholarship to honor students and young adults who chose to stand up for their beliefs when others doubted them. Now, we are ready to award 2 outstanding students for their stories.

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Posted in: About JD Law

The Impact of a DUI on Your Visa

By San Diego Attorney on May 28, 2021

California has one of the largest immigrant populations in the United States, serving as a home to thousands of people from all around the world. Many are here legally, attending school and working for local businesses on certified visas. While these documents can be key to a new life, there are several strict rules you have to follow. If you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it can put your visa in jeopardy.

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Posted in: DUI

When Policing Errors Lead to an Arrest

By San Diego Attorney on May 21, 2021

Whether you saw those intimidating red-and-blue flashing lights in your rearview mirror or were suddenly served an arrest warrant, your first thought was probably, “What did I do wrong?”

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Posted in: DUI

Announcing the Finalists for the jD LAW, P.C. Against the Current Scholarship

By San Diego Attorney on May 19, 2021

Standing up for what you believe in every day is a challenge our team at jD LAW, P.C. know firsthand. We often take on difficult cases that few other attorneys would accept in order to give our clients the best defense possible. We respect any individual who takes a strong stance, even when others doubt them, which is why we launched the Against the Current Scholarship.

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Posted in: About JD Law

Beating a DUI With a Blood-Split Motion

By San Diego Attorney on May 14, 2021

When an officer believes a suspect has committed a DUI, the officer can have the suspect perform several tests: a field sobriety, breathalyzer, or chemical test. Most people are aware that these are standard procedure, but defendants in DUI cases should also know that they can request their own independent tests. Referred to as a “blood split motion,” this can be a powerful tool in avoiding the full penalties of a DUI charge.

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Posted in: DUI

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