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While you may assume you can only contact a lawyer after investigators have charged you with a crime, the reality is that you are always allowed to reach out to a lawyer no matter the status of your case. The law is extremely intricate, and most people are not aware they have committed a crime until they are arrested. However, if you do suspect that you are being investigated for a crime, then you should reach out to jD LAW immediately to ensure you have proper legal guidance throughout a pre-file investigation.
Cell phones have become so commonplace that it is hard to go anywhere without someone taking a photo, making a call, or recording a video. While most of the content on a phone may seem mundane, it can also be extremely relevant during a criminal trial. It is extremely normal for witnesses to pull out a cell phone and start recording an alleged crime or arrest. However, this footage does come against certain California laws regarding privacy, including eavesdropping laws, that could influence how effective it is in the courtroom.
The state of California has complex laws regarding DUIs that most defendants are not aware of how serious their charges can be. Even for first-time offenders, prosecutors in San Diego County can level significant charges if they have evidence of additional crimes or you meet certain criteria. These are often referred to as “enhancements” and can take a single misdemeanor charge and turn it into a felony.
There is almost nothing more devastating than a spinal cord injury. In minor accidents, these injuries may come with a large amount of discomfort and pain while you recover and get back on your feet. But the more catastrophic accidents can leave a victim with the inability to walk, move their hands, control their bladder, and feel below the waist or neck. Paralysis is a common side effect of spinal cord injuries, and it can come with a massive price tag.
Renewing a license is a common, if annoying, affair that California drivers have to deal with every few years. Sometimes it is as simple as submitting an application online and paying a fee, while other times you have to make an appointment with the DMV, submit new paperwork, and take a test. Whatever the case, getting into an accident when your license is expired can be a stressful and confusing situation. You may assume you are unable to file a claim or that you could face criminal charges by the police. However, you may still have options if you were in an accident when your license was expired.
When you begin filing a personal injury claim, most attorneys will try to assure you that only one in ten cases result in a lawsuit and jury trial. Insurance companies do not want to spend money on court fees and jury verdicts and are often more willing to settle out of court. However, while this is true, it is important to understand the entire process, as your case may be in that 10% that do go to trial.
One of the many unexpected aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak is the unique changes to California’s laws. Several agencies have modified restrictions regarding marijuana deliveries to allow for social distancing, adjusted deadlines for filing for license renewals, and even changed regulations for alcohol use. In the latter case, the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) has allowed restaurants and bars to serve “takeout” alcoholic drink orders to any customer ordering a delivery or to-go order with a meal. This modification applies to both closed containers like prepackaged beer bottles or cans, as well as custom-made cocktails and delivery orders.
As California is now a mail-in state for the November 2020 ballot, there are two major initiatives that can affect the criminal justice system. The first is SB10, which we have covered previously, but another major item is SB-710, which could change misdemeanor charges in felonies, modify parole eligibility, and change procedures for DNA evidence.
As San Diego County is still operating under the Stay at Home Order in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, many businesses have had to shift to curbside, takeout, or delivery options to maintain their operations. This has included the cannabis industry, as dispensaries are currently allowed to employ marijuana delivery drivers to fulfill customer orders. However, there are still certain restrictions and regulations that drivers must abide by in order to avoid breaking the law.
San Diego has faced a series of lawsuits over the past few years based around public safety, such as poor road maintenance, and that same liability may also extend to public beaches. The city is known for its extremely popular and beautiful beaches, as well as several hidden gems that make it such a beloved destination. However, improper maintenance of these beaches has led to multiple sidewalk tripping hazards that can cause serious injuries. Thus, it stands to reason that the city can be subject to several claims for damages from injured residents and visitors.
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