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Support for End to California Death Penalty and Changes to Three-Strikes Laws Increase

Results from a Los Angeles Times poll show voters support ballot measures to repeal California’s death penalty and to ease the state’s three-strikes sentencing laws. According to the results, the gap between those who support Proposition 34 and those who oppose it has shrunk to only 3 percent. The poll shows that 42 percent of voters say they would vote for Prop 34 and 45 percent say they would vote against it. The vote could go either way as 12 percent say they are still undecided. Proposition 34 would apply retroactively to condemned inmates and would require those convicted of...

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How to Choose the Right Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are arrested and charged with a crime in the greater Los Angeles area choosing the right criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. It is important to choose an aggressive defense lawyer with a proven record of success. But, how do you find the right lawyer? The Internet has made finding a lawyer easier than ever. But how do you know if you are choosing the right lawyer? The following are some guidelines that can help you choose the right lawyer for your case: Ask friends and family for referrals. But,...

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Arrested for a Violent Crime in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles has one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation. The FBI reports that in 2010 there were an estimated 1,246,248 violent crimes nationwide, totaling 403.6 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants. Violent crimes include the following (listed in descending order): Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated assault The following property crimes are also considered violent crimes: Burglary Larceny-theft Motor vehicle theft The FBI reports that in 2010, the highest number of violent crimes involved aggravated assault, totally 62 percent. Next up is robbery which accounted for 29.5 percent; forcible rape which accounted for 6.8 percent;...