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Marijuana Charges in California

Marijuana charges in the state of California can result in harsh penalties such as days or months in jail and fines starting at $100. If you are arrested for possession, you should consult with an experienced drug offense lawyer as soon as possible for your best chances at minimizing your penalties. Possession charges can be viewed as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on how much marijuana you are carrying and whether or not you intend to sell it. If you are caught with less than 28.5 grams and are under the age of 18, you will face 10 days...

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The Right Lawyer for Domestic Violence

The Los Angeles police department does not take domestic violence lightly. According to the LAPD, more than 2 million women and more than 1 million children are victims of domestic abuse each year, and this is something that the department does not tolerate. Threats, beatings, sexual assault and other types of harm are considered very serious crimes in the state of California and the penalties are severe.  If you are involved in a domestic dispute and are arrested for domestic violence, you will need a highly skilled and dedicated criminal lawyer to help you through the criminal process. Only a...

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Tracing Guns Used in Crimes, Not so Easy

Federal law prohibits the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from collecting information on or tracking the purchase of guns. In 2003, Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas first attached an amendment, now called the Tiahrt Amendment, to a Justice Department appropriations bill. Rep. Tiahrt served from 1995 until 2011. The amendment limited the ability of the ATF to give law enforcement agencies information about guns used in crimes, including their serial numbers, manufacturers, sellers and buyers. The amendment specifically prohibited the ATF from creating a national database of guns and gun ownership. Trying to trace a gun back...