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Recent Ruling Allows Police to Search Homes Without a Warrant

A Supreme Court ruling introduced changes that allow police to search you and your home without a warrant under certain circumstances. This ruling was in response to a recent Los Angeles criminal case that involved an entry and search at a private California home. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the...

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How to Get Out of Jail if You’re Arrested

Hundreds of thousands of individuals are arrested in California every year. Unfortunately, jail time can be legally imposed for a variety of crimes, from felonies all the way down to some traffic tickets — even people who are presumed innocent can be held in jail while their criminal case is pending. If you are arrested, there are several ways you can avoid staying in jail until your court appearance. In most cases, it is important to work with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to help you ensure that you can get out of jail. Ask for an...

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The Police Didn’t Read Me My Rights – Does It Matter?

Police officers have been required to read these rights to suspects in custody since 1966 when a landmark case was decided by the United States Supreme Court. The case, Miranda v. Arizona, involved a man named Ernesto Miranda, who signed a confession to the crimes he’d been charged with after two hours of interrogation without being aware of his right to a lawyer or his right to not answer questions. In the case, the Court determined that police must inform any suspect in custody of certain basic rights before the suspect is interrogated. If the suspect isn’t informed of these...

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What Are the Penalties for Auto Theft?

The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that more than one million cars are stolen in America each year, making auto theft one of the most common crimes. Several federal acts passed in the last few decades have strengthened the laws surrounding auto theft and the penalties for a conviction can be as severe as life in prison. Here’s what you should know about auto theft and the law. General state laws and vehicle theft While some states view auto theft using general theft statutes, a few, including the state of California, have statutes that are specifically titled Vehicle Theft to...