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How Bail Works In A Criminal Case

When a person is arrested for a crime, one of the first things that their family or friends look for is a way to get him or her out of jail. That is why often their first call is to a bail agent rather than a criminal defense lawyer. This almost always a mistake and later in this article, I will discuss why. Before I get to that, I will first explain the concept of bail. What is Bail? Bail is a deposit of money that secures a Defendant’s appearance in court. The money is deposited in an escrow account...

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Prank Calls Lead to Criminal Charges for L.A. Man

Criminal charges have been filed against a Los Angeles man who is believed to have called big-name coaches with phony job offers and recorded the subsequent conversations. NBC News reports that Kenneth Edward Tarr (32) was arrested by LAPD detectives under suspicion of illegally recording phone conversations with a number of sports figures without their permission. In California, the law prohibits recording people without their consent. Prosecutors filed an official charge of felony eavesdropping against Tarr, who faces a maximum jail sentence of 3 years if convicted. According to NBC, Tarr allegedly called several high-profile coaches and claimed to be...

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LA Gang Injunctions Draw Opposition from Activists

Civil gang injunctions, used in Los Angeles County for more than 30 years as a tool to fight crime, are coming under fresh fire as a grass-roots effort to challenge them gains momentum. The Daily Breeze reports that the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC), a social justice group that works toward gender, race, and class equality for California juveniles, is seeing greater community support than ever before in their decade-long battle against gang injunctions—which the group says violates the basic civil liberties of underprivileged youth. Gang injunctions are behavior restrictions placed on gang members. Enforceable by police, they include things like...

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Cyber Cops: LAPD Starts Using Predictive Policing Software

Technology is everywhere these days—including in California police departments, where the ‘big data’ trend has arrived in the form of software that attempts to anticipate crime before it happens. The predictive policing software, called PredPol, is being used on a trial basis in the LAPD’s Foothill Division station. In an article on the software, The California Report describes maps generated by PredPol with bright red squares on them, reportedly indicating an area with a high probability of crime. The software was developed through a project that started at UCLA seven years ago. It processes crime data through an algorithm that...

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Crimes Up in Six Los Angeles Neighborhoods

According to an analysis of Los Angeles Police Department data by the Los Angeles Times, crime reports are up significantly in six Los Angeles neighborhoods. According to the analysis, four neighborhoods reported an increase in violent crimes. Among the neighborhoods is Fairfax which reported nine violent crimes from Sept. 1 to Sept. 9. This is a significant jump from its weekly average of 1.5 violent crimes over the last three months. The other Los Angeles neighborhoods that recorded an increase in violent crimes include Lincoln Heights, Valley Glen and Exposition Park. Harbor City and Westwood both experienced a significant increase...

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WHAT TO DO IF THE POLICE OR FEDERAL AGENTS COME TO TALK TO YOU

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In this blog criminal defense attorney Vitaly B. Sigal will discuss certain issues as they pertain to a criminal investigation where there have yet to be criminal charges filed.