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Electronic internet communication is a crucial form of communication, now more than ever. Whether texting, tweeting, instant messaging, posting, or going live on a social media platform, children and adults average seven hours on Facebook and five hours on Youtube weekly. On top of these figures, the average Americans check their phones 63 times a day. Unfortunately, the internet does not always provide a safe space for viewers. Cyberstalking is prevalent, and it’s put many people in harm’s way.

If the state has accused, arrested, and charged you with cyberstalking, you need to take this charge seriously. That’s because cyberstalking is a crime that comes with serious penalties. A conviction of it will damage your reputation, hinder your career goals, and possibly haunt you for years to come. If you’ve been charged, don’t wait. Contact The Justice Firm to speak with one of our seasoned Los Angeles cyberstalking criminal defense lawyers today. We provide legal assistance and results you can trust.

California’s Cyberstalking Laws

You may take aggressive actions towards another if you are defending another person. But just because you acted in defense of someone doesn’t mean that the state won’t bring criminal charges against you. These charges often come with severe penalties and potentially lengthy jail sentences. Therefore, we encourage you to speak with one of our lawyers if an officer has charged you with a criminal offense in California.

California’s Defense Of Others Law

Unfortunately, heinous crimes are committed frequently in Los Angeles. Many of these awful crimes are against fellow citizens. Sometimes, the only way to prevent these crimes is to step in and take offensive action to defend another person. When you’re defending another person, the law tends to protect you from receiving assault or battery charges. California’s defense of others law stipulates that for you to raise this defense, you must reasonably believe that someone else is in immediate danger of physical harm, and force is necessary to prevent this harm from occurring.

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More than one million residents have suspended driver’s licenses in California. In 2016, California passed a law that prohibited criminal and traffic courts from suspending a resident’s driver’s license for failure to pay fines. Since then, more than 400,000 residents have had their licenses restored. But there continue to be a litany of others who have yet to get their license restored. Often, you won’t know that you’re driving on a suspended license until a police officer pulls you over. Once you discover that your license is suspended, contact The Justice Firm to speak with our knowledgeable suspended license lawyers.

Los Angeles Crimes Frequently Associated With Driver’s License Suspension

Erratic driving, reckless driving, or speeding are all grounds for a California police officer to pull you over. Often, officers will suspect that you’re driving under the influence if they observe that your vehicle isn’t following standard traffic laws. However, there are plenty of reasons why you might violate laws, and they don’t have to include alcohol consumption or a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher. For example, you may have been driving erratically, recklessly, or speeding because you became ill, hadn’t taken your medication, or were experiencing an emergency.

Unfortunately, most officers will request that you take a breathalyzer test to learn whether you were drunk driving. The request may upset you if you know that you weren’t drinking before getting behind the wheel or if you feel as though your rights are being violated. If you’ve refused a breathalyzer test, contact The Justice Firm to represent you.

California’s Breathalyzer Laws

There are very few crimes in California that carry such a high penalty as being charged with attempted murder. Individuals who assault another person with the intent to murder will be found guilty of this offense. These criminal charges are covered under PC 664/187(A) and require an excellent criminal defense attorney with in-depth experience dealing with these cases.

The punishment for attempted murder includes a prison sentence of any number of years to life.

Given the severity of the alleged crime and the consequences it entails, prosecutors are required to prove certain elements for the defendant to be found guilty of attempted murder. These elements include:

The Writ of Habeas Corpus protects prison inmates from false imprisonment to ensure people are not thrown into jail unlawfully. Today, it is a highly effective post-conviction tool that can be used by inmates to challenge their sentencing conditions.

It isn’t uncommon for defendants to hire new attorneys post-conviction because appellate law requires a different skill set.

The Process of Initiating a Habeas Corpus Petition

Child sexual abuse is one of the most vicious and reprehensible crimes regardless of where you are in the world. It can refer to a range of sex crimes involving children such as sexual assault, forced physical contact, statutory rape, sexual abuse, and public lewdness.

Under the California Penal Code, a person will have committed a sex crime if they engage in a sex act with another person without their consent. A child, defined as a person under the age of 18, does not have the legal ability to consent to sex. Thus, if a person engages in a sex act with a child, even if the child appears to have given consent, they will have committed child sexual abuse.

Many victims of child sexual abuse feel scared or embarrassed about reporting the crime. They may feel guilty, ashamed, and may even blame themselves for the abuse. Others report the abuse, but they aren’t always taken seriously by their adult caretakers – under the guise of them not able to understand what they have experienced. In either case, sexual abuse of any nature can have a devastating impact on a child’s physical and mental health and well-being.

What is the difference between manslaughter and murder?

Simply put, the act of killing another person with malice is murder and carries a very serious charge. On the other hand, manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a person(s) without malice or prior planning.

The prosecution thoroughly reviews the specific circumstances surrounding a murder before deciding which charge is to be applied. California law mandates a maximum of only 11 years in prison in the case the assailant is convicted of manslaughter.

On December 15, 2021, the governor of California signed SB 81 into law to dismiss sentence enhancements in the interests of justice. This bill comes at the heel of widespread activism, drawing attention to the plight of convicts spending more time than necessary in jail or prison.

Studies show that sentence enhancements for long sentences do not deter crime. The number of separate sentence enhancements that a person could theoretically face when charged with a crime is about 150. This ranges from add-ons for gang association, being on probation, or having a prior conviction. Sentence enhancements are particularly concerning if you face criminal charges that include time spent in jail or prison, meaning more time spent incarcerated if convicted.

How Sentence Enhancements Work

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