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Understanding Slander In California

Most Americans know that the First Amendment grants the right to free speech. The problem that many of us encounter is we don’t fully grasp the differences between free speech and slander. What Is Free Speech? Many of us interpret the First Amendment to mean that we’re free to say whatever we want, to whomever […]

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When Does A Prank Go Too Far?

Most of us have been involved in pranks, both as the person pulling the prank on another and as someone who has been pranked. In most cases, the pranks are fun and no one is emotionally or physically hurt, but there is always an exception. The best indicator that a prank has gone too far […]

Elder Abuse In California

Elder Abuse In California

Society dictates that we take care of our elders. The idea is that they cared for us when we were too young to fend for ourselves, and now it’s our turn to return the favor. The problem is that some people don’t behave the way that society dictates and commit a crime that’s called elder […]

What Happens if I Ignore a Subpoena?

What Happens if I Ignore a Subpoena?

The great thing about the American legal system is that if you don’t want to talk to the police or testify at trial, you don’t have to. Sort of. This changes if you’re presented with a subpoena. What Is A Subpoena? Most of us are familiar with the word subpoena, but few of us know […]

What Is Disorderly Conduct?

What Is Disorderly Conduct?

When it comes to laws, there are plenty of terms that people hear regularly. Despite that, some of the terms are a bit unclear for people. Take for instance disorderly conduct. What exactly does that term mean? What counts as disorderly conduct? Disorderly conduct is a broad term that covers a variety of different acts […]

Tips For Bailing A Loved One Out Of Jail

Tips For Bailing A Loved One Out Of Jail

It doesn’t matter if it’s a spouse, a parent, a child or a best friend. When you learn that someone you love has been arrested, your first thought will be that you need to do whatever it takes to get them out of jail. While they are locked up, your loved one has very little […]

The Difference Between A Juvenile And An Adult

The Difference Between A Juvenile And An Adult

It’s difficult to keep track of the number of times someone on a procedural show struggles to figure out if a young person should be charged as an adult or as a juvenile. Considering how many times television shows and movies use the conundrum as a plot device, it’s easy to fall into the habit […]

What Happens If You Fail To Appear In Court?

What Happens If You Fail To Appear In Court?

You’ve been charged with some sort of crime and now you’re out on bail with a court date rapidly approaching. It’s natural to wonder what will happen if you simply don’t show up. The problem with failing to appear in court is that not showing up doesn’t make all of your legal problems go away. […]

California’s Wobbler Laws

California’s Wobbler Laws

One of the interesting terms you’ll often hear bandied around the California judicial offices is wobbler laws. This is a cute name for a very specific and unique set of laws. What Are Wobbler Laws Wobbler laws are laws where the prosecution has the option of deciding whether they want to charge the defendant with […]

What Determines Own Recognizance Release

What Determines Own Recognizance Release

Not all who are arrested are given the opportunity to be released on own recognizance, which is when a defendant signs formal papers promising to show up for court, then is released from jail. Most defendants are granted bail, meaning they have to pay money to the court in order to be released from jail. […]