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California Drug Possession Charges

Marin County Criminal Defense Attorney

California makes it a misdemeanor to illegally possess a controlled substance. The definition of a controlled substance would include drugs such as: Cocaine Heroin Meth Morphine Oxycodone Simple possession can be punished by up to a year in jail. However, the reality is that possession for a first-time offender, with nothing more in play, would not lead to a…

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What Does a Divorce Judge Do?

Marin County Divorce Attorney

In the best-case scenario, the judge’s role in your divorce case would be limited to issuing orders and reviewing the terms of a marital settlement agreement. In most cases, divorces will settle out-of-court, and the judge would only need to formalize the solution upon which the two parties have agreed. In some cases, the judge may have to do…

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Benefits of Divorce Mediation

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Most divorce cases will end with a settlement agreement. Some couples may need to go to greater lengths than others to negotiate an acceptable solution. They may have difficulty getting on the same page because they do not want to compromise. Mediation is a way of getting help to resolve differences and facilitating discussions between the two spouses. Mediators…

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Should You Remain Silent When Arrested?

Marin County Criminal Defense

If police officers have respected your legal rights when you are arrested, they will tell you that you have the right to remain silent. The question is whether you should choose to exercise this right. The answer is absolutely, because of the second part of this statement – anything that you say can and will be used against you…

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Is Theft a Serious Crime?

Sacramento County Criminal Defense Lawyer

You should never downplay an arrest or not take it seriously because you perceive it to be a “minor crime.” There is practically no such thing as a minor crime because any conviction could have an outsized impact on your present and future. In terms of punishment, theft can be very serious, depending on the amount at issue in…

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Dividing Business Ownership in a California Divorce

Sacramento Ca Family Law Attorney

One of the most complex legal issues in a divorce happens when one or both spouses own a business. In that event, the ownership interest in the business needs to be divided, or one spouse needs to be paid for their share. There are a number of issues that need to be addressed in dividing a business. They include:…

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Do You Always Need a Divorce Attorney?

Sacramento Family Law Attorney

Divorce is one of the most difficult times in anyone’s life. Besides the emotional stress of the breakup of your marriage, you are also dealing with the details of the dissolution of your legal union. The stress is magnified if you and your spouse have disagreements. An experienced attorney can and should handle the legal aspects of your divorce….

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Will You Go to Jail for a DUI?

Marin County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Drivers who are convicted of a DUI face a number of significant consequences. Some of the penalties for DUI include: A potential jail sentence A fine Loss of your driver’s license for a period of time A jail sentence for a DUI conviction is always a possibility. In California, the law allows for it, even on the first conviction….

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Common Spring Break Arrests

Marin County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Every year, millions of college students take the rite of annual passage by traveling over Spring Break. Even those who remain local try to let loose and enjoy themselves. Spring break does not end well for many college students who have been arrested for the following offenses. Driving Under the Influence When college students party over spring break, they…

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Defenses Against Drug Possession

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When the prosecution has charged you with drug possession, they must still prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. The jury would need to consider your own defenses before they voted to convict you of the crime. Here are some ways that you can defend drug charges. Lack of Intent Possession is a crime that requires a showing that…

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