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April 3, 2020

Consequences Of A Domestic Battery Conviction

A charge of “domestic battery” under California Penal Code § 243 (e)(1) is a misdemeanor. If any person causes unwanted physical contact to an intimate partner that results in injury, charges…
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April 1, 2020

Elements Of A Domestic Battery Charge

California statutory law contains special provisions for domestic violence crimes, which are crimes committed by an individual against an intimate partner. Included in these special provisions is the crime of…
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March 30, 2020

California’s Implied Consent Law

If a driver fails a blood alcohol test and has a BAC of .08 or higher, he or she may be charged with violating California Vehicle Code § 23152(a) (driving while under…
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March 26, 2020

About The Crime Of False Imprisonment

California Penal Code § 236 PC is the California statute that defines the crime of false imprisonment. Under this code section, false imprisonment is “the unlawful violation of the personal liberty of another.” False…
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March 24, 2020

Using Marijuana In California: What You Need To Know

Cannabis remains classified as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, therefore, its purchase, possession, distribution, or use, even within California and other states where it has…
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March 20, 2020

Sealing An Arrest Record In California

Having a criminal record in California does not necessarily mean that an individual has been convicted of a crime. Anyone who is arrested but is not subsequently charged with or…
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March 18, 2020

Crimes, Wobblers, And Misdemeanors

Some serious California crimes are considered straight felonies meaning they are only punishable as a felony. However, many crimes in California may be charged as “wobblers," or "alternative felony/misdemeanor offenses.”…
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March 16, 2020

What You Need To Know If You Have A Strike

One of the most controversial criminal statutes in the last 25 years in California is the three-strikes sentencing statute, California Penal Code § 667. Under this law, anyone with a…
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March 12, 2020

Who May Be Considered A Victim Of Domestic Violence Under California Law?

Domestic violence laws are a special category within a state’s statutory framework. California domestic violence laws provide protection for a certain class of people characterized by having a close relationship…
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March 10, 2020

Recognizing Toxic Situations

We have all encountered what would be considered a toxic domestic situation, firsthand or through friends. A “toxic” situation is more than two people in a relationship squabbling constantly. It…
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March 6, 2020

What Crimes Count As Strikes In California?

California's three-strikes law was originally enacted in 1994. The three-strikes law’s purpose was to require a defendant convicted of a felony, who already had one prior conviction of a serious…
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March 4, 2020

California’s Zero-Tolerance Law For Underage Drivers

In California, teenage drivers belong to a special licensing classification called Provisional Licensees. Any teen holding this type of license must abide by those "provisions" applicable when operating a motor vehicle.…
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March 2, 2020

When Domestic Violence Occurs

Domestic violence, domestic abuse, relationship abuse, or its more technical term, intimate partner violence (IPV), is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over…
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February 27, 2020

What A Court Considers When Expunging A Strike

The California Supreme Court’s decision in the case of People v. Romero allows California defendants to avoid injustice when California’s three-strikes law imposes a punishment that may not fit the crime. However,…
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February 25, 2020

Can A Strike Be Expunged?

California’s three-strikes sentencing statute can cause individuals who have committed past strike offenses, which are violent or serious felonies, to receive a prison sentence of 25 years to life for…
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February 21, 2020

Will An Expungement Help You Get A Better Job?

The Dolan Law Offices are experienced in helping Californians clear their criminal records under California law. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys offer many valuable services to those who have made…
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February 19, 2020

Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs Is A Criminal Offense

It is a criminal offense in California to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of a drug. California drivers may be found guilty of Driving under the Influence…
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February 17, 2020

Substance Abuse As A Contributing Factor To Crime

The relationship and connection between alcoholism, drug addiction, and violence crosses many thresholds (individual psychology, public health, and domestic violence, to name a few), and is vitally important in understanding…
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February 13, 2020

California Rehab Facilities Must Be Licensed

The modern trend for dealing with alcohol and drug abuse in California is to provide rehabilitation services and treatment in contrast to incarceration, especially for those individuals whose drug offenses…
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January 31, 2020

An Introduction To The Models Of Treatment Used In California Drug Courts

California's focus on drug users through its collaborative court system began almost thirty years ago as an alternative approach to the traditional prosecution of minor drug offenses. There are over…
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January 29, 2020

When Is An Act Done “Willfully” Under the California Penal Code?

The California Penal Code defines a multitude of important terms for determining liability under the State’s criminal statutes. Successfully charging and convicting for many criminal acts hinges on whether an…
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January 27, 2020

Legal Defenses To Child Endangerment

Under California’s child endangerment statute, California Penal Code § 273a, anyone may be charged with the crime, not just parents. However, typically, adults charged with the crime of child endangerment…
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January 23, 2020

What Happens At A DMV DUI Hearing?

A driving under the influence (DUI) offense has life-changing consequences that may affect a driver’s record, reputation, and freedom. John Patrick Dolan, an experienced California criminal defense specialist, can assert…
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January 21, 2020

When Do Your Actions Become Criminal Stalking?

In California, the crime of stalking is found in California Penal Code § 646.9. Certain language and conduct may elevate to the level of criminal stalking. It is a criminal offense…
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January 17, 2020

The Effect Of Prop 47 On Reduction Of Criminal Offenses

It may seem longer than just five years ago, but in November 2014, California voters passed the initiative known as the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act,” also better known as…
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January 15, 2020

How Does An Ignition Interlock Device Work?

Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) have become a popular tool used by California courts to address DUI offenders. An IID is a small handheld device connected to a motor vehicle that measures the…
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January 14, 2020

About California Veterans Treatment Courts

Special courts for veterans focus on determining the root causes of veterans' criminal behavior. In California, Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs), attempt to resolve criminal cases involving veterans with support and…
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January 10, 2020

The Meaning Of “Successfully Completing Probation”

Probation is the community supervision of those convicted of criminal offenses by probation officers. Trial court judges make the ultimate decision to place an adult offender convicted of a misdemeanor…
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January 6, 2020

Possible Consequences Of A Probation Violation

Courts often sentence criminal defendants to probation instead of or in addition to jail time. Probation can be formal or informal. The latter is also known as summary probation. Formal…
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January 2, 2020

Benefits Of Drug Diversion Programs

There are more than 2,700 Drug Courts administering to over 150,000 people in the country each year. Californians charged with non-violent drug use or drug possession offenses may also be…
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December 31, 2019

Contesting A Request To Extend A Restraining Order

Certain individuals may apply for a Restraining Order if another person has abused them or threatened to abuse them. The person seeking protection is the protected person, while the individual…
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December 26, 2019

When DUI Is Charged As A Felony

The effects of a first-time DUI are significant since they affect a driver’s record, reputation, and freedom. An experienced California criminal defense attorney like John Patrick Dolan can assert and…
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December 24, 2019

Resisting Arrest Is A Crime

Resisting arrest is not just a minor transgression such as receiving a warning after a traffic stop. It’s a criminal offense. California Penal Code § 148 makes it a crime…
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December 20, 2019

About California Misdemeanor Programs

Pretrial misdemeanor diversion refers to the procedure of postponing prosecution of an offense filed as a misdemeanor either temporarily or permanently at any point in the judicial process from the…
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December 18, 2019

The Stigma Of A Criminal Record

How we treat citizens who make mistakes (even serious mistakes), pay their debt to society, and deserve a second chance reflects who we are as a people and reveals a…
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December 16, 2019

Intoxication And Vehicular Manslaughter

Any driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, who causes an accident that results in the death of another driver, passenger, cyclist, pedestrian, or bystander, may be charged with…
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December 12, 2019

About California’s Criminal Threats Law

Although the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution empowers individuals with broad freedom of speech rights, it does not allow individuals the right to threaten other people with violence and…
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December 10, 2019

Self-Defense And Domestic Violence

Many individuals who are arrested for allegedly committing a domestic violence offense are cited with corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant (California Penal Code § 273.5), punishable as a felony or domestic…
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December 5, 2019

Committing Crimes In Cars

California statutory law, specifically, California Penal Code § 26100, defines the crime of "discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle." This statute is often referred to as California's "drive-by shooting" law,…
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December 3, 2019

How Does A Probation Violation Affect Expungement?

The attorneys at the Dolan Law Offices are experienced in helping California residents clear their criminal records. Our seasoned attorneys provide many valuable services to former defendants who have left…
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November 27, 2019

The Advantages Of A “Wet-Reckless” Charge

“Wet reckless” is simply a nickname for a charge of reckless driving under California Vehicle Code § 23103. Wet reckless is not a formal charge under any California statute but an informal term…
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November 25, 2019

Can Driving Offenses Be Expunged?

California classifies crimes as either: infractions, misdemeanors, or felonies. Infractions are the least serious offense, and felonies are the most serious. In California, many traffic violations, such as excessive speeding,…
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November 21, 2019

Overview Of California Drug Courts

The State of California is committed to the belief that providing services and treatment for alcohol and drug use is preferable to the incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders. In furtherance…
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November 19, 2019

Defenses to Assault Charges In California

“Assault” under California Penal Code § 240 is defined as an action that may inflict physical harm or unwanted touching on someone else. Thus, someone may be charged with assault for merely…
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November 15, 2019

Reducing Domestic Violence Charges

Many individuals who are arrested for allegedly committing a domestic violence offense are cited with corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant (California Penal Code § 273.5), punishable as a felony or domestic…
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November 13, 2019

Recommended Conduct If You Are Falsely Accused Of Domestic Violence

Too often in close, intimate relationships, when couples grow apart, their discord develops to such an extent that one spouse or partner develops the motivation to hurt the other spouse…
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November 11, 2019

Riverside County Drug Court: Changing Lives Since 1995

More than 1,540 individuals in Riverside County have successfully completed the programs provided by the Riverside County Drug Court since its inception in 1995. Riverside County operates four adult offender…
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November 7, 2019

About First-Time DUI Penalties

Even a first-time DUI is a potentially life-changing experience that affects a driver’s record, reputation, and freedom. An experienced California criminal defense attorney can assert and protect the rights of…
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November 5, 2019

What Is The PC 1000 Pretrial Diversion Program?

California Penal Code § 1000 sets forth California's pretrial diversion program for drug crimes involving simple possession. The Penal Code 1000 program typically replaces jail time with drug education classes or pretrial diversion.…
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November 1, 2019

Three Strikes Still The Law In 2019

Many criminals convicted of crimes go to jail simply because the evidence of their guilt was unequivocal and, accordingly, they entered a guilty plea. However, this is not always the…