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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…
How Does An Ignition Interlock Device Work? DUI Defense
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…
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October 30, 2019

Insufficient Evidence And The Defense Of Domestic Violence

Prosecutors in the Coachella Valley aggressively pursue and prosecute all reported incidents of domestic violence, regardless of whether the alleged victim presses charges or denies their initial accusations. Prosecutors will…
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October 28, 2019

Procedural Options When Accused Of A DUI

If a law enforcement officer stops a driver and establishes that the driver is operating a motor vehicle while drunk, the State of California will charge the driver with violating California…
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October 24, 2019

How The Dolan Law Offices Assist Clients Post-Conviction: Certificates Of Rehabilitation

The Dolan Law Offices specialize in California record clearing laws. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys offer many valuable services to those who have made past mistakes but have presently put…
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October 22, 2019

Consequences Of A Domestic Violence Conviction

For those accused of a domestic violence offense, there may never be a more serious, frightening, intimidating, daunting situation to overcome in life. Society immediately attaches a stigma to anyone…
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October 18, 2019

Expungement: How Long Will It Take?

An expungement releases an individual from the negative consequences of a conviction for most purposes, including those professional and academic. California Penal Code § 1203.4 provides the requirements for the “expungement”…
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October 16, 2019

What Is A SCRAM Bracelet And How Can It Help My DUI Case?

A SCRAM bracelet is an alcohol monitoring device worn by individuals in California as part of their DUI sentence. They are often used in cases where the court believes the…
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October 14, 2019

How Using A Weapon Affects A Criminal Charge

The contemporaneous use of a weapon during the commission of an offense is fraught with negative results for the victim and offender. The use of a weapon during a crime…
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October 10, 2019

The New Mental Health Diversion Laws: What Is § 1001.36?

Mental health diversion is just one type of many diversion programs administered by criminal justice systems in the United States. Mental health diversion involves a way of resolving criminal charges without…
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September 17, 2019

Multiple DUI’s Often Indicate Alcoholism: Here’s How to Get the Help You Need

Whether you are suffering from alcoholism or not, it can be easy to misjudge whether you are over the legal limit for driving when you have a few drinks. Many…
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September 13, 2019

Arrested for Domestic Violence? Know Your Rights!

You may find that a heated argument with your significant other can quickly escalate into a domestic violence arrest for one or both of you. Often, one member of the…
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September 10, 2019

Hoping for Expungement? Understanding the Four Most Common Types

Have you decided it is time to clean up your record? Having any arrests or convictions on your record is detrimental to your employment opportunities and can impact other areas…
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September 6, 2019

First-Time DUI: Am I Going to Jail?

Being arrested for DUI is a frightening experience. Many motorists are unaware that they may have had just enough wine at dinner or one too many drinks for setting them…
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September 3, 2019

The Differences Between Joyriding & Grand Theft Auto

Understanding laws regarding theft in California can be confusing. There are several different levels, and the penalties are wide-ranging depending on the value of what was purported to be taken,…
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August 29, 2019

Monitoring Sex Offenders in California

If you have been charged with a sex offense in the state of California, your first course of action must be to hire an attorney skilled in such matters. Being…