What is a Bench Warrant?

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California has three different types of warrants. Each one serves a different purpose. Search warrants and arrest warrants are the ones that most people are familiar with, mostly because they play huge roles in various procedural shows. The third type of warrant is called a bench warrant. The majority of the warrants currently active in […]

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Penalties of Stealing Pets and Holding Them for Ransom

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You love your pets and would do anything for them. Unfortunately, the world is full of people who know how much you value your pets and they want to benefit from your devotion. This isn’t about pet stores charging ridiculously high prices for toys, or breeders selling badly bred animals, or even dog clubs raising […]

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Domestic Violence in California

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Domestic violence is a complex crime so it shouldn’t come as surprise to learn that the laws dealing with domestic violence are equally complicated. The first step in unraveling this complex system is knowing exactly what domestic violence is. California defines domestic violence as actions that either harm or threaten to harm an intimate partner. […]

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You’ve Been Arrested for DUI… Again

You’ve Been Arrested for DUI… Again

Getting arrested and charged for DUI once in California is terrifying and life-altering. The second time you’re arrested for the same thing is even worse. Like many states, California lawmakers have decided that to take a hard stance on drunk drivers. One of the ways they’ve done this is by creating laws that make a […]

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What is a Plea Bargain?

What is a Plea Bargain?

Considering how many people are arrested each year in California, there are surprisingly few criminal trials. There are usually two reasons a case doesn’t go to trial. The first is because the charges were dropped, either due to lack of evidence or because the person who filed the charges changed their mind. The second reason […]

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Chat Room Crimes in California

Chat Room Crimes in California

Chat room crimes are a term that typically refers to specific cases that ultimately deal with the solicitation of a minor. The term first became popular after it was used by the television show, To Catch a Predator. Chat room crimes typically involve an older person, usually, a male, who uses things like chat rooms […]

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Oops, I Opened my Neighbor’s Mail!!

Oops, I Opened my Neighbor’s Mail!!

The postal service isn’t infallible. They’re prone to making human mistakes. One of the most common mistakes the postal service does is occasionally putting your neighbor’s mail in your mailbox. Most of us don’t really look at the mail before we open it. Since it’s in our mailbox, we automatically assume it’s for us. As […]

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Knowingly Committing Perjury in California

Knowingly Committing Perjury in California

Lying to a police officer who is investigating a crime can get you in trouble for impeding an investigation. Lying while on the witness stand and under oath during a trial will result in you being charged with perjury. What is Perjury? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, perjury is: “the voluntary violation of an oath […]

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