Blog Posts in 2011

  • CHP Launches Distracted Driving campaign for New Year's weekend

    || 30-Dec-2011

    As part of a crackdown on distracted drivers, the California Highway Patrol is not just looking for people illegally talking or texting on their cellphones. Officials also will be on the lookout for those who are eating while driving. And if you're reading magazines or applying makeup, they'll also be looking for you. From 6 a.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday, the CHP is having a ...
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  • State to Discount Old Unpaid Traffic Tickets California Superior Courts in all 58 counties are offering a 50 percent off discount on some old unpaid traffic tickets. It’s a limited-time “Amnesty Program” for certain outstanding court debt. More than 6 million cases statewide could qualify. “This is a win-win,” according to Ronald G. Overholt, Interim Administrative ...
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  • California Governor Allows Warrantless Searching of Cell Phones

    || 26-Oct-2011

    Here's another reason to password-protect your mobile phone : Governor Brown just recently vetoed a bill that requires a court-ordered warrant in order to search mobile phones upon arrest. This means that if you get arrested in the state of California, the arresting officer can search your smartphone — which gives him access to emails, call logs, texts, location data, banking apps, and ...
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  • Hacking someone's Facebook account can lead to Identity Theft charges!

    || 11-Oct-2011

    Hacking someone's Facebook is an Internet Crime. In the recent case of People of the State of California v. Rolando S., the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District held that for purposes of California Penal Code Section 530.5, an individual who unlawfully accesses a victim’s account on a social media website and alters the victim’s profile and posts obscene ...
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  • California's 2011 Legislative Changes for Sex Offenses

    || 6-May-2011

    Penalties for Sex Offenses Continue Increase in 2011 The penalties for sex crimes are severe. The legislative trend continues to increase prison sentences for sex crimes. In 2011 penalties for many sex crimes have increased again. Often these increases are due to aggravating factors, such as the age of the victim or the circumstances of the crime. The following examples illustrate the latest ...
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  • How California's NEW 2011 Laws Affect YOU

    || 23-Mar-2011

    SB14449 Possession of up to one ounce of marijuana becomes an infraction no more serious than a speeding ticket. The maximum penalty of a $100 fine and no jail time does not change under SB1449 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco. However, reducing the crime from a misdemeanor to an infraction means offenders will no longer face arrest, a criminal record and having to appear in court. AB2479 While ...
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