Understanding California Criminal Record Expungement Eligibility

There are few things in life that can haunt you as long as a criminal record. One mistake can wreak havoc on your life for years to come. In California, residents who have been convicted of certain crimes may be able to move past their crime through a petition for dismissal -- this process is commonly referred to as an expungement. Not all convictions are eligible for expungement; but if you do have a charge that Read More

California Civil Contempt of Court: Here’s What You Need to Know

When a court makes a final ruling on a case, there is often a court order included that must be followed by the parties to the action. These orders are not just guidelines; they are specific requirements that must be met to avoid consequences and penalties. When the court order is not followed, it is termed as being in contempt of court. Direct contempt occurs in the presence of the court and typically includes Read More

Proposition 64 Beyond Recreation – Expungement and Resentencing for Cannabis Convicts

By a margin of about 56% to 44% California voters passed Proposition 64, making California the fifth state to legalize recreational cannabis. But the new law provides more than fun: anyone convicted of a marijuana offense under California law has the opportunity to get the new rules applied retroactively to their case. This can mean early release from prison for people currently serving a sentence. It can mean Read More

What to Do and What NOT to Do When a Restraining Order Is Filed Against You

Imagine your surprise when you find out someone filed a restraining order against you! Your first instinct might be to panic a little, because you aren’t sure if this goes on your record, and you don’t know what to do. If a restraining order is filed against you, there are specific things you want to make sure you do, and a few things you definitely need to avoid doing. Let’s review what actions to Read More

From Bad to Worse: 6 Aggravating Factors That Can Lead to Much Harsher DUI Penalties

If you drive with a BAC of 0.08% or higher, you are considered legally intoxicated under California state law and can be arrested for DUI. Given the number of people who are injured or killed in drunk driving accidents every year, tough laws have been enacted to deter impaired driving, but many people still assume that DUI is more of a ‘nuisance’ charge than anything else. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read More