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  • The Safe Neighborhoods & Schools Act (Prop 47) Reduces Certain Felonies to Misdemeanors
    The Safe Neighborhoods & Schools Act (Prop 47) Reduces Certain Felonies to Misdemeanors

    The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (Proposition 47) was passed by California voters on November 4 th , 2014 with an expiration date of November 4 th , 2017. Due to the success and popularity of ...

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  • Community Caretaking Function and the Fourth Amendment
    Community Caretaking Function and the Fourth Amendment

    In 1999, California devised a new rule that stated, under the Community Caretaking Function, certain police searches and seizures were okay without a warrant. This new interpretation of the law was ...

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  • DUI Arrest and the California Department of Motor Vehicles
    DUI Arrest and the California Department of Motor Vehicles

    When a person is arrested for DUI, 2 things are going on: The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to suspend the driver’s license; and The court wants to punish the driver. It is very ...

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  • Current US Supreme Court Justices - 2019
    Current US Supreme Court Justices - 2019

    Front row, left to right: Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Samuel A. ...

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  • California Has a Debtor’s Prison
    California Has a Debtor’s Prison

    No excuse for being unable to pay fines. i.e. Being too poor = GO TO JAIL. Until recently, courts have held there is nothing wrong with incarcerating a person who doesn’t pay court fines and fees. In ...

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  • California Hit and Runs Explained
    California Hit and Runs Explained

    Misdemeanor vs. Felony If you are involved in a car accident which ends up causing damage to someone else’s property, and you leave the scene without properly identifying yourself to the other parties ...

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