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  • Bail in California
    Bail in California

    Bail in California In California, the median bail is $50,000. That means a person pays a bail bondsman 10% ($5,000 dollars) just to be released from jail pending trial; which is not refundable. ...

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  • Byrna HD & Self-Defense in CA
    Byrna HD & Self-Defense in CA

    As a former Oakland Police Officer, I gave advice to citizens on how to protect themselves, such as: Be aware of your surroundings; Make noise; Carry a whistle and blow if you are assaulted; In a car, ...

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  • Appeals Can Succeed, and Sometimes Even When They Shouldn’t!
    Appeals Can Succeed, and Sometimes Even When They Shouldn’t!

    In a criminal case, a defendant (or their attorney) may make a Motion under Penal Code section 1538.5 to Suppress Evidence (even intangible evidence) obtained by the police in the investigation of an ...

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  • New California Law! Reduce Your Probation Today!
    New California Law! Reduce Your Probation Today!

    California passed a new law this year which goes into effect on January 1, 2021. The new law reduces the maximum length of probation possible for most misdemeanors to one (1) year. It also reduces the ...

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  • 8th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – Bail & Punishment
    8th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – Bail & Punishment

    James Madison is credited as being “the Father of the Bill of Rights.” The Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Madison authored the Bill of Rights, and in 1791 it was ...

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