Recent Ruling Allows Police to Search Homes Without a Warrant

A Supreme Court ruling introduced changes that allow police to search you and your home without a warrant under certain circumstances. This ruling was in response to a recent Los Angeles criminal case that involved an entry and search at … Continue reading

How to Get Out of Jail if You’re Arrested

Hundreds of thousands of individuals are arrested in California every year. Unfortunately, jail time can be legally imposed for a variety of crimes, from felonies all the way down to some traffic tickets — even people who are presumed innocent … Continue reading

The Police Didn’t Read Me My Rights – Does It Matter?

Police officers have been required to read these rights to suspects in custody since 1966 when a landmark case was decided by the United States Supreme Court. The case, Miranda v. Arizona, involved a man named Ernesto Miranda, who signed … Continue reading

What Are the Penalties for Auto Theft?

The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that more than one million cars are stolen in America each year, making auto theft one of the most common crimes. Several federal acts passed in the last few decades have strengthened the laws … Continue reading

What to Do If Your Child is Arrested

There are few things more startling than a phone call (or worse, a visit) informing you that your child has been arrested. If this ever happens to you, it’s essential that you understand a few things about juvenile crime and … Continue reading

Do You Need a Lawyer for a First Offense?

For anyone who has been arrested and charged with a first-time offense, there is always a lot of fear and anxiety involved. You don’t know what will happen, and may even not know what could happen. You may be uncertain … Continue reading

What to Do if You’re Arrested for DUI

No one wants to be charged with driving under the influence, or DUI. Of course, the best way to avoid this is to never drink and drive, even if you’ve “only had one or two drinks.” Always place the safety … Continue reading

Misdemeanor vs. Felony: What’s the Difference?

Crimes are classified into one of two groups — felonies or misdemeanors. State legislators typically make the determination of which category a crime falls into, using factors that include how serious the crime is and what kind of impact it … Continue reading

What to Do if You’ve Been Arrested

Being arrested is a harrowing experience. At a time like this, it’s difficult to stay calm and rational — and unfortunately, many people who are arrested for a crime make mistakes that can contribute to a conviction. If you are … Continue reading

Crime Rates in California Rise Following Prison Realignment Program

According to a new study, some types of crime in California have gone up after the realignment program that allows early release for inmates went into effect. ABC Los Angeles reports that researchers with the Public Policy Institute of California … Continue reading