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California Approves Prop 47, Reducing many Felonies to Misdemeanors

Voters on Tuesday throughout California supported a change that may lead to the early release of thousands of non-violent criminals and keep many people from serving long jail sentences. The new law may also allow the state to re-purpose hundred...
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Los Angeles is on Track for an Increase in Violent Crime in 2014

Violent crime is on the rise in Los Angeles. After a decade of declines, the county is on track to see an uptick in violent crime this year over last. While certain crimes are at historic lows, the overall violent crime rate is up according to ...
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Mother of Slain Pasadena Teenager Seeks Truth about Police Shooting

Though attention has been focused on the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri over the last several weeks, a case that has many similarities is also the subject of controversy here in the Southland. Anya Slaughter lost her ...
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"War" on Mexican Mafia Continues with Recent Indictments, Arrests in Los Ange...

Multiple media sources, including FOX News, report that 13 people have been indicted and eight more have been arrested after an investigation uncovered  "an alliance between members of a California prison gang and a Mexican drug cartel." ...
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In Los Angeles, Reports of Aggravated Assault are up

For the first time in over a decade, reports of violent crime in Los Angeles are up. The Los Angeles Times reports that, compared with the first half of 2013, reports of violent crime are up 2.9% for the first half of 2014. Prior to this uptick...
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Legal Reforms in Sight for Juveniles Convicted of Crimes in California

California Senate Bill 1038 is currently awaiting consideration by the state legislature. If it is approved and signed by Governor Brown, juveniles who have been convicted of crimes may have more opportunities to put their criminal pasts behin...
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Many Unanswered Questions About DUI Marijuana Law in California

Recently, California lawmakers were presented with a proposal that may have made convictions for driving under the influence of marijuana much easier for prosecutors. The success of AB 2500 would have meant that a DUI conviction would be possib...
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Keyshawn Johnson will not be Charged with Domestic Battery

Multiple media sources report that NFL wide-receiver Keyshawn Johnson will not be charged with domestic battery after he was arrested in Calabasas last month.  An altercation with his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Conrad, lead to the arrest. She...
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How do points for moving violations affect me?

Answers: Convictions lead to points on your license. This can increase the cost of car insurance, and if you get too many points you may be classified as a negligent operator and can have your license taken away. Commercial drivers (trucks,...
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What types of traffic tickets require a lawyer?

Answer: Watch for any offense that's a misdemeanor and not an infraction. Tickets will generally have an "M" or "I" circled to indicate whether the ticket is a misdemeanor or an infraction. If it's an M, then you...
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