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Beware: Living With a Prostitute Can Be Illegal and Land You in Prison
The criminal complaint alleged that Grant "did unlawfully and knowing a person to be a prostitute, live and derive support and maintenance in whole or in part from the earnings and proceeds of said person's prostitution." The prostitute was his...
By Greg Hill
What is a Misdemeanor "Pre-Trial Hearing?"
The legal process is packed with terminology that can be misleading even to attorneys. For example, a pre-trial hearing certainly implies that trial is imminent or definite.
By Greg Hill
Bail Applications
Bail is basically when you make a promise to the Court to appear at the necessary court dates. When charged with a criminal offense, there are times when you are not granted bail on the spot by the Police. Generally for the more serious offenses...
By Emmanuel Apokis
What Should You do If You Are Arrested by Police
The common law gives police the power to arrest persons who: They reasonably suspect that that person has committed a crime; They reasonably suspect that the person is in the middle of committing a crime; They have a warrant for the persons...
By Emmanuel Apokis
What is Statutory Rape (Penal Code 261.5)?
Statutory rape is defined under Penal Code 261.5 as sexual intercourse with a person under 18 years of age. The two individuals cannot be husband and wife. This crime is more broadly often referred to as unlawful sex with a minor, although this...
By Greg Hill
Resentencing of a Three Strikes Sentence Often Involves Difficult Document Gathering Challenges
About four months ago, California voters approved Proposition 36 ("Prop 36") to amend the provisions of the state's Three Strikes Law (Penal Code 667(b) to (j) and 117012)
By Greg Hill
Conviction Overturned For Felon in Possession of Firearm - Constructive Possession Not Proven
It is a sad reality that those who are felons often live in rough neighborhoods. While they may be convicted felons, they still have needs such as safety. One can sympathize if such folks feel a handgun provides them such safety, or at least peace...
By Greg Hill
Court Diversion Programs For Narcotic Offenders (PC 1000 and Prop 36)
If you or a loved one face charges for possession of an illegal drug, a common response is, "prison will not solve the problem; treatment and education would be better."
By Greg Hill
Conviction For Violating Penal Code Section 288(a) Overturned
In 2010, Lee Cottone was convicted in Orange County of four counts of committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of fourteen (California Penal Code 288(a)). At trial, the court admitted evidence under Evidence Code 1108 that, thirty-two...
By Greg Hill
Be Careful Who Are Friends With - You Can Be Arrested on a Warrantless Search If Police Are Searching For Your Friend, But Find Reason to Arrest You
With several other police officers alongside him, Townsend went to the Riverside apartment and knocked on the door. No one answered. After several more attempts to reach the occupants, Townsend and his fellow officers broke down the door...
By Greg Hill
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