Understanding Degrees of Homicide: California Laws, Punishments, and Defenses

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: May 22, 2023 | Category: California

Degrees of Homicide in California Homicide is the act of taking another person’s life. It’s one of the most serious crimes under California law. In this article, we’ll delve into all three degrees of homicide under California law, the punishments for each, and possible defenses that an expert defense attorney can use. Most people think…

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California Laws on Felony Plea Bargaining and What You Need To Know

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: May 11, 2023 | Category: California

California Laws on Felony Plea Bargaining and What You Need To Know A felony plea bargain is an agreement that allows you to plead guilty in exchange for a less severe charge or a lighter sentence. When facing criminal charges in California, you can either take a plea bargain or go to trial. Before making…

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Overview of Road Rage Convictions in Los Angeles

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: March 4, 2023 | Category: California

As per the National Highway Safety Administration, road rage encompasses aggressive driving, which may escalate to angry and violent behavior. Road rage could include physical threats, derogatory comments, rude gestures, or driving recklessly, thereby putting others’ lives in danger. California doesn’t have a specific law for road rage, but you may face criminal charges related…

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Is DUI a Felony in California?

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: January 13, 2023 | Category: California

Is DUI a Felony in California? Driving under the influence (DUI) in California refers to operating a vehicle over the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. If the police arrest or detain you for a DUI, you may face fines, imprisonment, driver’s license suspension, and be required to complete a DUI program.…

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California Child Endangerment Cases

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: December 12, 2022 | Category: California

California Child Endangerment Cases: Legal Definition Child endangerment is a legal term that refers to putting a child in a dangerous or harmful situation. It can include hurting a child under 18 on purpose, physically or mentally, or letting them get hurt because you didn’t watch them well enough.  California child endangerment cases require the…

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Vehicular Manslaughter California Laws & Defenses

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: November 9, 2022 | Category: California

What Constitutes Vehicular Manslaughter in California? Vehicular manslaughter in California is defined as a driver negligently operating a vehicle and causing another person’s death. The two types of vehicular manslaughter in California are ordinary and gross vehicular manslaughter. Defending yourself against a serious crime like vehicular manslaughter in California requires an experienced defense attorney. A…

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Aggravated Assault Case Defense in California

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: September 12, 2022 | Category: Federal Crime, California, Personal Injury

What Constitutes Aggravated Assault in California? If you are facing aggravated assault charges, finding a skilled attorney to represent your case is vital. The right defense attorney can mean the difference between having your charges reduced or the case dismissed or facing severe legal consequences. As a former Deputy District Attorney for 13 years, Mariya…

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What Should You Expect at Restraining Order Court Hearings

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: June 22, 2022 | Category: California

Restraining Order Hearings Under California’s Code of Civil Procedure, restraining orders protect people against harassment, abuse, stalking, or violent threats. To obtain a restraining order, the person filing must have firm evidence and testimonies to prove the need for legal protection from the court system. If you or a loved one received a restraining order,…

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How to Terminate Sex Offender Registration in California.

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: April 28, 2022 | Category: California

California PC 290 Requirements It is almost impossible for those convicted of a sexual offense in California to rebuild their lives. California penal code 290 requires persons convicted of sexually motivated crimes to register with the state’s sex offender registry. The registry limits where you can live, work, and in some cases, where you can…

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Domestic Violence Case Defense

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: March 25, 2022 | Category: Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic violence cases, unfortunately, affect many people in California. If you’ve been charged with domestic violence, we can help you. Contact our experienced attorneys today and get a solid defense team for your case. It’s critical to understand the legal ramifications of any domestic abuse case. If you’re charged with a domestic abuse case, having…

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California Marijuana Cultivation Laws

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: February 4, 2022 | Category: California

California Marijuana Cultivation Laws Recent years have brought changes to California’s marijuana laws. It’s now legal in some instances for residents to cultivate and possess marijuana for more than just medical purposes. While recreational use and cultivation are now legal, there are limitations in place to protect the health and safety of all residents. Violating…

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Marijuana DUI Charges – Laws, Penalties & Defenses

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: January 25, 2022 | Category: Federal Crime, California

While the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana is legal in some states, including California, you can still be arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana. Breaking marijuana DUI laws is a serious offense, and a conviction could change the course of your life. Penalties for marijuana DUI charges correspond with alcohol-related DUIs but…

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Top 3 Major Types of Hospice Fraud

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: December 15, 2021 | Category: Federal Crime

Hospice care is an essential service for those suffering from incurable illnesses or diseases. It provides comfort and cares for terminally ill patients and their families during the end of their life. Those who commit fraud or abuse against hospice patients or the hospice systems threaten the existence of hospice care. People accused of committing…

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What is California SB 775?

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: November 30, 2021 | Category: California

In recent years, California has been reforming its criminal justice system to expand the legal rights of those convicted of crimes. Murder, attempted murder, and manslaughter are serious crimes with stiff penalties. People convicted of these crimes face life-altering consequences, including jail sentences and costly fines. In recent years, California has been reforming its criminal…

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DUI Deaths Related to Marijuana Usage

Author: Mariya Melkonyan | Published: October 4, 2021 | Category: Federal Crime

While some tout the benefits of marijuana on disease, there are cases regarding adverse effects of marijuana, sometimes resulting in deaths from marijuana. Marijuana laws are changing across the United States. More states are decriminalizing and legalizing the use of marijuana. Other states allow for the medical use of marijuana. Individuals who travel across the…

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