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Holiday Crimes

It comes as no surprise that property-related crime increases during the holiday season. On average, crime-related insurance claims spike by 24% on Halloween, more than on any other day of the year, according to 2016 data from Travelers Insurance. ...

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What Defines “Police Misconduct?”

On Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law that would shed further light on police misconduct—marking a new era of transparency. The measures begin to undo decades of laws and court decisions that had made California the nation’s most ...

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Why False Confessions Prevail

According to The Innocence Project, 1 out of 4 people that were wrongfully convicted but later exonerated by DNA evidence made a false confession or incriminating statement. This statistics in itself is quite shocking—but the real question is why ...

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How Common Are Wrongful Convictions?

We have a blinded tendency to believe in the ability of the court to guarantee a fair trial with a verdict fit for the crime committed. But how accurate is the court’s ability to guarantee such a fair outcome? How often are innocent individuals ...

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California Drug Laws

In 2014, California voted in a measure to reduce penalties for certain crimes know as Proposition 47, Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative. The initiative reduced the classification of most “nonserious and nonviolent property and drug ...

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What Are Your Miranda Rights?

You’ve heard of “Miranda Rights,” but what does it really mean? In short: Your right to remain silent during custody and interrogation. In length, it is part of a preventive criminal procedure rule that law enforcement are required to ...

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New Laws to be Aware of in 2018

Did you know that state and federal laws are added, revised, or overturned yearly? Being knowledgeable about changes taking place in the legal system can be extremely helpful in knowing whether or not your actions are criminal or not. Since January ...

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California Gun Laws V. Federal Gun Laws

Did you know that state gun laws usually differ from federal gun laws? Before you purchase firearms, it is important to note that state laws may differ from the federal laws—especially in California, where the Golden State’s many restrictions ...

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Do Not Consent to a Police Search

Did you know that police officers cannot search your car without a warrant stating probable cause?  The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution declares that we have the right to be free from unreasonable “searches and seizures” by law ...

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