For most people, thoughts of clowns conjure up images of big red noses, rainbow hair, and bright smiles. However, in light of the recent creepy clown craze that has swept the nation, clowns have become more synonymous with threats of criminal behavior than with children’s birthday parties. Because of the menacing nature of this clown phenomenon, people are not taking it as a joke when any type of mischief is reported. As copycat clowns increase in numbers and continue to spread out into new states, so does the fear that is setting in among the public.
In turn, law enforcement seems to be cracking down on those who have taken on a clown persona and are perceived to have even the slightest notion of performing a criminal act. With clown sightings reaching the Southern California area, this means anyone who has the idea to clown around must be prepared for the consequences. Criminal charges are no laughing matter, and it will take experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys to get them dropped or reduced.
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Being accused of any crime is a serious situation, but identity theft is a particularly nasty accusation to face. In California, identity theft is known as a “wobbler,” which means it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the details of the case and how the prosecutor chooses to proceed. Both charges are serious, and there are Federal anti-identity theft laws in place that can result in a Federal charge as well. No matter what, if you have been accused of identity theft, call an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you and protect your rights.
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California Penal Code 647(a) prohibits people from either engaging in, or asking another to engage in, lewd conduct that is in a public place, a place that is open to the public, or a place that is exposed to public view. If you are accused of being lewd in public, you will be charged under Penal Code 647(a) for lewd or dissolute conduct in public, a misdemeanor. Convictions for lewd conduct carry steep penalties. It is imperative that you immediately consult with an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer who can help your protect your reputation, future, and freedom by zealously advocating for your rights and defending against false or unfair accusations. To schedule a consultation with the knowledgeable Los Angeles sex crimes attorneys at Criminal Defense Incorporated, call us at (800) 458-1488 today. Read the rest »
Unfortunately, in the state of California, you can be arrested and charged with a crime for possessing stolen property even if you played no role in actually stealing the item. This is a serious crime that can be charged as a felony and carries up to three years in state prison. Receiving stolen property under California Penal Code 496 criminalizes the following actions: Read the rest »
After carefully reviewing more than 800 entries from students across the country, the staff at Criminal Defense Incorporated is thrilled to announce the winner of our 2016 scholarship. Without further ado, the winner is…
Congratulations, Kasey! Thank you for submitting your truly inspiring essay to us. We expect great things from you in the future, and are happy to assist you with some of your college expenses via our scholarship.
And finally, THANK YOU to each and every student who took the time to visit our scholarship page and submit their application. We wish all of you the very best of luck in the future, and hope this upcoming academic school year is your best one yet!
Thank you, everyone!
Criminal Defense Inc. is extremely happy to announce that our 2016 scholarship was a major success. We received well over a thousand entries and read a large number of truly inspiring essays from high school seniors nationwide. Criminal Defense Inc. would like to thank each student who shared their stories with us. With such a great number of applicants, choosing a group of finalists was incredibly hard. Here (in no particular order) are our scholarship finalists: Read the rest »
Under California law, every driver involved in an accident has to stay at the scene. Of course, there are some situations where you can leave the scene. For example, if you’re driving and hit a parked car and there’s no one present, you can leave a note before leaving the scene and contacting police and your insurance. But, more serious situations where a person has been hit and a driver leaves the scene is a crime.
The Golden State is especially tough on hit and run drivers. California Vehicle Code 20002 and 20003 outline stiff penalties for leaving the scene of an accident. Hit and run situations where property is damages is usually charged as a misdemeanor. If a person if injured or dies in the accident, the hit and run driver can face felony charges. Read the rest »
We’ve all been there – arriving home from a long day at work, you realize that you’ve pocketed a piece of office stationary or equipment. For many people, workplace theft stops at the stationary closet. However, in some instances, office thieves are compelled to steal bigger and more expensive items. Why? What compels an individual to take such a risk and jeopardize their livelihood?
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that on-the-job theft costs American businesses and workers almost $50 billion annually. Additionally, the government estimates that roughly 75% of the national workforce has stolen from their employer at one point or another. A great deal of research has gone into discovering what motivates a person to commit embezzlement. Unfortunately, there is no hard and fast answer. Each situation as unique as the company it concerns. Read the rest »
State Senator Bob Hertzberg of Van Nuys recently introduced SB881 – a new bill that would restore driving privileges to millions of eligible Californians. Currently, the DMV, along with state traffic courts, use suspensions as a way to pressure motorists to pay traffic tickets or other court ordered penalties. This, unfortunately, leads to further trouble, as suspended drivers are unable to find work, continue working at their current job, or even prevent their cars from being towed.
The way the law is currently structured, individuals in lower income brackets are hit hardest – particularly minorities. As Gov. Jerry Brown has stated, the way the system is currently organized leads unsuspecting citizens into a “hellhole of desperation.” Read the rest »
If you quizzed the average motorist on which DUI tests are mandatory and which are optional, you’d probably hear some different answers. It is safe to assume that a vast majority of the motoring public would believe that ALL tests administered by police officers are mandatory. For most people, when a patrolman pulls them over, the blood pressure rises and they’ll do just about anything the officer asks – even tests that are completely voluntary.
Let us be clear here – there are a number of tests administered by the police at a DUI checkpoint and stops that are 100% optional. Read the rest »