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  • Can a Criminal Conviction Harm My Immigration Status?
    Can a Criminal Conviction Harm My Immigration Status?

    When someone chooses to plead guilty in a criminal case, the plea must be “knowing, intelligent, and voluntary.” This means they must understand the rights they are giving up in order to plead guilty, ...

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  • California’s Hate Crime Laws Are Leading to Harsher Sentencing
    California’s Hate Crime Laws Are Leading to Harsher Sentencing

    Politics and other current, newsworthy events have led to an increase in attention to possible affronts made because of one’s affiliation with a minority group. The data shows that, despite the ...

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  • California’s Age of Consent, and What it Means for You
    California’s Age of Consent, and What it Means for You

    Understanding Consent in California Since 2014, California has defined consent as an “affirmative and ongoing” process for any sexual activity. This standard is useful for determining what counts as ...

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  • A Prosecutor's Duty: Defining Justice
    A Prosecutor's Duty: Defining Justice

    In my last blog, I began talking about the structural imbalances in the criminal justice system between the government and the accused and the ways the Constitution and courts have devised to attempt ...

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  • Who Will Watch the Watchers
    Who Will Watch the Watchers

    There are few places in which the balance of power is as uneven as in criminal prosecution. On one side, you have the government, with essentially unlimited resources. On the other, you have the ...

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  • Can Contesting Evidence Help Me Win a Drug Case?
    Can Contesting Evidence Help Me Win a Drug Case?

    It may seem impossible to put together a defense if the police found you possessing illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia —excuses like “it’s not mine!” or “I didn’t know what it was” only go so far in ...

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