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What to do after an accident in California?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] If you are involved in a car accident in California, it's important to remain calm and take the following steps: 1. Check for injuries: Make sure you and any passengers are not seriously injured. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately.   2. Move your vehicle: If your car is blocking traffic and it is safe to do so, move it to the side of the road. If you can't move your car, turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers.   3. Call the police: If there are injuries, property damage, or a hit-and-run, you are required by law to call...

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Sex crimes attorney in Los Angeles

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]   Of all crimes, few are more serious than sex crimes. A conviction may not only mean prison time, but also lifetime registration as a sex offender. Remember, if investigated or charged for a sex crime, YOU ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. BEFORE SPEAKING TO THE POLICE, call Garcia Law Group for a FREE CONSULTATION—this can make all the difference in your case! Sex crimes in California are prosecuted heavily and most carry significant prison sentences.  Most prosecution offices (including the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office), have special units to prosecute sex crimes. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can ensure...

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PC 995 Motion to Set Aside

995 Motion to Set Aside the Information   Background information: In a felony case, defendants are entitled to a preliminary hearing. A preliminary hearing is a probable cause hearing where the judge will answer two questions: (1) is there probable cause that the crime was committed? And (2) is there probable cause to believe that the defendant committed it?   If the answer to both of these questions is “yes,” then the defendant is “held to answer” to the charges and the prosecutor files an “information” (a fancy word for complaint) with the court. Within 15 days of the preliminary hearing (after being “held to...

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Overview of Domestic Violence in California

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Domestic Violence in California The consequences of a domestic violence (DV) conviction can be devastating.  Generally, domestic violence charges occur from household disputes that cause harm to one of the parties.  What makes this type of charge “domestic” is the relationship between the alleged victim and the accused.  California law (Penal Code § 1300) defines “domestic violence” as abuse an “intimate partner.”  This includes a wife/husband, boyfriend/girlfriend, domestic partner, or someone the accused has dated in the past.  California law also protects others in the household that could be deemed as “victims” of domestic violence.  These include: brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts,...

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