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Arrested in Laguna Beach for Public Intoxication

[caption id="attachment_13645" align="alignleft" width="359"] Photo Credit: D. Ramey Logan[/caption] 4 Things to Know: If you were Arrested in Laguna Beach for Public Intoxication There is an idea floating around that some cities are good "drinking towns" and some aren't.  When it comes to Laguna Beach, it may come down to a lot more factors than that.  But as one of the most visited cities in Orange County, some clients are shocked when they are arrested in Laguna Beach for public intoxication (aka: "drunk in public").  The biggest shock comes with a statement such as, "I wasn't even that drunk!  Why did I...

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Arrested in Newport Beach for Public Intoxication

[caption id="attachment_13639" align="alignleft" width="440"] Photo Credit: D. Ramey Logan[/caption] 3 Things to Know: If You Were Arrested in Newport Beach for Public Intoxication ("Drunk in Public") The city of Newport Beach is a unique place in Orange County.  It's both a tourist destination for those who live far away and it's a highly visited place for those who live locally.  So it's no wonder that where people spend quality time with one another, sometimes you can have one-too-many and spend the night in jail.  That's why it's important to know a few things after you've been arrest in Newport Beach for public...

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What Types of Criminal Charges Can Be Expunged in California?

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People seek expungement of past criminal convictions for a variety of reasons in California. They might not have contested a charge in their earlier years, but did not realize how much that criminal conviction would affect their career and/or reputation in later years. Or maybe they did contest the charge and were nevertheless found to be guilty, and now they want to take advantage of California’s relatively progressive expungement laws to prevent any unnecessary obstacles in their careers (e.g. denial of licenses, failing background checks, etc.). It is important to understand that expungement does not mean that you are asking...

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Johnny Manziel’s Domestic Violence Charge Dismissed Via Agreement with Prosecutor

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Johnny Manziel is barely 24 years old, but his name has been in the headlines for years. He won the Heisman Trophy at age 20 and was a first-round draft pick for the Browns in 2014, but was released a year later due in part to his numerous off-field run-ins with the law. His latest controversy has been a domestic violence charge brought against him by Texas prosecutors after he was accused of striking his girlfriend in public in January 2016. Manziel faced up to a year in prison for the misdemeanor charges and a $4,000 fine, but it appears...

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How to Expunge a Criminal Record in California

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If you are seeking a new job, career, license, or other position involving a background check, or you simply want to protect your reputation and legacy now and in the future, there are steps you can take to expunge a criminal record in California. Not all crimes can be expunged, and expungement can be a multi-step process, but the rewards of expungement often make it worth it. Here are the basic steps on how to expunge a criminal record in California. Collect All of Your Criminal Records For most people seeking an expungement in California, the goal is to expunge as many...

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How a Current/Pending Criminal Charge Can Affect Your Employment

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California state law provides extensive protections for individuals who have been convicted of crimes in the past but have taken steps to either expunge their record, have past felonies reduced to a misdemeanor, and/or have their criminal records cleared such that they do not appear in a background check. But what if you do not have a past criminal record and are instead facing criminal charges before the courts now? Understanding what potential and current employers can ask about with regard to pending criminal charges and what actions they may take should be critical factors in deciding how to address...

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Are There Limits to Expunging Your Record?

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California offers one of the most gracious expungement programs in the country, and it is a principle of California state law to provide a second chance to people who have made mistakes in the past. But that does not mean that the process is necessarily simple, that any and all criminal records will be erased, or that you will be in the exact same position as you were before. While the benefits of expungement are enormous - namely the reputational and career benefits you will experience - it’s good to go into the process clear-eyed and with the right resources...

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Criminal Charges on Your Record

Criminal Charges On Your Record The real consequences that come with having criminal charges on your record are very misunderstood. What most believe about their criminal record is motivated by their fear of the unknown. Like credit reports, we have no idea how much our lives will be effected by the decisions we have made or the challenges we have faced—and we may never get the chance to explain ourselves to the people that may be judging us for it. Information technology has changed everyone’s lives and it will continue to do so. Knowing who can access your criminal files and how it’s...

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Case Dismissal: How to Get a Criminal Case Dismissed

How to Get a Criminal Case Dismissed Clients who face criminal charges often ask what it takes to get the case dismissed. After all, nobody wants to have convictions on their records if there is any possible way to avoid it.  For those who can obtain the coveted result of having their criminal case dismissed, it doesn't happen out of thin air. But before an experienced criminal lawyer embarks on that road, there are several things to consider about the case and whether or not it has the marks of a case that can be dismissed. There are many misconceptions about the criminal...

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