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Hash Oil Extraction License

Hash Oil Extraction License – What you need to know   Many are surprised that there is such as thing (or will be) as a hash oil extraction license.  By now you may already know that the cultivation, selling, transportation, and manufacturing of cannabis related products will be a legal and regulated activity in California.  Therefore, the hash oil extraction license will be available. But until January of 2018, this activity remains illegal. What you need to know is that these licenses will be very specific and the requirements in obtaining them will necessitate strict compliance.   Before we jump into the topic however, know...

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How to Testify in Court

How to Testify in Court   At first glance, you maybe thinking, “Why would anyone need to write something about this, you just tell the truth.” And that may be true. But court testimony is no the same as an average conversation you would have with your friends or family. When a person has to testify in court, it will feel like the opposite of a normal conversation. Which is why this article was written for those who are anxious about having to testify in court.   It should be noted that this does not just apply to defendants in a criminal case or...

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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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5 Things You Need to Do If You’re Arrested for a DUI

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There are few worse ways to end an evening than with an arrest for a DUI. Whatever the particular circumstances of your DUI arrest might have been, and regardless of whether you thought the police officer was fair in making the arrest, the situation anyone arrested for DUI is always the same: you face serious consequences if convicted for your DUI. This can include jail time, expensive fines and court costs, the installation of an ignition interlock device on your car, and skyrocketing insurance rates that can cost you tens of thousands of dollars over the years. You will also...

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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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Can You Be Charged With Making Criminal Threats Online?

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We often hear about how the internet has changed the way we communicate with one another. It’s just a fact that, for most of us, how we talk to people online that we do not know personally and who are far removed from us - and who may have no idea who we are or where we reside - is different from how we talk to coworkers, friends, and people we might encounter in public. And sometimes we say things online that are not meant to be taken seriously and/or literally. We could be making a joke or using an...

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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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Can the Police Search My Car for Marijuana or Alcohol?

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If you are a California resident, you no doubt have heard by now that California voters have legalized the recreational use and possession of small amounts of marijuana, effective immediately. And alcohol has of course been legal since the end of Prohibition. So why would a police officer ever have reason to search your car or vehicle for evidence of marijuana or alcohol? Because numerous situations remain in which you might face criminal charges based on the presence of alcohol or marijuana in your vehicle, including: Driving while intoxicated Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) Open container laws Possession...

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