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Carina Castaneda

Carina Castaneda’s Legal Guides

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  • Visitation Orders Enforceable by Contempt in Divorce Proceedings

    As many of you have read, I recently successfully defended a client who was alleged to have violated 81 (yes 81) separate incidences of a family law visitation order. To hold a person in contempt, the

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  • Get Your Felony Reduced To a Misdemeanor before Expunging Your Case

    The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is not always clear from state to state. In general, it is fair to say that a misdemeanor is defined by the maximum length of time a person is incarc

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  • How You Can Get Your Criminal Case Dismissed

    Not every defendant who faces criminal charges will proceed to trial or a plea. Many cases end up being dismissed by either the prosecutor or the court. Grounds for Dismissal Some grounds for dismissa

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  • Getting Out of Child Support Debt

    “Arrears” means past due support. Arrears are created when a child support order is made and there have periods of time in which payments were paid partially or not at all. If you owe arrears, you m

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  • Child Custody Issues in the Schools

    Some custody basics are joint legal custody means that both parents shall share the right and the responsibility to make the decisions relating to the health, education, and welfare of a child. Joint

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  • Child Visitation Law

    In making a child custody order between parents, the court must also grant the other (noncustodial parent) “reasonable visitation rights” unless it is shown that visitation would be “detrimental to th

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  • Orders Enforceable by Contempt in Divorce Proceedings

    To hold a person in contempt, the order must be in writing and must also be definitive; otherwise it lacks the certainty required to punish through a proceeding regarded as criminal or quasi criminal.

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  • U.S. Supreme Court: Search Warrant Needed to Search Cell Phones

    The U.S. Supreme court decided the question whether law enforcement officers can search a cell phones without a warrant after an arrest, as they can with address books and wallets? I wrote an article

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  • Child Visitation Law

    In making a child custody order between parents, the court must also grant the other (noncustodial parent) “reasonable visitation rights” unless it is shown that visitation would be “detrimental to th

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  • Child Abduction – Violation of Custody or Visitation Right

    It is a crime when you take or conceal a child and maliciously deprive another person of his/her right to custody or right to visit that child. In California, Penal Code (PC) Section 278.5 is the cont

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