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  • Protect Yourself - Remain Silent (Part 1)

    Almost everyone has heard the famous "...you have the right to remain silent...anything you say can be used against you...you have the right to an attorney...if you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to you...." It is repeated over and over on every TV cop and lawyer...

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  • Protect Yourself - Remain Silent (Part 2)

    Part 2 In Part 1 we were introduced to the notion that you should remain silent in many situations other than when you are "in custody" andthe police are directly questioning you. The firsthypothetical described a common situation in which someone is detained in a police vehicle,...

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  • Protect Yourself - Remain Silent (part 3)

    Part 3 In Parts 1 and 2 we explored a few common situations in which manypeople voluntarilygive up their right to remain silent without really knowing it. In this part we briefly discussanother similarsituation. Child Abuse and/or Infant Death One of the most troubling situations...

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  • PROTECT YOURSELF - REMAIN SILENT (PART 4)

    Part 4 Jail - Non-Legal Visits, Letters, Telephone Calls The following happens time after time and usually comes back to hurt the defense case: It has been a long, long wait, and she was given no information by the sheriff deputies at the front desk. Now, as she enters the small ...

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  • Protect Yourself - Remain Silent (Part 5)

    Part 5: In the previous four parts of this article I have pointed outvarious situations in which people unwittingly give up their right to remain silent by speaking about a case or an incident in which they were involved. Their words can be used against them later in court. In th...

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  • California Criminal Street Gangs - Dropping Out (Part 1)

    I have represented many, many gang members over the years in hundreds of cases - from petty thefts to drive-by shootingsto special circumstance murder cases, and everything in between. At some point, ifa gang memberdoes not end upin prison for life, or killed in activities relate...

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  • Man Who Conducted ATM “Skimming” Scam In Fresno Sentenced To Almost Four Years

    A man who had conducted an ATM skimming scam in Fresnoand a number of other California counties was recently sentenced to three years and eight months in state prison. Gervork Aroutiounyan, 48, of Panorama City, had been charged for skimming debit card information of Chase Bank c...

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  • SCRAM “Transdermal Alcohol Testing” Ankle Bracelet For DUI Offenders

    SCRAM, which stands for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor, is a specialized alcohol-detecting bracelet that a DUI offender wears around their ankle, typically by court order, though sometimes by voluntary participation. The tamper-resistant device employs a highly sensitiv...

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  • SCRAM “Transdermal Alcohol Testing” Ankle Bracelet For DUI Offenders

    SCRAM, which stands for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor, is a specialized alcohol-detecting bracelet that a DUI offender wears around their ankle, typically by court order, though sometimes by voluntary participation. The tamper-resistant device employs a highly sensitiv...

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  • Ballot Measure Could End Death Penalty In California

    California may soon end the death penalty if voters pass a measure that will appear on the states ballot in November. The measure, referred to as the SAFE California Act, seeks to repeal the death penalty and make a sentence of life in prison without parole the maximum punishment...

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