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John Kaman’s Legal Guides

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  • What Won't Help Your Criminal Case

    "Nobody Told Me to Come to Court" Not a day goes by that I don't hear people complain that their rights were violated. People even believe these "violations" are defenses to the crime they are accus

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  • Understanding Probation in California

    CA Probation: Formal or Informal? To understand how probation works in CA you must understand the difference between formal and informal probation (court probation). Formal probation requires that y

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  • California Felony Procedure

    Why Is a Felony Case So Hard to Follow in California? The answer is largely historical. Originally we had municipal and superior courts in California. Magistrates presided over municipal courts and

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  • Self-Defense in California

    Self-Defense Is a Perfect Defense to a Charge of Murder In CA, if the prosecutor fails to prove that you were not acting in self-defense then the jury must acquit you of a murder charge. That's the

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  • What to Do When You Fail to Appear in Court in California

    Is a Failure to Appear a Separate Crime? Yes it is. Once you have missed a mandatory court date you are facing the original charge and proceedings that are similar to contempt of court: two separate

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  • Scientifc Evidence in Criminal Cases

    We all love to watch those CSI programs where seemingly no evidence is tested scientifically and results in a conviction of someone no one would otherwise have suspected. The real world is different and duller. Some forms of scientific evidence may be part of the prosecutor's c...

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  • One Question Your Prospective Attorney May NOT Want to Answer

    Insurance: What You Want to Know About Your Attorney Malpractice insurance is an important consideration in choosing an attorney not addressed by the other avvo legal guides. Many bar associations

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  • What are Beheliser Admonishments?

    What Is a Beheliser Admonishment? This is when the police ask you to come in and answer a few questions. They tell you you don't have to answer and are free to go at any time. These admonishments l

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  • Your California Preliminary Hearing

    What Is a Preliminary Hearing in CA? In CA, before you can be prosecuted for a felony a magistrate must determine that there is sufficient probable cause to bind you over for trial. The standard of

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  • Should I force a Speedy Trial in California or Not?

    What Are My Speedy Trial Rights in CA In CA the state and federal constitutions require that you have a speedy trial if you want one. Specifically that means you are entitled to a trial within 60 da

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