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Christopher Francis Morales

Christopher Morales’s Legal Guides

13 total


  • How to Clean Up Your Criminal Record in California

    But there is hope. Many tools are available to an experienced criminal defense attorney in attacking your criminal record. If you pled guilty to a criminal offense and at the time of your plea or sen

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  • What Not to Do When a Friend or Relative is Arrested (California)

    Hiring an inexperienced attorney who doesn't specialize in criminal defense When searching the web, first look for an attorney that specializes in criminal defense. If the attorney practices crimina

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  • What to Do if You Are a Victim of Identity Theft

    Report Identity Theft First and foremost, you should file a police report, and make sure to get a copy once it has been filed. Remember to bring any related evidence, including past police reports f

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  • How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft (A Criminal Defense Attorney's Point of View)

    Be Cautious Over the years, I’ve learned how my clients steal the identities of innocent people. Using this inside knowledge, I’ve put together some information to help you avoid becoming a victim.

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  • Common Defenses to Criminal Cases

    Here are some of the common defenses that can be used to defend against criminal charges. To convict a criminal defendant, the prosecutor must prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. As part of this process, the defendant is given an opportunity to present a defens...

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  • Criminal Procedure FAQ

    1) What's the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor? Most states break their crimes into two major groups: felonies and misdemeanors. Whether a crime falls into one category or the other depends on the potential punishment. If a law provides for imprisonment for longer...

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  • Does Self‑Representation in a Criminal Case Ever Make Sense?

    Criminal defendants might represent themselves in a few situations. There are many reasons why some criminal defendants may wish to represent themselves in a criminal trial. Although it is usually wise to get a defense lawyer, sometimes it's not necessary. The key to deciding i...

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  • DUI and DWI Defenses

    The penalties for DUI (driving under the influence) and DWI (driving while intoxicated) offenses can be very serious. If you've been arrested for DUI or DWI and want to fight the charge, you should understand all of the defenses that may be available to you. By mounting a via...

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  • Search and Seizure FAQ

    1)When is a police investigation considered a search? A police investigation constitutes a search if it intrudes on a person's "legitimate expectation of privacy." Courts ask two questions to determine whether a person had a legitimate expectation of privacy in the place or th...

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  • Sentencing FAQ

    1) Who determines what punishment a convicted defendant receives? Judges, not juries, almost always determine the punishment, even following jury trials. In fact, a common jury instruction warns jurors not to consider the question of punishment when deciding a defendant's guil...

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