Child Molestation Accusations in California

No matter what the circumstances are, being suspected of child molestation is a very serious allegation.  Before filing charges, there is an investigative process that law enforcement agencies are required to follow and present before prosecutors can file arraignments. When a person is accused of a crime, and rights were not read or a warrant … Continue reading Child Molestation Accusations in California

Posted on: October 19, 2018 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

What Is the Purpose of California’s Three Strikes Law?

The state of California has a three strikes sentencing law that relates to the state’s criminal justice system. Enacted in 1994, California decided to create a new set of sentencing regulations that would specify what would happen to criminals who have committed multiple crimes. The Three Strikes law’s purpose is to discourage people from executing … Continue reading What Is the Purpose of California’s Three Strikes Law?

Posted on: September 14, 2018 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

What Are the Penalties for My First DUI Conviction?

Depending on the circumstances, you may have to face multiple penalties if you are convicted of a DUI in California. The aggravating and mitigating factors of your case will have to come into play if your conviction results from a jury verdict or plea bargain. The maximum and minimum penalties available to you, however, will … Continue reading What Are the Penalties for My First DUI Conviction?

Posted on: August 14, 2018 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

Are There Weaknesses to the Standardized Field Sobriety Test?

One major component of being arrested and convicted for a DUI is the standardized field sobriety test. These tests, also known as FSTs, are designed by law enforcement officials to record your balance, coordination and eye movement as evidence of your intoxication. After taking a breathalyzer test, an FST is the next step of the … Continue reading Are There Weaknesses to the Standardized Field Sobriety Test?

Posted on: July 7, 2018 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

What Are California’s DUI Implied Consent Laws?

If you are ever stopped by a police officer on suspicion of DUI, there is a certain set of steps that have to happen in order for law enforcement to prove their suspicions. Most states follow the same processes, but California has specific laws pertaining to your legal rights regarding a DUI. California has an … Continue reading What Are California’s DUI Implied Consent Laws?

Posted on: May 14, 2018 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

Does Assault Differ from Battery in California?

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In the state of California, assault and battery are two different crimes. This does not mean, however, that someone cannot be charged with both assault and battery. Having both charges can be confusing for some individuals, so here is a bit of information to dispel misunderstandings about assault and battery. What is Assault? In the … Continue reading Does Assault Differ from Battery in California?

Posted on: March 15, 2018 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

What is an Internet-Facilitated Sex Offense?

With the internet being widely used by people of all ages all around the world, there has been a growing concern that individuals will utilize this tool to commit sexual offenses. In response to this concern, several laws have been passed to protect children and other vulnerable parties from online sexual exploitation. As a result, … Continue reading What is an Internet-Facilitated Sex Offense?

Posted on: February 15, 2018 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

Do You Know What Implied Consent Is?

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Have you seen the viral video of the nurse being arrested after refusing to draw blood on a patient who had been in a car accident? The patient was unconscious and though suspected of driving under the influence, the patient was not under arrest. According to the policies of University Hospital in Salt Lake City, … Continue reading Do You Know What Implied Consent Is?

Posted on: January 15, 2018 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

In Domestic Violence Cases, Do Police Often Get the Wrong Aggressor?

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When Long Beach police arrived at the scene, they found a man and a woman arguing on the side of the road. It became apparent that both had been drinking, but the man had sustained injuries, which prompted the officers to start a domestic violence investigation. They began questioning the two, treating the woman as … Continue reading In Domestic Violence Cases, Do Police Often Get the Wrong Aggressor?

Posted on: December 15, 2017 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

Can I Be Arrested for Something I Didn’t Do?

Incidents that warrant police intervention happen every day, and sometimes those circumstances end in arrests. What many people don’t realize is that sometimes people who did nothing are arrested in these situations. In today’s world, not breaking the law does not equal avoiding arrest, and you need to know what to do if you find … Continue reading Can I Be Arrested for Something I Didn’t Do?

Posted on: November 1, 2017 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

Domestic Violence in California: The Basics

There are several types of domestic violence that continue to plague American society. Domestic violence is not only defined as violent action within a married couple, but it can refer to any violence perpetrated by a member of a household or person with whom one has an intimate relationship. According to the California State Courts, … Continue reading Domestic Violence in California: The Basics

Posted on: October 23, 2017 by Law Offices Of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich

Marijuana in California: Legalization in 2016?

Following states like Colorado and Oregon, California voters will get the chance to vote on likely more than one proposal on the 2016 ballot for legalization of recreational usage of marijuana.The state already has a large medical marijuana industry, but recent polls indicate that more and more of California voters are in favor of recreational … Continue reading Marijuana in California: Legalization in 2016?

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Warrants Now Required to Search Tech Devices in California

California recently joined states like Montana, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maine in establishing clear protection for personal information stored on laptops, tablets, and cellphones. In the past, information stored on a cellphone or other device could be searched by law enforcement without a warrant or wiretap order and used in criminal cases. Just this month, … Continue reading Warrants Now Required to Search Tech Devices in California

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Californians Now Able to Dispute Traffic Violations before Paying for Them

Have you ever paid for a traffic ticket you thought you didn’t deserve? When it comes to tickets for traffic violations, often times the easiest and quickest solution is to bite your tongue and pay, no matter how fair the ticket actually is. Some Californians say they even plan for traffic tickets throughout the year … Continue reading Californians Now Able to Dispute Traffic Violations before Paying for Them

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BUI: Boating and Drinking in California

With summer’s official arrival, Californian’s are preparing for all types of water based fun. Millions of California residents safely enjoy boating on rivers, lakes, and on the ocean each summer. With nearly a million registered boats in the state, and no license required to operate a watercraft, the chance for danger while boating is high. … Continue reading BUI: Boating and Drinking in California

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New Proposal in California Drug Law Could Affect Immigrants

There are more immigrants in California than in any other state, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. This comes out to more than 10 million immigrants in this state alone, meaning that one in four of the nation’s population that was born outside of the U.S. resides in California. While these numbers primarily … Continue reading New Proposal in California Drug Law Could Affect Immigrants

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Death Penalty Could Resume in California

Californians could soon see the resumption of the death penalty in their state. A recent decision from the United States Supreme Court has opened doors for California to resume its efforts to relaunch the death penalty in the state. The ruling, from a case in Oklahoma, reinforced each state’s ability to use lethal injection as … Continue reading Death Penalty Could Resume in California

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Two Common Forms of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence continues to be one of the most serious issues in American society, despite recent and continued efforts to bring awareness to the issue and, as such, end it. The issue is one even more grave than war: between 2001 and 2012 approximately 6,500 American troops died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. … Continue reading Two Common Forms of Domestic Violence

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