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Does the 4th Amendment Cover Searches by Private Security Personnel?

More and more, business owners and private communities are hiring private security personnel to monitor and protect property, homeowners and customers. Under the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, you have a right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures—police officers cannot conduct a search without a warrant or without probable cause. Does that […]

What Happens If a Search is Deemed Illegal?

Under the 4th Amendment, you have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. The Amendment specifically requires that any warrant obtained for a search be based on probable cause. In addition, the courts have allowed warrantless searches where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. What happens, though, if the police conduct […]

Expunging a Criminal Record in California

Did you know that most criminal convictions are a matter of public record? That means that anyone—an employer, a landlord or even an ex-girlfriend, can find out if you have been convicted of a criminal offense. That can make it difficult to get the job you want, live in the apartments of your choice, or […]

What is Robbery in California?

Though robbery is similar to theft (it involves the wrongful taking of someone else’s property), there are a number of specific elements that differentiate it and make it a far more serious offense. Here are some of the key differences between theft and robbery. Theft Defined The traditional definition of theft, also called larceny, includes […]

What Constitutes a Burglary?

What Constitutes a Burglary in California? In California, as in other states, a “theft crime” is relatively generic and can mean any of a number of offenses, some misdemeanors and some felonies. There’s a broad spectrum of crimes that qualify as theft offenses, from shoplifting to grand theft, from petty theft to embezzlement. In this […]

Gang – Related Crimes in California

California Laws—Gang-Related Activity Under California law, you can be charged with a separate criminal offense for participating in a street gang, or for engaging in activity that is considered to aid or assist a street gang in any criminal act or conduct. The law requires that you know that members of the gang are or […]

Your Rights When Dealing with the Police

Protecting Your 4th Amendment Rights When Dealing with Police Under the provisions of the United States Constitution, police and law enforcement officers are restricted in the ways they can obtain evidence in a criminal investigation. Specifically, the 4th Amendment says that “the people” have a right not to be subjected to “unreasonable searches or seizure,” […]

Florida Fires Guards after Inmate Deaths

California Laws Governing Violent Acts—What Constitutes Great Bodily Injury? After the deaths of inmates at seven different prisons in Florida, an investigation by the state’s Department of Corrections has resulted in the termination of 32 prison guards, all of whom had been cited for either criminal misconduct or other inappropriate acts. Michael Crews, Florida’s Secretary […]

Mentally Ill Often End Up Incarcerated

Studies Show that Mentally Ill Not Well-Treated in American Justice System Recent studies across the United States indicate that it is commonplace in jails across the country for mentally ill persons who have been arrested to spend most of their time in isolation—often for up to 23 hours a day. Though many state facilities have […]

License Plate Scanners Tested by Police to Spot Offenders

Police Trying Out Technology to Track Wanted Persons Law enforcement officers in Virginia have a new pair of electronic eyes on the force—an infrared scanner that reads license plates and immediately checks a national database to determine if the driver is wanted by authorities. If the scanner returns a positive—a stolen vehicle or an APB […]

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