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California DNA Collection Law Still in Place

May 15, 2018 in Criminal Defense

In April 2018, the California Supreme Court upheld the state’s controversial DNA collection law. Approved by 62 percent of California voters in 2004, Proposition 69 requires law enforcement officers to collect a DNA sample from anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony. Supporters of…

What Is Lewd and Lascivious Conduct?

Apr 16, 2018 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

California law defines lewd and lascivious conduct as sexual acts which are considered to be highly offensive and contrary to common standards of behavior. State law regarding these offenses are found in California Penal Code (PC) 288, and they can result in years of prison…

Hate Crime Charges in Cases Where the Victim is LGBTQ

Mar 23, 2018 in Criminal Defense

According to the United States Department of Justice, 931 hate crime incidents occurred in California in 2016. While most of these crimes were directed towards African-Americans, the second most likely target group was gay men, with 152 victims. The vulnerability of the LGBTQ community to…

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