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Why isn’t there a breathalyzer to detect marijuana?

If you have ever been busted for pot possession or driving under its influence, the police probably asked you to give a urine sample. 

Why don’t they use a roadside breath tool like they use for alcohol? Because alcohol is very simple to detect, while marijuana is very complicated from a chemical standpoint.

The overlooked addict: doctors and nurses

It has been said that with every stereotype there comes a grain of truth. We have all watched House- the pain addled brilliant doctor who is also a closet addict. Or Nurse Jackie- the saintly nurse who when not doing the right thing is popping pills she gets from the hospital pharmacist- for a small favor.

The scary reality

Five things you probably didn't know about domestic violence

We all agree that ending domestic violence would be a good thing. We have all seen startling statistics. Maybe we even know someone who has been involved in domestic violence. While stopping domestic violence is the goal, we also must ensure that everybody's rights are protected and that due process takes place. This means that someone accused of domestic violence is presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

What we all also agree on is that information is key. Here are five things you may not have known about domestic violence in California.

What exactly is petty theft?

Have you ever walked out of a store and realized you had something on the bottom of your cart you didn’t pay for? Have you ever not returned a library book?

If you have, then you may have committed petty theft if you had the intent to steal or permanently deprive the owner of his/her property. 

What does white collar crime mean?

We talk about it all of the time: white collar crime. But what does the term mean?

Essentially white collar crime is a crime that is committed by professionals- those who wear white business shirts with a collar. White collar crime usually involves bankers and those in finance, high level government jobs and suit-wearing business people.

Have you committed forgery?

Imagine these three scenarios. Which one is forgery?

  1. Your spouse asks you to pick up some groceries and hands you her credit card. You use it and sign her name on the credit slip.
  2. Your mother is sleeping but a COD delivery comes. You write the check and sign her name.
  3. Your medication prescription has run out. Your doctor is on vacation but indicated that you could contact her if you need more. You change the number of refills on the original prescription and take it to your pharmacist. 

How Many Of Us Commit Victimless Crimes?

Most of us like to separate ourselves from the word "crime." I'd never commit a crime, we say.

Yet what we may not consider is that most of us at some time or another are the perpetrators of a victimless crime. 

How ten little words can protect your future

When our forefathers created the Constitution, they did so with a great eye toward freedom and unfair prosecution of crimes. As such, they laid out some very specific amendments that help you guarantee those rights. But it is up to you to protect them--not up to the cops who are investigating a crime.

Many people are aware of their rights from watching television and movies: You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you. You have the right to an attorney and if you cannot afford one, the court will appoint one for you. That's all well and good if you get charged and get to court. But is that the first time you should be invoking your rights?

The sudden wave of EB-5 visa prosecutions

If you read the papers, you know that EB-5 visa cases are in the news. White House senior advisor Jared Kushner's sister recently drew attention for offering investor visas in China for $500,000.

Many are convinced this is very wrong, and the federal government has stepped up prosecution of this and other forms of immigration fraud. Whenever this happens, inevitably people are falsely accused. Then it is time for an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help defend against charges involving EB-5 visas.

Confused about current medical marijuana law?

Medical marijuana is legal in California - except when it isn't. This is the situation people face when they are charged with a drug crime when they are just seeking relief from a medical problem.

The problem is conflicting laws between states and the federal justice system. States allow a certain amount of possession and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes. But the federal government does not acknowledge exemptions made by the state.

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