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Supreme Court invalidates deportation provision

Protecting the United States’ borders and ridding troubled communities of violent felons has been the present administration’s mandate, even as some statistics show a decrease in such crimes. Nevertheless, the current administration is determined to increase deportations of immigrant residents charged with felony offenses. In fact, the Immigration and Nationality Act has been the subject of intense debate.

The United States Supreme Court recently weighed in on the matter, invalidating a provision of the Act that would allow further deportations. In a 5-4 decision, the Court found that the provision regarding “violent crime” was unconstitutionally vague and did not necessarily apply to the crime of burglary.

Are Dabs, or hash oil, or wax illegal?

Dabs, BHO and wax, hashish and shatter are just some names for concentrated cannabis. These are the extracted resin from the cannabis plant and can be inhaled many ways including vaping.  

This concentrate is much stronger than the leaves of the cannabis plant and thus subject to different laws. The 2018 law states that adults 21 and older can use and possess up to 8 grams of hashish. However, possessing more than 8 grams is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 6 months in jail if you do not happen to have an entitlement to medical marijuana.

Protect Yourself From Telemarketing Fraud

We have all experienced unwanted phone calls telling us that our credit cards have been compromised or that we qualify for a “free cruise” or other perk.  But there are some local businesses that still call potential clients to sell services such as auto glass repair or carpet cleaning.  How can we tell the difference between an authentic call and a scam?

 

Understanding money laundering

Money laundering, also known as "dirty money" is the act of taking illegally received money and putting it through a system to make it appear legitimate. That money is then used to for very legitimate things such as to buy things, take trips, run a business or even put the kids through college.

A recent case of money laundering

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. 

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