JUVENILE CRIMES

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Juvenile Crimes in Northern California

When a minor gets in trouble with the law in the state of California, they go through a different system than adults. Legal proceedings occur in juvenile delinquency court, which has its own terminology and procedures that differ from adult court. If your child has been charged for a crime, make sure to speak to a Sacramento criminal lawyer immediately.

What Happens When a Minor is Arrested?

There are several things that may occur when an underaged individual gets in trouble with the police. Upon arrest, any of the following may happen:

  • Make a record of the arrest and release the individual
  • Send the individual to an agency that will care for or counsel the underaged person
  • Demand the individual come back to the police station, called being “cited back”
  • Give the individual a “Notice to Appear.” This article contains details of the arrest and when to appear in court.
  • Place the individual in juvenile hall, called “detention.” The individual will be allowed to place two phone calls. One call must be to a parent, guardian, relative, or boss. The other call must be to a lawyer.

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PROPERTY CRIMES

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Property crimes are the most common crimes committed in California

Property crimes in the State of California include many common offenses that relate to the theft or destruction of someone else’s property. Crimes against property can range from low-level misdemeanors to general felonies. By definition, a property crime is the theft or damage of another’s property, and does not involve the use of force or threat of force against. In some cases, more serious violent felonies including robbery are considered crimes against property.

Property crimes are the most common crimes committed in California, and after years of declining property crime rates in the state, California has seen an explosion in crimes against property. Experts argue on the exact nature of the increase, but the numbers are clear. Continue reading “PROPERTY CRIMES”

FIRST-DEGREE & SECOND-DEGREE CHARGES

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Sacramento Defense Lawyer Discusses First-Degree & Second-Degree Charges in California

Specific categorization of crimes allows the Court to give detailed sentences that match the severity of the crime. In California, felony crimes have varying degrees. For example, if there was only one degree of murder, then anyone who killed another person would probably spend the rest of his or her life in jail.

There would be no room to consider the exact details of the crime such as it occurring in the heat of an argument or as another consequence of an action not intended to actually kill the person. The severity of punishments are all circumstantial. If you have been charged of a first-degree or second-degree crime, contact a Sacramento defense lawyer immediately for legal assistance.

The court takes several aspects of a crime into consideration when determining the classification of the transgression. One important consideration is aggravating or mitigating circumstances. Mitigating circumstances are elements of the crime that do not necessarily excuse the crime but that are considered in order to fairly judge the severity, and degree, of a crime. Crimes that are committed in the “heat of passion” are an example of the consideration of mitigating circumstances. Aggravating circumstances are elements of the crime that actually increase its severity – such as killing someone based on their sexual orientation. Continue reading “FIRST-DEGREE & SECOND-DEGREE CHARGES”

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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Common Questions About Domestic Violence Criminal Charges

Violence against another person is illegal and considered assault or battery, depending on the circumstances. When the alleged victim is someone with whom the alleged assaulter has a romantic relationship, it is considered domestic violence and is a much more serious allegation. If you or someone you know has been accused of domestic violence, it’s important you speak to a Sacramento domestic violence attorney immediately.

California law makes it illegal to use physical force or to threaten physical force against an intimate partner. Such allegations can alter your life in a variety of ways. This article aims to answer some common questions regarding domestic violence but it’s not intended to be a replacement for legal expertise. If you have been accused of domestic violence, contact a Sacramento domestic violence attorney immediately. Continue reading “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE”

WILL PAST CONVICTIONS AFFECT MY CURRENT CASE?

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Past Convictions and How They Can Affect Your Current Case

If you ask a psychologist what the best predictor of future human behavior is, they will almost certainly answer “past human behavior”. Many of us are programmed to be change averse, and this tends to make our habits and personality “sticky” and difficult to change. Continue reading “WILL PAST CONVICTIONS AFFECT MY CURRENT CASE?”

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE ARRESTED?

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Getting charged for any crime can be extremely overwhelming and stressful. Contact Sacramento criminal lawyer Richard Dudek  for consultation today.

What should you do if you are ever arrested?

The first thing is to stay calm and obey all of the police officer’s instructions – even if you feel that you have done nothing wrong and that the arrest is unlawful. You don’t need to have actually committed a crime to be arrested; the officer needs to have only probable cause to arrest you. And the penalty for resisting arrest can be much more serious than that for the charge on which you were arrested originally. Continue reading “WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE ARRESTED?”

VOLUNTARY, INVOLUNTARY AND VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES

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Manslaughter Charges in California

Getting charged with any type of manslaughter can not only be an emotional and challenging time in your life, but it can also affect the rest of your life and the loved ones around in many ways. Whatever the circumstances may be, contact a criminal defense attorney in Sacramento immediately for legal representation. Continue reading “VOLUNTARY, INVOLUNTARY AND VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES”

FELONY MURDER RULE

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CALIFORNIA FELONY-MURDER RULE

California’s felony-murder rule attaches criminal liability to anyone who kills another human being during the commission of an inherently dangerous felony. The rule was established with the goal of holding people who engage in dangerous behavior accountable for the harm to others. Because of this rule, the government can allege criminal liability for the death of another even if the accused did not intend for anyone to die during the commission of certain conduct.

The purpose of the felony murder rule is to deter people from engaging in dangerous behavior that may lead to loss of life. When the felony murder rule is applied, the court does not distinguish between intentional, accidental, or negligent homicides. If a person dies during the commission of a felony, the felony murder rule applies and the person engaged in committing the felony can be charged with murder.

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY WARRANTS

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If you believe that you have an outstanding warrant out of Sacramento County contact our offices immediately.

The experienced criminal defense attorney you will speak with will need to determine if the warrant is a bench warrant or an arrest warrant. With bench warrants, the criminal defense attorneys will work with your bail agent to secure release. Bench warrants are issued when a defendant fails to appear at a hearing. Many courts will allow a bail agent to re-assume the bond (meaning reinstate the previous bond) for a minimal fee. If you have missed a court appearance in Sacramento or any other Northern California criminal court, it is likely that the court issued a bench warrant for your arrest. Contact the Law Offices of Richard Dudek immediately so that one of our criminal defense attorneys can work to arrange a new court date for you. Continue reading “SACRAMENTO COUNTY WARRANTS”

FEDERAL CRIMES

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SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDING FEDERAL CRIMINAL CHARGES

Criminal defense attorney in Sacramento Richard Dudek has successfully represented numerous federal defendants in California. Richard Dudek is dedicated to protecting your rights and achieving the best possible outcome in your case.

Federal crimes refer to crimes prosecuted under federal law. While the district attorney prosecutes state crimes, the United States attorney prosecutes federal crimes. State courts are responsible for adjudicating most state-related issues, including family law, real property issues, and traffic violations. Federal courts have jurisdiction over cases implicating federal laws and issues involving more than one state.

Most white-collar crimes, for example, are governed by federal securities law and therefore are adjudicated in federal court. Matters involving interstate and international commerce, like drug trafficking, racketeering, and wire fraud cross state lines and are therefore considered federal crimes.

Examples of other federal crimes include:

  • Bribery
  • Extortion
  • Embezzlement
  • Money laundering
  • Forgery and counterfeiting
  • Computer and cyber crimes
  • Insurance and healthcare fraud
  • Federal drug charges
  • Gun crimes

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