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How Theft Penalties Were Changed By Proposition 47

California law defines theft as the stealing or unauthorized taking of money, property, or labor. The basic crime is divided into two categories:  grand theft and petty theft. Receiving stolen property is a related crime....

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Alleged Laguna Niguel Attacker Arrested for Assault on Real Estate Agent Faces Charges

Last month, a 55-year-old female real estate agent was attacked as she closed up a Laguna Niguel home. In light of the recent slaying of an Arkansas agent, this incident has real estate agents across...

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Timothy Lance Lai Finally Arrested in Corona Del Mar Cheating Scandal

Timothy Lance Lai, 29, the tutor that has been at the center of a cheating scandal that rocked Corona Del Mar High School in Orange County since last summer was finally arrested as he was...

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Charlie Sheen Sued and May Face Sexual Battery Charges

Charlie Sheen has a “bad boy” image that leaves him vulnerable to accusations of misconduct. The star of Anger Management is being sued by a dental technician who claims that he punched her and grabbed...

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Man in Anaheim is Arrested for Allegedly Robbing Girlfriend’s Elderly Grandmother

An Anaheim man was recently arrested and accused of robbing his girlfriends’ 82-year-old mother in her home. According to the police statement, the accused took “several jewelry items and coins” in addition to ransacking the...

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Jail Sentencing for Assault on a Minor

There are three forms of assault that can be punishable in a court of a law: common assault, criminal assault, or aggravated assault. Common assault is almost any behavior that can be judged as offensive...

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Statute of Limitations for White Collar Crime

A statute of limitation is the time allowed for prosecutors to lay a charge against someone who is accused of committing a criminal offense. The period normally runs from the point at which the alleged...

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Difference Between Corporal Injury and Battery

If you or someone you know has been charged with anything related to domestic violence, there is a high probability that those charges are either corporal injury on an intimate partner or a spousal battery....

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Qualifications for Expungement in California

A mistake in judgment that you made years ago can have far-reaching effects, including your ability to get the job that you want, obtain some professional licenses, or rent a home.  Even though California criminal...

Will a DUI Show Up on My Background Check?

Facing a DUI charge is a serious matter that leaves most individuals wishing they had used different judgment before getting behind the wheel.  Despite the initial fear that follows an arrest, having a drunk driving...

Availability of House Arrest for a 3rd DUI in California

While the majority of the population will never know what it is like to be arrested for driving under the influence, there are a number of others who will receive a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or...

What You Can Expect for Violating Probation

Before we start to discuss the penalties for violating probation terms, we should first know what probation is, what types of probation exist under California law, and what terms and conditions of probation you are...

Criminal Law Attorney Explained

For some, the question what is a criminal law attorney may seem to have a simple answer, but as is the case with almost anything having to do with law, the in-depth answer is different...

Newport Beach Mechanic Found Guilty Of Sexual Assault and Burglary in the OC

Travis Dewayne Batten, a 31-year-old mechanic employed by Newport Beach Fletcher Jones, was recently convicted for multiple counts of sexual assault. An Orange County Jury found him guilty of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense,...

How Jail Informants and Snitches Are Used in Orange County

For better or worse, jail informants are an important part of California’s criminal justice system. Countless cases have been solved and numerous murderers have gone to prison for life with the use of informant testimony...

Best MacGregor Collins Criminal Defense Blogs of 2013

2013 was a great year for us: we had a variety of different impressive criminal defense trial wins, we assisted more clients than we ever had before, and we managed to produce several useful online...

Consequences for Methamphetamine Sales in California

Methamphetamine sales in California and throughout the United States have been a constant for several years. Law enforcement has gone to great lengths to try and curb the use and distribution of crystal meth, but...

Orange County Students May Face Criminal Charges for Changing Grades

A student’s academic record can be a blessing or a curse. If a student’s academic record is exceptional, they put themselves in a good position to get accepted into prestigious colleges, and even earn scholarships...

Orange County Jurors Recommend Death Penalty for Convicted Murderer

Six years after the brutal slaying of a 20-year-old girl and her parent, the murderer has now been convicted and has been recommended to be put to death. Iftekhar Murtaza’s lengthy trial for the murder...

Orange County Lawyer Arrested for $12 Million Mortgage Scam

Ever since the real estate market crashed, countless homeowners have been on the brink of bankruptcy looking for a way out. While some have successfully managed to renegotiate their home loans and others have managed...

Westminster Holy Man Found Guilty of Lewd Acts Upon a Child

The clergy has taken countless public hits from sexual abuse cases over the last several decades, to the point that instances of sexual assault by members of the church have become quite common. These days,...

Orange County Marine Accused of Murder Commits Suicide

Itzcoatl Ocampo has long been suspected to be the culprit of several high-profile homeless man murders, and with good reason. Ocampo reportedly told Orange County police detailed information about why he chose to target homeless...

UC Irvine Student Arrested for Carrying a Loaded Gun on Campus

*Updated 12-27-2013 UCI and Southern California schools in general have been lucky enough to have avoided instances of mass shootings, but had one student neglected to spot a 28-year-old male attempting to conceal a loaded...

Orange County Surgeon Arrested for Health Insurance Fraud

A Newport Beach plastic surgeon was arrested and charged last week for committing medical insurance fraud and perjury while under oath. The doctor, Jay W. Calvert, allegedly performed multiple unnecessary procedures on his clients which...

Stanton Man Using Craigslist Convicted of Lewd Acts With a Child

A 57-year-old Stanton man was convicted last week after using Craigslist to initiate encounters in which he committed sex crimes with a minor within a parking structure. Mark Aime Brousseau was found guilty of meeting...

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