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December 2011

1,500 DUI Arrests During Holiday Season

In Los Angeles County, 1,500 arrests were made from December 16th to December 25th. This number is up from the 1,260DUI arrests that were made last year. These alleged drunk driving violations were the result of a DUI crackdown that involved 100 law enforcement agencies, including the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol, as well as local police departments. This…

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Do You Qualify For Expungement?

Expungement, or expunction, is a process where an individual’s criminal record is legally sealed. The court can essentially erase past criminal convictions so that the offender can start again with a clean slate. There are many cases of good people making mistakes when they were young and now are reaping the consequences. It can affect your ability to secure employment as well as…

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Southside Slayer May Face Death Penalty

Los Angeles serial killer, M.H., is already in prison for life because of the four gruesome murders he committed in the 80s and 90s. However, last month a jury found him guilty of more killings. In what has become known as the “Southside Slayer” case, M.H. has been convicted of killing six women and one fifteen-year-old teenager, one of whom was the niece…

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Occupy Long Beach Threatened With Arrest

Early Monday morning on December 12th, two hundred protestors were threatened with arrest by police. This protest was one of several that were planned at ports on the West Coast. They were targeting the shipping company SSA Marine as they have a history unfair labor and environmental policies. When the crowd was told to back away, they marched in a circle with percussionists…

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What Exactly Is Bribery?

According to the California Penal Code Section 92-100, bribery is giving or offering a bribe to a judicial officer, juror, referee, or any person who settles a controversy. The intent is to influence their decision in their favor. Being accused of bribery is serious as it could be punished by up to four years in person. Not only is it serious to offer…

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Los Angeles Grandmother Stabbed In Home

On Tuesday November 29th, an eighty-nine-year-old grandmother was stabbed and killed in her home in South Los Angeles. After authorities were called, she was taken to a local hospital where she died soon after. Her grandson, aged forty-two, is said to be a suspect. After the murder, he blockaded himself in a nearby home near Manual Arts Senior High School. The grandson lived…

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Kidnapping: Definition & Penalties

If you or a loved one has been accused ofkidnapping, there are probably many questions running through your mind. Whether or not these allegations are true, there are some facts that you should be aware of. According to the California penal code section 207-210, kidnapping is defined as forcibly, or through intimidation, taking another person into another country, state, county, or another part…

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Four Arrested in Occupy Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, the Occupy LA protesters were asked by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to leave their camp at City Hall by 12:01 a.m. on November 28th. There were about four hundred tents outside City Hall, and by 2:30 a.m., most of the protesters had moved to streets in the area. A few hours later, police told the crowd that they had to leave…

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