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Why is heroin and fentanyl use on the rise?

Opioid use, including heroin and fentanyl, is on the rise in California. In 2017 alone, experts estimate that California lost 2,000 lives due to opioid overdose, with the nation losing an additional 48,000.

With drug education classes having covered the dangers of heroin for years, many are wondering how this substance has managed to make a comeback.

Citizens push back against predictive policing tools

We now live in a data-driven world. Businesses collect, analyze and use countless data points to improve efficiency and reach customers. For the most part, reliance on algorithms and data analysis is beneficial – it makes life better for most people.

But using big data doesn’t improve every sector of life. In fact, it can cause very real problems. When utilized irresponsibly in law enforcement, it can be used to oppress the communities police are sworn to serve and protect.

Can I avoid jail time for a drug offense?

Marijuana is legal in California. However, the other drugs under the Controlled Substance Act still carry possession and trafficking penalties in the state of California. In fact, you could even face jail time for the possession of marijuana if you have enough of it.

If you're facing drug charges, here are your options.

4 Times you should appeal your verdict

Every American citizen has the right to a speedy and fair trial by an impartial jury of the state. Unfortunately, that's not always the reality.

In fact, California courts saw a total of 16,012 appeals in 2017. If you don't think you got the trial you deserved or are nervous about what will happen in court, read on to learn more about which situations constitute an appeal.

Students need to know the risks associated with study drugs

The fall semester of college courses is just over halfway through, which means the stress levels can only increase from here. Many students in Fullerton seek mechanisms to cope with their burdensome workloads, but some choose a safer, more productive path than others.

Finding a study group, consulting with instructors and hunkering down in the library are some of the main strategies students can employ, but some students disregard this route in favor of a quicker solution. Students seek the assistance of prescription stimulants - or "study drugs" - as a means to improve their attention, alertness and energy levels during the peak work times such as midterms and finals.

The four major types of evidence

The American legal system is setup to presume innocence before a guilty verdict is decided. This allows all possible factors to be examined before putting a person behind bars. Serious criminal offenses must pass several obstacles created by the defense before a final decision is made. Many people facing felony charges are wrought with anxiety over each step of the defense process. However, a large part of the process is establishing guilt or innocence based on evidence.

Evidence is a crucial aspect for every person facing criminal charges. And it is important to understand the various types of evidence that is permissible in the courtroom. It is important to note that any evidence obtained illegally (i.e. police searches made without following legal protocol, etc.) are not valid and therefore cannot be used against a person in court.

What constitutes a vehicular manslaughter charge?

Vehicular manslaughter is a serious charge, which is why it is important to know what exactly constitutes the allegation. Each year, there are over 34,000 deaths due to motor vehicle crashes, which is why it is important to know about this type of criminal charges in your state. 

Is it Legal to Drink in a Parked Car?

If you are not driving while an officer approached your vehicle, you may be wondering whether or not this may constitute as a DUI. Under Mercer v. Department of Motor Vehicles, you can be convicted of DUI if you are sitting in a parked car, if and only if it can be proven that you were, at one point, driving while intoxicated. If a police officer suspects you of drinking and driving, you will be asked to partake in a number of sobriety tests such as a breath or blood test.

Wet Reckless vs. DUI: What You Need to Know

A DUI charge is not a matter to be taken lightly. If a police officer suspects that your intoxication level exceeds the legal limit, you could be arrested and have your license suspended. However, there is a way to combat this. An outstanding legal team working behind you can help bring the DUI charges down to a wet reckless, protecting you from more severe penalties that can follow a DUI.

Attorney Goodman Comments on New Criminal Defense Legislature

Our very own Attorney Goodman was recently asked to comment on My News LA's investigation of Senate Bills 421, 10, and 620. Despite the opposition from District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who states this new legislation will result in catastrophic consequences, Attorney Goodman disagrees.

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