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March 2013 Archives

Proposition 36: More than a Decade After It Began, What the Law Means for Drug Offenders in California

Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 28-Mar-2013

In 2000, the state of California enacted Proposition 36 which officially established a drug diversion program for eligible defendants. Defined in Penal Code sections 1210-1210.1 PC and 3063.1, the proposition systematically established an alternative form of sentencing for persons who are found guilty of a drug crime offense in California. Specifically, the proposition calls for qualifying drug defendants to have their criminal charges dismissed, or even have their convictions dismissed, given their ability to successfully complete the court-approved drug treatment program assigned to them.

Beat DUI: Follow These Steps to Avoid Conviction

Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 26-Mar-2013

In the wake of an arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence - DUI - do you know what steps to take next? Is it possible to avoid a conviction if the arrest was already made? What can you do to help your case? These are common questions that often concern the thoughts of individuals who have been presented with the difficulties associated with fighting DUI charges in the state of California.

Santa Ana Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Foster Kids

Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 8-Mar-2013

A 66-year-old man was arrested in Santa Ana for sexually abusing 3 young girls who were staying in his home as foster kids. He and his wife had the intent of adopting the children in the near future. Felipe Hernandez is said to have had a long history of sexual abuse interactions with children and now that he has been arrested there are at least a dozen charges placed against him. These include multiple counts of lewd acts with children, possession of child pornography, unlawful sexual intercourse, and aggravated sexual assault.

Scammers Dupe over a Dozen OC Businesses

Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 8-Mar-2013

More than a dozen businesses in Orange County were tricked by scammers posing as Southern California Edison employees since January. According to news sources, the imposters threatened to shut off the business' electricity if they owner didn't pay their outstanding bills immediately. N.W., a Santa Ana restaurant owner, panicked when she received the call. "The lunch crowd is coming, what can I do?" she told news sources, "People will be stuck with no food, no lights, so first thing in my mind was 'I got to stop this process.'" The caller told her that the restaurant's power would be shut off in 30 minutes if she didn't pay the bill immediately. Then, the caller instructed N.W. to purchase a Green Dot prepaid card with cash and provide him with the card information over the phone. The transaction was untraceable.

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