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How does crystal meth affect your health?

Using illicit drugs like crystal meth often results in serious legal issues, including jail time, mandatory drug rehabilitation, and fines. It also takes a toll on your physical and mental well-being, and these effects may be permanent depending on how long you abuse the drug. WebMD explains some of the health effects of crystal meth use, many of which can be severe. 

How does kleptomania affect a person?

While kleptomania is a rare mental disorder, it can wreak havoc on those afflicted. It can also incur serious legal repercussions when a person is unable to curb their compulsive desire to steal. It's characterized by an urgent need to steal items that have little or no value. People with kleptomania often steal items they could otherwise afford to purchase, making the disorder even more inscrutable to others. 

False allegations of theft

When it comes to criminal charges involving theft, there are many different factors that may need to be considered. However, some cases involve allegations that are completely false. There are a variety of reasons why someone may be falsely accused of theft. For example, they may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, and someone whose property went missing may believe that the individual was responsible for the stolen property even though they had nothing to do with the crime. Or, someone may intentionally accuse another person of stealing something from them in an attempt to get revenge.

What are some exceptions to the rule against hearsay?

Gossip is notoriously unreliable, and if you are on trial for an alleged crime in California, you do not want someone repeating a rumor as evidence against you in court. The law recognizes the unreliability of gossip, which is why hearsay evidence is usually not admissible in court. In other words, a witness generally cannot repeat a story that he or she heard about you from someone else as evidence in a court of law. 

What laws govern self-defense in California?

It's a terrifying prospect; should an intruder attempt to break into your home, use of lethal force might be the only option to protect you and your family. This topic can be difficult from a legal perspective, as California is without the "Stand Your Ground Law" that is the subject of controversy in so many other states. There are other laws that cover the issue in this state, as explained by abc10.com

California's highest court upholds new juvenile law

Parents worry about their kids. When something goes wrong and a child faces serious felony charges, it is undoubtedly a trying time for everyone involved. On the one hand, you may feel sympathy and sorrow for the family of the victim. On the other hand, you want your child to have a chance at a future unmarred by a youthful mistake.

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