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According to the First Amendment, we have the freedom fundamental right to assemble and peacefully protest. However, this right has certain limits. 

For example, while you can protest on public sidewalks, plazas, and parks, you need a permit to march in the streets - as long as the requirements to obtain a permit does not infringe on your right to protest. You are also not allowed to block access to buildings and sidewalks, incite violence, make offensive statements, and interfere with counter-protesters. 

Committing any of these violations may result in “unlawful assembly,” which is a misdemeanor offense that carries a maximum six-month jail sentence. The definition of unlawful assembly is broad and wide discretion is given to law enforcement officials to arrest protesters. 

According to the California Supreme Court, the unlawful assembly law prohibits only gatherings that are violent or present imminent danger of violence. Large and noisy assembly – even if it is promoting an unpopular idea – is not enough to charge a protester with unlawful assembly. 

Remember, the First Amendment does not cover private property in California. The only exception to this rule is a shopping mall.  

If you or a loved one has been recently charged with unlawful assembly in Los Angeles or Orange County, The Law Office of Jacqueline Goodman is ready to protect your First Amendment Right to peacefully protest. There are a number of legal defenses we can use to help you avoid conviction, such as you did not perpetrate any violence or threat of violence, you were part of a peaceful faction of protesters, or you were not given ample time to vacate the area prior to your arrest. 

Contact us today at (714) 733-1737 to discuss your case. Let us protect your rights and freedom immediately. 

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    MISDEMEANOR SETTLEMENT

    MISDEMEANOR SETTLEMENT

    2ND DUI

    Misdemeanor on completion of community service - Felony 2nd DUI, under 21 with injury.

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    case dismissed

    CASE REJECTED

    ATTEMPTED MURDER OF POLICE OFFICER

    Los Angeles Arrest Pre-filing representation on Attempted murder of police officer, assault with a deadly weapon upon a police officer.

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    CASE
    REJECTED

    CASE REJECTED

    ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

    Strike felonies including assault with a deadly weapon - car with great bodily injury.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CAR ACCIDENT

    Car accident, no license, speeding (filed by Anaheim City Attorney).

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CHILD ENDANGERMENT / CRUELTY

    Penal Code 273a(b) Child endangerment/cruelty.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CHILD MOLESTATION

    Child molestation: Felony.

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    PROBATION TERMINATED EARLY

    PROBATION TERMINATED EARLY

    COMMERCIAL BURGLARY

    Commercial burglary probation violation: dismissed, no violation found.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CONTEMPT OF COURT ORDER

    Contempt of court order by a gang member.

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    Case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CSA CASE

    CSA case dismissed.

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