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A Second Chance for Prisoners Charged with Murders They Didn't Commit
A Second Chance for Prisoners Charged with Murders They Didn't Commit

Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1437, which reduces the ability of prosecutors to use the “felony murder rule” on those who have been considered murder accomplices in California, giving a second chance for hundreds of individuals serving prison sentences related to homicides they ...

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    • Adderall & Other Study Drugs on College Campuses

      For many overworked, overcommitted and overscheduled college students, the pressure to succeed is so high, they turn to concentration enhancing drugs ...

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    • Can I Refuse a Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) Test?

      After a DUI arrest, California’s “implied consent” law requires all suspects to submit to chemical testing to determine blood alcohol content (BAC) or ...

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    • What Affects a PAS Test (Breath Test)?

      Breath tests are the most common chemical test administered for DUI investigations because they can be used roadside and the results are ...

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    • A Second Chance for Prisoners Charged with Murders They Didn't Commit

      Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1437, which reduces the ability of prosecutors to use the “felony murder rule” on those who have been considered murder ...

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    • Police Misconduct Records Are Now Available to the Public

      Going into effect on January 1, 2019, California residents will gain access to specific records regarding police misconduct (including sexual ...

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    • California Lawmakers Approve Tougher Gun Restrictions

      In the wake of recent massacres involving firearms in the United States, California lawmakers sent several bills to Gov. Jerry Brown’s office that ...

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    • 5 Questions to Ask Your Criminal Defense Attorney

      If you have been arrested for a crime, remember you have the right to consult an attorney before speaking to the police and to have an attorney ...

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    • What Crimes Qualify for Expungement in California?

      In California, expungement of criminal records means that a prospective employer cannot see or use your past conviction against you when it comes to ...

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    • What constitutes a DUI refusal?

      Under the California Implied Consent Law, a driver on the road "consents" to providing a chemical test if detained and arrested for DUI . This means a ...

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    • Common Ways People Violate Probation

      Whether you are convicted of a criminal offense or plead guilty in court, one alternative to jail or prison time is probation . A judge can suspend ...

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    • The Importance of Your Right to Silence

      From movies and television shows to real life, we have all seen the reading of a suspect’s Miranda rights. The United States Supreme Court and the ...

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    • New California Laws in 2018

      Every year, the California Legislature passes hundreds of bills. In 2018, most of them will take effect on New Year’s Day. The new laws cover topics ...

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    • One DUI and Two Cases?

      Yes, it is true. If you are caught driving under the influence of alcohol, you have two cases. One is with the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the ...

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    • New Bill to Help Expungement of Old Cannabis Convictions

      On November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, making recreational marijuana legal throughout the state. Additionally, the measure also ...

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    • Smoking Cannabis While Driving or Riding in a Vehicle Is Now Punishable with a Fine

      While recreational cannabis has become legal to sell in California this year, consumers are not allowed to smoke or consume pot products while ...

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    • Can I Be Arrested for Drugs That Aren't Mine?

      As unfair as it may seem, you can legally be arrested in the state of California if you are found with drugs left there by someone else. This kind of ...

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  • DUI
    • Common Mistakes Made by Police in DUI Cases

      Police are required to follow specific rules and protocols when investigating a suspected DUI driver and making a subsequent arrest. However, if any ...

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    • California Company Creates a Cannabis Breathalyzer

      The legalization of recreational cannabis has occurred in nine states and the District of Columbia, while 30 states and D.C. have legalized medicinal ...

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    • Common Reasons for Increased DUI Arrests in Summer

      With summer in full swing, many people are taking advantage of the warmer weather and longer days to enjoy the outdoors and taking trips. Since more ...

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    • Common Mistakes Made by Police in DUI Cases

      Police are required to follow specific rules and protocols when investigating a suspected DUI driver and making a subsequent arrest. However, if any ...

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    • DUI Conviction & Education

      Not only does a DUI conviction have a negative impact on employment , but also in the academic field. Unfortunately, most young people who are either ...

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    • DUI Conviction & Employment

      In addition to a possible jail sentence, fines, license suspension and other penalties, a DUI conviction may have a negative impact on a person’s ...

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    • How to Avoid a DUI Arrest this St. Patrick's Day

      St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, which means many individuals will be hitting the local bars and having some green beer, Guinness, or ...

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    • Holiday DUIs & Checkpoints

      The holiday season is notorious for being a dangerous time on public roadways. While this may partially be caused by increases in traffic and more ...

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    • Holiday Checkpoints

      As we near the holidays, there is often an increase in the number of people arrested for Driving Under the Influence. Many of these arrests come from ...

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    • New Bill to Help Expungement of Old Cannabis Convictions

      On November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, making recreational marijuana legal throughout the state. Additionally, the measure also ...

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    • How Can I Clear My Criminal Record in California?

      A conviction on your record can make you feel embarrassed and frustrated. It can jeopardize your career and future job opportunities and not allow you ...

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    • What Crimes Qualify for Expungement in California?

      In California, expungement of criminal records means that a prospective employer cannot see or use your past conviction against you when it comes to ...

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    • California Lawmakers Approve Tougher Gun Restrictions

      In the wake of recent massacres involving firearms in the United States, California lawmakers sent several bills to Gov. Jerry Brown’s office that ...

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    • What Should I Do If Arrested By A Police Officer?

      Question: "What should I do if I am arrested by a police officer?" Answer: Do not speak or answer questions without first consulting with an attorney. ...

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    • Ventura Criminal Defense Blog

      Welcome to our blog! At Wilfert Law P.C., our passion is to provide the best chance for clients' criminal charges to be reduced or dismissed. We know ...

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    • 3 Most Common Holiday Crimes

      With the holidays fast approaching, we at The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert understand how societal pressures to purchase gifts for friends and ...

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    • 3 Ways Identity Theft Occurs

      Identity theft is the act of obtaining, purchasing or stealing someone’s personal identifying information for his or her own financial gain. Identity ...

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    • What are my Miranda Rights in a DUI Arrest?

      One of the most common questions posed to me during an initial DUI consultation revolves around the lack of Miranda warnings being issued prior to the ...

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    • 3 Most Common Holiday Crimes

      With the holidays fast approaching, we at The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert understand how societal pressures to purchase gifts for friends and ...

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    • What Happens If You Fail to Register as a CA Sex Offender?

      According to California’s Sex Offender Registration Act--also called Megan’s Law-- sex crime convicts are required to register with law enforcement of ...

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    • How Long Will I Have to Register as a Sex Offender in California?

      According to California law, individuals convicted of certain sex crimes are required to register as sex offenders with a local law enforcement ...

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    • Can Sexual Assault Victims Sue?

      Not only are incidents of sexual assault handled through the criminal justice system, there are several ways in which the victims can also recover ...

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    • 3 Most Common Holiday Crimes

      With the holidays fast approaching, we at The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert understand how societal pressures to purchase gifts for friends and ...

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    • 3 Most Common Holiday Crimes

      With the holidays fast approaching, we at The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert understand how societal pressures to purchase gifts for friends and ...

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    • When did stealing cigarettes become a felony?

      Scenario A: I go into a liquor store to buy cigarettes but I notice the clerk is in the back so I just take them and leave. Scenario B: I go into the ...

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    • CA Penal Code § 484: Charges for Petty Theft

      A violation of Penal Code Section 484, also known as a "Petty Theft," is a significant criminal offense for many reasons. First and foremost, it can ...

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    • A Second Chance for Prisoners Charged with Murders They Didn't Commit

      Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1437, which reduces the ability of prosecutors to use the “felony murder rule” on those who have been considered murder ...

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    • Elements of a Criminal Threat

      In California, it is considered a crime to willfully communicate a threat to another individual that would result in great bodily harm or death. This ...

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    • Is Your Child Accused of Threatening Violence?

      Due to the recent school shootings and the prevalence of violence in public schools nationwide, law enforcement and school administrators are taking ...

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