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How sexting can lead to emotional strain and legal repercussions

For many California parents with teenagers, concerns of their children interacting with acquaintances of the opposite gender are met with feelings of anxiety and worry. While many parents do their best to properly educate their children, teenagers are often known for pushing the limits and curiously figuring things out by themselves. Sexting for example, while seemingly innocent and harmless, can actually be quite threatening and harmful to the emotional health of anyone. 

According to Psychology Today, the act of sharing or exchanging sexually explicit or suggestive material between different people is considered sexting. Even though the term is loosely used to identify any type of information sharing of this kind, it became popular as technology has grown and become more prevalent. With an increase in the use of technology, sharing information has become easier and falsely appears to be more private. Research suggests that approximately 20-30 percent of teenagers have either been the recipient or sender of a sext message. 

What are the penalties for underage drunk driving?

Although drunk driving charges can be devastating for drivers of all ages, those who are under the age of 21 may face particularly harsh consequences. Moreover, some may not realize that in California, there is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to minors and the consumption of alcohol, so even very small amounts of alcohol can lead to DUI charges. If you are a young driver or the parent of a driver who is in this position, these charges must be handled appropriately.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, those who have not reached the age of 21 and are charged with DUI may face various penalties in California. For example, a driver who is charged with this offense may lose his or her ability to drive. Moreover, other penalties, such as fines and time behind bars, may also come with these charges. Furthermore, it is crucial to realize the other ways that these charges can shatter a young person's life. For example, DUI charges could interfere with a teenager's ability to perform well in high school, either academically or on the sports field. Moreover, these charges can wreak havoc for those attending college or planning to attend college in the years to come.

What are homicides, manslaughter and murder?

Murder, manslaughter and homicide are terms you may have heard in regard to the loss of a person's life in California. Findlaw notes that killing any person unlawfully is homicide if the victim dies within three years and a day of the act.

What about murder and manslaughter, though?

California sex offender registrations rules

California is strict about its sex offender registration laws. When a person is convicted of a crime of a sexual nature, he or she is required by law to register with law enforcement, according to the Office of the Attorney General of California. Registration must be done within five weekdays, excluding any national holidays, after release from incarceration.

While registration is done with the local law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice also maintains a record and is notified of registrations or violations. The information is made public. Information available through the registry includes the name and address of the person. Some categories of offenses are not registered publically, though, and people may apply for an exclusion.

Parents: 3 things to know about juvenile drug courts

Juvenile substance abuse is a widespread issue. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that 14.3 percent of 12th grade students used illegal drugs in 2016.

Juvenile substance abusers have different needs than adult users. California courts created a system of juvenile drug courts to address the root of their substance use, and rehabilitate the youth. As a parent, what should you know about the juvenile court system?

Looking over some of the consequences of DUI charges

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, all sorts of harsh consequences may lie ahead. As a result, it is important to prepare yourself for some of the hurdles that you may have to face in the future. However, you might be able to secure a better outcome by presenting your case correctly, which is why you should go over all the details carefully. Our law firm knows the stress and other challenges that people in this position frequently go through in Diamond Bar, and cities around all of California.

From time behind bars to the suspension of your driver's license and financial penalties, drunk driving charges may carry different consequences. Moreover, it is important to think about the various ways that these consequences could upend your life. For example, if you lose your ability to drive, you might have difficulty getting to and from work or taking care of other responsibilities. Furthermore, these charges can wreak havoc in your current and future life in other ways. For example, the charges could come back to haunt you years down the road when you are trying to secure employment.

Sentencing for violent felonies is often harsh

In California, if you are charged with a violent crime, the potential for serious repercussions upon conviction is high. Felonies may result in one or more years in prison, and they often come with much longer sentences. We at the team at Eric D. Davis, Attorney at Law, often help clients develop a strong defense based on the factors of their case.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation defines 23 acts that are considered violent felony under the law. These include the following:

  • Murder, attempted murder or voluntary manslaughter
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Carjacking
  • Robbery
  • Sexual abuse of a child

How to assist your child after addiction recovery

You love your son more than anything. As a parent, you will do anything for your child. You have sworn to nurture them, love them and keep them safe. For the most part, you can do just that. Sometimes things are out of our control. As children grow they often experiment. The journey to really finding yourself can be a difficult road to navigate. For some, that may mean hitting a few bumps in the road along the way.

A few mistakes doesn’t mean failure. Addiction is an illness. This illness is tough to battle. It takes courage, strength and the support of loved ones.

A drunk driving charge doesn't guarantee conviction

Drunk driving is a common criminal infraction that can change the lives of many people every year. Some people are well aware of their intoxication and choose to drive drunk anyway. But there are many other people -- good, hard-working people -- who simply aren't aware of their intoxication. This is just one example of a circumstance that could lead to a suspected drunk driver successfully defending the charges against him or her.

One of the most common defenses against drunk driving charges is the concept of administrative negligence or the violation of a suspect's rights. In other words, the police acted improperly. This could happen because they failed to uphold the chain of custody for any evidence. It could happen because a Breathalyzer or other equipment wasn't properly calibrated or used. It could also happen because the police officer did not have probable cause to pull you over in the first place.

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