Sexual Assault Of Minors In Rural Santa Barbara

They may not make the national news too frequently, but minors in rural areas are sexually assaulted – very often. Federal and state legislatures have enacted laws designed to protect minors from registered sex offenders. Adopted in 1996, Megan’s Law created a...

Your Social Media Profiles Could Be Fair Game In Custody Battles

A Westchester judge has allowed a dad to use his wife’s Facebook profile as a weapon in their custody battle, a groundbreaking ruling that could alter the way New York couples fight it out in court. Anthony DiMartino, 54, claims a review of his estranged wife’s...

Anatomy Of A DUI Investigation

Driving Under The Influence (DUI) violations are taken very seriously in court. This presentation outline includes the range of charges, the definition of “under the influence”, explanations regarding blood alcohol levels and more. This article is not...

Protecting Against Identity Theft

Identity theft is prevalent and getting more and more so in our fast-paced, Internet-connected world. What exactly is identity theft? What laws are used to prosecute identity theft? What should you do if you are a victim of identity theft? How can you protect yourself...

Why Is Dennis Hastert Only Serving 15 Months in Prison?

In under a decade, former House speaker Dennis Hastert went from standing second in line to the presidency to being sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for bank fraud linked to multiple allegations of child abuse. So who exactly is Dennis Hastert, and why is an...

The Whirlwind of Cyber Bullying

The power of technology nowadays is undeniable. From using Yelp to quickly find a new restaurant in your area to posting pictures of your latest vacation, technology seems to know no limits. Unfortunately, the rise of technology has also led to extreme consequences,...

Business Succession Plans: An Important Part of Estate Planning

The sad fact is, most small businesses do not survive the transition to the second generation when the first generation passes. Small business owners should include business succession plans in their overall estate plan, or the business will become part of the...

Injured? Processing Insurance Claims? Some Tips

If you’ve been in an accident and you are in the process of working through your insurance claims, a little knowledge goes a long way. Insurance companies are there for a reason, but they are not really your friend, even if the agent wants it to seem that way. I...

What Are Juvenile Status Offenses?

If an adult does these things, its no big deal. However, when a juvenile does, it is an offense simply because of the age of the individual when the activity occurs. These activities are considered “status” offences because of the age of the person at the...

California Child Custody Laws

Divorce happens, and children are often involved in the process. For parents that are going to file for divorce, the children will be the most important variable to carefully consider. Who will the children live with? How close to both parents will they be? What...

Sexting- Is It A Crime?

In its various forms, “sexting” is the transmission of nude images or suggestive material via text messages. Such transmission can be textual or image-based and typically occurs via cell phones, smart phones, computers, etc. However, it is typically the...

The Investigation and Prosecution of Hate Crimes

Hate crimes are crimes motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically involving violence.  Some gang cases can be charged as hate crimes, and speech alone may be the basis for hate crimes. Under certain circumstances, misdemeanors can sometimes be elevated...

What Exactly Is Identity Theft?

IDENTITY THEFT OCCURS WHEN SOMEONE REPRESENTS THAT HE/SHE IS YOU BY USING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AND DOES SO FOR EITHER FRAUDULENT OR OTHER UNLAWFUL, IMPROPER PURPOSES. Identity theft can occur when someone uses your personal information to open a “new account,”...

Internet Tips For Parents

What can you do as parents to help protect your child online? Parents need to educate themselves and become comfortable with the Internet. Communicate the dangers and risks of being online with your children. Supervise your children on the Internet just as you would...

Do You Have A Criminal Or Civil Case?

The American legal system is comprised of two very different types of cases, civil and criminal. Crimes are generally offenses against the state, and are accordingly prosecuted by the state. Civil cases on the other hand, are typically disputes between individuals...