Some criminal law experts argue that the California bail system is not functioning according to appropriate constitutional standards. The current law tends to fill the prisons with people who have not been proved guilty and who are supposed to be protected by the cloak of innocence. It also discriminates against those who cannot raise the cash required by the courts. A good criminal defense attorney can help the defendant to seek a lower bail amount, but a long-term solution to the problem will come from other sources.
Funds collected by the government for the maintenance of the public water utility have allegedly been mishandled, says the state attorney general. Three employees of a rural water utility in California are facing charges that they used public funds for unauthorized purposes. Because strict penalties are often imposed on those who break the law, people facing such accusations will need to prepare a strong criminal defense.
Nine individuals have been arrested on misdemeanor charges after handing out food and supplies to homeless individuals in a local park. The California city created an ordinance against handing out food and supplies to homeless individuals after an outbreak of Hepatitis A. After the release of the ordinance, a community group was formed to support feeding the homeless, and now some members of this group may be contemplating their criminal defense.
The marijuana industry is reaching new frontiers. In California, medical marijuana has been legal for some time, and soon, recreational marijuana will be legalized. It is still illegal in the state to drive while impaired by the drug, however. Unfortunately, no uniform test yet exists for gauging a user's impairment.
A tragic accident that left one family grieving may result in penalties for the man accused of the crime. An alleged perpetrator is likely considering options for criminal defense in the face of hit-and-run and other charges. The California accident led to the man's arrest. More details are given in a recent news article covering the event.
A hunter says he was only trying to prevent additional suffering and potential accidents when he killed a deer. However, the California bowhunter does admit that he knew he was within 150 yards of an occupied dwelling when he did so. The man was captured on neighborhood surveillance video. Police have charged the man with various crimes, and he may be contemplating his best criminal defense.
Individuals serving in the military were allegedly targeted by a couple who owned a chain of jewelry stores. The pair, who operate their business in California, were charged with illegal financing and debt collection. After receiving the charges, the two are likely contemplating their options for criminal defense in the face of the charges.
A health food advocate faces charges of embezzlement and mishandling of funds after allegations that he used school money to line his own pockets. He claims that he did not misuse the funds, and that the allocation of the money was approved by his supervisors on the school food services team. The man, previously lauded as a champion of healthy food in California schools, is now preparing his criminal defense.
Last week, one woman was arrested following an alleged domestic dispute. The woman, Nadia Lockyer, wife of former California attorney general Bill Lockyer, was arrested when authorities determined she may have committed misdemeanor spousal abuse. Should the district attorney choose to file charges, the woman may find herself preparing a criminal defense.
The orchards are abuzz with news that two men have been charged in multiple beehive thefts. In California, many almond growers rent beehives to help them pollinate their crops. A rash of beehive thefts have resulted in two men facing charges and who are likely preparing a criminal defense.