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This Is My First DUI. What Should I Expect?

In California, a person could be facing DUI charges for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with a BAC level of at least 0.08%. A drunk driving conviction could result in massive fines, lengthy prison sentences, loss of driving privileges, and other devastating, life-changing consequences.

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Title IX FAQs

You may have heard of the landmark national legislation known as Title IX, but you may not fully understand all that it entails. Or, you may only know that it’s helped female athletes in all educational institutions gain an equal footing with men as far as athletic opportunities, scholarships, and access to sports facilities. However, the basis of Title IX is centered around discrimination and because of this, it plays a huge part in addressing sexual assault, student misconduct, and professor misconduct issues.

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Frequently Asked Questions About DUIs

Being pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) can be a frightening experience. The laws surrounding DUIs in California can be confusing, so it’s crucial to understand your rights if you find yourself in this situation.

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Common Challenges of a Title IX Hearing

Through the years, following guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the Supreme Court, Title IX has become a system of disciplinary hearings at which a Complainant can accuse another, called the Respondent, of sexual misconduct. This often means that the two engaged in sexual activities, but the Complainant alleges the conduct was not consensual.

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Can Getting in a Fight Lead to an Arrest?

Road rage, bar fights, and disagreements between friends can quickly turn violent. What may have started as a simple argument can easily become physical. But can getting into a fight lead to an arrest?

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Alternatives to Going to Jail

Your thoughts about your future after conviction may be filled with worry, but a conviction does not necessarily have to lead to jail time. With the help of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, you may be able to serve an alternative sentence to jail for your conviction.

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What Does “Affirmative Consent” for Sexual Activity Mean?

Consent plays a significant role in understanding sexual relationships. Under California law, it is an offense to engage in sexual activity with another person without consent. However, an individual is only consenting if they freely and willingly agree to engage in sexual activity. A knowledgeable California criminal defense attorney can enlighten you about the concept of affirmative consent for sexual activity.

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How to Prepare for a Title IX Hearing

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 banned discrimination in education at institutions that receive federal funding. The immediate effect was to achieve a form of parity between men’s and women’s sports scholarships in colleges and universities.

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Assault & Gang Crimes Defense in California

In more than two decades of practicing criminal defense in the Santa Cruz area, I have capably defended many people accused of assault and other violent crimes, including those alleged to be gang-related.

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Helping Good People Avoid Serious Penalties

It is a fact that at UCSC, CSUMB, Santa Clara and on other college campuses, in homes and schools, illegal drug use and sales are common. We all know plenty of people use pot, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and a wide range of other controlled substances.

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