Can a DUI affect my citizenship?

Transcript Hi, it’s Anna Yum. A frequently asked question is: Can a DUI affect citizenship? Now, let me be the first to tell you that I am not an immigration attorney. And if you have specific questions concerning your immigration status, and if you’re facing a DUI, then I would suggest that you do confer … Read more

Can a DUI be expunged?

Transcript Hi, Anna Yum here. Now, one of the most common questions that I get asked when someone is facing a DUI is: Can a DUI be expunged? And the short answer is yes. Yes, it can. But remember, there are certain processes that need to take place before you can get the expungement process … Read more

Will a DUI cause me to fail a background check?

Transcript Hi, it’s Anna Yum. I wanted to talk to you a little bit about a DUI and background check. A kind of question that I get is: Will a DUI cause me to fail a background check? And my answer to you is that it really is going to depend on what type of … Read more

How do DUI cases get dismissed?

Transcript Hi, Anna Yum here! One of the common questions I get is: How DUI cases get dismissed? And, the short answer is that it depends. Now, I know that sounds very cliche, but it’s the truth. DUI case dismissals really depend upon the facts of each particular case. It is very fact specific. So … Read more

California Penal Code 311 and Penal Code 311.11 – Child Pornography Laws

Sex crime laws in California include sections covering child pornography. Any type of criminal allegations like this should be taken seriously. A conviction for this offense can carry life-changing consequences. It can be extremely difficult to face these offenses without the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. How does California define Child Pornography? Child … Read more

California Penal Code 210 – Extortion Posing As A Kidnapper

Extortion carries felony consequences and will affect your gun rights and immigration status. You can face similar consequences if suspected of extortion posing as a kidnapper. These are offenses that no one should take lightly. When facing such accusations, it is highly recommended you seek the legal aid of an expert criminal defense lawyer as … Read more

California Penal Code 646.9 – Cyberstalking

Simple harassment is a crime that can lead to legal trouble. Making other people fear for their safety by following them around or irritating them in-person, online, or via telephone is a crime. When facing allegations of stalking or cyberstalking, finding a legal defense lawyer to fight on your behalf is highly recommended. For a … Read more

California PC 278 Child Abduction

California takes child abuse situations seriously and law enforcement will act quickly in cases where child endangerment is imminent. Facing child abduction charges is not an offense anyone should take lightly. A conviction for this offense can carry long-term, life-changing consequences. It is highly recommended you find a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. … Read more

Sexual Harassment Lawyer

You have a right to be free from the hostility and stress caused by unwanted sexual advances in the workplace. During your free consultation Ms. Yum will explain the protections afforded to you by law – including the protection against retaliation and wrongful termination. Anna R. Yum is a nationally recognized trial attorney with extensive sexual … Read more

Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

California has zero-tolerance for violent crimes against children. Law enforcement, child protective services, and the prosecution will act quickly if a legitimate accusation is made. An offense like this on your criminal record will haunt you for the rest of your life. In addition to registering as a sex offender, you will also face difficulty with job prospects and housing opportunities. A criminal background check is a current standard for most jobs and housing rentals.

Attempting to dispute allegations of assault or battery on a child should not be done alone. Finding a professional defense attorney who understands the gravity of the situation can make all the difference. To further understand what this law entails, let’s review how California defines aggravated sexual assault on a child.

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Aggravated Mayhem

Facing an aggravated mayhem offense should be taken seriously, as it carries felony consequences. A conviction could lead to life-long imprisonment. It is highly recommended you contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as you can. An expert defense lawyer can help fight on your behalf to get the best possible outcome.

To gain a more critical understanding of what this law entails, let’s first take a look at how California defines aggravated mayhem.

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Eavesdropping

Unlawfully listening in on other people’s private conversations is a crime. If you are facing an illegal wiretapping, video surveillance, or any similar offense, it is highly recommended you get a defense attorney as soon as you can.

Having a conviction on your permanent criminal record will hurt your future, regardless of whether you faced a misdemeanor or felony. A criminal record can cause problems with employment prospects, academic pursuits, and can even affect your housing opportunities.

For a more comprehensive view of what this law entails, take a look at how California defines eavesdropping.

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Bringing Contraband into a Jail or Prison

Visiting loved ones who are incarcerated in county jail or prison is common and encouraged. However, you can easily find yourself in the same situation if you decide to bring drugs, alcohol, or other contraband into a penal institution. If you are facing a PC 4573.5 offense get the help of a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you can.

Attempting to fight these charges alone can be extremely difficult. A conviction will follow you for the rest of your life. Criminal background checks are routine for job searches, college or university programs, and housing applications. Fighting these charges will be less overwhelming with a defense attorney by your side.

For a more detailed insight into what this law entails, let’s take a look at how it is defined.

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Making a False Report of a Crime

Falsifying a police report and reporting a crime that never happened is against the law. Contrary to popular belief, this is not the equivalent of telling a simple lie. Attempting to ruin someone else’s life by reporting an invented crime to authorities is considered an abuse of the legal system. Taking advantage of law enforcement and wasting their time with fake reports will have consequences.

If convicted, you will face legal penalties and it could impact your criminal record. A criminal record will affect future employment opportunities, housing options, and academic goals. Being charged with making a false report of a crime is not to be taken lightly. Finding an effective and trusted defense lawyer to help with your case is highly recommended.

To gain a more critical understanding of what it means to make a false report of a crime, let’s take a look at how California defines it.

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California Business and Professions Code 25631 – the sale of alcohol after permitted hours

Selling alcohol after hours is a misdemeanor in California and it will negatively impact your business. This statute directly involves bars, clubs, and stores that typically sell alcoholic beverages. Store closures could impact the bottom line for all these businesses. If you or your business is under scrutiny for violating this law, get legal help as soon as possible. It is highly recommended you find a criminal defense lawyer who understands what is at stake. For all the details concerning this law, let’s first review how California defines it.

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Business and Professions Code 25608 – alcoholic beverages at public educational facilities

Getting charged with possessing alcohol while on restricted educational grounds may not seem all that serious. However, when minors are present the potential risks that alcohol can present only increases. If you face such an offense, do not take it lightly. It is highly recommended you contact a defense lawyer who knows what to expect and how to help.

For a critical understanding of what it means to bring alcoholic beverages on public education grounds, let’s take a look at the definition.

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Assisted Suicide

Committing suicide is not considered a crime in California. However, a failed attempt on ones’ life could still result in legal consequences. If you aided someone in committing suicide, you are guilty of a felony. Facing an assisted suicide offense is serious and it is highly recommended you find a criminal defense attorney to help.

There is a thin-line between assisting someone in committing suicide and murder. An integral part of understanding the difference is knowing how California defines it.

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Aiding and Abetting

Assisting another person in the commission of a crime makes you an accessory to the fact. This means you can face the same legal consequences as the perpetrator of the crime. Regardless of how serious your overall role was, you would still be held accountable.

A conviction on your criminal record will have long-term effects on your future. For an in-depth understanding of what this law entails, let’s take a closer look at how California defines aiding and abetting.

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Bringing Alcohol into Penal Institution

It is typically not a good idea to bring alcohol, controlled substances, or questionable contraband into any federal, state, county, or city jail or prison. Not only is it frowned upon, but bringing such items onto penal grounds could result in felony consequences. A felony on your criminal record could negatively impact your future employment and housing opportunities.

Facing charges for bringing alcohol or related substances into a penal institution should not be taken lightly. If you are being charged with such an offense, it is highly recommended you find a criminal defense lawyer who can help.

To gain a critical understanding of what it means to bring alcohol into a penal institution, take a look at how California defines it.

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Inciting a Riot

Inciting a riot, especially during a peaceful protest can cause serious harm to any political statement the protest is making. Instigating a riot can bring the ire of law enforcement on every one that is present, creating a dangerous situation that often leads to massive arrests and innocent people getting hurt.

Escalating the situation by creating violent turmoil will bring you to the attention of law enforcement. If you are being charged with inciting a riot, do not take it lightly. Get a criminal defense attorney to help protect your rights and your freedom.

For a critical understanding of what it means to incite a riot, let’s take a look at how California defines it.

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Unauthorized Entry into Closed Emergency Area

Entering an emergency area without lawful permission is a crime that is sometimes overlooked, depending on the circumstances. However, it is not surprising that law enforcement chooses when they will strictly enforce it, and when they will let it slide. That said, any area that is considered too dangerous for public access should always be avoided for safety reasons.

An emergency area that is closed-off is usually done so first responders and public servants are not obstructed from doing their duty. Preventing access or placing yourself or others in a dangerous environment is why unauthorized entry into a closed emergency area is a crime.

To gain a deeper understanding of what it means to unlawfully enter a closed area, we must first analyze how California defines it.

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California Penal Code 404 & 405 – Rioting

Acting with violence and belligerence while in public is considered a form of disturbing the peace. Inciting or participating in a riot is a form of disrupting the peace and you will get arrested and charged.

Taking advantage of a peaceful assembly by escalating the rhetoric and contributing to the violence is a crime and law enforcement will get involved. This is one reason why it is highly recommended you call a criminal defense attorney who can fight on your behalf.

For a deeper understanding of what rioting is, let’s take a look at how California defines it.

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California Penal Code 463 – Looting

Facing a looting offense is not something you should ignore. This offense is treated just as seriously as theft or burglary charges.

An offense like this on your criminal record will have a long-term impact on your future employment goals and housing opportunities. It is recommended you get the help of an expert criminal defense attorney to fight these allegations on your behalf.

For a more comprehensive view of what looting is, let’s take a look at how California defines looting.

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California Penal Code 135 -Destroying or Concealing Evidence

California has zero-tolerance for people who destroy evidence or who violate any of the similar offenses. These types of laws are all considered obstruction of justice. Destroying evidence is just as serious as planting evidence and you can expect the same level of treatment if you are caught. This offense carries misdemeanor consequences that should not be taken lightly.

It can be difficult, not to mention risky attempting to face this offense without an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. You should not have to face this legal battle alone. An effective defense attorney will have a critical understanding of obstruction laws and can help fight on your behalf.

To gain a deeper understanding of this law, let’s take a look at how California defines concealing or destroying evidence.

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California Vehicle Code 21200.5 – Cycling Under the Influence

Law enforcement across the country take all instances of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol seriously. California is no different and you will get charged for being intoxicated in public and for being under the influence while operating a motorized boat, a vehicle, or a bike.

Consuming alcohol or taking drugs, which can impair your judgment and motor skills, will affect the way you drive a car or ride a bike. Contrary to popular belief, cycling while under the influence of alcohol or illicit substances can lead to the possibility of causing serious bodily injury to others or yourself. Getting the help of a criminal defense attorney is highly recommended when facing such offenses.

When law enforcement suspects you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol while riding your bike, they will stop you and most likely charge you with violating the law. To gain a critical understanding of what it means to cycle under the influence, take a look at how California defines it.

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California Business and Professions Code 7028 – Contracting without a License

Getting caught contracting without a license could land you in more legal trouble than it’s worth. From major fines to negative impacts on your future licensing opportunities, charges for violating California’s Business and Professions Codes should be taken seriously.

If you are facing charges for contracting without a license it is highly recommended you seek a defense attorney who understands what could be a stake if convicted. An expert criminal defense lawyer will know how to fight on your behalf to achieve the most desirable results.

To gain a more critical understanding of what it means to violate this statute, let’s review how California defines contracting without a license.

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California Penal Code 166 – Contempt of Court

Facing charges for being in contempt of court can not be easily ignored. There is a certain level of respect for the authority of legal court proceedings. Blatantly disrespecting the court of justice, the process, or the judge can lead to PC 166 charges. The consequences range from fines to potential jail time and will appear on your criminal record.

Regardless of whether you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, having a criminal record at all will negatively impact future employment plans and housing opportunities. These are long-term consequences which is why it’s highly recommended you find a criminal defense attorney who can help.

For a deeper understanding of contempt of court charges, we must take a look at how California defines it.

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California Harbors and Navigation Code 655 – Boating Under The Influence

California has strict care for its coast and treats irresponsible boating seriously. This includes having specific Harbors and Navigation Codes that must be adhered to. Harbor patrols meticulously watch for any signs of boat operators displaying boating or waterway violations. They also pay close attention to any dangerous or reckless behavior.

Violating any of the state’s Harbors and Navigation Codes may result in long-term loss of your privilege to operate a boat on the open sea. Not to mention the fines and potential jail time that follow such convictions. For a deeper understanding of what this statute covers, let’s review the legal definition of boating under the influence.

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California Penal Code 597b – Cockfighting

Animal cruelty is taken seriously in California and forcing animals to fight is considered abuse. Getting charged with cockfighting should not be taken lightly. The punishment for a conviction ranges from thousands of dollars in fines to a potential year-long county jail sentence.

Having a criminal history will have long-term impacts on your future. From jobs to housing, many places tend to run criminal background checks before moving forward with anyone. This means you could face losing job prospects, housing opportunities, or educational goals.

Do not face these charges alone. It is highly recommended you find a criminal defense attorney who understands how to best defend you against these allegations. To further explain how cockfighting is treated in California, let’s take a look at how this law is defined.

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Brandishing Deadly Weapon or Firearm

Facing a criminal charge involving any type of weapon should be taken seriously. The penalties include potential jail or prison time. In addition to the immediate punishments, there are long-term consequences that often get overlooked. Having this type of offense listed on your criminal record will impact all future interactions with law enforcement, not to mention the effect it will have on future employment and housing opportunities.

If facing an offense like this, one of the first things a defendant should do is seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. The right defense lawyer knows how to adequately defend you against such grievous allegations. To gain a broader understanding of this statute, let’s first take a look at how California defines it.

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Weapons on School Grounds

California takes violence in schools seriously and generally has a zero-tolerance policy. This includes cases of carrying unauthorized weapons onto school grounds. If you are facing charges for carrying weapons on school grounds, one of your top priorities should be to seek the help of an expert criminal defense attorney. Having a criminal record will negatively impact your future employment and housing choices. An offense involving a combination of schools and weapons could potentially affect any academic goals you might have.

It will also have a drastic effect on how law enforcement treats you. Regardless of whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony, if a weapons offense is listed, law enforcement will use extra caution when interacting with you. That is why it is highly recommended you find a defense attorney who fully understands this statute. For a better understanding of this law, let’s take a look at how California defines it.

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California Penal Code 171b – Weapons in Public Buildings

Carrying restricted weapons into public buildings is against the law. These kinds of allegations are considered wobblers. This means you can face either a misdemeanor or felony consequences. A conviction on your criminal record can negatively impact your gun rights, immigration status, employment goals, academic pursuits, and housing opportunities.

Maintaining control of your future should be paramount when facing this offense. Finding the right criminal defense attorney could make all the difference.

Let’s take a closer look at how California defines this law and the potential long-term consequences a conviction can carry.

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California Penal Code 22210 – Batons

Batons are not common weapons usually carried around by civilians. There are usually two types of professionals that are generally permitted to carry batons – law enforcement and security guards. Facing charges for violating California’s baton laws should not be easily brushed off. This offense is not considered an infraction that carries simple consequences. If charged, you could face misdemeanor or felony punishments.

Attempting to face this offense without help can be overwhelming. One of the best things you can do is find an effective criminal defense attorney to fight on your behalf. With the right legal help, the charges could be reduced or dismissed.

For a deeper understanding of what this law entails, let’s take a look at how California defines it.

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California Penal Code 21810 – Brass Knuckles

Getting caught with prohibited weapons in California means you could face some long-term consequences. Examples of unlawful weapons include brass knuckles, billy clubs, and cane swords. These weapons are outlined in specific statutes and are considered “wobblers.” This means you can either face misdemeanor or felony penalties, depending on the details of your case.

Attempting to defend yourself against charges for possessing brass knuckles can be extremely difficult. It’s highly recommended you find a criminal defense lawyer who understands what is needed to successfully protect your rights.

To gain a more critical understanding of this statute, let’s take a look at how California defines it.

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California Penal Code 21310 – Carrying A Concealed Dirk or Dagger

Charges for carrying concealed dirks or daggers should not be taken lightly. A criminal record with any type of weapons offense on it will impact all future interactions with law enforcement. Furthermore, a conviction for this offense will show on a background check, which can affect future employment, higher-education goals, and housing opportunities.

It’s highly recommended you seek the assistance of a criminal defense attorney who understands how to fight these charges. Many weapons offenses are known as “wobbler” cases in California which means you could be facing either a misdemeanor or felony consequences.

To gain a deeper understanding of what this statute entails, let’s take a look at how California defines it.

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California Health and Safety Code section 11383 & 11383.5 – Possessing Materials for Manufacturing Controlled Substances (PCP and methamphetamines)

California has strict punishments for possessing controlled substances. The consequences of those offenses are enough to impact the rest of your life. So, as you can imagine charges for possessing materials for the manufacturing of controlled substances carry much steeper penalties than simple possession.

In addition to incarceration and fines, a criminal record with this offense on it will affect future employment options, academic pursuits, and housing opportunities. Attempting to fight the allegations alone can make anyone anxiety-ridden. Decrease the stress of the situation and find the help of a professional criminal defense attorney who knows how to defend your rights.

For a deeper understanding of this statute, let’s take a look at how California outlines possessing materials for manufacturing controlled substances.

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California Health and Safety Code section 11379.6 – Manufacturing Controlled Substances

Anyone involved in the supply, manufacture, or selling of illicit drugs, narcotics, or other controlled substances will face felony charges. The long-term consequences are strict due to the nature of this crime. When facing this type of drug offense it’s highly recommended you find a criminal defense attorney to fight on your behalf.

Attempting to defend yourself without effective legal counsel is extremely difficult, especially when you are facing maximum sentencing. Aside from these substances being categorically addictive, the manufacturing labs are also known to release pollutants into the environment. Methamphetamine labs, for instance, are susceptible to explosions due to the hazardous materials involved in making it.

To gain a more critical understanding of this statute, we must first take a look at how California defines the manufacturing of controlled substances.

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California’s Negligent Discharge of Firearm: Penal Code 246.3

Being safe and responsible with firearms has become more important as gun violence becomes prevalent in mainstream news. It’s no surprise negligence with firearms is taken seriously by law enforcement. Are you facing charges for negligence with firearms? This stain on your criminal record will have long-term, negative effects on your future, in some cases, … Read more

Sending Harmful Matter of Intent to Seduce a Minor: Penal Code 288.2

Any crimes committed against minors are taken seriously by legal authorities. If you are facing charges for sending harmful matter with the intent to seduce a minor, finding an aggressive criminal defense lawyer is highly recommended. Attempting to fight these allegations without effective legal counsel could leave you with unsatisfactory results. 

An experienced criminal defense attorney would know how to best defend you against such heinous accusations. For a deeper understanding of how California outlines sending harmful matter with the intent of seducing a minor, we must first look at how it’s defined.

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California’s False Representation of ID to a Police Officer: Penal Code 148.9

Have you falsely identified yourself with the police and now face legal repercussions? It is usually uncomfortable to be stopped, questioned, detained, or arrested by the police, no matter the circumstances. The act of talking to the police can make things difficult for some people who prefer their privacy, which includes anonymity from any authorities. This preference may lead them to give a false or fictitious name to police officers, thinking they are not doing anything wrong. As it stands, providing the wrong identification information to a police officer is a crime. 

To get a clearer understanding of this law, let’s take a look at how California defines it.

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California’s DUI w/ Drugs: Vehicle Code Section 23152(f)

Driving while you are under the influence of a drug(s) and/or alcohol is a serious Vehicle Code violation. A conviction could result in being stripped of future driving privileges. Having a conviction for driving under the influence of drugs will have a negative impact on jobs, housing, and higher education opportunities.

Maintaining control of your future can be difficult to do when facing such offenses. The help of a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to navigate California’s DUID laws will increase your chances for a more desirable outcome.

To gain a better understanding of what this law entails, let’s take a look at how California defines driving under the influence of drugs.

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Welfare Fraud

Allegations for welfare fraud is not something you should ignore. Depending on the nature of your case, the prosecution could pursue misdemeanor or felony penalties. Being convicted could also bar you from future assistance programs. It’s highly recommended you find legal representation to help you. An experienced criminal defense attorney understands the details of this … Read more

Child Neglect

Crimes involving children are taken seriously by the state. If any kind of abuse is suspected and reported, it would prompt an investigation. Allegations for child neglect fall under the umbrella of abuse and should not be ignored. The punishments for this offense can include jail time and steep fines. The consequences can have a … Read more