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From Restraining Orders to Revenge Porn

One reason to get a restraining order is if you’re the victim of revenge porn. But actually, California frowns on any kind of non-consensual pornography, whether done for revenge or not. Either way, it’s an invasion of privacy that carries civil or criminal consequences. This means the law will hold you liable for the following conduct. Read More

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California’s Restraining Order Against School Violence

There’s one other restraining order to round out our series, but the name is a mouthful. It’s the private post-secondary school-violence restraining order. This order addresses threats of violence at a private college or university or other school that provides vocational, professional, or post-secondary education. It can help protect students who the school believes or Read More

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Restraining Orders to Protect the Elderly, the Disabled, and the Workplace

For two weeks we’ve covered the two main restraining orders in California. First it was the domestic-violence restraining order; then it was the civil-harassment restraining order. Here are two more to mention for now. One is a restraining order for elders and dependent adults. To get one, you must be at least 65 years old Read More

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California’s Civil-Harassment Restraining Order

Last week it was the domestic-violence restraining order, or DVRO. This week it’s the other main type of restraining order: the civil-harassment restraining order. It can help protect you from everyone else in life: from outright strangers to people outside your immediate family or dating history. That can be a friend, a neighbor, a roommate, Read More

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California’s Domestic-Violence Restraining Order

As promised last week, here’s the scoop on restraining orders in California. First is the domestic-violence restraining order, or DVRO for short. It’s a court order that can help protect you from the abuse of people close to you. Because it’s a domestic-violence restraining order, it only applies to people who are or were married, Read More

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Get a Restraining Order

A toxic relationship can happen to anyone. You. Me. Our parents or children, siblings or relatives, friends or coworkers. And they do happen to people—all the time. They always have, and they always will, so long as the world turns and people continue to interact. If you find yourself in one, you may not know Read More

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Why We Defend People

In 2009, I was a prosecutor in Orange County when I became a defendant in my own criminal case. I was falsely accused of domestic violence, and I was charged with two felony counts even though I was the one who called the police three times that night over my accuser’s behavior. It was surreal. Read More

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A Personal View of California’s Bail Reform

This problem of locking people up before trial is personal to me. Ten years ago, I was falsely accused of a crime, and I spent a night in jail based on one person’s word. I had committed no crime, but I was booked for and charged with felony domestic violence, and I had to take the Read More

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The Pros and Cons of Bail Reform

We’ll see how California’s new bail law plays out in practice. On one hand, it promises to treat rich and poor alike when it comes to keeping someone in jail until any trial. It says everyone will get out within twelve hours on a misdemeanor charge, with some exceptions. And if you’re accused of a Read More

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California to End Money Bail

On August 28, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 10 into law. It becomes effective October 1, 2019, and as you may have heard, it changes everything. It completely repeals the chapter of the Penal Code that provided for cash bail and replaces it with an entirely new one. Here’s the gist of it. If you’re arrested for Read More

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