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Proposition 47: The Safe Neighborhoods And Schools Act

Jul 13 2017 | Scott C. Thomas, Esq.

On the whole, I think Proposition 47 is a major step in the right direction from both a fiscal and moral perspective, especially as it relates to the personal use of controlled substances.

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People v. Baniani: A Huge Win For California's Medical Marijuana Patients

Aug 18 2016 | Scott C. Thomas, Esq.

On August 22, 2014, the Court of Appeals, Fourth District, Division Three, rendered a landmark opinion

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Know Your Rights

Sep 27 2017 | Scott C. Thomas, Esq.

While it is essential to treat the officers with respect and to be polite, you will not do yourself any favors by answering questions.

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Marijuana And California DUI Law

Aug 01 2016 | Scott C. Thomas, Esq.

AB 2500, authored by California state assemblyman Jim Frazier, is a proposed amendment to California's DUI statute

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Vehicle Searches During Stops for Minor Traffic Violations

May 05 2019 | Scott C. Thomas, Esq.

In any case, there is no reason to ever say yes to a police officer who wishes to search your car.

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SB 794 And Its Impact On A Criminal Defendant's Right To A Fair Trial

Sep 22 2016 | Scott C. Thomas, Esq.

SB 794 is a bill that seeks to reduce the number of peremptory challenges afforded to a criminal defendant in a misdemeanor trial from ten to five.

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What Is An Expungement And What Does It Do?

May 05 2019 | Scott C. Thomas, Esq.

How does a Penal Code ยง1203.4 dismissal work? Upon receipt of the appropriate paperwork, the court will make a determination if said petition should be granted.

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Roadside Drug Tests: What You Need To Know

May 12 2019 | Scott C. Thomas, Esq.

Given the rise in number of medical marijuana patients and collectives in the state, there are many drivers on the road who are medicated.

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Arrests For Minor Infractions

May 01 2019 | Scott C. Thomas, Esq.

You can only be arrested for committing misdemeanors and felonies, right? A cop can't arrest you for something as trivial as not wearing a seat belt or not having a valid form of identification...right? Well, unfortunately, wrong!

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Warrantless Searches | The Police Need Probable Cause

May 01 2019 | Scott C. Thomas, Esq.

Law enforcement officers have wide latitude in conducting searches to ensure that officer safety is maintained.

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Understanding Pretext Stops

May 06 2019 | Scott C. Thomas, Esq.

An officer's subjective intentions are irrelevant so long as there is probable cause, independent of those suspicions, to believe a crime, no matter how minute, has been committed.

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