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What Are the Penalties for Probation Violation in California?

Posted on : December 4, 2017, By:  Donald J Matson
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Probation may be a preferred outcome of your criminal case if you cannot avoid conviction, but it’s important that you realize the stakes are higher if your probation officer believes that you, at any time, violate the terms of these conditions. Your attorney should sit down with you and walk through probation and how it […]

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What Happens If You Are Arrested in California And Have an Allegation of Police Brutality?

Posted on : November 12, 2017, By:  Donald J Matson
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It might go by like a blur- suddenly, you’re being handcuffed and shipping off to the police station. You’re not sure how things escalated or why you’re being charged, but you know things just got quite serious. This is a common occurrence for someone who has been arrested. Even when you are being accused of […]

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3 Defenses for Money Laundering

Posted on : October 9, 2017, By:  Donald J Matson
California Money Laundering Attorney

While common, the white-collar crime of money laundering is a serious one. If you are charged with money laundering, you stand to incur significant fines, restitution, incarceration, and a permanent criminal record. Money laundering is charged as a felony. A conviction can affect your ability to get a job, rent a home, buy a home, […]

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What Can Cause a False Positive on a Breathalyzer Test?

Posted on : September 3, 2017, By:  Donald J Matson
California DUI Attorney Breathalyzer Test

Breathalyzer tests are notorious for being inaccurate. There are multiple factors that can cause a positive breathalyzer test, leading to an arrest and a DUI charge. If you failed a breathalyzer test and were charged with drinking and driving, the following could have caused inaccurate results. Elevated Mouth Alcohol Typically before a breathalyzer test, police […]

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What You Need to Know About PWID Charges

Posted on : August 13, 2017, By:  Donald J Matson
California Drug Crimes Lawyer

PWID charges, or possession with intent to distribute, can be very serious drug crime charges. If convicted, you stand to face much harsher penalties than you do for simple drug possession charges. In fact, the punishments are more severe the more drugs are found in your possession. Here’s what you should know about PWID charges and how […]

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What You Need to Know About Burglary

Posted on : July 16, 2017, By:  Donald J Matson
California Burglary Attorney

While burglary is considered a wobbler crime and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, it is more often than not charged as a felony. This crime, if convicted, carries serious penalties and consequences that have the potential to change your life. Here’s what you should understand about the crime of burglary […]

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Assault and Battery 101

Posted on : June 30, 2017, By:  Donald J Matson
California Assault and Battery Lawyer

Understanding assault and battery is sometimes difficult. Often, the crimes are charged together. Therefore, many people consider them to be a single crime. The truth is, you can be charged with assault and battery separately. However, battery typically isn’t charged without assault even though the reverse is not always true. Here’s what you need to understand […]

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The Surprising Truth About Juvenile Shoplifters

Posted on : June 3, 2017, By:  Donald J Matson
Pasadena Juvenile Shoplifting Lawyer

Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes committed by juveniles.  Whether for the thrill or because of peer pressure, there aren’t many other minor crimes as “popular” among teens and young adults. Here you’ll find revealing statistics and some alarming facts about juvenile shoplifters. Also, you’ll find how to help if your child is  arrested […]

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Understanding Criminal Case Proceedings

Posted on : May 9, 2017, By:  Donald J Matson
Pasadena Criminal Defense Attorney

When you face criminal charges in California, your life is turned upside down. Few things are as challenging as fighting for your rights under the law. It’s important to get help to protect yourself effectively during a criminal investigation and trial. Here’s what you need to know about the different stages of criminal case proceedings and […]

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4 Potential Defenses to Robbery

Posted on : April 10, 2017, By:  Donald J Matson

In California, robbery is a serious charge met with jail time, fines, probation, a permanent criminal record, and more. If you are charged with robbery, work with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer to ensure a strong case. Here are four potential defenses to robbery and next steps to take to protect your rights and your […]

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