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Law Blog by Ariel Rief, Esq.

December 22, 2016

Well it's the holiday season, which means drunk driving is rampant. If you've ever had the unpleasant experience of being arrested and later charged with driving under the influence (DUI) here in California, you may have noticed something odd about the charges—there we...

November 30, 2016

Most Americans know that they have constitutional rights in a criminal investigation and case. But do you know which rights or the broader scope of your rights? It’s OK, most folks don’t. So here’s a crash course in criminal procedure.

In short, your most important or a...

October 26, 2016

The following question was posted today on (Here's a link to the full question.)

[I]f the DA put a restraining order on my boyfriend [in a domestic violence] case[,] [h]ow do I get the restraining order lifted? My boyfriend was seen kicking me ... and was arre...

October 26, 2016

The following question was posted today on (see the full question here):

...[M]y car broke down on the side of the [freeway.] ...[M]y friend who was the driver asked that I stay in the car while he runs off ... to the nearest gas station ... . As I waited for h...

September 30, 2016

Whether to file criminal charges rests alone with the prosecutor of your county, not the officer who investigated and arrested you. Why does that distinction matter? For starters, frequently officers promise suspects that their charges will go away if they provide info...

August 21, 2016

Learn the basics of punishment within California's criminal justice system. Many folks frequently confuse prison as jail and jail as prison. This post introduces you to the categories of crime and the difference between prison and jail.

May 12, 2016

There are many cooks in the criminal justice system kitchen. Understandably, many folks confuse the different agencies and individuals involved. So, to help, here's a who's who in criminal justice. The following is not a conclusive list, but it at least explain...

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