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The elements of larceny in California

Larceny occurs when an item is taken without force and in an unlawful manner. To be considered larceny, the item must belong to another person and be taken without the owner's consent. Furthermore, it must be taken with the intent to deny the owner of the use or enjoyment of an object. If an object cannot be moved, it may not be necessary to physically carry it away.

The First Step Act faces vocal bipartisan opposition

As many as 2,600 federal prisoners in California and around the country incarcerated for selling or distributing crack cocaine could be released if the First Step Act withstands bipartisan opposition in Congress. The president has said that he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk, but that outcome is far from assured. Democrats have criticized the bill for not going far enough to reform the criminal justice system while many Republicans have voiced concerns about releasing people they view as dangerous criminals back into society.

Michael Avenatti detained on felony domestic violence charges

California residents who watch cable news will undoubtedly be familiar with Michael Avenatti. The outspoken attorney has been a vocal critic of President Trump and has even floated the possibility of seeking the Oval Office himself in 2020, but those plans were dealt a serious blow on Nov. 14 when Avenatti was taken into custody by police in Los Angeles on felony domestic violence charges.

2 people face federal charges for allegedly transporting meth

Two people from San Diego have been released on their own recognizance after being arrested in the Midwest for possession of methamphetamine. Post-arrest interviews documented in federal court filings with the woman, 58, and the man, 47, indicate that they knew they were transporting methamphetamine from California. The man allegedly said he knew that the drugs were in the vehicle because he and the woman used some during their cross-country drive. According to court records, the woman said she was delivering the drugs to someone in St. Paul.

California man charged with attempted school bus hijacking

A California man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to kidnap a school bus. The 47-year-old man got onto a bus full of schoolchildren when it was stopped to allow a few of the elementary school students on board to use the bathroom. He has since been charged with attempted carjacking and kidnapping. The incident occurred in the evening when the bus was coming back from a field trip.

Dealing with false accusations of domestic violence

Being accused of domestic violence is not something anyone in California should take lightly, even when the accusations are false. Matters can be even worse since most people, including other family members, friends, co-workers, and even employers, tend to instinctively side with the person making the accusations. If not dealt with proactively, untrue accusations made by a spouse, partner, friend, or family member could lead to protective orders, fines, a loss of parental rights, jail time, or loss of employment.

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