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Non-Economic Damages in California Personal Injury Cases Non-Economic Damages

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident in which you have been hurt, whether it be from a car accident, slip, and fall, wrongful death, medical malpractice, products liability, etc you are entitled to sufficient recovery for the cost of your treatment and total damages. However, you are also entitled to non-economic damages that you incurred as a result of the accident. If you have been involved in such an accident in the San Diego area you should consult with an experienced and capable personal injury attorney to provide you with the best representation possible… Read More →

California Three Strikes Law California Three Strikes Law

The California Three Strikes law, originally passed in 1994, was initially intended to reduce the prison population by disincentivizing criminal activity. The law, in its original form, stipulates that an individual that is convicted of a serious felony is to be given a “strike” on their permanent record and upon receiving a second felony conviction, to be given twice the prison term of the given offense and a second strike. In the event that an individual is convicted a third time, sentencing guidelines automatically provide the person with a 25-year-to-life sentence regardless of the circumstances of the third conviction and… Read More →

Consequences of Driving Under the Influence in California Consequences of Driving Under the Influence in California

Driving under the influence is a serious offense which can have life-altering effects. If you ever find yourself in a position where you may be charged or have been charged with a DUI offense in the San Diego area, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to be a zealous advocate on your behalf. The American criminal justice system can be unforgiving, and a youthful transgression may come back to haunt you and tarnish your reputation for the rest of your life. Ramifications of a DUI in San Diego Even a first time DUI offense in San Diego… Read More →

Five Things to Look for When Choosing a San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney Five Things to Look for When Choosing a San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney

After being arrested it’s essential that you choose a professional San Diego defense attorney. When your freedom is threatened, you deserve the best possible defense team to ensure that you remain free. However, whenever you’re choosing a San Diego defense attorney, be sure that they possess the following five qualities: 1. Experienced Your attorney should be someone that’s more than qualified to represent you in your case. Not only should your attorney be able to describe previous successful cases similar to yours, but they should also be able to give you an outline of how they plan to win your… Read More →

The True Cost of Traumatic Brain Injuries in San Diego The True Cost of Traumatic Brain Injuries in San Diego

Traumatic brain injuries in San Diego can result from a sharp blow to the head, whether this is from a car crash, a violent fall, or being struck on the head by a heavy object. Brain injuries can occur on the road, at work, or in any place where weight and speed can combine to cause permanent damage. The health consequences of brain injuries vary from mild to severe. While some injured victims may be able to regain function within a week, others may be left with a permanent disability that affects them for the rest of their lives. If… Read More →

Financial Damage Recovery Following A Big Rig Accident

There are very few accidents on the highways quite as serious as a crash involving an 18-wheeler, especially when multiple vehicles are involved. While individual motorists could well contribute to the causation of an accident, the mere size of the tractor-trailer can do immense damage to both vehicles and passengers alike. Unraveling a big-rig accident is also often complicated when there are multiple drivers involved because each party will have a version of events being presented by their legal representation in an effort to maximize the claim value of their clients. And of course, especially when the truck driver is… Read More →

Protecting Against Searches Of Your Computers And Mobile Phones When Crossing Our Borders

Most people know that coming into the United States at a border they have fewer rights against searches and seizures of their property than when in the country. However, when it comes to electronic devices, such as computers and cell phones, the laws can get confusing. The bottom line is, do not bring anything into the United States that you would not want to be found by government officials. There are some safeguards, however that have developed. Primarily, my best advice is use a very strong password on your devices, and have them off and locked. Some have suggested that… Read More →

Elder Abuse And Negligence: It Can Happen To Your Loved One

Over two million elder Americans are reported as having suffered from elder abuse each year. But these crimes are rarely reported and rising each day, with the actual number of people suffering from elder abuse in the United States likely being far over the reported two million cases. It is believed that only one in 24 victims ever report their abuse or are discovered by family members to have been abused. One form of elder abuse is financial. Of these victims, only one in 44 report the crimes perpetrated against them. The reason why so few report is that they… Read More →

FDA Orders Opioid And Benzodiazepine Manufacturers To Provide Black Box Warning

The Food and Drug Administration has ordered opioid painkiller and benzodiazepine manufacturers to provide patients with black box warnings on their labels regarding the risk of overdose. This is because the FDA has learned that patients who take opioid painkillers in combination with benzos, a class of anti-anxiety medications, may be vulnerable to overdose from the combination of these two drugs. The stronger warnings for opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin and benzodiazepines like Xanax and Ativan are in response to increasing deaths of patients using both medications, whether by prescription or illicitly. Taking the two together leads to a variety… Read More →

Can A Cop Stop Me For No Reason And Ask For My I.D.?

Thanks to Mr. Lawson taking the issue all the way to the Supreme Court years ago, the answer is NO. Find out the whole story in this interesting interview of the Plaintiff.   But Wait! Officers do not have a duty to investigate every unsupported assertion of innocence of detained individuals; however, when a detainee claims misidentification, and there is clear physical inconsistency between a warrant subject and a booked individual, officers should explore readily accessible identity checks to insure they are not holding the incorrect person. Garcia v. City of Riverside, 9th Circuit, 02-03-2016, #: 13-56857.

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