Law & Information Articles

How Social Media Can Land You in Prison for Talking to a Minor

The society we live in now is one built on a foundation of instant communication. We use our mobile phones and computers to instantly connect with our friends, family, colleagues, and coworkers, but also to reach out to complete strangers and meet new people. Applications like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are useful for advertising ourselves to those we know and those we don’t. Dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, Blender and…

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Does California Have Romeo and Juliet Laws? (PC 261.5)

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a literary classic. The tragic tale of two teenagers from warring families who fall in love is taught in many high schools throughout the country. Yet, the tale of underage love celebrated in Shakespeare’s play is one that is illegal in California. That is because statutory rape laws under California Penal Code Section 261.5 apply not only to adults who engage in sexual intercourse…

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Certificate of Rehabilitation and the New Sex Offender Registry Law

Lawmakers passed legislation in 2017 that will lead to a major overhaul of the California sex offender registration system, changing lifetime registration to a three-tiered system requiring registration for 10 years, 20 years or life depending on the crime committed. However, the new sex offender registration system will not become effective until 2021. So, is there anything you can you do to end your requirement to register as a sex…

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