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September 2018 Archives

Number of marijuana arrests increasing nationwide

A report released by the FBI says there is one marijuana arrest in the United States every 48 seconds. Marijuana arrests rose nationwide from 653,249 in 2016 to 659,700 in 2017. Arrests for possession of marijuana increased from 587,516 in 2016 to 599,282 in 2017, despite four new states legalizing it. California was one of the states to legalize marijuana in 2017, along with Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada.

3 steps to take if police falsely accuse you of a crime

The justice system exists to punish bad people and protect good people, but it does not always work out that way. Sometimes, people face charges due to wrongful accusations of crimes. Law enforcement officials may mistakenly knock on your door and begin prosecuting you even though you are not a criminal.

Extradited Colombian drug trafficker arrives in California

A Colombian man accused of playing a significant role in a major cocaine trafficking operation will face federal charges in Los Angeles. Upon his arrival to the United States, a U.S. attorney expressed gratitude for the cooperation of the Colombian government when arranging the extradition of the alleged drug kingpin.

Los Angeles football player accused of DUI

A California professional athlete is facing DUI charges after being arrested in Ventura County on Sept. 16. Aaron Neary, a practice squad center with the Los Angeles Rams, was detained after he collided with mailboxes, a bus stop sign and trash cans in Simi Valley at around 6:27 p.m. The accident happened near the intersection of Royal Avenue and Sinaloa Road. Simi Valley police claimed that they received multiple calls complaining about Neary's driving, reporting that someone was operating a vehicle erratically and hitting fixed objects without stopping.

California rapper facing drug charges

The California native and chart-topping rapper Tyrone William Griffin Jr., who is more widely known by his stage name Ty Dolla $ign, was taken into custody on drug possession charges on the afternoon of Sept. 5 during a routine traffic stop in Georgia according to media reports. Atlanta police pulled Griffin's vehicle over just hours before the rapper was scheduled to appear on stage in Lakewood. He has been charged with marijuana and cocaine possession and is being held on a $6,000 bond at the Fulton County Jail according to media outlets.

Understanding California theft laws

If you ever face criminal charges for theft, it is important to understand the different laws about stealing in the state of California. According to our state's penal code, theft, or larceny, is the act of intentionally and unlawfully taking property. Crimes that fall under the umbrella of larceny include:

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