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Voluntary Manslaughter in California

Difference Between Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter Voluntary manslaughter is when you kill somebody in the heat of passion or a sudden quarrel without prior motive. In such cases, the prosecutors very rarely charge a suspect with voluntary manslaughter in the first instance. What happens is that the prosecutor charges the defendant with murder. The defendant […]

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How To File For Legal Separation

Steps to Filing for a Legal Separation To get a legal separation, couples have to do more than live apart. A legal separation requires couples to go through a process that is almost similar to a divorce. Legal separation usually involves the same issues that are involved in a divorce, child custody and visitation, alimony […]

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Understanding what is Considered Self Defense in California

What California Law Says about Self Defense and Its Guidelines Self-defense under California Penal Code 198.5 means that a person applied force or used violence against another person, but did so to protect themselves from imminent danger or harm. When a person argues an affirmative defense, they admit that they engaged in specific behavior, but […]

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Arraignments in Criminal Cases in California

Three things usually occur during formal arraignments in California. First, the accused persons will have charges against them read to them. The accused person will then enter a plea, and finally, the future court dates are set. Felony Arraignments During a felony arraignment, the attorney will show up to court with the accused person, where […]

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Confidential vs. Public Marriage License

The Differences between a Confidential License and a Public License A confidential license is a marriage license that is not accessible to the public. It is exclusively issued to the couples only. Your confidential marriage certificate cannot be given to your children, parents, or neighbor. This license usually cost a little bit more than the […]

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Separation Options for Common-Law Couples

Individuals living together but are not married are often known as common-law couples or common-law relationships or live in common-law. When these parties separate, they have several options and approaches they can use to resolve their outstanding issues, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, collaborative family law, or proceeding to court. If these couples can reach a […]

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