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Some California law firms advertise themselves to the public as “full-service” entities that advocate for clients across virtually every conceivable legal area.

Candidly, very few – if any – firms can follow through on that claim. And for those that do, isn’t it reasonable to question whether their acumen isn’t unduly stretched by overreach?

What are defenses to sexual assault?

A sexual assault conviction in California can result in serious and life-altering consequences, including jail time, hefty fines and a damaged reputation. Unfortunately, when it comes to sexual assault accusations, it is more often than not the victim's word against the defendant's. Most jurors show bias in the victim's favor, making it difficult for defendants to move beyond the case and forward with their lives in a positive manner. That said, if you were recently charged with sexual assault, you are not without defense options. FindLaw explores those options more in depth.

Your first defense option against sexual assault is a claim of actual innocence. From claiming you could not have committed the crime because you were in a different location at the time the incident took place to asserting that the plaintiff misidentified the offender, there are several defenses you may use to prove your innocence. Bear in mind that the prosecution has the burden of proving you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If you can create reasonable doubt, the jury has not choice but to let you off the hook.

What are the consequences of tax evasion?

Owing back taxes is not a criminal offense, though unpaid taxes can result in significant fees and penalties. However, if you attempt to avoid payment or assessment of your taxes by using illegal means, you may face criminal penalties for tax evasion, which is a white-collar crime. If you are guilty of tax evasion in California, you face several consequences including but not limited to tax liens, damage to your credit and possibly jail time.

Simply failing to forget to file and pay your taxes is not a criminal offense. FindLaw outlines what actions do constitute criminal behavior. Some such actions include failing to declare all of your income, deliberately overstating your deductions or expenses or attempting to avoid the IRS's scrutiny by failing to file a tax return when you have taxable income to report.

What are the consequences for a DUI in California?

Californian drivers may not know it, but the state is one of the harshest when it comes to dealing with incidents involving driving while under the influence (DUI). The penalties are steep and can impact drivers of all sorts, regardless of whether or not it's your first offense.

FindLaw breaks things down further, giving an in-depth look at exactly how California handles DUI cases. The first thing to look at are the penalties that a first-time offender can face. In many states, your first-time offense conviction will be met with punishment, but may receive some lenience if no other charges are involved on the basis that you don't have a history. In California, however, a first-time offense can result in:

  • 48 hours in jail
  • Almost $2,000 in fines
  • Months of license suspension
  • Finishing a 3-month alcohol education program

What happens after your fourth DUI?

If you have already had three DUIs, you may be wondering what the penalties are for another. In many states, DUI penalties increase each time an individual is charged with drinking and driving.

Nearly 11,000 individuals died in drunk driving crashes in 2017, which is why the penalties for driving while intoxicated are so serious. The first three offenses are considered misdemeanors. A third DUI can land an individual a year in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, and three years of license suspension. What about a fourth DUI?

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