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CA Penal Code 311: Child Pornography

By John D. Lueck |

California Penal Code Section 311 et seq. sets out California’s prohibition on the possession and distribution of child pornography. Child pornography is one of the most serious charges a defendant can face. Even the mere allegation that someone possessed or distributed child pornography can cause severe damage to a suspect’s reputation, professional life, living… Read More »

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A Look at Repetitive Motion Injuries

By John D. Lueck |

Not all workplace injuries involve an employee getting crushed by a large piece of machinery. Some workplace maladies can develop slowly over time as a result of the type of work being conducted and the conditions of the workplace. Injuries such as repetitive stress or repetitive motion can be just as debilitating, limiting an… Read More »

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Landmark LGBT Discrimination Case Heads to Supreme Court

By John D. Lueck |

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers around the country from discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. While many states, including California, have put into place stronger protections across a wider range of protected classes, Title VII remains a powerful tool… Read More »

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California Pushes Back on Federal Arbitration Policy to Empower Workplace Harassment Plaintiffs

By John D. Lueck |

We’ve discussed before how California has been taking major steps to empower workers and end sexual harassment in the workplace. California has banned secret settlements and NDAs that prevent harassed employees from discussing harassment in the workplace, as well as mandatory agreements that limit employer liability for sexual harassment. Former Governor Jerry Brown vetoed… Read More »

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Do Bench Warrants Expire in California?

By John D. Lueck |

If you violate a court order by, for example, skipping out on a criminal court date, refusing to pay child support, or failing to complete court-ordered classes, the judge may issue a bench warrant for your arrest. A bench warrant gives police the authority to arrest you on sight. Bench warrants are based on… Read More »

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A California Bench Warrant Can Land You In Jail Like R. Kelly

By John D. Lueck |

A California bench warrant authorizes police to arrest an individual on sight, leading to potential jail time. A bench warrant can be issued by a California judge for a variety of reasons. Bench warrants, unlike other arrest warrants, are not necessarily based on specific criminal activity. Many do arise in the criminal context, however…. Read More »

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CA Penal Code 236.1: Human Trafficking

By John D. Lueck |

California Penal Code Section 236.1 lays out California’s prohibition on the practice of human trafficking. Human trafficking is broadly defined as depriving the personal liberty of another person for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. The California legislature specifically defines human trafficking to be equivalent to the federal definition of “severe”… Read More »

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CA Penal Code 236 and 237: False Imprisonment

By John D. Lueck |

California Penal Code Section 236 sets out California’s prohibition on false imprisonment. Broadly, PC 236 defines “false imprisonment” as “the unlawful violation of the personal liberty of another.” False imprisonment is meant for circumstances where a person restrains or holds another person against their will, but the severity of the crime does not amount… Read More »

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CA Penal Code 261: Rape

By John D. Lueck |

California Penal Code Section 261 is part of California’s sex crime legal scheme and leads off the chapter that criminalizes rape, abduction, the carnal abuse of children, and criminal “seduction.” Rape is one of the most serious felony offenses under California law and carries severe penalties upon conviction. Section 261 concerns non-spousal rape, which… Read More »

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California Penal Code 287(a) – Unlawful Oral Copulation

By John D. Lueck |

California’s sexual assault crimes are codified within Title 9 of the California Penal Code (PC). Section 287 punishes unlawful “oral copulation,” which is defined as the “the act of copulating the mouth of one person with the sexual organ or anus of another person.” Consensual oral copulation is not itself illegal in California; rather,… Read More »

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