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Errors in forensic testing can lead to wrongful convictions

Forensic science is a major part of many criminal cases in California and across the nation. Evidence gathered at the scene of the crime is often tested using various methods and the findings are submitted to the court for use in the trial. Yet, in some cases, the scientific results that are sent to the court are not reliable and could be obtained using bad methods. People may be wrongfully convicted of a crime because of this poor evidence. According to the Innocence Project, 45% of cases that were later overturned after DNA evidence proved the innocence of the convicted victim, involved misapplication of forensic science

How long do points stay on a teen's license?

Driving is a major part of growing up, and young drivers tend to be enthusiastic about their new privileges. In some cases, this enthusiasm transforms into recklessness. However, your child does not have to suffer undue consequences because of strict California traffic laws. If he or she is an otherwise safe driver or just made an understandable mistake, you could have options.

Should I plead guilty to get out of jail?

Generally speaking, you do not want to plead guilty simply to get out of jail earlier. Prosecutors, police officers or related representatives of California may frame this as if it is a good deal for you, but please remember that they have no ethical or legal obligation to act in your best interests while speaking with you or offering options. In fact, speaking to them at all without knowledge of the law could threaten your defense.

How can you avoid getting a speeding ticket?

If you are currently facing a couple of speeding tickets in California, you may be at a loss and wondering what you can do to prevent getting a speeding ticket in the future. Too many speeding tickets on your record can compromise your license, leave you needing to pay fines and increase the costs you are required to pay for automobile insurance. Implementing safe driving practices is imperative to your ability to maintain a clean driving record so you can continue to enjoy the privilege of driving. 

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