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Five Key Advantages of Expungement in California

Posted by Jason Beahm | Mar 20, 2023 | 0 Comments

Expungement is a legal process that allows individuals with a criminal record to have their convictions set aside or dismissed under California Penal Code 1203.4. Here are five significant benefits of obtaining an expungement in California: Enhanced Employment OpportunitiesOne of the most im...

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I Fled the Scene of an Accident. What Now?

Posted by Jason Beahm | Jun 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Imagine this situation: You've had a couple drinks, and you leave the bar to drive home. Along the way, something jumps in front of your car. It is dark, and you swerve to avoid collision. In the chaos, you don't see the car ahead of you and hit it head-on. It isn't a bad wreck, and you can see t...

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How AB 3234 Affects Misdemeanor Diversion

Posted by Jason Beahm | Apr 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Assembly Bill No. 3234 (AB 3234), also known as PC 1001.95, expands opportunities for second chances by allowing California courts to initiate misdemeanor diversion programs. According to Assemblymember Phil Ting, judges will now have “the discretion to place first-time misdemeanor offenders in a...

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How AB 1950 Reduces Probation Time in California

Posted by Jason Beahm | Dec 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

What is Assembly Bill 1950? Taking effect on January 1, 2021, Assembly Bill 1950 will limit the amount of time on probation a person can be ordered to serve in California. The maximum term of probation for most misdemeanor offenses is now one year, while the maximum term for most felonies is two ...

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How to Seal Your Arrest Record in California

Posted by Jason Beahm | Dec 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Understanding the California Penal Code on Sealing an Arrest Did you know that your arrest will remain on your criminal record even if no charges were filed? Additionally, even if you were criminally charged, if those charges were dropped or you were acquitted, that arrest and the associated reco...

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Everything You Need to Know About Expungements

Posted by Jason Beahm | Nov 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

1 in 3 adult Americans has a criminal record. That's over 70 million people. By FBI standards, anyone who has been arrested on a felony charge has a criminal record, even if that charge didn't lead to a conviction. Unfortunately, those records affect adults years later when it comes to getting a ...

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16 Ways to Not Get Arrested at Burning Man

Posted by Jason Beahm | Aug 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

I know you can't wait to be on the playa. Whether it is your first time or your 20th time, the excitement is very real. But of course, so are the risks. In a given year, hundreds of citations are issued and dozens of people are arrested at burning man. I don't want it to happen to you. Law enforc...

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A Los Angeles Expungement Can Be a Game Changer

Posted by Jason Beahm | Dec 04, 2018 | 0 Comments

More of our clients than ever are seeking a Los Angeles expungement. Of the eight million Californians living with an old criminal conviction, their prior conviction has a long lasting impact. Technically, in California the processes informally known as expungement is called a “petition for dismi...

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Should I Answer Questions From the FBI?

Posted by Jason Beahm | Nov 06, 2018 | 0 Comments

I'm frequently asked by clients whether they should answer questions from the FBI local detectives or any other police agency. The simple answer to that question is absolutely, positively, hell no! While it's a crime to lie to the FBI, that doesn't mean that you have to talk to them. You should n...

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How Many Drinks Before it is Illegal to Drive in California

Posted by Jason Beahm | Oct 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

I'm often asked, “how many beers can you drink and drive?” One of the reasons that so many people are arrested for DUI in California is because it is often hard to know whether or not you are over the legal limit. The chart below offers a rough guide, but it is very difficult to know whether you ...

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Am I Eligible For An Expungement?

Posted by Jason Beahm | Sep 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Clients often ask us whether they are eligible for an expungement, and how to have a past conviction expunged from their record. Changes in the law and technology means that a background check is a reality for all sort of important situations, such as promotions, professional licenses, immigratio...

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New Location for Beahm Law

Posted by Jason Beahm | Sep 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Beahm Law's San Francisco office is now located in the heart of the SoMa District (South of Market for the out-of-towners), at 877 Bryant St. We're excited about the new space and the central location (across from the courthouse), and we think you'll like it, too.

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What is Reckless Driving? (CVC 23103)

Posted by Jason Beahm | Jul 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

What is California Vehicle Code Section 23103 In California, under California Vehicle Code Section 23103, “a person who drives a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving,” which is a misdemeanor. (If you injure someo...

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Questioning Dan Abrams

Posted by Jason Beahm | Jun 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Spring kicked into gear with Avvo's Lawyernomics conference in Las Vegas. Check out my interaction with legal pundit Dan Abrams. He thinks the justice system is tilted in favor of the defendant. What do you think?

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We’ve Moved!

Posted by Jason Beahm | Apr 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

Beahm Law's San Francisco office is now located in the heart of the Embarcadero, at 463 Broadway between Kearny Street and Montgomery Street. We're excited about the new space, and we think you'll like it, too!

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Could the Portuguese Drug Policy Model Work Here?

Posted by Jason Beahm | Dec 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lisbon is very similar to its sister city, San Francisco—right down to the cable cars and a virtually identical version of the Golden Gate Bridge. However, Portugal has a radically different drug policy than the US. As an attorney who deals with drug policy on a regular basis, I visited Portu...

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What Should I Do If the Police Come to My Home?

Posted by Jason Beahm | Jul 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Having police officers at your door can be intimidating. Police will not read you any rights or advise you of whether you are legally obligated to comply with their requests, so it is best to know your rights before you are faced with police at your door. Don't Answer If you did not request assis...

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Can the Police Lie to Me During a DUI Stop?

Posted by Jason Beahm | Jul 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

The short answer to this question is a resounding YES. The police can lie to you, and they will lie to you in order to get a confession or evidence out of you. There are only a few laws which restrict police officers from telling blatant lies to people they arrest, meaning that if you make a conf...

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Will I Have To Testify If I Go To Trial For A DUI?

Posted by Jason Beahm | Jun 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Getting arrested for a DUI is stressful. When someone is arrested, they begin to think about what comes next, including trial. If someone has been arrested for a DUI and their case ends up at trial, don't worry. They don't have to testify. Constitutional Protection The Fifth Amendment of the Unit...

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Will My DUI Case Go To Trial?

Posted by Jason Beahm | Jun 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

Most DUI cases result in what is called a plea bargain. This is a deal made between the prosecutor and the defense attorney that the defendant will plead guilty or no contest to the DUI or a lesser charge and be sentenced to a penalty agreed to between the parties. The percentage of DUI cases tha...

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