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Prior convictions must not detract from criminal defense

Being accused of a crime in California can be scary. Being convicted of that crime and serving one's time may be downright frightening. A person coming out of a correctional facility after having served time for a conviction is placed on parole as part of a transition back into society. While repeat offenses may be charged during a person's parole period, a person is still presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty and is entitled to a criminal defense.

After a recent spate of robberies in the Oakland area, a man recently released from prison and on probation has been arrested and charged with four recent thefts. In one of the incidents, a suspect reportedly held up a restaurant. The robber was alleged to have used what looked like a gun in the course of the robbery in which the thief took close to $500. A witness saw a man duck behind a car in a nearby garage where police later found a jacket, a mask and a replica firearm. The police then apprehended the suspect who was identified by a restaurant employee as the perpetrator of the theft.

Criminal defense may be needed to protect one's rights

It's been said in the past that people rob banks because that's where the money is. In a recent case in California, that philosophy might be applicable, as five branches of Wells Fargo have been recently robbed. Authorities have detained a suspect who may be in need of a criminal defense.

The most recent robbery occurred on an afternoon in October. The bank had reportedly been held up by a middle-aged man who was described as clean-shaven, slender with grey hair and wearing a baseball cap. The alleged robber demanded cash via a note reportedly handed to a bank teller.

Personal injury and death in wine country

It's harvest time in California wine country. It's a busy time for the vineyards where much of the work is done by hand but large machinery is also involved. The machines can be dangerous and the possibility of personal injury is a reality.

A worker was killed at a vineyard as he was working in the vicinity of a grape harvesting machine. He was said to have been working on the ground near the machine when a piece of his clothing became entangled in the machine. Cal Fire responded after being dispatched regarding an incident involving a grape picking machine. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dental malpractice the result of a faulty procedure

People in California go to medical professionals when they need medical care. Dentists are among those medical professionals. It is known that a healthy mouth contributes to overall general health and an unhealthy mouth can contribute to serious medical problems. A dental malpractice suit can result from improper dental care

A dentist in another state was sued for improper care of a patient who required a three-tooth bridge. The dentist reportedly failed to adequately prepare the patient's mouth for the bridge. There was tooth decay surrounding the area where the bridge was to be placed. The decay was not removed before the bridge was put in place. The patient lost two additional teeth that may have been saved had the decay been removed.

Is dental malpractice really a thing?

Yes. Dental malpractice exists here in California and everywhere else in the country. A dentist is considered a medical professional who must meet certain standards of care just as medical doctors do.

Just as a medical doctor can fail to properly diagnose a condition or take too long to diagnose a condition, so can a dentist. This could delay the proper diagnosis of serious oral conditions such as periodontal disease or mouth cancer. Dentists perform procedures during which they can make mistakes that could cause harm to their patients. If a patient fails to receive the proper after care, he or she could contract a dangerous infection.

Multiple suspects may need to present criminal defense

California police are currently investigating what has been described as a grand theft case. Allegedly, nearly 20 people were involved in theft from Apple retailers. Only eight people have been arrested so far, and some of the accused are minors. Due to the large scale of the supposed theft ring, many of the accused may have a valid reason to present a solid criminal defense

The people involved have been accused of stealing over a million dollars of merchandise combined, but law enforcement has not yet released details of what role they suspect each individual played. In situations where there are multiple defendants, there is a good chance some have been falsely accused or had limited involvement. Law enforcement claims to have spent many weeks looking into the situation before making any arrests. 

Common infant product known to cause personal injury

California parents may assume that if a baby product is available in most stores, it must be safe. While products for infants are subject to some of the strictest safety regulations, one product continues to cause serious personal injury, even when used properly. Baby walkers, a type of seat with wheels attached, have been used for generations to help children learn to walk, but doctors are speaking out about the inherent danger they pose to little ones. 

A group of pediatricians has long suggested the walkers be banned, but recently, they have spoken out publicly. The doctors say that even when a baby uses the walker under parental supervision, and according to the safety suggestions set forth by manufacturers, children are still at risk to be seriously hurt. They cite thousands of examples in which children are brought to emergency rooms across the nation, suffering from head wounds, broken bones and other serious injuries from accidents involving baby walkers. 

Rookie police dog causes serious personal injury to worker

Imagine the fear that could overcome a person who is just about to go home after a long day of work, when they are viciously attacked by a dog. This is what happened to a California worker, unaware that local police were using his workplace to train their new K-9 officer. The dog was being trained to sniff out suspects in a large building, but attacked an unsuspecting worker who suffered serious personal injury as a result. 

The dog bit the man's arm and clamped down hard, which is a common way trained police dogs disarm or take down a suspect. Unfortunately for the worker, the police responsible for training the dog did not make sure the building was clear before beginning the training exercise. Though certainly the dog thought it was doing what had been asked, the human handlers were negligent. 

Careless officer causes personal injury to frightened teen

When most California residents think of police officers, they likely think that officers on duty will use their years of training to handle each situation calmly and safely, and do their best to prevent injury to others. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and police officers may behave dangerously in the heat of the moment. Recently, serious personal injury was suffered by a frightened teenager at the hands of an overzealous and careless officer. 

The ordeal began when a police officer spotted the California boy riding his bike and noticed that his bike did not have a light even though it was after dark. He approached the child and began to question him about warrants, and the boy became frightened. The child attempted to flee, and officers gave chase. 

Multiple victims of dental malpractice still suffering

Most California residents would probably count themselves among the majority of Americans that do not enjoy going to the dentist. For many, even routine dental procedures can be stressful and uncomfortable. Most dentists do their best to make each visit as gentle and efficient as possible, but occasionally some patients suffer as a result of dental malpractice. 

Recently, the apparent gross negligence of a California dentist has come to light. Multiple patients have stated over the course of several years that a trip to the doctor's dental practice resulted in horrifying health problems. When a dentist is negligent, it can cause severe injuries and can even be life-threatening to patients. 

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