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When children cause harm, adults may need criminal defense

California parents and grandparents would probably admit that, even when they do their best to keep an eye on the children they care for, sometimes, tragedy can strike. Children can often get into things that can hurt them or others, and they are sometimes too young to know how to behave cautiously. A gun is one item that can be deadly in the hands of a child. When a child uses a gun, his or her guardians may find themselves in need of criminal defense.

Dishonest witnesses can affect criminal defense

California residents are likely familiar with the basic proceedings of a criminal trial. Both the prosecution and the defense are given the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses to validate their side of the story. Recently, it has been discovered that when witnesses who are serving sentences for crimes of their own are used by the prosecution, there is an increased likelihood that they may not be truthful, but rather provide false testimony on behalf of the prosecution in exchange for a lesser personal sentence. This can be a deathblow to a defendant trying to present a criminal defense. 

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