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John Bussman
Quality, Affordable Criminal Defense
Quality, Affordable Criminal Defense

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How to Legally Grow Marijuana in California
If you want to grow marijuana in California (and you care about doing it legally), the first step is to stop taking bad advice from your friends. There's a lot of misinformation out there. Despite the recent reforms, people are still calling my office becau...

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Can You Be Arrested for DUI if Your Blood Alcohol Level is Below 0.08%?
Many drivers are surprised to learn that they can be arrested for DUI in California even if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is below the legal limit of 0.08%.   In California, "DUI" is actually several distinct crimes: 1) driving while unsafely impa...

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Clean Up Your Criminal Record
I wrote a post last year about the many options that can be pursued to clean up your criminal record in California.  Here's the short version of that piece: If you were given probation and you successfully completed the entire term without any violations, y...

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What if I Get Pulled Over and My Car Smells Like Weed?
There's a lot of misinformation on this topic.  Unfortunately for a lot of my clients, that often means that they call me after they've been arrested for DUI.  Don't make that mistake. Driving under the influence of marijuana is a DUI in California, just li...

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Can a Restraining Order be Resolved Before the Court Hearing?
As I've previously discussed on this blog, obtaining a restraining order in California is a 2-step process. First, the petitioner files a "Request for a Restraining Order". Within 24 hours, a judge will determine whether or not to grant a temporary order ba...

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Is Civil Disobedience a Defense to Criminal Charges?
With Inauguration Day looming, there's been a lot talk about "civil disobedience", free speech, the right to protest, and the 1st Amendment. Before you get yourself arrested tomorrow, please take a moment to read this article. Make sure that you understand ...

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How to Prepare for an Appearance in Criminal Court
If you have a court date approaching, I know that the anxiety can be overwhelming. Hiring a qualified, local attorney can help reduce the stress associated with appearing in court. Your lawyer can explain the process so that you know what to expect. He or s...

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Can I Get a DUI in California if the Police Didn't See Me Driving?
Depending on the circumstances, you may be arrested and convicted for DUI in California even if you were not personally observed driving.   In most cases, police can only arrest someone for a suspected misdemeanor under 3 circumstances: 1) the offense is co...

OK, it's only been 4 years and I'm still getting the hang of this google+ thing. I just figured out how to automatically post all of my blog entries here as I publish them. Check back often for more fresh content. 

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New California Gun Laws for 2017
California enacted a series of restrictive new gun laws to take effect in 2017, including: A ban on the sale / transfer of common, center-fire, semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines.   A new definition of "detachable magazine", to specifically proh...
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